Stylized Personalities

johnny-depp

Johnny Depp is an INFP on the MBTI, and a type 4 on the enneagram

Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire.

- Isabel Briggs Myers

We’ve all heard the adage, “Personality, personality, personality,” which basically means that personality is a big deal. Studies have found that your personality can affect your happiness and success, your health, how you handle your money, and even how well your surgery goes. The importance of personality has only grown as technology has become more ubiquitous. For example, charisma wasn’t a prerequisite for our founding fathers, and it wasn’t until FDR — rated one of the most charismatic presidents of all time — that a shift occurred and personality became part of the bottom line on the ballot.

presidents_2

Although 70% of the population are extroverts, Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, topped virtually every bestseller list last year — and suggested that the subtle bias against introverts is misplaced and that being an introvert is underrated.

How you know if you’re an introvert or extrovert is another issue. There are over 2,500 personality tests on the market, and you never know which one you’ll be given when you interview for a job. Below are three of the most popular personality tests in the US, plus six examples of particularly stylish people embodying their personality types.

1. Myers- Briggs Type Indicator

mbtienfp

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used personality tool of all time, having been translated into over 16 languages and taken by at least 2 million people each year. Drawn to the work of CG Jung, Isabel Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs, developed the MBTI over a 40 year period, putting Jung’s personality theories into practice. The MBTI categorizes people into one of 16 personality types based on their experience of the world through four continuums: extraversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling and judging/perceiving. For more information, go to The Myers and Briggs Foundation.

2. The Big 5

b5 

The Big 5 narrowed down Gordon Allport’s list of 4,000 possible personality traits into the five basic dimensions, suggesting that everyone has a certain degree of the following: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness.  Researchers McCrae and Costa have proven that these five core personality traits are transferrable in over 50 cultures, which means that there might also be biological and evolutionary origins to Big 5.  Go here to take a Big 5 personality test.

3. The Enneagram

enneagramdinner_party

 Although the enneagram has ancient mystical roots, it was only brought to the US in 1971, and it has only been recognized alongside Myers-Briggs and The Big 5 in the last 10 years as a personality inventory for businesses, government agencies, and individuals alike. The enneagram is a circle with nine points on it, each indicating a different personality type characterized by a set of correlating fears and motivations. For example, a 3 on the enneagram is the achiever, who is driven by success, avoids failure, and whose blind spot might be deceit. A 9 on the enneagram is the peacemaker who gets his identity from being the mediator, avoids conflict and whose main weakness might be laziness. For more information and to find your type, visit The Enneagram Institute.

Examples of stylized personality types:

1. Jackie Onassis –  ISFP on the MBTI: The Artist/Composer

jackie_onassis

2. Daniel Day-Lewis – Type 5 on the enneagram – The Thinker/Observer

daniel_day_lewis

3. Gwen Stefani – ENFP on the MBTI: The Champion/Inspire

gwen_stefani

 4. Martin Luther King Jr. – Type 8 on the enneagram: The Challenger

mlk_jr

5. Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan – ENJT on the MBTI: The Executive/Mobilizer

Benazir_Bhutto

6. Arthur Miller – Type 1 on the enneagram: The Perfectionist

arthur_miller