A Step Closer to Knowing Yourself: MBTI Personality Test

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Japan
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As we are isolated and disconnected from people during the pandemic, we have so much alone time to ourselves. It must not only be me who finds their mind drifting to wonder what kind of person I am and what I want to accomplish in life. Having time to ourselves is fun at first, but being stuck in our homes makes us more prone to feel depressed and unsure of who we are in society. 

Therefore, I would like to introduce the "MBTI Personality Test" for those who want aid for their self-discovery during the pandemic. Recently, it has become a trend in Korea to ask what a person's MBTI is. Surely, this trend would become popular in Japan soon.

MBTI stands for Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and it measures four categories: "introversion or extraversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, judging or perceiving." Your result will be one from 16 personalities, chosen from your answers to an introspective questionnaire you can take for free on https://www.16personalities.com (available in 37 different languages).

Of course I was skeptical at first, since the MBTI test has been criticized as pseudoscience before. However, I found the advice it gave me to be quite helpful in reconfirming my personality. Therefore, I would like to share my personal experience. 

I took the test, which only takes a few minutes, and discovered I had the rarest Advocate (INFJ) personality trait. The results not only gave insight into my personality, but also pointed out my weaknesses and strengths. I found this to be especially helpful and agreed with many of the weaknesses, such as "avoiding the ordinary" or "prone to burnout." Additionally, the website offers advice on your romantic relationships, friendships, and parenthood, which is interesting to read. 

I tried reading the results of other personalities to avoid the Barnum effect (a phenomenon that occurs when people believe a description of personality applies specifically to them when it applies to everyone), which is the case with most fortune-telling. However, I did not find other personalities to be as relatable as INFJ. The MBTI test is free and offers a fun way to discover a bit more about yourself. So I would recommend it to anyone who has a bit of time on their hands while being isolated during the pandemic.