In college, I took the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, and at the time, I was an INFJ, which I believe was an accurate reflection of the person that I was then.

Four years later, having 4 years of working experience, I believe I have changed.  I was sparked to take the short exam again at the recommendation of my professor this semester in my Team Dynamics class.  Sometimes, it’s just nice to know about your MBTI type and what that means about your interaction in the workplace.

This time, I scored as an ISTJ, also known as an, “Inspector.”  The following are some elements of the ISTJ personality type:

  • Thrive on organization.
  • Keep lives and environments well-regulated.
  • Earn success by thoroughness and dependability.
  • Enjoy creating order in their personal/professional lives.
  • Weigh options when making decisions.
  • Well-prepared for most eventualities.
  • Value traditions and loyalty.

The other thing that I find so interesting and so accurate about this description is the extroverted thinking and the introverted feeling.  I enjoy interacting with other people, but I don’t let a lot of people in to know the truth of what’s going on in my head – this makes me an introvert to the core.

Perhaps this is also to my detriment, seeing as the number of people I trust implicitly I can count on one hand with fingers left over.  Perhaps this is why I get so upset when I feel like I’m on the outside of so many of my friendships.

Here are some people that David Kiersey has identified by behavior as ISTJs:

  • Harry Truman
  • Queen Victoria
  • George Washington
  • Warren Buffet
  • John Rockafeller

I suppose some of my “fellow” ISTJs could be thought of as non-admirable.  But I could think of worse people to be like.