Your personality is unique to you, just like your coworkers’ personality is unique to them. If you have ever taken a personality test or visited a personality database, you may have a number or set of letters to describe who you are on paper to the rest of the world, and why you operate the way you do.
The Myers-Briggs test gives a 4 letter personality indicator that is essentially self-reported. You answer 90 questions on a Likert scale to determine a 4-letter personality type.
Your 4 letters could be 1 of 16 different possibilities.
The 1st letter is either E for Extrovert or I for Introvert.
The 2nd letter is either N for Intuition or S for Sensing
The 3rd letter is either F for Feeling or T for the Thinking
The 4th letter is either J for Judging or P for Perceiving
For example, a possible personality type could be INFP, INTJ, ESTJ, etc,.
Another popular personality test is your Enneagram type. This test also consists of 100 questions to determine if you are one of 9 personality types. You can have one main personality and the wings of others. For example, you could be a type 7 with an 8 wing. According to the list below, that would be an Enthusiast, with a Challenger wing.
So why do these personality types and tests have to do with writing?
Understanding not only yourself, but others all around you, can produce more thought paths to travel down, and more questions to dig into. As a writer, you are always looking for more perspectives and ways of thinking. This database gives you just that. Think of any movie, tv show, sports team, book, or famous person in general. More likely than not, you will be able to see not only what the character’s personality type is, but you will be able to see what the actual celebrity’s personality type is that played that character and how they are different or similar.
The personality database makes it easy to put your own personality types into an account and find others with those same types. For example, if you have a Myers Brigs Type as INFP, and an enneagram 6, you can create a profile surrounding the two. There are also options to go even deeper and more technical into the different personality types.
After creating your profile you can become a part of a community of people who are just as intrigued by personality types as you are. You can connect with others who share, in a way, the way your brain works, and those who are polar opposites no matter how different they may seem from you on the surface. Personalities bring people together and can showcase differences and similarities in a way that is unique to almost any other platform or idea. As a database, it caters to those that love statistics while also catering to creative and non-linear lovers.
Using Your Personality
You can obviously use others’ personalities as subjects or as references to your work, but using your own personality as a tool to help you write is a different story entirely. Taking your personality type into account, whether that be your Myers Briggs type, or your Enneagram number, can be a game changer in your productivity.
Intuitive versus Sensing types can approach writing completely differently. For example, an intuitive person may have a more chaotic timeline and outlining process. A sensing writer may have a clean-cut and detailed outlining process. This does not mean one is better than the other, but it does mean their brains work through processes differently. The intuitive writer may become more stressed with clean-cut lines rather than the non-linear framework they typically thrive under. The same goes for each of the 16 different Myers Briggs variations, and Enneagram types.
If you are a personality connoisseur and want to use it for your next writing project, this personality database can be the answer to all of your questions. Incorporating the Personality Database into future writing projects can force you to not only think outside of the box but learn more about yourself in the process.
Adeline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Currently living in Charlotte, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and strolling through her favorite farmers markets with her Goldendoodle Theo.