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MBTI Type Holidays!

Welcome to our MBTI tips page, which we start with our MBTI Holidays by Type.

MBTI and Holidays


ISTJ
Here is a holiday idea for each of the sixteen personality types:
A weekend away to a historical city
ISFJ/INFJCamping tripGo away with close friends
INTJExtend their next business trip
ISTPExplore where their ancestors are from
ISFPTry a yoga or mindfulness retreat
INFPTake their whole family away
INTPStay-cation
ESTPDo a road trip across America
ESFPTake a ‘sabbatical’ year out
ENFPBook a last-minute package holiday somewhere hot
ENTPVolunteer work in a developing country
ESTJBackpack across Asia
ESFJMusic Festival
ENFJVisit a tropical island
ENTJGo skiing/snowboarding
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  • Certain MBTI personality types need a break more often – in particular those that have to manage a stressful working and/or home life. Each type reacts differently to stressful events.
  • The most and second most type most likely to need a holiday because they regularly get stressed is: INFJ then INTJ…. followed by INTP and INFP.  I can explain more about these two (INT_)’s susceptibility to stress.
  • The four types least likely to need a holiday because they rarely get stressed are: ENTP; ESTP; ENFP; and ESFP. I can explain more about these four types (E_ _ P)’s resilience to stress.
  • Each type finds different things restful. The personality types most likely to find a holiday relaxing are the Sensing types. 

MBTI and relationships

In my mind, I’m chill AF. But in reality, I’m about as far from the chill as a person can get. I can’t help it — I’m compelled to over-analyze and scrutinize. If someone sends me “K” in a text message rather than “OK,” you better believe I’m going to consider all of the possible implications of this one-letter text in my head for the next 96 hours at minimum. When it comes to the most chill Myers-Briggs personality types, a Logistician is probably not a contender, and as a result, my ISTJ personality makes me far more high-strung than low-maintenance.

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What makes a person chill in a relationship? Someone who knows how to live in the moment or someone with a trusting nature is probably less likely to stress about their relationships than someone harbouring doubts and insecurities. Having an MBTI personality type that tends towards chillness doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re always cool as a cucumber, but it definitely helps. Not sure what your personality type is? Take the test to find out. You might just be one of the Myers-Briggs personalities most likely to play it cool in relationships (and if you are, please teach me your chill ways!).

ISTP

When it comes to chilled-out lovers, ISTPs take the cake. Virtuosos simply don’t see the point of getting themselves worked up over things that are out of their control. If their crush isn’t reciprocated, that’s fine — they’ll find someone else. To them, there’s no point in trying to change a person, and if a potential partner doesn’t seem like a good match, Virtuosos have no problem moving on.

It’s true that ISTPs can sometimes be considered too chill. As they tend to dislike commitment, their laid-back nature can potentially translate as cold rather than chill. But that’s simply because Virtuosos are all about living for the now. They’re happy to settle down for the right person, as long as that person gives them plenty of space to do their own thing and be their own chill self.

ESTP

Like ISTPs, ESTPs tend to focus on enjoying the present rather than obsessing over the past or the future. Entrepreneurs don’t want to be held back or brought down by stress, because that will keep them from having the freedom that they thrive on. They value spontaneity and excitement over well-laid plans, so rather than dreaming about their wedding day, ESTPs are more likely to be found thinking about their next fun adventure.

As a result, Entrepreneurs don’t tend to get worked up over relationship strife. An ISTP’s habit of leaping before looking can get them into trouble at times, but it allows them to enjoy their relationships rather than overthink them. People with this personality truly don’t know how to sit still, so while they’re not chill in that sense, their tendency to take action rather than dwell on mistakes and heartbreaks makes them pretty laid-back in relationships.

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ENTP

Though ENTPs do spend a lot of their time processing and analyzing information, they are prone to taking a rational approach rather than an emotional one. Debaters are more likely than other personalities to be logical and objective. While they might read into text messages or tones of voice, they’ll do so in a quest for empirical evidence rather than simply deciding that a certain text or tone hurt their feelings.

The greatest weakness of ENTPs tends to be their emotional obliviousness (sorry, Debaters, but it’s true). However, being analytical rather than emotional does make them considerably chiller than personalities ruled by feelings. Debaters don’t like to get unnecessarily stressed out. They like to push boundaries, not question them, and while they may not be the most laid-back people in general, these qualities allow them to be a pretty chill in romantic relationships.

INTP

INTPs can sometimes appear chiller than they actually are, but when it comes to relationships, they’re pretty similar to ENTPs. Logicians have extremely active minds, but if things feel tiresome or pointless, they tend to let them go rather than hold on to them unnecessarily. They may just be the most logical of all the personality types, so if something (or someone) isn’t making sense, they’re not going to fight to make it work.

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Don’t get me wrong — INTPs take their relationships very seriously. But as those with this personality tend to be particularly direct and honest, they’ll work to create mutual understanding rather than trying to read their partner’s mind. For them, minimizing misunderstandings makes far more sense than playing games. They won’t waste their time trying to puzzle over their partner’s body language. After all, why stress when you can simply ask what’s up?

As wonderful as it can be to have a partner, being in a relationship can also come with its fair share of stressors. But if you’re one of those lucky few for whom dating doesn’t cause all that much stress, enjoy it — it will definitely save you lots of headaches along the way.

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Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

As one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, MBTI practice is important to us.

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MBTI personality test tips

MBTI personality test tips are very useful. Mainly because the MBTI is one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development.

We also offer other tips, as shown below:

16PF personality test tips

OPQ personality test tips

NEO personality test tips

The MBTI is based on the work of Jung. Although he is more likely to have endorsed 3 personality styles (Extraversion- Introversion, Sensing-Intuitive, Thinking-Feeling). Rather than including the 4th personality styles measured by the MBTI (Judging-Perceiving).

It has considerable supporting materials in terms of books and different types of personality test report.

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…when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • Firstly, the personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Secondly, employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas.
  • Also, since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

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Insights personality tool

Insights is a commonly used personality test with a similar type-based approach to the MBTI. The test and the INSIGHTS report content are all based on the personality work of Jung which balanced personality traits or energies.

Unlike the MBTI, the INSIGHTS approach:

  • Is based on colour.
  • Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.
  • The full range of personality types or quadrants is displayed here for each individual who has taken the personality questionnaire.

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  • Extroversion: Introversion, shy, quiet, withdrawn, untalkative, inhibited, VERSUS extroversion, talkative, verbal, sociable, outgoing, dominant, assertive.
  • Agreeableness: Sympathetic, kind, warm, understanding, sincere, considerate, VERSUS self-centred, non-conformist, unsympathetic, unkind, harsh, insincere.
  • Conscientiousness: careful, organised, neat, orderly, systematic, precise, practical, VERSUS risk-taking, experimenting, disorganised, disorderly, careless, absent-minded.
  • Emotional stability: emotionally stable, un-envious, relaxed, optimistic, unemotional, VERSUS anxious, neurotic, nervous, tense, fidgety.
  • Intellect: creative, imaginative, complex, philosophical, intuitive, abstract thinking, open to experience, VERSUS uncreative, un-intellectual, unintelligent, shallow, ignorant, short-sighted, sensual, concrete thinking.

INSIGHTS tips

So, there’s another commonly used personality test with a similar type-based approach to the MBTI. This is called INSIGHTS. The test and the INSIGHTS report content are all based on the personality work of Jung which balanced personality traits or energies.

Unlike the MBTI, the INSIGHTS approach:

  • Is based on colour
  • Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.

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Personality type tests – Psychometric insights

There are valuable insights from ‘how’ a candidate plays a game or completes an assessment. For example, their response time or the choices they make.

Firstly, traditional assessment counts points scored. Secondly, new assessments like work style and game-based assessment collect many more data points. Thus providing so much more information to interpret.

Knowing not only what score a candidate achieved but how they went about it can help you to prevent cheating and spot potential.

Each candidate processes info in a unique way. Plus we all uniquely answer the online assessment. The candidate’s psychometric fingerprint’.

Work Type Test

The popularity of RJPs has increased as employers recognise the importance of matching applicants’ expectations with the day-to-day realities of working life. Firstly, this realistic info improves the decisions an employer can make based on their applicant data. Secondly, it improves the role fit. Hence job satisfaction increases and employee attrition decreases.

Psychometric fingerprint

There are valuable information and insights that can be gleaned from ‘how’ a candidate plays a game or completes an assessment, such as their response time or the choices they make. In the past, assessing candidates was the equivalent of measuring footballers simply by the number of goals they score. Now, so much more information can be generated. For example, a footballer’s ‘heat map’ can show their movement on the pitch, whether they make productive runs, whether they track-back etc. A similar level of analysis is now possible in the assessment.

We led a UK-wide project managing over twenty occupational psychologists including leading global psychometricians. Over a fourteen-month period, this project encompassed the following: situational judgement tests (SJT) design, realistic job preview design, ability test design (numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, problem-solving ability test design, spatial reasoning test design) and personality questionnaire design.

Aptitude test practice books

Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are all available on Amazon:

Firstly, in our opinion, this is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.

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Secondly, in our opinion this is the best aptitude test practice book forPassing Numerical Reasoning Tests.

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