Reflections on MBTI (Personality)

Article by Allie Burkhardt, IPSAT Coach at Bloomingdale Church

A Personal Experience

Currently, I am taking psychology classes online. One of my assignments this week included a reflection on the MBTI, which complemented nicely with the IPSAT course.

As I reflected on my MBTI results for my homework, I was reminded that I don’t entirely resonate with being labeled by the 4 letters “INFP.” When I examine my MBTI results more closely, I notice that the last letter is towards the middle for me. The last time that I took the MBTI, I was 53% P, which means that I am 47% J. With these results, I can type myself as either an INFP or an INFJ.

When I first discovered this, the realization was daunting because I don’t fit into either MBTI type textbook category. As I investigated deeper, I learned that I exhibit some characteristics of each type, and these characteristics can vary depending on the situation that I am in.

That doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with me, it just means that the test can’t perfectly describe who I am! This is freeing!

How can the MBTI help you?

I encourage you to use the MBTI to reflect deeply on who you are, and understand that each letter is a continuum, not just the extremes, and that where you fall on the continuum is part of what makes you uniquely yourself! The test is simply a tool that helps you find words to describe who that unique self that God created is!

A Devotional Reflection on Personality

As we reflect on the MBTI (in the IPSAT Course) community, please take it as an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of how God created each of us differently, and reflect on how that vitalizes our community of faith!

Below is an incorporation of the MBTI into 1 Corinthians 12:

One of my professors shared something like this with me once, and I think that it is a helpful way to frame the way that the MBTI can help us conceptualize Christian community. Take a look:

“For the (body) community of faith does not consist of one (member) personality type but of many. If the (foot) INTJ should say, “Because I am not a (hand) ESFP, I do not belong to the (body) community,” that would not make it any less a part of the (body) community.” And if the (ear) INTP should say, “Because I am not an (eye) ESFJ, I do not belong to the (body) community,” that would not make it any less a part of the (body) community. If the whole (body) community were an (ear) INFP, where would the sense of (smell) ESTJ be? The (eye) ISTJ cannot say to the (hand) ENFP, “I have no need of you,” nor again the (head) ISTP to the (feet) ENFJ, “I have no need of you.”
-1 Corinthians 12:14-21 (with MBTI inserted)

Allie Burkhardt is an IPSAT Coach at Bloomingdale Church. You can find Allie reading a great book, listening to Switchfoot, and leading a team at Chick-Fil-A. You can view Allie’s IPSAT result here and email Allie here.