What You Should Be Reading, Scientifically Speaking

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Where would be without the dependable and attractive Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? In an article from bustle.com called “The Genre Of Book You Need To Be Reading, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type,” Charlotte Ahlin (@CharlotteAhlin) breaks down how this system works and, more specifically, how it relates to your ideal reading tendencies.

The MBTI is an introspective personality quiz based on Jungian psychology. According to R.M. Kaplan and D.P. Saccuzzo, co-authors of Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications, and Issues, “The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.”

As Ms. Ahlin explains:

Myers-Briggs uses four different sliding scales to determine your fate: the “I” or “E” stands for “introvert” or “extrovert,” which is pretty self explanatory if you’ve been to the internet before. But there’s also “N” or “S” for “intuiting” or “sensing,” which describes whether you intuit information internally or observe it externally. Then there’s “T’ or “F” for “thinking” or “feeling,” which determines whether you’re naturally logical or naturally emotional. Finally, there’s “P” or “J” for “perceiving” or “judging,” which means you’re either a go with the flow improviser or a highly organized decision-maker. 

If nothing else, it’s fun to take this Myers-Briggs test. Why? Because tests are fun, funny and funnily. I myself took it and have determined that I am, first and foremost, an ENTP personality. That corresponds to thrillers, which I do enjoy very much. A close second for me is ENFJ, which corresponds to literary fiction, the genre I now write most of my books in professionally.

Click the above article link if you’d like to take the test and see which field of literature most closely matches your personality type.

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