Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Compatibility for Myers Briggs Types Part 1

When it comes to the compatibility of the Myers Briggs types, there are lots of contradictory theories out there and each of them claims to have found the right fomula. Some of them say that the compatibility is higher as the types are more similar, others sustain the contrary, that the best relationships happen between opposite typologies.

In order to shed some light on the matter, I’ve decided to present every one of them in my posts and let you decide for yourself which one is the most accurate.

For more on MB compatibility, also read:
Compatibility for Myers Briggs Types Part 2
Incompatibility of Myers Briggs Types

Identical types compatibility

One of the most reasonable explanation for good compatibility is the similarity of the people involved. Although it may sound exciting to fall in love with someone who is very different from yourself, experience has proven that these relationships hardly ever pass the test of time, and soon enough the lack of mutual understanding will cause frustration and disappointment on both sides.

With this idea in mind, compatibility between the types will sound something like that:

ENTP most compatible with: ENTP / least compatible with: ISFJ

ENTJ most compatible with: ENTJ / least compatible with: ISFP

ENFP most compatible with: ENFP / least compatible with: ISTJ

ENFJ most compatible with: ENFJ / least compatible with: ISTP

ESTP most compatible with: ESTP / least compatible with: INFJ

ESTJ most compatible with: ESTJ / least compatible with: INFP

ESFP most compatible with: ESFP / least compatible with: INTJ

ESFJ most compatible with: ESFJ / least compatible with: INTP

INTP most compatible with: INTP / least compatible with: ESFJ

INTJ most compatible with: INTJ / least compatible with: ESFP

INFP most compatible with: INFP / least compatible with: ESTJ

INFJ most compatible with: INFJ / least compatible with: ESTP

ISTP most compatible with: ISTP / least compatible with: ENFJ

ISTJ most compatible with: ISTJ / least compatible with: ENFP

ISFP most compatible with: ISFP / least compatible with: ENTJ

ISFJ most compatible with: ISFJ / least compatible with: ENTP

But where’s the fun in that?

Opposite types compatibility (Kersey)

To add more salt and pepper to the whole relationship thing, some experts have decided to go for the ‘opposites attract’ explanation, which in my opinion is mainly based on exactly that: attraction. As for true compatibility, who knows? Infatuation was never a solid ground for a long-term engagement.

ENTP most compatible with: ISFJ

ENTJ most compatible with: ISFP

ENFP most compatible with: ISTJ

ENFJ most compatible with: ISTP

ESTP most compatible with: INFJ

ESTJ most compatible with: INFP

ESFP most compatible with: INTJ

ESFJ most compatible with: INTP

INTP most compatible with: ESFJ

INTJ most compatible with: ESFP

INFP most compatible with: ESTJ

INFJ most compatible with: ESTP

ISTP most compatible with: ENFJ

ISTJ most compatible with: ENFP

ISFP most compatible with: ENTJ

ISFJ most compatible with: ENTP

Main cognitive function compatibility

An interesting view on Jungian compatibility suggests that types with inverse main cognitive functions are best suited for each other. Therefore if you’re a Ti dominant, you probably should be looking for a Te dominant to share your life with, and so on.

ENTP (main function Ne) most compatible with: INTJ, INFJ

ENTJ (main function Te) most compatible with: INTP, ISTP

ENFP (main function Ne) most compatible with: INFJ, INTJ

ENFJ (main function Fe) most compatible with: INFP, ISFP

ESTP (main function Se) most compatible with: ISTJ, ISFJ

ESTJ (main function Te) most compatible with: ISTP, INTP

ESFP (main function Se) most compatible with: ISFJ, ISTJ

ESFJ (main function Fe) most compatible with: ISFP, INFP

INTP (main function Ti) most compatible with: ENTJ, ESTJ

INTJ (main function Ni) most compatible with: ENTP, ENFP

INFP (main function Fi) most compatible with: ENFJ, ESFJ

INFJ (main function Ni) most compatible with: ENFP, ENTP

ISTP (main function Ti) most compatible with: ESTJ, ENTJ

ISTJ (main function Si) most compatible with: ESTP, ESFP

ISFP (main function Fi) most compatible with: ESFJ, ENFJ

ISFJ (main function Si) most compatible with: ESFP, ESTP

Secondary function compatibility

Actually this theory was developed by me and it’s based on Lenore Thomson’s ideas from her book “Personality Type: An Owner’s Manual” (which, by the way, is a great read). Lenore claims that real balance within a type is obtained when we’re able to use and develop our secondary function well enough – without a properly working secondary function, we are trapped, either in our inner subjective worlds (introverted types) or in our outer, objective environment (extroverted types). We need to develop both of these perspectives in order to have a healthy psychological life, and that’s exactly what our second function can help us do.

This compatibilty system is focused on how well the 2nd function of each partner’s type is balanced by the relationship.

ENTJ ( 2nd function Ni) most compatible with: INTJ, INFJ, ISTJ
/ least compatible with : ESTP, ESFP, ENFP

ENTP (2nd function Ti) most compatible with: INTP, ISTP, INFP
/ least compatible with : ESFJ, ENFJ, ESTJ

ENFJ (2nd function Ni) most compatible with: INFJ, INTJ, ISFJ
/ least compatible with : ESTP, ESFP, ENTP

ENFP (2nd function Fi) most compatible with: INFP, ISFP, INTP
/ least compatible with : ESTJ, ENTJ,ESFJ

ESTJ (2nd function Si) most compatible with: ISTJ, ISFJ, INTJ
/ least compatible with : ENTP, ENFP, ESFP

ESTP (2nd function Ti) most compatible with: ISTP, INTP, ISFP
/ least compatible with : ESFJ, ENFJ, ENTJ

ESFJ (2nd function Si) most compatible with: ISTJ, ISFJ, INFJ
/ least compatible with : ENTP, ENFP, ESTP

ESFP (2nd function Fi) most compatible with: ISFP, INFP, ISTP
/ least compatible with : ESTJ, ENTJ, ENFJ

INTJ (2nd function Te) most compatible with: ENTJ, ESTJ, ENFJ
/ least compatible with : ISFP, INFP, ISTP

INTP (2nd function Ne) most compatible with: ENTP, ENFP, ESTP
/ least compatible with : ISTJ, ISFJ, INFJ

INFJ (2nd function Fe) most compatible with: ENFJ, ESFJ, ENTJ
/ least compatible with : INTP, ISTP, ISFP

INFP (2nd function Ne) most compatible with: ENFP, ENTP, ESFP
/ least compatible with : ISTJ, ISFJ, INTJ

ISTJ (2nd function Te) most compatible with: ENTJ, ESTJ, ESFJ
/ least compatible with : INFP, ISFP, INTP

ISTP (2nd function Se) most compatible with: ESTP, ESFP, ENTP
/ least compatible with : INTJ, INFJ, ISFJ

ISFJ (2nd function Fe) most compatible with: ENFJ, ESFJ, ESTJ
/ least compatible with : INTP, ISTP, INFP

ISFP (2nd function Se) most compatible with: ESTP, ESFP, ENFP
/ least compatible with : INTJ, INFJ, ISTJ

For more detailed info on Myers Briggs compatibility, here are some good books you can try:

Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type

Lovetypes: Discover Your Romantic Style And Find Your Soul Mate

16 Ways to Love Your Lover

Wired for Conflict: The Role of Personality in Resolving Differences

Marriage Types

The Intimacy Factor: How Your Personality and Your Past Affect Your Ability to Love and be Loved

Intimacy and Type: A Practical Guide for Improving Relationships for Couples and Counselors

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Famous Enneagram Types

Here are some celebrities that seem to fit each of the Enneagram types. The typing is probably not 100% accurate, so if you have any additions or objections to these lists, please feel free to place a comment on the blog and I will take your arguments into account.

This list is subject to further updates and modifications.


Julie Andrews, Harry Belafonte, Debby Boone, Lloyd Bridges, Noam Chomsky, John Cleese, Hillary Clinton, Confucius, Michael Dukakis, Anne Frank, Henry Fonda, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Al Gore, Peter Graves, Katharine Hepburn, Samuel Johnson, Laura Linney, Martin Luther, Immanuel Kant, Nelson Mandela, George McGovern, Arthur Miller, Robert Novak, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Pope John Paul II, Emily Post, Colin Powell, Yitzak Rabin, Ayn Rand, Tony Randall, Vanessa Redgrave, Condoleezza Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bernard Shaw, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Dean Stockwell, Peter Strauss, Margaret Thatcher, Emma Thompson, Harry Truman, Carl Sagan, Brian Williams, Joanne Woodward.


Alan Alda, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Pat Boone, Ellen Burstyn, Leo Buscaglia, Naomi Cambell, Kim Cattrall, Lynne Cheney, Petula Clark, Glenn Close, Bill Cosby, Courtney Cox, Diana-Princess of Wales, Celine Dion, Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Farrah Fawcett, Danny Glover, Melanie Griffith, Catherine Hicks, Whitney Houston, Laura Huxley, Anne Jackson, Jesus Christ, Erica Jong, Jessica Lange, Monica Lewinsky, Jerry Lewis, Christina Onassis, Yoko Ono, Dolly Parton, Eva Peron, Priscilla Presley, Patsy Ramsay, Sally Jessy Raphael, Nancy Reagan, Debbie Reynolds, Richard Simmons, Danielle Steel, Mother Teresa, Actor Richard Thomas, Actress Jennifer Tilly, Ivana Trump, Desmond Tutu, Liv Ullmann, Lesley Ann Warren.

Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, James Baker, Halle Berry, Tony Blair, David Bowie, Bill Clinton, David Copperfield, Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Dell, Alain Delon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Julio Iglesias, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Michael Jordan, Lady GaGa, Carl Lewis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Vince Lombardi, Rob Lowe, Elle MacPherson, Paul McCartney, Reba McEntire, Madonna, Demi Moore, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Christopher Plummer, Elvis Presley, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Shatner, Cybill Shepherd, O.J. Simpson, Will Smith, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Sting, Sharon Stone, Kathleen Turner, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Wagner, Andy Warhol, Vanessa Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Wood, Tiger Woods.

Diane Arbus, Charles Baudelaire, Ingmar Bergman, Bjork, Cate Blanchett, Kate Bush, Nicolas Cage, Maria Callas, Albert Camus, Prince Charles, Eric Clapton, Cheryl Crow, James Dean, Johnny Depp, Neil Diamond, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Hermann Hesse, Michael Jackson, Jewel, Angelina Jolie, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac,Sarah MacLachlan, John Malkovich, Marilyn Manson, Michaelangelo, Claude Monet, Jim Morrison, Alanis Morrisette, Morrissey, Liam Neeson, Stevie Nicks, Anais Nin, Nick Nolte, Gary Oldman, Laurence Olivier, Edith Piaf, Edgar Allen Poe, Natalie Portman, Prince, Anne Rice, Alan Rickman, Arthur Rimbaud, Winona Ryder, Dusty Springfield, August Strindberg, Vincent Van Gogh, Orson Welles, Oscar Wilde, Gene Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Kate Winslet, Virginia Woolf.


Issac Asimov, Tim Burton, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, Richard Chamberlain, Agatha Christie, David Cronenberg, Marie Curie, Daniel Day-Lewis, Charles Darwin, Robert DeNiro, René Descartes, Emily Dickinson, Joe DiMaggio, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Fiennes, Greta Garbo, Bill Gates, Paul Gauguin, Thomas Harris, Stephen Hawking, Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, Franz Kafka, Stanley Kubrick, John la Carré, Ursula K. LeGuin, Annie Leibowitz, Charles Lindbergh, George Lucas, David Lynch, "Dexter Morgan" (Dexter), "Fox Mulder" (X-Files), Vladimir Nabokov, John Nash, Sam Neill, Isaac Newton, Edward Norton, Joyce Carol Oates, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, John D. Rockefeller, Oliver Sacks, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ebenezer Scrooge, Madeleine Stowe, Nikola Tesla, Jules Verne, Max Von Sydow, Lars Von Trier, William Butler Yeats.


Woody Allen, Ellen Barkin, Candice Bergen, Robert Blake, George H. W. Bush, Tom Clancy, John Cusack, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judi Dench, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Teri Garr, Mel Gibson, Hugh Grant, Che Guevara, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Ian Hart, Seymour Hersh, Adolf Hitler, Dustin Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Keaton, Robert Kennedy, Jack Lemmon, David Letterman, Charles Manson, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Moore, Paul Newman, Richard Nixon, Chuck Norris, Robin Wright Penn, Rosie Perez, Anthony Perkins, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Chris Rock, Rene Russo, Meg Ryan, Steven Seagal, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Carly Simon, James Spader, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Patrick Swayze, John Turturro, Brian Wilson, Neil Young.


Tim Allen, Lauren Bacall, Antonio Banderas, John Belushi, Roberto Benigni, Jacqueline Bisset, Mel Brooks, Michael Caine, Pierre Cardin, Jackie Chan, George Clooney, Francis Ford Coppola, Billy Crystal, Salvador Dali, Leonardo DaVinci, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Thomas Edison, Errol Flynn, Michael J. Fox, Goethe, Whoopie Goldberg, Steve Jobs, Elton John, Jude Law, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Iggy Pop, Dennis Quaid, Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Scorsese, Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Hunter Thompson, Tina Turner, Peter Ustinov, Vince Vaughn, Voltaire, Robin Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marlon Brando, Julius Caesar, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Richard Burton, Al Capone, Johnny Cash, John Cassavetes, Fidel Castro, Nicolae Ceausescu, Winston Churchill, Sean Connery, Russell Crowe, la Fontaine, Danny DeVito, Shannen Doherty, Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Indira Gandhi, George Gurdjieff, Ernest Hemingway, Charlton Heston, Jimmy Hoffa, Saddam Hussein, Billy Idol, Lyndon Johnson, Donna Karan, Diane Lane, Robert Loggia, Courtney Love, Slobodan Milosevic, Rosie O'Donnell, Sean Penn, Pablo Picasso, Pink, Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Mickey Rourke, Frank Sinatra, Socrates, Oliver Stone, Donald Trump, Tracey Ullman, Denzel Washington, John Wayne.


Jennifer Aniston, Patricia Arquette, David Beckham, Ingrid Bergman, Selma Blair, Jeff Bridges, Matthew Broderick, John Cage, Kevin Costner, Willem Dafoe, Matt Damon, Dalai Lama, Jeff Daniels, Benicio del Toro, Placido Domingo, Dwight Eisenhower, Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Falk, Gerald Ford, John Goodman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Audrey Hepburn, Chris Isaak, Carl Jung, Grace Kelly, Lisa Kudrow, Kris Kristofferson, Stan Laurel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Abraham Lincoln, Lyle Lovett, Andie MacDowell, Dean Martin, James McAvoy, Luke Perry, Tim Robbins, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Uma Thurman, Noah Wylie, Renee Zellweger.

Cognitive Functions Free Tests

For those of you who have taken their MB knowledge to a higher level, there are also these very accurate and scientific tests that measure your use of each of the cognitive functions in order to determine your type.

The tests are not officially 'online' but they still can be found in the site's archives and they're functional (they will compute your results).

Here you go:

Cognitive Development Survey (attention: Submit link is broken)
This is an extraordinarily accurate test and I very much enjoyed the way it was conceived and carried out. The options are clear and insightful, although I have to stress some of them favor the Intuits as they can get quite abstract.

Interstrength Cognitive Assessment (valid link)
This is the older version of the above test, with a different form of presentation, but equally reliable.

InterStrength Dynamics Assessment (attention: Submit link is broken)
This test is said to be one of the best and one of the most innovative ways to determine your type. It measures the way the opposite cognitive functions work together in pairs (Ti with Fe, Fe with Ti, Si with Ne, Ne with Si, etc), thus studying the functional dynamics and interconnections within the personality, to determine your probable type. Unfortunately I did not obtain a sufficiently accurate result with this instrument, but I nonetheless warmly recommend it to everyone who wants to study the relationships between the cognitive processes more in-depth.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Free Enneagram Tests

Enneagram Institute RHETI sample
Scroll down the page to find the test. It's an excerpt from the longer, paid version of the RHETI test, the only certified Enneagram type indicator to date. I found this shorter test about as accurate as the full version - there are very high chances that your real type is among the first three highest scores.

Enneagram Institute QUEST test
This is a very short paragraph-based test, in which you have to choose which descriptions fit you best and least from two different groups. The results are sorted by probability in three categories. The greatest advantage of this test is that it won't take more than 10 minutes to complete.

Eclectic Energies classical test
This test is pretty long, but highly accurate. One of the best you'll find online and my personal favorite.

Eclectic Energies test w/ instinctual variants
A shorter version, based on word choice. I found it a bit less accurate than the classical test.

Quizfarm test
This test is one of the best I ever took. It's highly accurate and it also comes up with something new - it splits type 6 into phobic and counterphobic in the results.

The Duniho Enneagram Test
The triad-based Enneagram questionnaire created by Fergus Duniho. Brief, yet amazingly accurate, this test is taking a different approach to type inventory. Highly recommended.

Similarminds short test
A short test with high accuracy. Some questions were a bit redundant though.

Similarminds advanced test
A comprehensive instrument with very high accuracy, the longer version of the above test.

Similarminds word test
A word choice test, faster to take but still accurate.

Similarminds instinctual variant indicator
This test only indicates your instinctual variant - I found it very accurate, and it's very short.

Stanford Inventory (aka SEDIG)
This is said to be one of the most accurate personality indicators available. Follow the instructions in the link and pick out three paragraphs that characterize you best - there is an above 80% chance that your main type is among them.

Enneagram Questionnaire [new]
This questionnaire has 108 items and you will have to compute the results yourself, using the table at the end of the document.

The EnneaGraph
An accurate tool for finding your Enneagram type, it also represents your results graphically and splits each type's characteristics into resourceful / non-resourceful traits (in order to measure the health of the type).

GSH Enneagram Survey [new]
Some of the items in this questionnaire are quite original and insightful. Although it will only give you the main type in the result (no distribution of the scores and no wing), it's still definitely worth taking.

LightShifter Enneagram Questionnaires [new]
This website offers nine separate questionnaires, one for each Enneagram type. It doesn't however memorize your scores so you'll have to note them down each time you finish one set and decide your type by looking at your highest score(s). Also a nice feature is their Enneagram Piechart Generator, where you can input the scores obtained for each type and it will represent them graphically - showing percentages for Coping Styles, Social Styles, Intelligence Triads etc.

Selectsmart test 1
Another Enneagram test with reliable results

Selectsmart test 2
This test is said to verify the results of the previous one, but I suppose it's a good enough by itself as well.

Personality Online test
A longer test with reliable results.

Handprint test with funny profiles
This quick test is all right - it's short and painless, and the profiles are quite funny but nonetheless insightful.

9types new test
It turned out quite inaccurate for me, but maybe it'll help you more than it helped me.

Test Cafe Enneagram
A good test, my only complaint is that it only shows your highest score result (not good if you want to find out your wing as well).

Free Jungian Type Tests

Jungian types are similar in theory to Myers Briggs types.

Note that the Myers-Briggs® type can only be achieved by taking the authentic Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.

HumanMetrics Test
This is one of the most popular tests online, it's not one of my personal favourites but it's not very long and is sufficiently accurate.

Kisa Personality Test
This is an interesting test with more uncommon questions. It's rather accurate and it also gives you the "in-between" option.

SimilarMinds Short Test
A very short test (48 questions), but nonetheless one of the most accurate that I have taken.

SimilarMinds Word Test
In this test you are given 70 words and you have to decide to what extent they characterize you.

SimilarMinds Word Choice Test
Very short, very accurate : just 24 pairs of words.

Kersey Temperament Sorter
This is a very professional and accurate personality test that is being offered to you for free (you will have to register with their site though). Unfortunately the free results will only specify your temperament (SP, SJ, NF or NT). You have to pay for the full typing.

TeamTechology Test
An innovative test based on non-standard questions. The results include all the types and how much each of them fits you (in percentages).

Personality Test Center
68 well-written questions and an accurate instrument for figuring out your Jungian type. I found the answer options easy to choose from which is rare.

Ithaca MB Test
This is a short and reliable test.

BBC Test
A 20-question quick and effective test that also includes the viewing/analysis of one of Dali's paintings.

This is the test developed by Fergus Duniho. It has 107 questions, among which some issues are supplimentary - mainly discrimiating between the cognitive functions - designed to refine your results. It's highly accurate but remember it's a longer test so it'll take you about 40 minutes+ to do it.

Jung test on GoddessFlight [new]
I found this test interesting and somewhat refreshing - it has 80 items which are better described than in other questionnaires. The results are reliable as well.

WatchWord Test
A very innovative word-association test that seeks to discover the innermost and mainly unconscious workings of your mind in order to determine your Jungian type. It didn't give me very accurate results, but the techinique is so intriguing that I can't but recommend it, at least for the fun of it. Don't forget to press the 'START' button so you are given the instructions.

As the name presents it, it's a 41-question test with reliably accurate results.

MyPersonality Test
This is a very good test, but you will have to register with their site in order to take it.

WorldPersonality Test
Another Jungian test, equally well-scored.

The Insight Game
This test is set as a game of cards, to make it more fun (?!). Well apart from the doubtful graphical interface, it can be considered as a satisfying type indicator.

Fudjack/Dinkelaker Functional Preferences Instrument
Now I liked this test very much. The results will give you the scoring for each of the 4 letter types (N,S,T,F) and according to the order of importance that you give them, they suggest four main types your real one is most probably among. Most of the questions and the answer variants are different and original.

The Gray-Wheelwright
Yet another respectable Jung test.

Blogthings Test [new]
A short (40 questions) test.