16 Personalities

Since the last time I took the Myers-Briggs/16 Personalities Test, I was beginning the fall semester of my junior year at the UT. After graduating, gaining a better sense of what kind of professional career I would like to pursue, and crossing off one of my top 3 bucket lists by going to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I thought it would be interesting to see if I have changed in any way.

Aaaaaand I was wrong. Nothing has changed. Here are the results:

ENTP-T, The Debater
Role (goals, interests, and preferred activities) – Analyst
Strategy (how you approach everyday situations and achieve your goals) –  Social Engagement
Mind (how we interact with out environment): 80% Extraverted
Energy (where we direct our mental energy): 77% Intuitive
Nature (how we make decisions and cope with emotions): 66% Thinking
Tactics (reflects our approach to work, planning, and decisions-making): 73% Prospecting
Identity (shows how confident we are in our abilities and decisions): 62% Turbulent

Fellow ENTPers: The Joker, Captain Jack Sparrow, Tyrion Lannister, and Jim Halpert

I’m proud to be part of the 3% of the population that shares this kind of personality. Since we’re such a rare breed, here are a few key highlights that will help you understand the way we are:

  • Being “Knowledgeable” is one of our best strengths
    • “Debaters rarely pass up a good opportunity to learn something new, especially abstract concepts. This information isn’t usually absorbed for any planned purpose as with dedicated studying, people with the Debater personality type just find it fascinating.”
  • Growth is key – “If there’s one thing Debaters are good at, it’s coming up with a never-ending stream of innovations and ideas to keep things moving forward.”
    • “Debaters’ idea of fun is often rooted in self-improvement”
  • Versatile
    • “monotonous tasks are the stuff of nightmares”
  • “Debater personalities love to brainstorm and think big, but they will avoid getting caught doing the ‘grunt work’ at all costs.”
  • Treat others as they’d like to be treated
  • “Debaters have little tolerance for being coddled, and dislike when people beat around the bush, especially when asking a favor.”
  • “Debaters need to remember that for their ideas to come to fruition, they will always depend on others to assemble the pieces”
    • Teamwork makes the dream work

I felt personally attacked by the following points as I’m slowly coming to terms with them…let the dragging commence:

  • “An odd juxtaposition arises with Debaters, as they are uncompromisingly honest, but will argue tirelessly for something they don’t actually believe in, stepping into another’s shoes to argue a truth from another perspective.”
    • Why do I like to argue so much? “Debaters don’t do this because they are trying to achieve some deeper purpose or strategic goal, but for the simple reason that it’s fun.” (Me to a T)
      • “Much as an athlete competes for the physical exertion and the spirit of competition itself, Debaters debate for the sake intellectual stimulation and for the debate itself, and even in overwhelming victory or crushing defeat, it’s never about dominance, only inspiration to try harder next time.”
        • I like to think of it as an act of dedication, determination, and diligence. All laudable and sought after traits.
  • “Debaters have a longer road than most in harnessing their natural abilities – their intellectual independence and free-form vision are tremendously valuable when they’re in charge, or at least have the ear of someone who is, but getting there can take a level of follow-through that Debaters struggle with.”
  • Intolerance is listed as one of my weaknesses, and is definitely the one I struggle with the most
    • “Unless people are able to back up their ideas in a round of mental sparring, Debaters are likely to dismiss not just the ideas but the people themselves. Either a suggestion can stand up to rational scrutiny or it’s not worth bothering with.”
  • “Can Find It Difficult to Focus” is, hands down, the weakness I struggle with the most.
    • “The same flexibility that allows Debaters to come up with such original plans and ideas makes them readapt perfectly good ones far too often, or to even drop them entirely as the initial excitement wanes and newer thoughts come along. Boredom comes too easily for Debaters, and fresh thoughts are the solution, though not always a helpful one.”
    • This weakness also ties in with “Dislike Practical Matters”
      • “Debaters are interested in what could be – malleable concepts like ideas and plans that can be adapted and debated. When it comes to hard details and day-to-day execution where creative flair isn’t just unnecessary but actually counter-productive, Debater personalities lose interest, often with the consequence of their plans never seeing the light of day.”
  • “Being inclined to suppress their emotions and feelings, when Debaters are faced with a friend who, figuratively or literally, needs a shoulder to cry on, they have no clue how to handle the situation,” pretty much embodies this gif:

    “Debaters are certainly not known for their sensitivity or outward affection, no matter how intuitively they may understand another’s position.”

I’ve copied and pasted most of this text from the 16 Personalities website with the intention of revisiting this post to help me hone in on my strengths and tackle my weaknesses.


Author: Solimar Serrano

Solimar (also known as Soly) Serrano graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising and a Business Foundations Certificate. She grew up within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but currently resides in New York, NY to work as an Assistant Media Planner at GroupM. Her life revolves around broccoli, new and upcoming trends within the Advertising industry (particularly in the digital realm), and her Pug/Boston Terrier mix named Meatball. She's using this platform to showcase/improve her graphic design skills along with the expressing workings of her inner mind in order to maintain her sanity. That being said, it's worth noting that most of her posts might seem like a mind dump...only because they are.

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