I know most of you humans have heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality inventory — you take a series of questions and it helps you gain insight into how you perceive the world around you, and how you make decisions. People use it as a tool to gain a greater understanding of why they do the things they do. There are 16 personality types and humans will find they fall into one of them, with the levels differing from person to person.
But what if a cat took this test, would it be accurate? For fun, all three of us kitties here took an online version of the Myers-Briggs test and we were very surprised at the results because they actually were meaningful! And you may be surprised at some of the results.
I am an ESFP: Extravert (44%), Sensing (62%), Feeling (75%), Perceiving (56%). That means, basically, that I am a social cat who enjoys being around other cats and people. I love creature comforts and working with others. I’m spontaneous, adaptable and have a sense of fun and adventure! I am usually pretty good about making judgments about people and making decisions on how to relate to them. I’m a very hands-on experience kind of kitty and love to play.
But guess what? Binga is also an ESFP! Only her percentages are different: Extravert (33%), Sensing (62%), Feeling (12%), Perceiving (33%). That means that while Binga is a social cat like me, she doesn’t get quite as much from it as I do, and she is way lower on the feeling scale than I am, which makes her less empathetic by far! And while Binga and I both prefer to keep our options open, she is a bit more decisive than I am.
Boodie, on the other hand, is an ISFP: Introvert (100%), Sensing(88%), Feeling(19%), Perceiving (33%)! Yes, you saw that right — she is 100% an introvert, which is why you often see her in the background, if you see her at all. ISFP kitties definitely march to the beat of their own drummer. They are strange and unusual cats who are peace-loving, free spirited and kind. Even so, they are changeable, sometimes friendly and sometime aloof. Like Binga and I (and most cats), Boodie lives in the moment, but she doesn’t let it all hang out like we do. Nobody ever really knows what Boodie is thinking and she’s rather passive, but there is a lot more going on beneath the surface than you might realize.
Just in case you think we cats are all ISFP or ESFP types, my human did the test for Sparkle, and she came out as an ISTP: Introvert (67%), Sensing (38%), Thinking (25%), Perceiving (22%). Quiet, analytical, living by her own rules and, at least on the surface, self-sufficient — all that was Sparkle. My human is unlike any of us kitties, by the way — she is an ENTJ: Extravert (1%), iNtuitive (38%), Thinking (25%), Judging(44%). Sometimes she scores as an INTJ because she is right on the border between Introvert and Extravert. She loves being autonomous or being in charge, and figuring out how things work. She’s also very independent. All this makes her a good publisher and author, but rather a mediocre cat assistant.
This is all for fun, of course — if you want to look at the Myers-Briggs assessment more seriously, you can visit the official Myers & Briggs website for more information. The test we all took was an unofficial online version, and it can be found here.