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.
Lesley castle says
Lesley Castle says
You are happy-go-lucky, Binga is in control, and Boodie is a sweetheart!
Sandi Stefani says
Interesting. Also think it sometimes depends on the hoomans the cat lives with. My hooman’s mother’s cat was pure and mean. When my hooman and her sister was at mothers house everyday the cats personality began to change. Then when cat went to live with sister it became quite nice.
That’s so cool! Go Boodie!
Pawesome Cats says
Love that you did the test for the felines… our results would be mixed, that’s for sure!
We shall have to get meowmy to help us take that test, too…when she can block out some time…MOL!
Fraidy cats! says
hee hee! very interesting about Boodie. she is a still water 🙂 we’ll have to try it. Our mom has done this for work. She is an introvert but she doesn’t remember her other scores, maybe an ITSP or ITFP.
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie
Interesting! Mommy has taken the Myers Briggs several times but she had never thought of doing it for mes! So, wes did mes!
Introvert(44%) Sensing(38%) Thinking(6%) Perceiving(22%)
You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (44%)
You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (38%)
You have slight preference of Thinking over Feeling (6%)
You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (22%)
It was furry interesting and Mommy says just likes mes!
Thanks for the great idea! Who knew.
That is awesome, Summer! How neat that you kitties all took the test. Our humans are both INFJs, but the male human is borderline on the E and I. We cats will have to take the test., too!
Lone Star Cats says
We should take this – I are pretty sure me and Crockett are extraverts and Angie is an introvert.
Cathy Keisha says
TW took that test too and is a ISFJ.
Austin Towers says
That is very interesting!! I am surprised at Binga’s result just a little!! I must get The Staff to do it for me. I might invent a new category!! 😉
Team Tabby says
We can tell that you all had great fun taking the test!
Kitties Blue says
p.s. Mom did this for Astrid. Like Sparkle, she is an ISTP.
Kitties Blue says
Mom says that she took this test about 25 years ago and only remembers that she was intuitive. It sounds like s super fun thing for our kitties to do. Mom really wants to see how Astrid would score. Thanks for a fun and interesting post. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Very interesting! It looks like you and Boodie have a lot more in common than you think. Sometimes we have friction with others not because we are so different, but because we are so similar. Unlike your human, I am a complete introvert. I took this test a little while back and got like 73% introvert. My husband is always surprised at how quickly social interaction can cause anxiety in me. I believe the other letters were the same as your human’s though.
Very interesting!! I’m going to go and see how my kitty crew score!
The Swiss Cats says
Interesting ! Mum got an INTJ, but we didn’t try the test for us. Purrs
Emma and Buster says
Fascinating. Our human has an experience with this type of testing having worked a guidance counselor before. Personality testings fascinate her. And thanks for the link, we’ll try that.
Coco & Jake says
Jake and I get the same! ESFP
Extravert(11%) Sensing(25%) Feeling(50%)Perceiving(56%)
We are really similar, personalitywise
This sonds like a fun test to take! We are going to try it out! Thanks for telling us about it 🙂
the critters in the cottage xo
Caren Gittleman says
I did mine but just deleted it I was ISFP (I think that is what it was)…it was fun!
Caren Gittleman says
that is so cool! Thanks for sharing! Mom is heading over to check it out! Love, Cody
We’ve never done that test but it’s interesting how it pegged you girls and Sparkle too!
I am an INTJ…
It’s funny you guys did this: MomKatt did hers this past weekend. She turned out to be an INFJ (Introvert(100%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(38%) Judging(22%)
But she wasn’t too hep about the career choices she was given.
That was very interesting!
The Florida Furkids says
Mom took it a while ago and she is ISFP. We’re going to make her do it for us too!!!
The Florida Furkids
Lola and Lexy says
What a fantastic idea! Mommy is a psychologist and is now fascinated with this. No worries, you’re not the only kitty with a mediocre assistant, as you can see from our lack of posts.
Lola and Lexy
Ellen Pilch says
Very interesting and it sounds very correct, we know you thrive on meeting people.
GLOGIRLY CATS says
Interesting!!! I think Glogirly and I are very similar and she’s an INFJ. And I bet Waffles is completely different! We’ll have to give the online test a whirl!
Oh dear I best not take that test…I would fail miserably on the social skills. In reality I like being an only cat…and the center of my world. mOL MOL MOL
Hugs Madi your bfff
Brian Frum says
That is pretty cool Summer! I might not want to know how I would rate!!!
Melissa & Truffles says
We’ll have to check that out!
i’ll have to test the boyz ASAP. this may help some of the communication gaps in our house.
That was so interesting. Lynettea says she misses Sparkle, but she does enjoy Summer’s posts.
HaHnnah and Lucy says
That was a very interesting test and it was interesting reading about you all. Mum has been thinking about how the test would come out if we were to take it.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
Sometimes Cats Herd You says
That’s too funny! And interesting that it described Sparkle so well, too! We’ll have to check that out.
Toby & Leia says
That is pawsome stuff. Especially about Boodie.
Georgia and Julie says
That test sounds interesting.
The results for you kitties sounds about right 🙂
There is more to us kitties than humans think!
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
The Poupounette Gang says
So, do you think kitties are “P” by default? Our #1 is a “J” and “P” types drive her completely crazy, unless they’re kitties of course!
PhOebe Kitten says
Wow, now I want to see how we ALL would fare here!!! Boodie is definitel a ‘still waters run deep’ kind of cat.