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Writer's Resource. 12/4/15: Myers Briggs.

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Hello, and welcome to the first post of my new blog: Writer's Resource. A blog where I will seek to provide both new and old writers alike with resources to help with the processes of character development and world building. (Apologies for the terrible punctuation.)

 

For this first post I would like to introduce you to something that many people know about, but I still seem to find new people who have never heard of it before, so I figure it's as good a place as any to start the series.

 

Here is a link to the Myers Briggs test. It is what we'll be covering today.

 

What is the Myers Briggs test? Well it is a test developed to help define certain personality types commonly found in society. It was created in 1921 by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. And is actually officially called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, but people tend to shorten it for obvious reasons. If you want to read more about it's history, then check out it's wiki page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers%E2%80%93Briggs_Type_Indicator

 

 

Now. What exactly is the test useful for? Well it's a good way of gauging how a character will generally act in everyday situations. Think of it as something to help set the foundation of a character, or how they will react to something when you're drawing a blank.

 

What you do is you fill out the series of questions with either one thumb (agree/disagree) two thumbs (strongly agree/disagree) or three thumbs (completely agree/disagree) as your character would in the situations represented and you will get a general personality type of that character. Don't get hanged up on whether or not these situations would actually happen in your characters world, or time period. Just answer like they would if these did happen to them.

 

It should be stressed that this is not something that will write the character for you, you still need to do that. Nor does the result your character gets from the test mean that they will never stray from that general personality throughout the entire story. How a character reacts depends on how they have changed over the course of a story, or what has recently been happening in the story.

 

 

 

Well that's the first Writer's Resource. I plan to do this on a weekly, or bi-weekly basis. But for me to do that I'm gonna need help from you guys. If you know of articles, tests, other blogs or videos that you feel are helpful for writing characters, or worlds then please share them with me via PM saying why you think it is a good resource and I will post it either by itself or with another resource depending on how many resources people share with me.

 

Anyway. I hope you all got something useful out of this, and I hope you all have a good day.

 

-LS



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I did this a number of years ago for a psych course. I'm a pretty solid INFJ myself. I never really thought of it for writing, so it's cool to see you sharing.

 

Also fun fact:

Did you know that a marketing version of this test exists and is constantly under development? For ad agencies there's something like 18,000 personality types, but it covers essentially every human being in the world.

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I originally used it for writing, but eventually just decided to figure out a character's personality as I wrote them, because it just worked better for how I write.

 

I had hard that it was still in development a couple years ago, but I didn't know that the development was still going, Goes to show how much I pay attention.

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I'm an INFP, myself. Seems pretty spot-on, to me.

 

I took the test for a few of my characters, too. June is ENFP, Bennett is ISFJ, Renée is ESTP, and Lyn is INFJ. It's pretty neat to see the results, and how they match up with your characters. It could be pretty useful, too.

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