MBTI Personality Types

MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is the most popular personality test on the globe (1). While the test itself may not be scientifically valid (2), it's still a fun way to determine the general category of your personality - at least for the time being. There have been many different versions of the MBTI test; different styles (such as forced choice of 2 options or an Agree/Disagree scale) or general updates and modifications that have kept the test relevant to modern times since it first debuted in 1962 (3).

The results you'll find below are from a survey conducted in June 2021. The participants were instructed to take the free MBTI personality test online and report their results. If you'd like to take the exact test taken by survey participants, you can find it here: 16personalities.com. The test features 60 "questions" presented as "True/False" prompts with regard to personal behaviors or beliefs. Below each prompt, there is a scale of 7 bubbles: 3 Agree, 1 Neutral, and 3 Disagree; the 3 bubbles for Agree/Disagree are presented as different sizes to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. 

MBTI Test Statement Examples:

  • "Your personal work style is closer to spontaneous bursts of energy than organized and consistent efforts."

  • "You are still bothered by mistakes that you made a long time ago."

  • "You avoid leadership roles in group settings."

Based on the answers you provide, you will receive a four-letter personality type (and an additional letter on newer tests - either "A" or "T"). Below, you will find charts and descriptions of the results from the MBTI survey conducted by What in the ADHD? 

Survey Demographics

Number of participants: 246

Participants with a confirmed ADHD diagnosis: 132

Participants without a diagnosis, but suspect ADHD: 107

Participants that do not have ADHD: 7

A breakdown of Age, ADHD Diagnosis Status, and Gender can be found below in Figures 1, 2, and 3. Further down the page, there is a description of the different components of the personality test results and 3 figures (Figures 4, 5, and 6) showing the breakdown of personality types among the three subgroups of respondents (ADHD, Possibly ADHD, Non-ADHD).

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Figure 1: Survey Demographics of those who participated in the survey that identified as a "woman" (Cisgender or Transgender). Of the 246 participants, 148 identified as a woman. 82 had a confirmed ADHD diagnoses, 61 are possibly ADHD, and 5 do not have ADHD. The most common age group was 24-27 years.

Figure 2: Survey Demographics of those who participated in the survey that identified as a "man" (Cisgender or Transgender). Of the 246 participants, 47 identified as a man. 29 had a confirmed ADHD diagnoses, 18 are possibly ADHD, and 0 non-ADHD men participated. The most common age groups were 18-20 and 24-27 years.

Figure 3: Survey Demographics of those who participated in the survey that identified as a "Nonbinary" (This includes "Genderqueer", "Genderfluid", and "Agender"). Of the 246 participants, 51 identified as Nonbinary. 21 had a confirmed ADHD diagnoses, 28 are possibly ADHD, and 2 participants did not have ADHD. The most common age group was 24-27 years.

What are the personality types and what do they mean?

After you complete the MBTI Personality Test, you will notice four main categories. (There is a fifth, which is relatively new. This will be explained after the original four.) Each of the categories has two extremes, and you will fall somewhere on the spectrum. For example, if you are mostly extraverted, your results may say that you're 72% Extraverted and 28% Introverted. For this category, you would be given an "E". Here's a breakdown of the four main categories:

​1. Mind

Extraverted: outgoing and social; enjoys being around others and meeting new people

Introverted: shy and withdrawn; dislikes large crowds; prefers to be alone or with a small group of people

2. Energy

Intuitive: prefer to use past experiences, feelings, and imagination to analyze a situation

Observant: taking information from present surroundings to analyze a situation; focused

3. Nature

Thinking: objective and fair; rarely influenced by emotions when evaluating situations

Feeling: caring and compassionate; heavily influenced by emotions of self and others

4. Tactics

Judging: prefers structured schedules and plans; very likely to follow rules and laws

Prospecting: prefers to "go with the flow"; flexible; decisions may be impulsive

A more in-depth description of all of these can be found here.

Figure 4: Personality Types among those with a confirmed ADHD diagnosis. Of the 246 participants, 132 had a confirmed ADHD diagnosis. The most common personality type among ADHDer's was INFP (36.4%),followed by ENFP (16.7%) and INTP (15.9%). There were no respondents with ADHD that reported the following personality types: ESFP, ESTJ, ENTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ.

Figure 5: Personality Types among those who may have ADHD. Of the 246 participants, 107 reported that they do not have an ADHD diagnosis, but believe they have the condition. The most common personality type among possible ADHDers was INFP (42.1%),followed by INFJ (14.0%) and ENF(13.1%). There were no respondents with POSSIBLE ADHD that reported the following personality types: ISFJ, ESFJ.

Figure 6: Personality Types among those who do not have ADHD. Of the 246 participants, 7 reported that they do not have ADHD, nor do they believe they have the condition. The most common personality type among neurotypicals was INFP (28.6%). There was a 5-way tie at 14.3% for the following types: INFJ, ISFP, INTJ, ENFJ, ESFP. There were no neurotypical respondents that reported the following personality types: ENFP, INTP, ISTP, ENTP, ISFJ, ESTP, ESTJ, ENTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ. Obviously, more data needs to be collected from all groups - but especially the neurotypical group - for more accurate results.

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I design my surveys from scratch using Google Forms. It takes careful planning to word the questions and response options in a way that's easy to understand, descriptive (but not wordy), and inclusive to all participants. The work doesn't stop there. Once surveys close, responses are exported to spreadsheets, where the data is organized, abbreviated, color-coded, and analyzed to locate significant results. This step alone can take up to 14 hours. Finally, the data is visualized via simple-yet-informative charts and shared on social media and our website. This requires an additional 3-6 hours of formatting, coding, and drafting figure legends. From start to finish, the surveys and respective data take a minimum of 20 hours to complete.

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