By Dr. A.J. Drenth
Knowing and understanding your (as well as your child’s) personality type (e.g., INFP) is important for numerous reasons. Knowing your type, including its associated learning styles, can help you and your kids better navigate school, careers, relationships and personal growth. Indeed, one of our primary objectives here at Personality Junkie is helping people discern and understand their type.
One step in determining personality type is taking personality tests and inventories. We have a few personality tests available here on Personality Junkie to aid you in this process. There is also an excellent personality test for kids called the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children®, or MMTIC® (pronounced “M-tick”) for short.
A Personality Test for Kids: The MMTIC
The MMTIC® was built on decades of empirical research, including research conducted with the highly regarded Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Its results include your child’s four-letter personality type, as well as explanations of the learning style associated with his or her personality type. It is designed for children ages 7-18 (grades 2-12).
Personality tests for kids can also provide insight into your children’s relationships. The MMTIC® can help with this as well, providing feedback regarding how your child’s personality type can influence his attitudes and behaviors in relationships. This can help you better guide your child in both the home and school environment.
One potential drawback of various personality assessments is that many focus on type preferences (e.g., E, I, S, N) rather than functions (e.g., Ni, Ne, Si, Se). For this reason, we at Personality Junkie have worked hard to explore and explain the eight functions in order for readers to better determine and understand their personality type. We feel this provides for a more accurate assessment and understanding of your type.
In addition to using a personality test for kids, parents can also help their children by working to understand type theory and the various personality types. This can help them understand how and why their personality meshes (or clashes) with their child’s, as well as ways of working toward greater understanding and harmony. Toward this end, our site offers descriptions of all 16 personality types, several personality tests, as well as two relevant eBooks: