Tuesday, June 03, 2008

What kind of mother am I?

My husband is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He defines it as a "personality assessment that classifies people into one of 16 types... based on the work of Carl Jung." I've taken it a couple of times in my life and consistently test as an ESTJ.

Recently, I found a new blog, A Mother's Musings, written by a cool baby-wearing mama named Steph. While browsing her recent posts, I found one about type and motherhood. Here is what it says about my type as a mother:

ESTJ (Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)
“We’re the mothers you like to carpool with. Not only are we on time, we organize the driving schedule for everyone.”

  • Organized and comfortable being in charge, the ESTJ mother knows “how to” get things done, make things happen, and accomplish much on behalf of her children. Whether she is encouraging them to get involved in organized activities or talking with them about their personal concerns, children of the ESTJ mother learn “how to” succeed in life.
  • Upbeat and matter-of-fact, the ESTJ mother is intent on her children having the best. She puts her skills and talents to work to this end, from planning trips that supplement their studies to raising funds for new playground equipment. She is happiest when her efforts produce concrete results — children who try out for teams, participate in academic competitions, or are leaders among their peers.
  • The ESTJ mother runs a tight household. She is apt to have predictable expectations, consistent routines, standard procedures, and well-defined boundaries, all of which help her children feel protected and secure.

Overall, this seems fairly accurate, though as the mother of an infant it is hard to tell how my own experience will pan out. The second bullet, about Charlotte having the best is definitely true... but not in a "it's the most expensive so it must be the best" sort of way. I define best more along the lines of breastfeeding, lots of quality time, and teaching her to grow up as God's child.

If you know your Myers-Briggs Type, you can click over here and read about yourself. My EdD husband reminded me that the MBTI is copy-written so you can't take it online, but there is a similar version of the test here if you don't know what your type is.


  1. Actually, CPP (the publisher of the MBTI) recently released an online version of the MBTI. The authentic online MBTI can be found at www.mbticomplete.com.


  2. Breanne, Thanks for letting me know! For anyone else reading this... the cost if $59.95.


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