are personality types a thing?

I used to be super obsessed with the Myers Brigg’s Personality Test ( In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a pretty old personality test that helps indicate the different ways that people perceive the world and make decisions. There are 16 different types, and once you take the test, the website can give you all kinds of information that is supposed to reflect/predict how you live/feel about almost every aspect of your life (friendships, parenthood, romantic relationships, career paths, workplace habits, etc.). 

When I was in high school, I took this test for the first time and absolutely loved it. Almost everything the results told me were creepily accurate, and it helped me feel understood as a person in a way that I myself hadn’t even felt yet (part of this was because it was my first time living a part from my nearly identical twin sister). So this test really acted as a lifeline for me and helped me feel more secure in my identity and who I was. But I took the test again at the end of high school, and realized that my personality had apparently changed. At first, I was upset and thought it must have been a mistake- I tried to put it out of my mind. It wasn’t until this past winter break that I decided to take the test again, and actually began to understand and identify with my new result. I decided that it made sense that I had changed as a person throughout high school- I’m definitely not the same person I was went I left home for the first time. 

But I’m still kind of unsettled about what this change means, and how to relate to this test anymore- it doesn’t provide the simple answer that it did when I was 15. While I think my “new” personality type in some ways reflects the way I’ve grown throughout high school, I don’t completely connect to it- part of me still relates to the result I got four years ago. What do you guys think- is there any use to these personality tests after all? Or are people too complex, too unique, too constantly changing and growing to be defined by just four letters?

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