Personality Types Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

By learning about personality tests, utilizing writing for personal reflection, and taking personality tests, your students will approach the topic of personality and identity from an introspective viewpoint.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concept of personality as understood by psychologists
  • Explain the basic mechanics of the Myers-Briggs personality framework
  • Competently discuss and analyze their personal feelings on personality


90-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.



  • Start class by discussing personality.
    • What is personality? How can we define this term? Why does personality matter?
  • Ask students to take five minutes to reflect on their personality, and describe their personalities, including definitive traits.
  • Distribute copies of the lesson Personality & Personality Types: Examples & Descriptions.
  • You will read this lesson as a class, with one person reading aloud at a time, switching with every paragraph.
  • Using this method, read the sections Your Personality, What is Personality?, and Competing Views on Personality.
    • What is personality? Was our definition the same one used by psychologists?
    • What goes into personality? What traits define personality? Are those the same traits you used to define your personality during the reflection exercise?
  • Continue reading the lesson as a class, and complete the remaining sections.
  • You may test student understanding with the lesson quiz.
  • Project the four scales used for the Myers-Briggs test (I-E, S-N, T-F, J-P) and their definitions on the board. Using ONLY these eight definitions (without looking at the combinations in the Introverts and Extroverts sections), give students five minutes to reflect and write down which letter in each scale they think they identify with the most and explain why that is the case. By the end of five minutes, they should have their estimation of their four-letter personality type (such as ENFP or ISTU).
  • Ask students to find their four-letter combination in the Introvert/Extrovert sections of the lesson. Give them another five minutes of writing reflection. Ask them to consider if they think the description provided matches their personality or not, and why.

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