The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the many online personality diagnostic test. Composed of sixteen different personality types, MBTI serves as a resource to identify the personality types of not only contemporary test-takers; MBTI allows us to retroactively assess the personality types of historical characters.
Born into a middle class Jewish family in the late 19th century, it would have been difficult to predict that Albert Einstein would so greatly impact 21st century understanding of the physical universe. Einstein’s childhood experience, beliefs, and life events shaped not only his rigorous mathematical formulas and equations but also his distinctive personality. BSM Consulting, author of High-Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types, suggests that Einstein’s Myers-Briggs personality type is INTP, “The Thinker”. According to MBTI and Einstein’s biography, one can infer that, as an INTP, Albert Einstein was a creative thinker, he valued knowledge highly, and he was driven by theories and ideas.
Einstein’s ability to think “outside the box” is the quality that most defines the thinker’s personality type. As explained by BSM Consulting, “INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They (INTPs) live primarily inside their own minds” (BSM, “The Thinker” par.2). Michio Kaku, the author of Einstein, Albert, writes that one of the most important influence on Einstein was Max Talmud (par.4). Talmud introduced a children’s science series by Aaron Bernstein named Naturwissenschaftliche Volksbucher (translated, Popular Books on Physical Science) to Einstein in which, among other adventures, the author imagines riding alongside electricity inside a telegraph wire (Michio par.4). “Einstein then envisioned ‘what would light look like if one could run alongside it?’” This question dominated his work and thoughts for ten years before coming to fruition in his first scientific paper “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields” (Michio par.4). Einstein was neither a child of prophecy, nor was he born under a lucky star; what sets him a tier higher than the rest is his ability to conceptualize and visualize mentally.
Einstein was a man who wanted to know how and why his surroundings worked. As BSM consulting notes, “INTPs value Knowledge above all else” (BSM, “The Thinker” par.3). The authors of Albert Einstein, Anne Marie Sullivan and Giuliano Ferri report, “[k]nowledge made Einstein feel like a bird and he could soar high above the world, seeing and understanding everything below” (par. 19). The books provided Max Talmud provided Einstein allowed him to find the answers to his questions regarding his surroundings – allowing him to soar high above the natural world. During the 19th century Isaac Newton’s laws of motions and James Clerk Maxwell’s theory of light were the pillars supporting the physics....