Ever since I took the Myers-Briggs personality test when I was younger, I have been extremely interested in my personality type. From the Myers-Briggs, I branched off into taking other types of tests. These range from Buzzfeed quizzes (in my defense, it was for amusement to see how accurate it could be) to Enneagram (which was introduced to me a month ago).
I never took much stock in what these quizzes were telling me about myself, except when it came to the Myers-Briggs. Mostly I found it interesting, in that answering some basic questions about how I perceive myself to act and feel, they would tell me what type of person I am.
Until I listened to an episode called The Sorting Hat on (one of my favorite podcasts) Hidden Brain, I didn’t think about why these types of quizzes were so appealing. I also had no idea that personality tests were being used in workplace environments. It’s amazing to think about the implications of what answering some questions can have. If you have time, I would recommend listening to this episode (and this podcast in general).
I was very disappointed to hear that the Myers-Briggs is not really based in scientific research like I thought it was. But even so, I still feel like it captures the kind of person that I tend to be. I know that you can’t just fit people into a category, and there are definitely overlaps, but it’s somehow satisfying to be put in the same personality type as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
And with that disclaimer, last night I retook the Myers-Briggs and here were my results:
For the most part, I’ve historically been an INFJ. So, at the very least for me, it’s consistent. The Introversion has increased over time, especially over the past year. I think it makes sense considering my recovery, and I feel like in general it’s been easier to hide away than try to connect socially. It’s something I’m working on. The Intuitive, meaning that I’m more curious and imaginative as opposed to highly practical, also sounds about right. Feeling, yes. With the Judging, I am definitely less spontaneous than I am planning. Usually I won’t be spontaneous unless someone is there with me to suggest it and do it with me. I notice that I park in the same areas in places that I go to regularly–once I find my “place”, that’s where I go from then on. The Identity trait is new to me, but my result makes a lot of sense. I am extremely self-conscious and sensitive to stress, as the results state.
A friend sent me this quick quiz about Archetypes. Here were my results:
I honestly don’t know how accurate this test is known to be, or exactly what it means, but it looks right to me. Equal parts caregiver and creative, with a splash of intellectual.
Whenever I take these types of quizzes, I have this feeling that I’m full of myself, or bragging somehow. I’m not sure where this comes from, since they’re supposedly objective. Although I suppose that’s the danger, since this is your own perception of how you behave and think.
Last but not least, this is my Enneagram result:
Yeah, I believe this is accurate for me. I think the one that I don’t want to admit is the “impressive and attractive” but it’s genuinely a huge motivator. It’s also amazing how everything else really drops off after the top three. But sometimes I wonder if I am truly what these results say, or if I fit myself into them.
I think the biggest reason why we’re so drawn to these types of tests is that we want to find our “tribe”. We want to belong to a group, and identify with people who (seemingly) are just like us. Even when these tests may not accurately do so, somehow it’s comforting to know where feel like we belong. And maybe that in itself is enough.
I really liked how the Hidden Brain episode ended so I’ll quote it here:
“I can’t say I have much confidence in personality tests. But I’ve come to understand there is huge power in the faith we have in them.”
- School has begun, and it seems to be going well so far. Unfortunately there’s a lot of class participation, which I’m not psyched about. I enjoy it when I can sit and take notes during lecture anonymously.
- I got sick, right after recovering from wisdom teeth, and I’m still pretty exhausted from it all. Hopefully I can start running again soon; it’s been a long break.
- The Lights concert is on Monday!!! I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I bought the VIP tickets a few months ago. She’s one of my favorite musical artists–you can look forward to a blog post dedicated completely to this concert.
And that’s all for now!