Cult of Personality

Whenever I take the Myers-Briggs personality test, I often wonder if I’m answering the questions correctly or not. I know that statement is absurd, given that it is a purely subjective test, but I still feel as though I’m doing something wrong. Interestingly enough, the material concerning my personality type actually addresses this kind of problem in individuals like me.

I’ve always considered myself an INFP, but most tests score me as either an INFP or INFJ.

The “official” Myers-Briggs site explains the Myers-Briggs test more succinctly than I ever could:  “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”

In other words, the point of the test is to identify your basic preferences of each of the four dichotomies specified by Carl Jung, on whose theory of personality this inventory is based. The result is sixteen distinct personality types that come about from interactions among the choices.

Naturally, here is where I’d explain the four scales, but it’s better to take the tests before knowing what each of the scales are and what they mean. I’m going to be taking each of these tests as I list them and will give my result for each. At the end of this project, we can see which tests are alike, which (if any) are anomalies, and what my overall “average” type is.

Test #1
The first test is from the site My-Personality-Test. It’s a 10-minute test where you either agree or disagree in part or in whole with the statements listed. That is, it’s a sliding scale of disagreeing to agreeing.  You’re given five choices on each side of the sliding scale. There are 64 questions.
I scored as a WELL SCREW THIS TEST.
I took this damn thing twice and then is what I get at the end both times: screwthistestMoving on to another test that will hopefully work out better than the last one and not waste my time *sneers…*

THE REAL TEST #1
The ACTUAL first test is from the HumanMetrics website and is titled the “Jung Typology Test,” which claims it is based on Carl Jung’s and Isabelle Briggs Myers’ “personality type theory.” There are 64 questions. You can answer either YES (very yes), yes (sorta yes), uncertain, no (sorta no), or NO (very no).
Here we go…
And the results are in! I am an INFJ, which breaks down into Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging:
infj.jpg

I didn’t score strongly in any of the categories, hence the “moderate preference” talk. This is a theme for me.

Test #2
The 16 Personalities test kept popping up any time I searched for Myers-Briggs tests, although it is a NERIS Type explorer test, as opposed to a strict MBIT. For the difference, read the lengthy explanation here. Or you can just know that, in addition to scoring your personality based on the Myers-Brigg’s types, it also adds a fifth personality aspect, Identity, which can be either Assertive or Turbulent, where Assertive means you are self-assured and stress-resistant, while Turbulent means you are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. I don’t have to take the test to know that I fall into the latter category!

My result is an INFP-T or “the Mediator:” Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving, and Turbulent.

infptApparently, the mediator means I’m sort of hippie, free spirit who likes butterflies, flowers, and going barefoot. Not me at all. Well, I don’t have anything against flowers except they make horrible gifts because they die and then you are left with dead flowers and awful smelling water that you have to throw out, which you may feel bad about (I would). No, but here is really what it says about Mediators, which I think is kind of neat.

I can’t say I’m proud of these results. Seeing that Turbulent identity kind of stings. However, it is congruent with what my past experiences have been: I score somewhere in the middle between Judging and Perceiving, so I’m always either an INFJ or an INFP.

Test #3
The third test is courtesy of Truity.com. It is free (as are all these tests) and claims to take 15 minutes. It asks you to score which of two words or phrases describe you best.
The results… well, they are pretty spot on. I am an Introverted Intuitive Feeler (INF)… who may be a Judger or Perceiver – which is something I vary on in almost all of my tests, so that wasn’t much of a surprise (well, what WAS surprising was that the test pointed it out).
JorP
Test #4
This test is thanks to the folks at psychcentral.com. Am I getting tired of taking these tests yet? Yes… some of the questions are seeming repetitive. Actually, I’m catching how the tests ask you the same questions, just reversed. Anyway, the gist of the test is to agree or disagree with the statements they present. 63 questions.

Well the results of this test are different, but not really surprising if you look at how it boils down. According to this, I’m an ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging), but I scored right down the middle in everything but Introversion.
istjTest #5
The next test I came across was offered on metarasa’s personality site, a UK-based website. I have a feeling this is one of those tests you take and they give you introductory results and you have to pay for the full results, but let’s reserve judgment.
Ugh, I just started taking this test and I hate it already… it’s like the two statements aren’t contradictory in any way and so I am having to arbitrarily choose between them! *marches on*
*stops*
I refuse to continue subjugating myself to material that is indecipherable, let alone expect you to take that test. That was awful. Which is sad, because, upon first glance, the rest of the website looks like it could be kind of neat.

Here is an example of what they were asking:
Do you “enjoy getting things done” or “enjoy anticipating the future?”
Umm… both? How is that even a choice?

Test #6
This test at Owlcation is different. It comes in four sections, one for each of the four dichotomies that Jung outlines. So, you take the test for each of the four traits separately. I quite like the setup.

For the Extroverted/Introverted category… I got Introverted.
For the Intuitive/Sensing category… iNtuition
For the Thinking/Feeling category… Feeling
For the Perceiving/Judging category… Perceiving.

So, INFP. It seems like that’s the general theme of my results. Based on that, I’d say some of these tests are fairly accurate, or at least, in agreement with one another.

I can’t take any more tests… I’m exhausted. How many was that, just six? Dear lord, it felt like twenty.

Okay, okay… enough tests. Time to take the tried and true test, the one on the actual Myers-Briggs site.

OH, haha, just kidding. You think with all the research I did on that site I would have seen that the test costs $49.95 (plus tax) to take and get scored. So, no, I won’t be taking that.

Well, what was the good in any of this, you ask? I CAN tell you what test I think is the best, which is the test offered by 16 Personalities. I like that test the best because of how in-depth the results are. Also, the test itself is basic and taking it doesn’t feel like pulling teeth like some of these tests have.

If you aren’t into long-winded explanations and just want to find out your personality type, take the test at Owlcation.com. It is the most straightforward test of them all, as it tests you on each of the four categories separately.

Here’s that little bit of background info, in case you’re interested.

There are four scales on the Myers-Briggs test:

  • Your Favorite World: Extroverted (E) vs. Introverted (I) – “Where do you put your attention and direct your energy?”
  • The Information category: Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N) – “Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?”
  • When making Decisions: Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) – “Do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency, or first look at people and special circumstances?”
  • How do you Structure things: “Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P) – “In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?”

SO…what does all of this really mean?

I couldn’t take the official MBTI, so I can’t say for sure. But I would bet that I’m an INFP according to that test.

Can I stop answering questions now? *passes out*

And for those of you who have had this song stuck in your mind since you read the blog title…

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