Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tell me about yourself

We were doing some chatting in the comments about the Myers-Briggs personality test, and our results.

I have an unhappy memory connected with Myers-Briggs, so I do a little mental cringe whenever I hear it. When I was a freshman in highschool--coming off of some difficulties in elementary school, and ready for a whole new group of people, a new start--my math teacher announced that we were going to start off the year by doing Myers-Briggs, "to get to know ourselves and each other." Fine idea, right? Except that part of this "getting to know" involved revealing our results by physically separating out for each dichotomy. We start with E/I, and there is a mass movement to the 'E' side of the room.

There was only one. other. 'I'. And the other was one of those ultimate smart math-geeky people who seems perfectly happy to never talk to anyone else. {sigh} Way to fit in!

Anyway, we did the test 4 years later, again with the same teacher, and I got the same results: INFJ/P. By that time I was rather proud of the classification, and could recognize its truth for me. But it still rankles.

It was interesting that several people popped up in the comments column as INFJs, INFPs, or even both like me. Wow! It's supposed to be only 1% of the population for each type! But...ahem...look at the description for INFJ (from the "Personality Test Center" website, linked to below):

INFJ: "Author". Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1% of the total population. These are serious students and workers who really want to contribute. They are private and easily hurt. They make good spouses, but tend to be physically reserved. People often think they are psychic. They make good therapists, general practitioners, ministers, and so on.

"Author". Yeah, baby.

I looked up the Myers-Briggs tests this morning, and was surprised to see that the real one is not only NOT free, but expensive--up to $170 at some places. However, there's an approximation test at the Personality Test Center, for your enjoyment--either for a re-take or for the first time.

You can also learn a lot more about Myers-Briggs at the Wikipedia article. (It IS Wikipedia, so take it with a shaker of salt, but this one seems more well-researched than most.)

Please do comment if you take the test, or you have an experience with it. It appears to be self-analysis week!

Gotta run now, I have my first grad school class this morning!

Medieval Word of the Day: smoterly: Besmirched in reputation.


Anonymous said...


I was suprised to find that I was an IFNJ also. I'll take this as a sign I'm working in the right direction.

Cindy said...

Hi Suze!

ENFJ for me. No surprises there!


Sarah said...

I took the test when I was at my previous library job. (We had a LOT of complaints to the admins about that, I tell you - psychological testing on work time and all, but they made it voluntary and most people took it.)

I just read both the INFJ/INFP characteristics at the site you pointed out, and both fit. Kind of scary :)

Mrs. Mitty said...

I took the test several years ago but all I could remember was the "I" part. So I took the one on the site you linked (twice, since some of the questions' answers were "both" or "either" for me) and came out INFP and INFJ. No surprises there. The highest score is always the "I" for me; I think I'd make a good hermit. [g]

Julie said...

I'm another INFP... I remember taking this YEARS ago in high school, and I was a complete I- 100%!

Now, I'm about 75% I. Suppose thats what the acting has brought out in me ;)

Susan Adrian said...

That is an awful lot of similar personality types. {s}

Julie K said...


I'm an EN/SFP - the descripton for ENFP is "Journalist" and for ESFP is "Entertainer". Fits in the my status as a Gemini - the split personalist, too, wouldn't you say [g]?