fun with myers-briggs

24Dec08

i’m always fascinated by the myers-briggs personality test.  yesterday, i took this one:

the personality test

last i took one, about two years ago, i came up as an ENFJ.  but this time, i came up as an ENFP.  after reading the descriptions, i realized that although i could fit into either of those classifications, the ENFP describes me most accurately.

it’s kind of scary to think that every person could possibly be put into one of these sixteen classifications . . .  but then again, it’s also pretty broad, even within these groups.  personally, i have traits of some of the others, but i find my most dominant are within my tested classification.   also, i’m sure it reflects your state of mind at the time.  there are times when i just want to hide in a hole, and i probably closer resemble an introvert.  yesterday, though, i felt pretty good.  very much like ‘me.’ perhaps this fact makes this the most accurate set of results.

still, it’s interesting to read about a set of traits that i largely reflect.  perhaps this knowledge will help me work on areas that need a little assistance.  you know, like procrastination.  [among others.]

have you taken this test before?  what do you think about the classifications and the methods of testing?  can this be used as an accurate portrait of a person, or do you think the flaws are too prevalent?  also, do you think that interpersonal relationships [friendships, colleagues, romantic partners] are fundamentally based on these traits, or are they merely an afterthought?

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2 Responses to “fun with myers-briggs”

  1. 1 SteveB

    ENTJ — though almost 50-50 on the E/I and the N/F — I guess you could call me well-balanced. Or boring. No, well balanced, if you will.

  2. 2 Diana

    INFP — and pretty strong in all four domains. I think all these personality tests are useful for simply illustrating that people really do view the world differently and relate to the world differently. It should be obvious, perhaps, but it’s amazing how often we just kind of automatically assume that someone else sees something the same way we do. These tests are also useful in helping people to learn to appreciate differences.

    I know some people get uncomfortable with Myers-Briggs: that they feel labeled or put in a box. But as long as one keeps in mind that there are a lot of variations within its sixteen categories, I don’t see the problem. And M-B is only one way to determine a personality type. People categorize themselves by Zodiac sign all the time, for instance.


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