||[Mar. 19th, 2007|10:40 pm]
I am occasionally fascinated by personality tests. I discovered the Myers-Briggs test in high school, and really liked it because not only did it describe me pretty well, the book I had explained the motivations of people who are different than me quite well. (The enneagram, on the other hand, makes no sense at all to me.)|
What do you think?
Do you think the MBTI is accurate?
It's got me pegged
it's pretty good
it's totally worng
I don't know what you're even talking about
(I tested as crossover INFP/INTP/ENFP/ENTP back then, which still seems pretty accurate to me. I have a difficulty taking it any more because I like that classification and have a hard time not trying to game the answers, and because my answer to many of the questions is "it totally depends" -- which is consistent with being split on the related scores.)
I don't really get the point. I don't need a test to tell me that I'm pretty introverted; I already knew that.
The test also doesn't do a good job of fuzziness. I'm introverted with strong extroverted leanings (wearing outrageous hats, being on stage, etc.). But the test doesn't distinguish between that and someone who's introverted to autistic levels. It marches through questions whose answers are naturally "Well, often X but sometimes Y" and turns them into a small bit set which in the end describes what you already knew about yourself.
I think OKCupid
does a brilliant satire job on their "Dating Personality Type."
Supposedly, it’s more to help you understand other people’s dysfunctions. But I find it helps legitimize my existence to the type of people who only believe what they see written in popular books. Like Fundamentalist Christians.
“Here, read this chapter, then stop praying for God to grant me extroversion.”