||[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.)
What I realized when I was looking at it most recently is that whether I gain or lose energy being around people depends on the people. Usually I'm extroverted -- because I'm usually surrounded by the right people, and I get plenty of alone time at work. But when I'm on business trips, I sometimes need to hide in my hotel room for a while.
Sounds like you’re and introvert, then. An extrovert wouldn’t need alone time at work in order to deal with people; in fact, it would probably drive them crazy.
Introverts also tend to have a small handful of people that drain them less quickly than the average stranger/coworker.
I really think I'm bimodal.
I do need some time alone, but I can get too much of it and really NEED to interact with people. And I have quite a few people that don't drain me at all, but energize me. My friends generally think of me as quite extroverted, but I found out that my boss thinks I'm something of an introvert.
So I think I go back and forth. Living with two real introverts, I've learned to believe them when they tell me to go socialize with people and leave them at home, really it's okay.