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Meyers-Briggs? [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

What do you test as?

(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.)

[User Picture]From: bryree
2007-03-21 02:54 am (UTC)
Wow. Don't I feel all 's' minority and stuff.

I think such tests are effective at giving us insights into ourselves about things that we hadn't perhaps consciously noted and at helping us understand where others are coming from. They are helpful ONLY insofar as those who use them (loose definition of 'use,' your post would count) understand that the results are not deterministically revealing your 'personality fate'; they are revealing tendencies, some strong and some weak, about the way people approach life and what those tendencies can (not must) mean practically in a better (more scientifically?) tested way than do, say, zodiac signs. Tendencies can and do change, but we have them nonetheless. And I certainly know that you clearly understand the above, just wanted to 'say' it 'out loud.'
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