||[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 took this test once and hated it. In that session I was instructed to answer each question by selecting one of the proffered answers.
Much more recently I retook it with different guidance: this time I was allowed to leave a quesdtion blank or choose multiple answers. I got much more out of the recent testing (which may also have had something to do with a free professional assessment based on my results). So there's huge variability in how one takes the test, and how the results are analyzed and presented.
I happen to have connected more with the Enneagram, but as many in the psych profession will say, the Enneagram has little predictive value (hehehe, this is probly why you don't like it) and is more of a spiritual tool than a psychological assessment. That said, my Enneagram work ended up pointing at something very simliar to my MBTI assessment. To me these are two different approaches, and if Person A tends to prefer one over the other, then having multiple options has given that person a more effective tool.
Disclaimer: I do tend to enjoy personality testing! ;-)