||[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.)
Actually, I've never even taken it. It rubs me wrong even from a distance, though. Strikes me as one of those horoscopey things that people can use to make themselves feel understood and flattered, no matter what the result says.
I wonder if it's been tested - give people randomized results, ask them how accurate they were, and compare that to people who've been given their "correct" results.
Ah! Well, it's not as rigorous a test, but I always like to read the descriptions of the classifications that aren't supposed to be for me. With horoscopes, you find that all of them are sort of generic good advice and apply equally well (or poorly).
What impressed me with this particular personality test is that, while the 4 types that I matched were mostly good descriptions of me (with exceptions), I felt that the other type descriptions really didn't apply at all. They were definitely describing people very unlike me.
So I think it's got something going for it. There are, of course, a million traits that it ignores, but it can be a useful lens to look through.