Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Personality Test

While bumming around the blogosphere today (man, I need a hobby!), I came across this personality test, which claims to be based on Carl Jung and analytical psychology. Like I said, I had nothing better to do, so I decided to have a go at it. I usually dislike personality tests, because 1: They never seem to fit me, and 2: I don't see how they could fit me, since my answers are usually based on my current mood, and not the long-term observation that the most truthful answers would require. But the results of this test actually seemed to fit me rather well (not that I particularly like everything they said, but they seem accurate). According to them, I am an "Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging" personality type, also known as an "Inspector." Here are some quotes from the results that stood out:

"As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss." -- Though I've said before on this blog that I'm "upbeat," this description actually sounds more like me. I mean, I'm an optimist and I'm usually more-or-less happy, but I'm not visibly happy (I get the "Is something wrong?" question a lot, even though nothing usually is) I wouldn't say that I'm "cold," but I'm definitely not one to be easily excited, and it does take me a lot to express emotion.

"ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact." -- Sounds about right. ;-)

"SJ orientation draws the ISTJ into the service of established institutions. Home, social clubs, government, schools, the military, churches -- these are the bastions of the SJ. "We've always done it this way" is often reason enough for many ISTJs. " -- Well, they put schools in there, and I want to be a teacher, so...

And then they give a list of "Famous ISTJs," which includes George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and Christ's disciple, Thomas (which begs the question -- how did any of them take this personality test?) I'm flattered that one of the disciples is my personality type, though. :-) There are also some "Fictional ISTJs," like Eeyore from "Winnie the Pooh" (he was always my favorite), and Fred Mertz from "I Love Lucy." So what about you guys? Anyone feel like taking this test and seeing their personality type?

9 comments:

Peterson Toscano said...

Funny, I just took this test about a week ago and it said that I am INFP. Reading the description helped me to really understand some of my crazy quirks. Most people don't think that I am introverted because I like people so much, but crowds wear me out!

Thanks for sharing your results here. It is cool to hear that you are like Eeyore--he's my favorite. I am like Calvin of Calvin and Hobbs, oh, and Terri Gross of PBS's Fresh Air.

Irrational Entity said...

INFJ. Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging. Counselor. I guess that description sounds about right, though many of these things are rather vague. I certainly like a little time by myself and am going into the educational field.

kurt_t said...

INTJ here.

grace said...

Oh my gosh...don't even get Tin Man started on this stuff!! hehe!!!
He's done all of this with a bunch of us and has read several books on it. I'm an INFP (just like Peterson...and yeah, crowds wear me out as well...).

It is a very helpful tool, particularly when you're married because it helps you understand one another and communicate more effectively. Lotta good it did me, though! wah! Anyway...not gonna rain on your personality profile parade!

love ya!
pam

Jay said...

Wow. Thanks everyone. This sure is interesting stuff (and I hope Tin Man comes over here and adds to the conversation). I didn't know people had actually heard about this before, much less already done it.

p.s. How come I haven't gotten a single extrovert on either blog? Do extroverts just not blog?

grace said...

Em is an extrovert. He'll show up soon enough! ha!:) Too busy out extroverting!

pam

tilts_at_windmills said...

Another INTJ here. I'm always trying to get friends to take Myers-Briggs. It's usually pretty accurate, and it's a fun way to get people to talk about themselves.

And yeah, the internet is totally the Kingdom of the Introvert.

Tin Man said...

Jay - Ha! Ha! How I love being made fun of on another person's blog by someone who is only commenting on the blog! Look out Grace! I love this personality type stuff. I know you have to take it all with a grain of salt but I think it is fun anyway. It is especially fun at parties and get-togethers. The kids in the youth group love for me to use all this personality info to predict their future careers and what their future mates will be like. I think the real value is helping you to appreciate all of the differences you see in others. Helps keep you humble too--just when you think you are so unique you read a personality description about yourself and you can see that you are like a zillion other people in the world. Anyways, I knew there was something I liked about you Jay (fellow ISTJ).

Beast said...

I cannot believe it!!!! haha... Good for you being IS TJ.... I am ENTJ.... I've been looking for people of my group but have found NONE... Boo..hoo...