Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jung-Myers-Briggs Personality Type

I love a good personality test. Who doesn't? I think all of us like to be validated.

I recently took the Jung-Myers-Briggs Test. There are 16 possible personality types based on 4 factors:
  • Introverted or Extroverted (I or E)
  • Sensing or iNtuitive (S or N)
  • Feeling or Thinking (F or T)
  • Judging or Perception (J or P)

I'm curious as to what all of you are! Please take the test and let me know:

Personality test based on Jung - Myers-Briggs typology

I'm an INTJ or "mastermind." That's right. A mastermind. So what do I want to do tonight, you ask? The same thing I do every night, Pinky -- Try to take over the world!

I was very surprised to read the description and to see how closely it resembles me. Kinda creepy. If any of you want a glimpse into my psyche, read on:

"INTJs are analytical. Like INTPs, they are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative. They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank, or title.

Hallmarks of the INTJ include independence of thought and a desire for efficiency. They work best when given autonomy and creative freedom. They harbor an innate desire to express themselves by conceptualizing their own intellectual designs. They have a talent for analyzing and formulating complex theories. INTJs are generally well-suited for occupations within academia, research, management, engineering, and law. They are often acutely aware of their own knowledge and abilities—as well as their limitations and what they don't know (a quality that tends to distinguish them from INTPs). INTJs thus develop a strong confidence in their ability and talents, making them natural leaders.

In forming relationships INTJs tend to seek out others with similar character traits and ideologies. Agreement on theoretical concepts is an important aspect of their relationships. By nature INTJs can be demanding in their expectations, and they approach relationships in a rational manner. As a result INTJs may not always respond to a spontaneous infatuation but wait for a mate who better fits their set criteria. They tend to be stable, reliable, and dedicated. Harmony in relationships and home life tends to be extremely important to them. They generally withhold strong emotion and do not like to waste time with what they consider irrational social rituals. This may cause non-INTJs to perceive them as distant and reserved. Nevertheless, INTJs are usually very loyal partners who are prepared to commit substantial energy and time into a relationship to make it work."

(wikipedia, entry "INTJ")

One thing about myself that has always bothered me is that I am "distant and reserved" as wikipedia states. Maybe I should just accept that this is me instead of always, painfully and unsuccessfully, trying to change it.

Some notable INTJs are Warren Buffet, Jane Austen, Caesar, Thomas Jefferson, Steven Hawking, C. S. Lewis, Plato and Issac Newton. Oh, and Arnold Schwartzenegger which I'm sure you can see the similarities :)

Matt, on the other hand is an ENTJ. We pretty much the same except Matt is extroverted and I'm introverted. His profile is so "right on" that it is scary. It mentions being good at business, which he is, having energy, which he definitely does, and a desire to create efficient systems, which is half of what Matt talks about.

So I really am interested: What are you? Do you find it accurate? Take the test!

Hasta la vista, baby!


PC said...

INFJ--my wife thinks the description on Wikipedia fit me well (I had my reservations about some of it, but maybe it's just because I'm too complex for my own good sometimes...). What I really wonder is if I get the same result every time I take this--I've taken this multiple times in years past but I never remember what my result was.

(Adam F)

Erica said...

Wow I am an ESFP, so the complete opposite of you. I definitely do not think with any amount of logic. I'm all feelings and emotions which can be good and bad. hehe

Ashley said...

@Adam...I'm really close to INFJ, too. But I guess I tend to make decisions based on thought rather than feeling most of the time. I wouldn't be surprised if you were also on the border of INFJ and INTJ.

@Erica-Yeah, it isn't like one type is better than the other. Sometimes I wish I was more expressive of my feelings and outgoing, but sometimes I like that I can think through things. It depends on the situation. I think it is funny that we are exact polar opposites.

Janelle said...

I took it twice and both times I got an error message saying it could not analyze my results. What does that mean? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? I can't believe I failed a personality test. This has given me a serious complex.

Kakes said...

I was ENTJ too! It was pretty accurate. Weird.

Matt B said...

Yes Kateka, us ENTJers rock! j/k ;)

Kara said...

hmm... i'm ENFP! i'm not a good test taker so mine might be a little different. What do you think i am Ashley?