Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Personality Test Junkie Strikes Again

Click to view my Personality Profile page

I've stumbled upon yet another personality test that I couldn't resist - and it comes with a nifty little badge, too.

Chalk it up to fascination with how people's minds and feelings - including my own - work. It was this same fascination that led me to choose Psychology as my pre-med major in college - and I loved every minute of it.

Even as a kid, I used to enjoy answering these introspective self-evaluations. It didn't matter if they were official ones given by our guidance office or those silly scored pop-psych quizzes found in magazines.

The badge above shows my personality type according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is based on the personality theories of Carl Jung. It operates on the principle that we are born with or develop certain ways of thinking and acting. It aims to sort behavior into the combination of four "opposite" pairs: extraversion - introversion, sensation - intuition, thinking - feeling, judging - perceiving. This results in 16 possible psychological types made up of varying combinations of four of the eight components above.

While taking the "personality test" on the myPersonality.info site is hardly the same as taking the real MBTI test, which is longer, more comprehensive, and validated, it does give you a pretty good idea of what type you might fall under.

I am allegedly an INFP - Intraverted - iNtuitive - Feeling - Perceiving - also known as the "Dreamer."

"INFPs are introspective, private, creative and highly idealistic individuals that have a constant desire to be on a meaningful path. They are driven by their values and seek peace. Empathetic and compassionate, they want to help others and humanity as a whole. INFPs are imaginitive, artistic and often have a talent for language and writing. They can also be described as easy-going, selfless, guarded, adaptable, patient and loyal."

How on the money is that description of an INFP in relation to me as a person? Well, I'll leave that for my friends to decide more objectively after they read more about it here. (For those who want to comment how accurate this is in describing me, please feel free to leave your comments.) But in a lot of ways it does strike pretty close to home.

I've always known that one should take the results of these tests with a grain of salt, but when answered honestly and candidly, they also almost always contain a grain of truth.

Much as I like answering all these personality quizzes, I also love sharing them with friends and convincing them to answer them, too. So it's your turn! If you're up to it, take this MBTI quiz at Personality.info and create your own badge to embed in the comment form when you share your results. It's easy to answer - and actually a lot of fun.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your badges! :)

(Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I really just like spreading this kind of love around. I am even making it an informal tag - so Raymond, Ris, and Marlowe, head on to that website, answer, and blog about it! :))


Manggy said...

I answered the MB test a while back too on a whim-- I came out an INFP too :)

mia said...

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog a while back. Great blog you have here! I can relate to a lot of your entires. My dad is a doctor too so it's interesting to read about other doctors' lives. Anyway, re Team RP, Harvey is actually my former boss. Hehe. =D

dr_clairebear said...

@manggy: chances are, a good number of doctors are INFPs or something similar... why else would we choose to do what we do? ;P

@mia: thanks for dropping by! what a small world this is. i passed by your site, too... and i definitely need your help! :) i'm restocking my kikay kit after years of abandonment... and i could definitely use some words of wisdom there. :)

Anonymous said...

i like doing personality tests. i did one on mypersonality.info and got an ISTJ-Examiner. i took a similar test in the past and got a "Guardian" personality. I forgot if it's ENTJ or ESTJ.

Panaderos said...

Although MB classified me as an I, I'm actually a borderline I/E. There are moments when I love to socialize and there are also a lot of moments when I need to be alone with my thoughts. It's been a while since I took the MB test but I do still remember my results. :)

Mary ;) said...

I'm an ISFJ - the Defender, according to the test.

"ISFJs are traditional, loyal, quiet and kind. They are very sensitive to other people's needs because they are very observant. They have rich inner thoughts and emotions. They value stability and cultural norms. They are very adept at giving attention to detail. They do not seek positions of authority."

I don't think it's totally accurate though as I'm not as introverted as the results make out. But perhaps that's reflected in my percentages; I'm 53% introverted and 47% extraverted. In fact, my scores for the four categories are all very near with the biggest gap appearing in the "sensing - intuition" category; I scored 68% sensing and 32% intuition.

Vanessa said...

I love personality tests myself and will give this one a try.

dr_clairebear said...

@mari and panaderos: i think the extraversion and introversion is the part where abbreviated MBTI tests tend to be inconsistent... probably because it's one area of behavior that most of us have the most "it depends" attached to it.

my friends would die laughing if they see that i am more of an introvert than extrovert, since they perceive me as gregarious bordering on loud, but the truth is, I really am shy (okay, friends, you can stop laughing and start breathing) and have a hard time making friends in a social situation or conversations with strangers - internet persona notwithstanding. :)

@mary: thanks for playing! :) i will read up on the ISFJ profile. i think people like you with almost even percentages would have to take the full test to pin really you down - from what i hear it's really, really long and exhausting.

@vanessa: i look forward to seeing your badge, too!