A couple of weeks ago I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test as a part of an assignment in my communication class, and today we got the results back. For those of you have never heard about the MBTI it is basically a personality test, used by everyone from the American military to head hunter companies to determine what personality type group you belong to (usually to determine what kind of worker you are, a leader or follower, practical or creative, etc). Wikipedia explains it as: “a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.“
My result placed me in the category known as ENTP, also known as Extraverted Intuition with Thinking. While the MBTI is not something that will dramatically change your view of life in any way (well, at least not for most people) it is designed to make people aware of what kind of preferences they have life and hopefully adjust life accordingly.
After reading through the two-page description of the different traits of ENTP, I got that feeling you get when a horoscope turns out to be so precise down to the very last detail that you feel something strange, unnatural and magical is going on. Then again, just like horoscopes and fortunetellers, it is really easy to be general (but “specific”) when it comes to how people perceive their own ideas of self so I am not putting all my bucks on this horse, even if it seems like a good one.
It was however interesting to hear that I am an “ingenious innovator in the field of action,” and that I am “stimulated by difficulties and most ingenious in solving them.” I also learned that the most difficult part of being a ENTP-type is that people like me “hate uninspired routine and find it remarkably hard to apply themselves to humdrum detail unconnected with any major interest.”
That last one is my excuse for why my speech on cyberbullying went as bad as it did (it was horrible, I was horrible, I hated the entire speech). It always feels good to have science on your side.
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs test?