I love quizzes and tests — particularly personality tests. So when a member of a parenting board I frequent posted this free Myers-Briggs test, I obviously had to take it.
It asks you to rank 48 statements about yourself from “Very Inaccurate” to “Very Accurate.” As always, there’s some gray area with some of these, but I answered as honestly as possible and found out I’m an INFJ: Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging.
There are several combinations of four different traits:
I/E = introvert or extrovert
N/S = intuitive or sensing
F/T = feelings-oriented or thinker-oriented
J/P = judging (more planner oriented) or perceiving (more spontaneous/go with the flow)
The INFJ is an “author”: “Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.”
This is creepily accurate.
I could tell you in a second that I’m an introvert rather than an extrovert, and that I’m more of a planner (judging) than a go with the flow kinda person (perceiving).
Where things really got scary — on a level of “this is a description of me” — was in the “more information” section.
- Focus on fantasy more than reality
- Attracted to sad things
- Fears doing the wrong thing
- Fears drawing attention to self
- Somewhat easily frightened
- Easily offended
- Easily hurt
- Socially uncomfortable
- Emotionally moody
- Does not like to be looked at
- Can sabotage self
- Can be wounded at the core
- Values solitude, guarded
- Does not like crowds
- Second guesses self
- More likely to support marijuana legalization
- Focuses on peoples hidden motives
- Prone to crying
- Not competitive
- Prone to feelings of loneliness
- Not spontaneous
- Prone to sadness
- Longs for a stabilizing relationship
- Fears rejection in relationships
- Frequently worried
- Can feel victimized
- Prone to intimidation
- Lower energy
- Strict with self
That makes me sound like the Unabomber.
But seriously, the only two things in that entire list that aren’t really true are “private” and “not competitive.” But if you think of “not competitive” as being somebody who doesn’t thrive in competitive sports and games and constantly seek them out, then I guess it is accurate. Private? I’m an open book and tell everybody everything about me. So, no.
More likely to support marijuana legislation? Um, random. I do, though.
Then there’s the list of favored careers — almost every single one of which I’ve dabbled in as a hobby, wanted to do at some point in my life, or wished I could do.
- Art curator
- Bookstore owner
- Freelance writer
- Teacher (art, drama, english)
- Library assistant
- Professor of english
- Book editor
- Museum curator
- Magazine editor
- Music therapist
- Film director
- Creative director
- Social services worker
- Art historian
Sign language interpreter
- Photo journalist
Yeah, that’s right — I totally want to be a homemaker.
Funny enough, under disfavored careers, we have “marketing specialist.” Which is funny because that’s exactly what I do for a living. And I even like it.
Take the quiz, and let me know what you are. Maybe you’re a race car driver.