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Wed, 11 Aug 2004

My Personality Test

I saw a diary article on kuro5hin today, and it inspired me to take an online Myers Briggs personality test. The results were that Im an ENFP:

  • moderately expressed extrovert (33%)
  • very expressed intuitive personality (78%)
  • moderately expressed feeling personality (33%)
  • moderately expressed perceiving personality (56%)

That was a surprise... I read a few of the descriptions of this personality, and they were quite funny, and sometimes exactly correct:

http://keirsey.com/personality/nfep.html
http://www.personalitypage.com/ENFP.html
http://typelogic.com/enfp.html

I share this type with Haydn, Mark Twain, and Dr. Seuss. Quite an odd mix... and not a scientist or computer geek among them. I apparently have more in common with MLK and Ghandi than any US President. I guess I could live with that... Some quotes:

"Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP, which may unnerve more precise thinking types, especially with such things as piano practice. Amazingly, some ENFPs are adept at exacting disciplines such as mathematics."

"ENFPs hate bureaucracy, both in principle and in practice; they will always make a point of launching one of their crusades against some aspect of it."

"ENFPs have what some call a 'silly switch.' They can be intellectual, serious, all business for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN WILDCHILD"

"They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled."

Sounds about right to me... the only thing I disagreed with was the listing of which professions I should choose. Of the 10 least compatible professions to have, I have already done 6 of them... and enjoyed them fairly well... hmmm... maybe if I were 'right' for them, I'd still be doing them?

I took another online test, and it had the same results, except this one said I was slightly more introverted. Im not sure I agree with that...

Either way, I suppose the lesson is that personality tests can be useful tools, but they can never really tell you who you are. Or maybe that's just my ENFP hatred of control and labeling shining through...

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