Monday, April 25, 2005

Personality Tests

I was asked once to take the Kiersey Temperament Sorter by the director of our program. She feels that it is a great way for faculty and students to understand each other better and that it helps break down communication barriers. Since I know that these sorts of tests don't take into account the unpredictable nature of being raised in a, shall we say, less than normal environment, I wasn't thrilled about finding out my four-letter breakdown. I did it, however, because I do what I'm told (great job, mom and dad;)).

What really frustrated me was that the program director didn't believe the results. "No, you can't possibly be an INTJ--you are definitely and E". How on earth can you break down communication barriers if you refuse to believe the results?? If I was an extrovert, I would have more than eight-phone numbers in my cell phone: mom & dad, brother 1, brother 2, husband, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, friend 1.

Regardless, I thought this was funny:

"Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind's well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead...Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy."

I took the stupid thing again. Who knows, maybe I was in a funk when I took it the first time.
Apparently, now I'm an INFJ--note that I'm still an "I". I liked this better:

Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them. This "mind-reading" can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others' feelings so keenly. Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena and to have visions of human events, past, present, or future. What is known as ESP may well be exceptional intuitive ability-in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in the Counselor, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.

I'd rather have ESP than be a sociopath...I think.

Can you let me know which one you are, and then tell me what you do for a living and if you are considered "sane"? I want to figure out which one I'd rather be, and then act like that type. Post-hoc modifications are the best way to really throw them off.

By the way, if you've never watched Saved, you should. You will understand me a little bit more if you watch that movie.

15 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

Ooh, we have a psychic (psycho?) link--I just got "Saved" from Netflix.
Trisha did that test a while back, but I can't remember what she was. It's in her sideblog.
What am I...is there an Achiever? I took some test when I applied for my job 5 years ago; I rummaged through my desk and found it, and it's titled "The Achiever". The lowdown is that I'm totally disorganized but smart enough to cover my ass, and I talk too much. I'll take it again, though, and let you know.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

Well, I'm an Idealist, which means I'm either a Healer, Counselor, Teacher, or Champion, whatever that means. They want $14.95 to tell me, so we can assume I'm whichever of the four would say, "$14.95? Screw THAT!"

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Well, I will give you my free version since I like you so much, and since, based on the INTJ description, I'm obviously qualified to make this shit up myself.

All we need to do is to figure out if you're an "E or an I", and if you are a "P or a J"

E or I: You can probably figure out if you're an extravert or introvert on your own...hey, what do you expect from a free evaluation?

P or J: Basically, if you like rules, and if you get extremely agitated when other people aren't playing by them, you are a J. If you "think outside the box" and break rules because you think they don't really matter, that they are more like guidelines rather than concrete entities, then you are a P.

I wonder if the $14.95 version is any better...most likely not.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

What if you're the type of person who can't decide whether you're a P or a J? My problem with these tests is...I can never just choose A or B. NO! Where is C? I *need* C. Example: A friend once took the Myers-Briggs (which sorry, I probably misspelled) and of course, she showed it to me. It wanted a Yes or No answer to the statement "I like mannish women." Well, what is that?? I can't answer Yes or No to that! Sure, I like mannish women, why not? I have friends who are mannish women. I do not NOT like mannish women. But do I *like* mannish women? Well, if you mean am I attracted to them, no, but neither am I attracted to non-mannish women. See what I'm saying? Who can answer that question? Bah.
Yes. I am a therapist's dream. Or nightmare. Your choice.

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

I think I'll have to charge you next time;) Your problem is that you over-developed your divergent thinking skills--too much brainstorming as a child, perhaps? You need to dumb yourself down, and then you'll think like a "normal" person and be able to make these types of choices.

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger Psycho Kitty said...

LOL. Honey, I don't think I'm EVER gonna think like a normal person. I like the explanation, though! It makes me sound somewhat rational, which is always good.

 
At 4:42 PM, Anonymous New Kid on the Hallway said...

Hi - I think I followed you over here from profgrrrrl's blog comments, in case you're wondering...

Love the post! Personally, ISTJ. I am so I and so J that there isn't any question; I think I'm a little more flexible on the other two. I don't remember what that makes me in the categories of the test, but we ISTJs are apparently all over the place (the most common result?) and extremely boring. We are the rule-keepers, like police and accountants. I think we're probably boringly sane - although I myself have been slipping out of that category for a little while now (turns out the perfectionism can turn around and bite you on the ass after 30+ years, who knew?). I wouldn't suggest us as a life model. ;-) As for profession, I'm a history professor, so you can make of that what you will....

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Hmmm...history professor. I would have to switch my "N" for your "S" to pull it off. I'm not sure how hard that would be. Would I lose my ESP?

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous New Kid on the Hallway said...

Yeah, pretty much, I figure! I tend to miss those subtle kinds of signals.

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger muse said...

I'm an INFJ too, and I _loved_ Saved! All this and your post on cleaning... that's it, I gotta ask:

Will you marry me, O kindred spirit? LOL!

Regarding your question, I am a translator (full-time job at a newswire service + my own freelance practice), and as for sanity, well... define sane and I'll let you know! ;) The voices in my head usually like helping out, so we'll be happy to give you some info!

 
At 2:37 AM, Blogger muse said...

There's a new twist on the Myers-Briggs test: The Star Trek version! LOL

It works, too, it had me as a INFJ as usual. ;)

http://scifi.about.com/library/weekly/aa080201.htm

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Thank you all for your help! I'm a bit afraid of the Star Trek version because what if I find out that I'm not human. I've had people tell me that I'm not human in the past, and I was pretty sure that it wasn't a compliment.

I've decided that I don't want to give up my ESP because it may come in handy someday; thus, sadly, I can not be an ISTJ. I do teach an undergraduate class, so I guess I must have some professor qualities. Maybe the I and the J? Maybe I'm doomed to be an INFJ, although if I could be a translator maybe it would be alright. I do know how to say "I have to piss so bad that my teeth are floating" in Spanish. Don't ask...

I don't think my husband would let me marry anyone else because he's kind of selfish when it comes to things like that, and he loves my Penne a La Vodka (or, shall I say, Vodka a La Penne) way too much to give me up. I'm all into kindred spirits though--it's very Anne of Green Gables-/childhood adventure-like.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

I tried to take the Star Trek Personality test, but I got really upset when I couldn't figure out if I would rather be friends with a vulcan or a betazoid. I'll have to think offline about this one and retake it later.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger muse said...

You have to _think_ whether you prefer Vulcans? Methinks you may have your answer there... LOL ;)

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

My God, you're right!

 

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