Saturday, February 23, 2008


Well, I'm at Panera again, regrouping. I have read Scripture, journalled, prayed, and now I'm thinking about blogging loose ends I'd like to tie up in the next week or so. Until then, I found this in my Drafts folder (HT to Mental Multivitamin by way of Circle of Quiet):

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ISTP)

Your personality type is reserved, methodical, spirited, and intense.

Only about 6% of all people have your personality, including 3% of all women and 8% of all men

You are Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.

Hmmm--reserved, methodical--yes. Intense, I can see.... Spirited? I guess I have been described as energetic before.... Interesting how only 15 questions can elicit a pretty good composite.

I took the full-deal Meyers-Briggs back in college and then I was ISTJ. I was close to the line then, though, between J & P.

For the uninitiated, J means judging: a preference for black and white vs. gray areas (P), for decisions made (J) vs. keeping your options open (P).

If this little test is accurate, I'm not surprised by the change. Having six kids--and getting older--will do that to you!

Did YOU take the Meyers-Briggs in the 80's? It was all the rage then. Is it still being given in colleges and in the workplace?


Amy said...

Nope. Didn't work for me. Three out of four letters came back "wrong." Of course, the last time I took the full thing, all of my letters were pretty near the centerline, so I would guess that a short quiz like this wouldn't necessarily give me very accurate results.

And, yes, there are a lot of companies out there still giving personality tests as part of their hiring procedures.

Annie said...

I've done Meyers Briggs before(we did it about five different times in medical school-- mine always came out different each time.) This time I was the opposite of the last time I took it (about 12 years ago)... I think you're right-- age and 4 children can do it to a person!

G's Cottage said...

My recent came back at least recognizable. I have always been an I and mostly an F but the second and fourth have flipped from time to time.

I think more than age and children - though no doubt their influence had a role - it has been putting the past into a more accurate context.

I think it's best to keep in mind that this is a tool; one tool among dozens to help us understand ourselves and why others might not understand us.