Cult of Personality

So I can’t sleep, and for some reason my thoughts are kinda racing, so I figured I would both try to fill my daily blog allotment and try to get things out of my head at the same time. Earlier today (well, yesterday), I got the results from taking the MBTI test I took over the weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the test, it comes down to having one each out of two separate dichotomies in four categories – Extroverted vs. Introverted, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. These four categories combine into 16 separate types of personalities (for more information on this, you can find an explanation here).

While technically, the types don’t really have separate titles, I like websites that do give each personality type a title. When I originally took the test a long time ago (probably around 2000), my type was the INTP – Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceptive – and the title for that type is the Thinker. Essentially, it meant that I was more comfortable alone or around a small, close group of friends, and I didn’t like to lead or be in control of others. I lived in a world of theoretical possibility – something not uncommon with academics – and I valued knowledge above everything else. I didn’t really value decisions made on the basis of personal feelings – which made sense at the time, because I was largely out of touch with my emotions – and I was very concerned with expressing facts and ideas clearly. Looking back, that was a pretty accurate analysis, and a more long-winded interpretation can be found here.

Today, I got my new test back, and it wasn’t a huge change – almost everything was still the same. But I think in large part because of the strides I’ve made in the last 7-8 months, I went from an INTP to an INFP – also known as the Idealist. I went from primarily Thinking-based to primarily Feeling-based, though not by a huge margin (the version of the test I took, Type II, sub-divides each of the four categories into ten sub-categories, 5 for each side).  I’m getting pretty tired now, so I’ll just post the link to the type description – and as a bonus, a link to a list of careers and such that an INFP might enjoy (at this particular website, they also go into how each type is in relationships, but you can figure that out on your own). Also, if you’re interested in taking the test,  the official version generally costs money, but there are free online versions you can take that can be relatively close, if not as detailed, like the test at Humanmetrics

Also, just for kicks, you can find some themed charts around the internet – I find the Harry Potter chart and this My Little Pony chart pretty amusing. If you’re interesting, I fall under Luna Lovegood and a pony I don’t know the name of.

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2 comments on “Cult of Personality

  1. Jakob Scheel says:

    Hi there, glad to see another convert to the MBTI:) However, if you believe in cognitive function theory (which can be quite difficult to understand) you can’t go from being an INTP to an INFP (or from any other type to another). I’m INTP btw, and you’ve just inspired me to begin writing about the MBTI as well. Thanks!

    • I don’t know about cognitive function theory, but what my vocational counselor mentioned was that I was simply so emotionally repressed when I took the test originally a number of years ago, it caused me to answer more on the T scale than the F scale. Now that I’m more open to my own thoughts and feelings, I can answer more honestly.

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