Yeah, I took one of those. The graph had a sharp spike in one spot that the examiners oohed and ahhed over - I don't remember what it was but I read up on it later and learned that 20th century snake oil is all it is.
I took that test a couple of months ago. Apparently I'm INTJ...so I like to figure things out on my own...in the most logical fashion. So go away, I'm trying to get this next hub article 'perfect'. Haha! Still..I don't read too much into such things. Everybody's different. Even the Meyers-Briggs people say so.
Actually, I'm working hard to not be so anal about stuff. Most things don't really matter that much, you know... Cheers.
For balderdash, M-B certainly is popular! (see below). Then again, I don't personally agree with Chinese astrology. But that doesn't stop me from reading about it on the menu every time I go out for Chinese!
"One of the most popular personality tests in the world is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychological-assessment system based on the work of psychologist Carl Jung. Two and a half million Americans a year take the Myers-Briggs. Eighty-nine companies out of the US Fortune 100 make use of it, for recruitment and selection or to help employees understand themselves or their co-workers."
I administered/scored the test in private practice and vocational settings several years and don't care for it much. We found results didn't seem to match behavior on the job for newly hired employees more than 50% during the years we continued to follow-up with each.
When I took it myself in grad school and for a govt agency earlier, I was given a second analysis instrument for a greater in-depth look; findings being that I was both and equally ENTJ and INTJ.
So, I like to use the Work Values, Job Satisfaction, Work Interests, Volunteer Interests, and Retirement Interests tests for job candidates as needed, because they are shorter and seem more accurate for more test takers I've seen. The Job Satisfaction test is GREAT for pinpointing whatever will lead to job burnout in each individual as well. I love that test. A new one in development helps pinpoint spiritual gifts for those interested and I have not yet seen it.
I took an online version some years back and my result came out as INFJ. Then I joined a forum for other INFJs and realised that I definitely wasn't one! On further consideration, I typed myself as INTJ - with a great sense of relief, I might add. At last, I'd found a non-pathological explanation for why I have always felt like an alien in a lot of social situations
I actually like Myers-Briggs; it's non-judgmental (i.e. it assigns an equal value to all the types and doesn't demonise some and idealise others). And I always find myself secretly "typing" the people I meet and using this as a way to predict how they will behave - usually with a great deal of accuracy. Predictive capability is the proof of any theoretical pudding.
Of course, I'm sure that it gets abused too - e.g. "you can't work in sales, you're an introvert". Whereas it's perfectly possible for introverts to do well in "extroverted" jobs such as sales; they just need to make sure that they spend regular time alone recharging themselves.
-ntj's are an interesting bunch. I don't think he's ever taken the test, but I suspect my husband is an ENTJ and he is like a mini-Napoleon or something. 90% of the time, he can turn somebody from hostile to an ally for life in 10 minutes or less, and the other 10% he'll just trample them underfoot like ants by sheer strength of personality. It's kind of awe-inspiring to watch.
He was doing PR for his brother's business for awhile and made the governor, the mayor, most of the city council, and various state and national senators and representatives into allies before he was through.
I'm lucky he's in medicine, because the alternative probably would be politics... and I would be a lousy politician's wife!
A very interesting subject! After a number of years of reflection, I believe I am an ISFJ. I never could get the "S" and "J" to fit for me since I keep a messy desk. But I have come to realize that there's far more to it. Like being a long-range planner and very cautious, both of which describe me!
By far, the most frequent rating I get on HP is "useful". In my imagination, I see an ISFJ writing in order to help people in practical, tangible ways.
This forum brought back happy memeroies of being at uni and doing the 'milk round' - endless tests to try and land a job. Little did I know that once I started a 'career' they'd just keep on testing me. Anyway I was happy to sit in a meeting room taking cosmo-style tests on a full days play plus expenses.
Just did the test for fun to see if its changed - I am still ENFP but less extreme on each measure - which is a good thing I think because if I scored the same as I did when I was 21 I would be a little concerned I had not mellowed at all in 8 years.
I took it years ago but don't remember.. anyone want to typecast me? actually I think these kind of tests may be useful in certain situations, but I wouldn't base a hiring decision or a relationship match on a personality test. I think anyone can be any way they need to be. we may have dominant characteristics, but if not needed in daily life, they're not obvious. we've all seen or heard about that person that acted 'out of character' and been surprised, but that's my point.
I was once in a situation where I had about three interviews for a job that I was well qualified for, but the guy dithered over giving it to me although he acknowledged that I was the best candidate because some part if their particular psychometric test suggested that I wasn't communicative enough. I took another job during the time he was dithering! Ironically my previous job had been in client relations for a software company and I had spent all my time communicating!
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