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the only truth I know is my own experience

Personality tests April 28, 2009

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My two favorite personality tests are Mayers-Briggs -Typindicator and Multiple Intelligence Test. Based on my expeirence, these two are able to give a realtively clear and information-rich personality snap, especially what the social life /work is concerned.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories originated by Carl Gustav Jung, as published in his 1921 book Psychological Types (1923). The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. They began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be “most comfortable and effective”. The initial questionnaire grew into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences.

I first heard of this test from the INSEAD  Business School Professor who told me that the test is being widely used in the USA especially in work-related matters. Interstingly, I have found some evidence that despite being one of the favorite test in American business schools, the test has been mistrusted by scholars. Skeptics criticize the terminology of the MBTI as being so “vague and general” as to allow any kind of behavior to fit any personality type. They claim that this results in the Forer effect, where individuals give a high rating to a positive description that supposedly applies specifically to them. On the other hand, some theorists, such as David Keirsey, have expanded on the MBTI descriptions, providing even greater detail. For instance, Keirsey’s descriptions of his four temperaments, which he derived from the sixteen MBTI personality types, show how the temperaments differ in terms of language use, intellectual orientation, educational and vocational interests, social orientation, self image, personal values, social roles, and characteristic hand gestures.

Whatever it is, I was using this test at my work for the staff assessment and found it very helpful. For those who know me in person or for a longer time throught my blogging: you can see about the correctness of this test by my results below or by testing your personality here. NOTE: I did some similar tests and got the same result everywhere!

ENFP – The “Advocate”

ENFPs are introspective, values-oriented, inspiring, social and extremely expressive. They actively send their thoughts and ideas out into the world as a way to bring attention to what they feel to be important, which often has to do with ethics and current events. ENFPs are natural advocates, attracting people to themselves and their cause with excellent people skills, warmth, energy and positivity. ENFPs are described as creative, resourceful, assertive, spontaneous, life-loving, charismatic, passionate and experimental.

 ENFP  The Visionary (Lifexplore)

“They can’t bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives.”
– The Portrait of the Champion Idealist (Keirsey)

“ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.”

“ENFPs are energetic and enthusiastic leaders who are likely to take charge when a new endeavor needs a visionary spokesperson. ENFPs are values-oriented people who become champions of causes and services relating to human needs and dreams. Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others’ contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers. ENFPs are often charismatic leaders who are able to help people see the possibilities beyond themselves and their current realities. They function as catalysts.”


My second favorite is the Multiple Intelligence Test, which I used for my marriage theory in an earlier post. Multiple Intelligences is Howard Gardner‘s psychological theory(1983) about people and their different types of intelligences (logical, visual, musical, etc.). I love Gradner’s theory because it suggests that intelligence, particularly as it is traditionally defined, does not sufficiently encompass the wide variety of abilities humans display. In his conception, a child who masters multiplication easily is not necessarily more intelligent overall than a child who struggles to do so. The second child may be stronger in another kind of intelligence, and therefore may best learn the given material through a different approach, may excel in a field outside of mathematics, or may even be looking through the multiplication learning process at a fundamentally deeper level that hides a potentially higher mathematical intelligence than in the one who memorizes the concept easily.

These are some good online Multiple Intelligence Tests: here, here and here. I must say that I have done all of them and got slightly different results, but basically my leading Intelligences are: social, lingusitical (language) and intrapersonal (self-knowledge), closely followed by spatial (visual). And I am hopelessly bad at kinesthetic(body) and mathematical ones 🙂 Which is 100 % true! 🙂

I am curious to hear about YOUR test results and what you think of them. Thanks in advance!

LOVE, axinia


16 Responses to “Personality tests”

  1. swaps Says:

    The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences.

    Normally, I am very prejudiced and tend to be dismissive of people. But lately, I am trying to see where people fit in and why they have to be the way they are. I feel the classification of personalities highlights that each one of us serves a purpose.

    That there are 4 basic temperaments is an amazing discovery, because it must simplify the task to understand people (what hope!). Still, it is a good hint.

    (My result : INTP, ‘Engineer’.
    Surprise!! I share the type with Carl Jung!! 🙂

  2. radha Says:

    i love personality tests so i will tak my time to do them

  3. Sahaja Says:

    Axinia, what a coincidence!!
    I was in Netherlands yday on a leadership course by the comapny i work for, and we did MBTI as a part of course, official and authentic they said…and guess whats mine?

  4. Axinia,

    Another useful post !

    Thanks for sharing. (I’d heard of MBTI and was keen on taking it; probably was waiting for something like this to ‘happen’)
    :-/ 😛


    • axinia Says:

      looking forward to your results, if you dont mind 🙂

      • oh yes !

        My type is “INFJ – the Confidant” (The INFJ description tells a few things about me that are very subtle and true…I agree with the result)

        INFJ – The “Confidant”
        Jungian Personality Types (Free Test)
        INFJs, making up an estimated 1% of all people, are the most rare type (males even more so). They are introspective, caring, sensitive, gentle and complex people that strive for peace and derive satisfaction from helping others. INFJs are highly intuitive, empathetic and dedicated listeners. These traits tend to act as a “tell me what’s wrong” sign on their forehead, hence the nicknames Confidant, Counselor or Empath. INFJs are intensely private and deeply committed to their beliefs.

  5. My type happens to be INTJ – The “Strategist” 😐

  6. swaps Says:

    But Axinia, how does this type casting reflect the spiritual bent of certain people? Is spirituality more frequently seen in certain types?
    I would like to think, it is more often seen in certain types, though I am not sure. But spirituality certainly enhances the particular traits of the type, making the person feel the test result to be very accurate.

    (But I don’t say spirituality is measurable, it is like a polarization lens).

    • axinia Says:

      as far as i understood from my little experience with that typology, spirituality is surely not measurable and is not represented in certain types more and others less.

      Like recently I met a girl of the same type as me, but it was like the “material” verion of me 🙂 was really interesting to see how basically the same characteristics differ if the person is not interested in spiritual matters…

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