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Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

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What is your MBTI Personality Type?

ISTJ
1
5%
ISFJ
2
10%
INFJ
2
10%
INTJ
7
33%
ISTP
0
No votes
ISFP
0
No votes
INFP
2
10%
INTP
1
5%
ESTP
0
No votes
ESFP
0
No votes
ENFP
1
5%
ENTP
2
10%
ESTJ
0
No votes
ESFJ
0
No votes
ENFJ
2
10%
ENTJ
1
5%
 
Total votes: 21

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Moose
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What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#1 Post by Moose » July 13th, 2007, 1:30 pm

For anyone who would be interested in taking the test, it is here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm For those of you who have not heard of it it's a personality sorter which aims to tell you which of 16 personality 'types' you are. Taking it online will only give an indication, but it's interesting nonetheless.
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#2 Post by Firebrand » July 13th, 2007, 3:52 pm

Your Type is
ESFP
Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
Strength of the preferences %
33 38 88 11

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#3 Post by Moose » July 13th, 2007, 4:05 pm

*beams*

I'm an INFP ... very heavy on the introverted part though I might not seem that way online.
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#4 Post by Beki » July 13th, 2007, 4:18 pm

I'm one of the ENFJ's. Who is the other one? (If you don't mind revealing yourself!)

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#5 Post by Nick » July 13th, 2007, 4:22 pm

'Tis I! :wave:

Is that good or bad? :puzzled:

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#6 Post by Moose » July 13th, 2007, 4:43 pm

Neither :). There is no good or bad. There should be a run down of the type with that link or just google it and you'll find one ..
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#7 Post by Beki » July 13th, 2007, 4:45 pm

Excellent - I always thought you were a smashing bloke Nick! :notworthy:

Did you read my post in the book thread? I thought you might like the Glasgow definition of a 'boat-hoose'. (You might have to say it out loud, like Rab C to get it tho.....)

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#8 Post by Titanium Wheels » July 13th, 2007, 7:17 pm

ENTJ
Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
11 50 1 22

I'm not sure how much use such results are I frequently wanted more choices in the answers Oh well, there we are!
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#9 Post by Alan C. » July 13th, 2007, 7:20 pm

# slightly expressed extrovert
# moderately expressed sensing personality
# slightly expressed thinking personality
# distinctively expressed judging personality

Strength of the preferences %
1 25 12 67

Did anybody else notice they spelled Extrovert wrong? Extravert!
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#10 Post by Moose » July 13th, 2007, 7:28 pm

Apparently you can spell it either way .. I'd not realised that before.
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#11 Post by Alan C. » July 13th, 2007, 8:02 pm

Moose wrote:Apparently you can spell it either way .. I'd not realised that before.
It'll be our American friends :wink: colour, color, realise, realize, through, thru, et al.

Don't we have an extra verte on here?
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#12 Post by Alan H » July 13th, 2007, 9:08 pm

INTJ
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
44 12 25 56

# moderately expressed introvert
# slightly expressed intuitive personality
# moderately expressed thinking personality
# moderately expressed judging personality


Know idea what this means - if anything!

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#13 Post by Moose » July 13th, 2007, 9:22 pm

INTJ:

The Scientist

As an INTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. They value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, and typically have high standards in these regards, which they continuously strive to fulfill. To a somewhat lesser extent, they have similar expectations of others.

With Introverted Intuition dominating their personality, INTJs focus their energy on observing the world, and generating ideas and possibilities. Their mind constantly gathers information and makes associations about it. They are tremendously insightful and usually are very quick to understand new ideas. However, their primary interest is not understanding a concept, but rather applying that concept in a useful way. Unlike the INTP, they do not follow an idea as far as they possibly can, seeking only to understand it fully. INTJs are driven to come to conclusions about ideas. Their need for closure and organization usually requires that they take some action.

INTJ's tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. An INTJ scientist gives a gift to society by putting their ideas into a useful form for others to follow. It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ's thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don't see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort.

INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren't working well. They are the supreme strategists - always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency.

INTJs spend a lot of time inside their own minds, and may have little interest in the other people's thoughts or feelings. Unless their Feeling side is developed, they may have problems giving other people the level of intimacy that is needed. Unless their Sensing side is developed, they may have a tendency to ignore details which are necessary for implementing their ideas.

The INTJ's interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions, express judgments, and put everything that they encounter into an understandable and rational system. Consequently, they are quick to express judgments. Often they have very evolved intuitions, and are convinced that they are right about things. Unless they complement their intuitive understanding with a well-developed ability to express their insights, they may find themselves frequently misunderstood. In these cases, INTJs tend to blame misunderstandings on the limitations of the other party, rather than on their own difficulty in expressing themselves. This tendency may cause the INTJ to dismiss others input too quickly, and to become generally arrogant and elitist.

INTJs are ambitious, self-confident, deliberate, long-range thinkers. Many INTJs end up in engineering or scientific pursuits, although some find enough challenge within the business world in areas which involve organizing and strategic planning. They dislike messiness and inefficiency, and anything that is muddled or unclear. They value clarity and efficiency, and will put enormous amounts of energy and time into consolidating their insights into structured patterns.

Other people may have a difficult time understanding an INTJ. They may see them as aloof and reserved. Indeed, the INTJ is not overly demonstrative of their affections, and is likely to not give as much praise or positive support as others may need or desire. That doesn't mean that he or she doesn't truly have affection or regard for others, they simply do not typically feel the need to express it. Others may falsely perceive the INTJ as being rigid and set in their ways. Nothing could be further from the truth, because the INTJ is committed to always finding the objective best strategy to implement their ideas. The INTJ is usually quite open to hearing an alternative way of doing something.

When under a great deal of stress, the INTJ may become obsessed with mindless repetitive, Sensate activities, such as over-drinking. They may also tend to become absorbed with minutia and details that they would not normally consider important to their overall goal.

INTJs need to remember to express themselves sufficiently, so as to avoid difficulties with people misunderstandings. In the absence of properly developing their communication abilities, they may become abrupt and short with people, and isolationists.

INTJs have a tremendous amount of ability to accomplish great things. They have insight into the Big Picture, and are driven to synthesize their concepts into solid plans of action. Their reasoning skills gives them the means to accomplish that. INTJs are most always highly competent people, and will not have a problem meeting their career or education goals. They have the capability to make great strides in these arenas. On a personal level, the INTJ who practices tolerances and puts effort into effectively communicating their insights to others has everything in his or her power to lead a rich and rewarding life.

Jungian functional preference ordering:

Dominant: Introverted Intuition
Auxilliary: Extraverted Thinking
Tertiary: Introverted Feeling
Inferior: Extraverted Sensing


does any of that ring a bell? :)
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#14 Post by lewist » July 13th, 2007, 11:05 pm

ISFJ
Introverted 56
Sensing 1
Feeling 12
Judging 33

* moderately expressed introvert
* slightly expressed sensing personality
* slightly expressed feeling personality
* moderately expressed judging personality


I always find the questions in these things hard. I want to rewrite them or put in another option. I also tend to wonder how they apply to me and my life.

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#15 Post by Alan H » July 13th, 2007, 11:12 pm

Question: Do any of those who scored highly as introverted bother to read what other people scored?

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#16 Post by Alan C. » July 13th, 2007, 11:24 pm

Lewist.
I always find the questions in these things hard. I want to rewrite them or put in another option. I also tend to wonder how they apply to me and my life.
I agree, some of the questions aren't straight yes or no questions really, and more options are needed.
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#17 Post by God » July 14th, 2007, 1:34 am

Your Type is
INFP
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving
Strength of the preferences %
44 25 38 22

Doesn't read like my idea of me!
Moose wrote:Taking it online will only give an indication, but it's interesting nonetheless.
I take comfort in that uncertainty.

Alan Henness wrote:Question: Do any of those who scored highly as introverted bother to read what other people scored?
Nah!


What I'm wondering is, when I do it again, say in a week or so, will it come out the same? Some of the choices were dead keen - I changed 2 or 3 after the first click.

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#18 Post by Never » July 14th, 2007, 2:53 am

INTP

Although I've taken it 3 times in the past (the first at work) and once came out as ENTP so the I/E is roughly 50/50. The "T" in near 100%.

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#19 Post by Moose » July 14th, 2007, 10:47 am

A fellow INFP! Even tho it doesn't sound like them! :)

YEs I read what other people scored ;)
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#20 Post by bigskelf » July 14th, 2007, 12:34 pm

INJF - scarily accurate on the career suggestions tho'
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