What's your Personality Type? (Related to:NowHiring Leonardo DaVinci?)

2 Oct 2006 - 1:10am
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Christopher Fahey
2005

I wrote:
> These tests always kind of make me a little mad, knowing that
> people are actually using them to make important decisions
> about people's lives when in fact they seem so arbitrary.

In fact, I'm not the only skeptic of this stuff:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBTI#Criticisms_and_skeptical_view

Anything that relies on the work of Carl Jung might be fun and interesting,
but it's definitely not science.

-Cf

Christopher Fahey
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1 Oct 2006 - 8:06pm
msweeny
2006

ENFJ
Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
1 50 38 44

I am a consultant IA that specializes in search optimization and stand
firmly with the person who said Jungian analysis is a little suspect. :)
Fascinating exercise. Many thanks for initiating.

marianne

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The quick two:
- What is your type?

According to the test I just took, to which you linked, I'm an ENFP, about
2/3rds toward extrovert and hovering right around the middle on the other
three axes.

I'm quite sure in the past, though, that I've come up an I, a T, and a J. I
think I'm always an N. My problem with this system is that the questions are
all dichotomies without context, sometimes false dichotomies, and I often
could choose either answer. The other problem I have is that I think
sometimes we answer with a self-assessment and other times with a wish about
who we were.

- What is your occupation? (Please be as specific as possible.)

Web strategy consultant, specializing in information architecture and
interaction design.

If you're willing to write more:
- How does knowledge of your type impact your thoughts about your
career, design, other people, and yourself - as a designer and as a
person?

Not at all, as I don't really trust the scheme.

- What was your experience when you learned your type? Was it
meaningful to you?

Not really.

- Has personality type ever played a role in your research or designs?

No.

--xian

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3 Oct 2006 - 10:11pm
jonathan d p fe...
2006

On Oct 1, 2006, at 7:06 PM, Marianne wrote:
>
> I am a consultant IA that specializes in search optimization and stand
> firmly with the person who said Jungian analysis is a little
> suspect. :)
> Fascinating exercise. Many thanks for initiating.
>

Yeah. I'm also very skeptical of both MBTI and the Kiersey
temperament tests. Some years ago, when I took the tests online, I
managed to score in each of the 4 areas by taking it many times.
Entertaining, yes. Meaningful? Valid? Not sure--- I didn't study it
in-depth. Also, I point out that Kiersey, and the MBTI are not the same.

What about other such profiling surveys? Such as the Herrmann Brain
Dominance Instrument? See: http://hbdi.com/
Have people used other such tests?

For today, I'm ENFP, though this is highly volatile, as i mentioned I
seem to recall: INTJ, ENTJ, ENTP, etc...

have a nice day.yad
jdpf

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