Monday, 3 March 2014

Personality Profiles

     I’ve always liked doing personality tests every now and then, as a bit of fun, but I’m never really sure about how accurate they are. Some claim to be very thorough and exact; others are just silly quizzes to tell you which TV character you’re most like. I’m usually pretty sceptical about a test’s ability to accurately explain my personality – especially to reduce it to one of only a few categories - but these more in-depth ones are surprisingly accurate, I think. I found it pretty interesting, so I’m sharing some of my results, both serious and light-hearted ones.

     First up, here are some of the more serious, in-depth tests:

-          Jung/Briggs Meyer test – INFJ: Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging
Summary - INFJs are complex in character. They are idealists, but also “doers”, and this rare combination often leads them to taking disproportionate amount of responsibility. They are concerned about relationships, with individuals and the larger state of humanity. INFJs can only be emotionally intimate with a chosen few long-term friends and family. They will court the demands made on them by others, but at times will suddenly withdraw to themselves.  They may have the clearest insight into others’ motivations, for good and evil, but this empathy can cause discomfort in stressful situations. Inner conflicts are common and they can find it difficult to articulate deep feelings. Self-expression comes easiest in writing, and academically they tend to gravitate towards liberal arts. INFJs have deep convictions about weightier matters of life, and those who are activist are there for the cause, not glory or power. They are champions of the oppressed and ‘poetic justice’ appeals to them. INFJs are suspicious about others motives, and not easily fooled. They have a knack for languages and communication, and there nonverbal sensitivity allows them to know other intimately. Writing, counselling, public service and even politics are common career areas.

-          Four Temperaments Test – Melancholic
Summary – Melancholic temperaments are fundamentally introverted and thoughtful, but are often perceived as getting unnecessarily worried about things. They can be highly creative, and often become preoccupied with tragedy in the world. They are often perfectionists, self-reliant and independent, but can get so involved in activities that they forget to think of others.

-          Enneagram Test – Type 6, The Loyalist
Summary - The committed, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent "troubleshooters," they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion.

And here are some more light-hearted ones, mostly silly character comparison. For the Sorting Quiz, I think Pottermore’s is the most reliable, as the answer options aren’t obviously geared to each house, so you can’t force yourself into your preferred option. The others are all from Zimbio, for similar reasons of being less obvious in their answers. They have loads of these, but I only did the ones of shows etc. that I watch, or am at least vaguely familiar with.

-          Hogwarts House – Gryffindor
-          Harry Potter – Luna Lovegood
-          Disney  princess – Belle
-          Disney villain – Evil Queen (from Snow White)
-          Disney sidekick – Sebastian
-          Disney prince (best suited for) - Aladdin
-          Toy Story - Jessie
-          Game of Thrones – Tyrion Lannister
-          Pretty Little Liars – Aria
-          Star Wars – Padmé Amidala
-          Tolkien magical creature – Elf
-          The Hunger Games – Katniss
-          Once Upon A Time – Snow White
-          Glee – Rachel
-          The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon
-          How I Met Your Mother - Lily
-          X-Men – Jean Grey
-          The Avengers – Hulk
-          Downton Abbey – Lady Edith
-          New Girl – Cece
-          Clueless – Tai
-          Mean Girls – Cady
-          The Muppets – Kermit
-          Revenge - Jack
-          Arrow – Felicity
-          Johnny Depp character – Willy Wonka

     So, what do you think all of this says about me? What would you expect me to be like? Do you think personality tests are accurate? What do they say about you?


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