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personal myers-briggs evolution

i think it was late middle school or early high school when i last took the [Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test], and at that time i was an [Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving] person.

There's a facebook app that sports a 72-question Myers-Briggs test. It's been a while, so i decided to give it a shot, and when i took it this time, i turned out to be an [Extroverted iNtutive Feeling Perceiving].

the graphical breakdown looks like this:

obviously any personality test, even one as widely accepted as Myers-Briggs, is going to hit some level of skepticism for me, but i can still use it as a rough indicator of how much my personality has changed in the past couple of decades. Looking back at middle school and high school, i was definitely much more of an introvert and a loner who suffered from huge self-esteem issues, and a person who could certainly Feel Things but hadn't gone through enough life yet to understand how to harness and mature my emotional and empathetic self to the benefit of myself and the people in my universe.

Aspects of that all of that certainly still exists in me, but certainly the change i've undergone from an introvert to an extrovert and a thinking versus feeling person - particularly the degree to which i feel things both for myself and for other people and to what lengths that will carry me - is truly startling.

And given the number of lives who i have touched and had positive influence over as a result of this gradual transformation of my character, it's a good thing too. All of this stuff i have in me is absolutely wasted if i can't give it strongly and freely to those i care about, whether loved one or stranger.

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Feb. 24th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Where did you take this one?
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
there's an app called 'mytype' on facebook.
Feb. 24th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
You know, that's funny.... I always come up as an introvert on those sort of tests, which people are surprised about. For me it's not about being a loner... I like people and socializing and I'm quite outgoing, as you know. For me it's about what replenishes my energy, what gives me balance and makes me happy. I NEED to have alone time on a regular basis, or I get really stressed out and start shedding my fur. (somewhat metaphorical, but I do shed hair like a Persian). Others can get that same kind of energy from being in big groups of people and spending time with lots of friends. I like both, but the alone time is really what I need for my well-being.
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
and herein lies the problem with these sorts of tests, because for me it's not so cut and dried, you know? sometimes i get that energy from being in group of people, but sometimes i also get that energy from being by myself. i very much value my alone time, even with a partner - when katie and i were still together and living together, i thought it was lucky she went to bed earlier than me so i could have a couple of hours to do my own thing.

and the problem is that this particular test didn't necessarily address that. when asked the question, "do you feel comfortable in large crowds", i answer yes, but i don't think that questions like that are always intepreted correctly. it's not that i always *prefer* large crowds, but i'm very comfortable in them, more than most people. But i'm also very comfortable with one-on-one, a small group, etc. and for things like "do you prefer to be alone or in a group?", there's no good way to answer that, because both can help me depending on the situation.

tired ramble.

maybe i should take a different version of the test. i apparently spurned a bunch of people on my f-list to take some form of the MB test, maybe i'll try one of the ones that wasn't on fb to see how it turns out.
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Why on earth would people care if you took a MB test?

The way I understood introversion/extroversion was this: If you had to go without one of those state of beings-- alone time or lots of company-- which would you do without? Or alternatively... which one could you not function properly without?
... Though I would imagine there is room for a multi-dimensional answer to this, as there are with most things.
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
multi-dimensional answer surely. for me, i can go for long periods of time being alone, but much of that these days is spurned from the fact that i feel the energy of those i am close to with me a lot of the time, so i never truly feel alone.

and sometimes that's preferable because i can control the degree in which i feel close to that energy or far away from it, whereas if there's actually People, that's defined outside of my control.

but sometimes i don't want that control, because if i always had control over who, when, how i interacted with people, there are certain interactions i'd miss out on. talking to random strangers on the plane or in a mall that is instigated by an outside force is sometimes the most rewarding experience ever.
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