Identity

The personality game

Written by Louise

I’ve always known I can come across as cold and insensitive, and this pretty much proves it. I did a personality test the other day, and discovered my personality type is INTP. (This description is stunningly accurate!)

It’s funny because I always figured my brain was just more masculine than feminine.

  • I’m more logical than emotional.
  • If you come to me with a problem, my first instinct is to fix it rather than provide emotional support.
  • I can parallel park (I have good spatial awareness).

The only thing is, I’ve done a few of those random quizzes that people share on FaceBook (I quite like those) and they generally put me about 50/50 in the male/female brain sense. I figured they were just badly designed!

I decided to do a personality test after I looked at someone’s profile on OKCupid, and he listed his personality type according to the Myers-Briggs system. I did a search for more information, and a few minutes later started doing my own personality test. The result was INTP.

After reading some information about my personality type (there are several pages on the site I linked to), I decided, in typical INTP fashion, I should probably do the test again, just to make sure. I did it 5 or 6 times on that site, and a few times on some other sites where the tests were slightly different. (Most tests provide a scale from 1 to 5 so you can rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the statement, while others just offer “yes” or “no” options.) A couple of times, I got INTJ, but the rest of the time, I got INTP.

The letters specify different (and opposite) aspects of the personality, and your answers place you on a sliding scale between the two.

I = Introvert vs. E = Extrovert
S = Sensing vs. N – iNtuition
T = Thinking vs. F = Feeling
J = Judging vs. P = Perception

Introvert and extrovert, and thinking and feeling are pretty easy to understand. In most tests, I ended up pretty high on the I and T sides (above 90% on one test). Sensing and iNtuition refer to how you gather information, either from facts (Sensing) or ideas (iNtuition). I was pretty high on the N side here (again over 90% on one test).

The final one is the one that interests me, because it’s the one where I tend to be close to the middle. Judging and Perception are about how you organise your life, either by careful planning (Judging) or by responding to events as they happen (Perception). I generally come down on the P side, but only by a little (less than 10% on one test), which explains why I can occasionally land on the J side.

The funny, and interesting, thing about this is that I do often find myself caught between the two. I try to plan my days, and weeks, but I often find myself dealing with things as they come up, and not following my plan. I find it very frustrating, and I know it has a negative effect on my ability to get things done. Maybe I should just stop trying to plan, and decide to go with the flow more!

If you’re interested in finding out more about your own personality, the test at 16personalities.com is my favourite. It’s based on the Myers-Briggs test, but has been adapted to include some other ideas, and takes about 5 – 10 minutes to do (depending on how quickly you answer the questions). Apart from being very accurate, the descriptions are long and detailed as well, which I like. You do get offered a premium profile, and I might get mine because I find it very interesting, but you don’t have to pay anything to do the test and get the online results.

About the author

Louise

Animal lover, asexual, blogger, cyclist, daughter, dreamer, entrepreneur, expat, optimist, procrastinator, reader, realist, rescuer, runner, sister, writer ... Hate labels? Me too. Just read my blog.

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