Get To Know Me

Sun, 2007-12-23 17:40

The quest for a new blog post led me to a Myers-Briggs personality type test. I have no idea if these tests are accurate, and I do understand that the online versions of the test are much shorter than the "real" test. The results of that test seemed to be fairly accurate on some things, but dead wrong on others, so I turned right around and took a different test, and then yet a third. I think I am done with tests for a while. Anyway, some of the questions were similar but worded differently. The results were identical. Therefore I hereby announce myself to be an ISTP - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving.

It is not that I did not like the results. Thing is, anyone who knows me at all would not agree with this:
They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless.
I have always been a chicken and I am getting worse.

I will choose some of the traits I most agree with.

  • As an ISTP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.
  • ISTPs like and need to spend time alone, because this is when they can sort things out in their minds most clearly. They absorb large quantities of impersonal facts from the external world, and sort through those facts, making judgments, when they are alone.
  • Crafters are hard to get to know. Perhaps this is because they tend to communicate through action, and show little interest in developing language skills. Their lack of expressiveness can isolate them at school and on the job, and even though they hang around with their own kind in play, they let their actions speak for them, and their actual conversation is sparse and brief.
  • An ISTP who is over-stressed may exhibit rash emotional outbursts of anger, or on the other extreme may be overwhelmed by emotions and feelings which they feel compelled to share with people (often inappropriately). An ISTP who is down on themself will foray into the world of value judgments - a place which is not natural for the ISTP - and judge themself by their inability to perform some task. They will then approach the task in a grim emotional state, expecting the worst.
  • The nature of Crafters is most clearly seen in their masterful operation of tools, equipment, machines, and instruments of all kinds. Most us use tools in some capacity, of course, but Crafters (as much as ten percent of the population) are the true masters of tool work, with an innate ability to command tools and to become expert at all the crafts requiring tool skills. Even from an early age they are drawn to tools as to a magnet-tools fall into their hands demanding use, and they must work with them.

Motivated readers can click through to the full results of the second test, a full profile, and a Jung type description that is actually fairly accurate.

Mechanic, crafter, engineer. Any more like me out there?

**EDIT: The third test had the most questions, and was the only test that did not require an account. You may like to try that one first.**

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