I don't know if I find it difficult to talk about my feelings!
February 27, 2007 1:16 AM Subscribe
Meyers - Briggs Personality Inventory scores seem to pop up a lot in explanations for askme questions as background on the poster to help people answer his or her questions, and occasionally I've heard people I know discussing their 'types' and how it affects their lives. Because of my own experience with the test, my knee-jerk reaction is that it seems only slightly more helpful than giving one's astrological sign as background.
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I took the real test over ten years ago when I was in high school, though I don't remember my 4 letters, and I took a short version online a few minutes ago. I remember the first time I took the test feeling just like I did when I took the test just now - I simply don't know the answer to most of the questions. Would I rather read a book or go to a party? Well, it depends completely on both the book and the party - and as a nearly-30-year old almost-married lady, I must say that the parties in my life are few and far between. Other questions that leave me scratching my head include 'Objective criticism is always useful in any activity', 'When solving a problem you would rather follow a familiar approach than seek a new one', and 'Strict observance of the established rules is likely to prevent a good outcome'. My response to these questions is 'I have absolutely no idea' but there is no checkbox for that.
I am willing to accept the idea that maybe I am just living an unexamined life, but I honestly feel that I am a fairly thoughtful and introspective person. I just find that I don't have an answer for most of these questions, or if I do it's completely situational. Even fairly obvious questions like 'do you get excited easily' are pretty much impossible for me to answer. Is anyone else as confused and skeptical as me about this test? Or are you just the opposite, do you think it's really accurate and helpful and awesome? Or do you have no idea? Are my skepticism and inability to choose answers part of my personality as expressed in my 4 letter code*? Are there 'trick' questions built in to gage whether I am sure about my answers or just making guesses? I am interested in personal experiences/opinions regarding Meyers Briggs as well as links to articles or names of books that might explain the history of the test and/or any controversy surrounding it.
*I'm an eNTp according to the most-likely-not-accurate test I took online here