Myers-Briggs and me

Typealyzer is a service that classifies your blog (and, by extension, you) into the Myers-Briggs personality classification framework. Based on Appliedabstractions.com, I am an INTJ, which is fine by me, though I thought I was more over towards ENTJ:

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OK. Not sure I have difficulty communicating, but that may just be that I mostly sit by myself pontificating to the wall or similar-minded people who find my communicating style compatible. Anyway, what I really liked was this brain chart:

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In other words, little chance that I will survive in a world like the one described in Ben Elton’s Blind Faith….

(Hat tip to Vaughan and Kimberly for this one.)

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4 thoughts on “Myers-Briggs and me

  1. Vaughan P Merlyn

    It seems that many of the people I know that have tried this have come out as INTJ. I’ve also pointed other people’s blogs to Typealyzer, and most of them come out as INTJ. So, perhaps bloggers tend to lean towards this type, or the assessment tool is flawed.
    As for Ben Elton’s Blind Faith, I’m not quite finished with the book yet(for me, a book like Blind Faith is best approached in small doses!) but I do fear that at least from the perspective of one who lives in the deep south of the USA, the world is already taking on some of the characteristics Ben writes of. Maybe that’s why, as a fellow INTJ (according to more substantial and long term type testing over the years as well as to Typealyzer’s read of my blog) I have to read Blind Faith in small doses?

  2. Espen

    Well, Vaughan, people tend to cluster together, bloggers apparently more than most. I am just reading a biography about Warren Buffett: It describes him as monomanically concerned with making money and not spending them (aside from giving them away). When he met Bill Gates, there immediately struck up a connection and have remained very close – same personality, the level of technology understanding seems to be the main difference.
    So, self-selection at work. Or the sentiment analysis of Typealyzer is really screwed up….

  3. Kristine

    Typealyzer IS really screwed. My blog comes out as ISTP – and the brief description of that type fits me fairly well – but I’ve done the Myer-Briggs personality test twice, once the really long version used to test how well employees will work together and once a shorter version online, and come out as INTP both times.
    INTP means I should probably be an academic rather than a journalist, but the one character trait of INTPs that comes in handy in my line of work is the ability to explain complex ideas in simple terms, but I’m not sure I put too much faith in the test.
    Of course, the result for my blog could also be because I’m not using it enough to play around with ideas, which I like, but I don’t think it’s a misrepresentation of who I am, far from. Thing about blogs though: if you write a blog about a niche, you tend to mostly use one side of yourself, so I can easily imagine a completely different result with Typealyzer if I’d submitted a blog with a different focus. But then, I also recently discovered that my blog is written by a male. According to http://genderanalyzer.com/ I’m 65% male, which, incidentally, is in line with a test I took which showed that I had a male brain (but not significantly show)…..

  4. Breanne

    Hi there! I came across this post through my Google Alerts for the word “MBTI.” This may or may not be of interest to you, but I write a blog about the MBTI and wrote a post about how Typealyzer is basically junk. I know lots of people are checking it out for entertainment sake- and that’s totally cool…but I hope you don’t confuse those “blog type” results for your own personality type. Anyway, I won’t go into why the site is junk here, I just wanted to let you know if you wanted to learn more, here’s the original post: http://www.thembtiblog.com/2008/11/websites-that-ruin-my-day.html.
    I also have a discussion in the comments section with the creator of the Typealyzer site.

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