Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sociable? Test yourself.


On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I scored -1 on a -30 to +30 Introversion scale. Today, I took a different extroversion test at and scored 51%.
So basically, both times (four years apart) I was judged to be on the knife edge between introverted and not...and placed in the Extrovert bin - phew.
In Myers Briggs, the only significant signal is that I'm "Perceiving" not "Judging": +12 out of 30. Makes sense: Biologists bug me. Super-organized folks too. My mother is a J - trust me. Hillary Clinton? Give me a little flava.
Similarly, I was judged a moderate N, with Intuition score of +8 out of 30.
I'm barely an F on the Feeling-Perceiving scale, with a +1 score there.
So I'm an ENFP, but really a ?N?P.

I re-take the Learning Style Inventory (info) once or twice every year.
It's cool to watch how life events change my orientation. Like how my AC (Abstract Conceptualization, or Thinking) score was off the charts at the start of grad school - highs above 95th percentile in the second year, and how though still dominant, it stopped being hyper-dominant by the third year or so.

The CE (Concrete Experience, or Feeling) score has darted between 60th and 90th percentile with no particular pattern. My AE (Active Experimentation, or Doing) score has always been miniscule - often in the single-digit percentile rank - and even now at its height is under the 40th percentile score.

The surge in RO (Reflective Observation, or Watching) around the third year of grad school, probably one of the most pensive periods I've known. In these six years, it went from below the 20th percentile to 90th and steadily back to below 20th today.

Another cool story is how my first foray out of the "Assimilator" quadrant came in my fifth year, upon my return from Yemen. I had become clearly a Diverger, your ideal actress-ideator. Half a year later, I had bounced back to "Assimilator" only to return the next year to Diverger land.

Divergers are the artists, creatives, and touchy-feelies mostly. I usually lived near this quadrant yet squarely in the neighbouring Assimilator quadrant of theories, models and plans, and abode of teachers, researchers, religious ministers, and (oddly enough) financiers.

Now I'm completely lost to dorkiness it would seem...classed an "Accommodator." Accomodators are like salespeople, managers and politicians - the all-too-boring, get-it-done people-people.
I never visited the Converger quadrant, home of engineers/technologists. It makes sense, although I am an engineer.

I like astrology too, think it's pretty fun and useful for learning about people - self and others. Birthday astrology is really cool too, like sun sign astrology, but with more detail. I like.


Erik Donald France said...

Yeah, these tests are endlessly fascinating and not foolproof. Your slight shifts from E-I-E sound familiar, for instance, depending on existential variables. Fun, though, eh?


Na wa oh! All these tests. I can never find the time anymore. I used to take them because they are a lot of fun. If I ever find the time...

How are things?

Lady Morphine said...

Thank you very much for your comment and nice to meet you! :)

t said...

Top tennis players Tommy Robredo and Shahar Pe'er are my birthday mates.

Afolabi said...

i just took one of these personality tests, and I was described as being an idealist (champion), extraverted intuitve...Actually, some of the characters described resonates with a lot of things I do....

t said...

same as me - what are the chances? ("errr, like 1 in 16?" hehehe)

t said...

Just took a different MBTI-like test and I'm ENTJ: scored
46 Introversion,
65 iNtuitiveness,
26 Feelingnessand
60 Judgingness!

The interesting thing is that most people describe the ENTJ as being a strong leader. Maybe...You are more likely an extremely creative thinker. Because you use your thinking capacity primarily to understand the external world, you devise wild and far flung theories. You are not content to simply hear a strange idea however. You must understand that idea fully, and make absolutely sure that it makes sense to you. Ideas make sense if you can process them. You have no difficulty with abstractions, and because you use your thinking (and therefore moral) capacity the most, you make excellent intuitive sense of complex thoughts. Convincing arguments can sway more easily than your ENTP counterpart, because logic has more value to you than observation. Therefore, you are extremely theoretical and your mind can flow in anyway that it wants. Truth to you is in how you see it.

Extrovert: You are externally focused.
Intuitive: You are Abstract
Thinking: You use logic to make decisions.
Judging: You primarily use your abstract logic to interpret the world

Link: The strangely accurate personality Test written by Whalesfromheck on OkCupid Free Online Dating

t said...

I did it an again. See my results. Still an NP. No longer ENFP or ENTJ.
Now an introvert, apparently. I guess it's relative, maybe, relative to the introverts in grad school 2007, my apparent extraversion rating was higher than it might be in most other settings?