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?

Cristina Sîmbeteanu 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?

t said...

Re-reading this blog post, yep, I see it. The LSI reminds me that 1. both my thinking and feeling are actually very high, while 2. my Doing is extremely super low and my watching is very low as well.

To put that in a more easily understood way, I process with both emotional (feeling, CE) and logical (thinking, AC) styles to very high degrees - you can see I really dig the arts on the one hand and mathematical sciences on the other hand. While being a theoretical processing person, however, I am not naturally one who gathers a lot of data whether from watching real life and social situations (watching, RO) or from experiments using actions in physical world (doing, AE).
According to the blog post, however, my RO / watching can sometimes swing up to be very high. I suppose when I have a new and/or interesting environment, I watch then, gather a lot of observations, but then I stop needing more observations, and I don't need a lot of external stimulation, and I can sit quietly and ruminate (think, process, maybe even feelings-process) for years. Then I can produce ideas, thoughts, art, writing, and so on.
I am sure there are situations when I also become a doer - I am sure but usually I have better things to do than to do things :)

In Myers-Brigg's then, I would be both an F and a T, but since they are on the same scale, sometimes I'm one or the other.
Low AE is likely not an extrovert, and also, is likely not an S (sensing). So, more likely an INxx.
Varying RO, but usually very low RO, suggests (whatever it suggests) but if you balance that against even lower AE, AE being constantly low according to the blog post) then I'm more watching than doing, more likely a P (perceiving) than J (judging) and sometimes can even be extremely P, and more likely an I than an E, and more directly, I'm more likely an N than an S.
So LSI supports that I'm usually I, N, T, P but the T tendency is strong with a very strong F tendency hidden there, and the N may on rare occasions (very new life/very interaction-driven job) be overshadowed with S (sensing, via watching/doing - I'll much rather watch than do and I'll rather cope with the very new life than with the interactive-and-sensory-driven job), and I'm a laid-back P not a high-strung J, although I'm sure I've been a J before, and my mother and two of my sisters are strong J's and my brother a weak J, father and me and one of my sisters are P's). I can mimic an E but it sorta doesn't happen a lot. Public speaking is natural for me, public writing, being a caring teacher, counselor, and so on, in those situations I can mimic an extrovert, or like with the N to S switch, if there's soooo much to learn or enjoy, if I'm in a superb once-in-a-decade group or experience or scenario and feel like it's worth throwing myself into it. But I'm really now an I. Not an E.
INTP 80percent. The remaining 20% may be INFP 12%, and maybe an E 5% of the time, an S 3% of the time, and a J 2% of the time. (Yes it's ok to add up to more than 100 since the last three changes are not 'independent' or they can overlap)

Why then do I feel so INFP? Hmmm. Writer. But INTP. INFTP. INTFP.

t said...

Nowadays, the word "artists" in popular culture refers to more active persons than a few years ago...they would be found in the accommodator quadrant more often than in the diverger quadrant?

t said...

Check out my latest LSI (KLSI - Kolb Learning Style) and related news ("multiple intelligences" learning-style bias)