I’ve always enjoyed taking personality tests, partly for self-discovery and partly for passing time when bored at work
Truth is most personality tests are not that accurate and are just meant for fun. There is however a serious personality test based on Carl Jung’s work on personality types. According to Jung, personality can be defined using 4 elements (scales):
- Extraversion / Introversion
- Intuitive / Sensing
- Feeling / Thinking
- Perceiving / Judging
Each person can be either an extravert or an introvert, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving. So you can get a personality type by combing the four elements, e.g. Extravert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving (or using the corresponding letters ESFP). Based on this theory, there are 16 personality types, although each person can rank differently on each scale.
So you MUST be wondering what my personality type is… Well it turns out I’m a INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging). So what does that mean? Well, I got the following list of traits when I completed the test:
creative, smart, focus on fantasy more than reality, attracted to sad things, fears doing the wrong thing, observer, avoidant, fears drawing attention to self, anxious, cautious, somewhat easily frightened, easily offended, private, easily hurt, socially uncomfortable, emotionally moody, does not like to be looked at, fearful, perfectionist, can sabotage self, can be wounded at the core, values solitude, guarded, does not like crowds, organized, second guesses self, more likely to support marijuana legalization, focuses on peoples hidden motives, prone to crying, not competitive, prone to feelings of loneliness, not spontaneous, prone to sadness, longs for a stabilizing relationship, fears rejection in relationships, frequently worried, can feel victimized, prone to intimidation, lower energy, strict with self
It is surprisingly accurate although my thinking/feeling score was pretty close… Btw it turns out my personality type is the rarest: only 1.5% of the population are INFJ (also called Protectors).