The personality quiz that doesn't really know my personality

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

*Gasp!* I skipped day 5 of Blogtember yesterday. Napping after work just sounded way better (despite the fact that I ended up drooling on my pillow and woke up with a leg cramp).

But better late than never, am I right? That just means you get two posts today! (Maybe. I might nap again. Who knows. Being tied down with plans is oppressive, man.)

Day 5: Take this personality test.

Ugh. Dang. No.

I actually JUST took the Myers Briggs' test during my last job interview (taking a personality test was part of the interview process for the Academic Adviser position, and I'd never felt so stressed out in my life because I was worried they'd find out I have a crappy personality and wouldn't hire me. "Courtney looks great on paper and gave a really solid interview, but she'd rather read a book than go to a party? Not at this college! PASS.") I personally believe that the Myers Briggs' test is a horrible benchmark for assessing someone's personality, mainly because I change my answers every single time I take the test. Sometimes you feel like a party, sometimes you don't.

But I obey the rules (as demonstrated in my answers to the Myers Briggs' test), so I took it again.

Here are my results:


Finding out I'm introverted is nothing new. I thrive in small groups of close friends, and I really enjoy time alone. I find no shame in that. I joke with Clayton often that being a hobbit sounds like a legitimate career choice for me.

After taking the test and viewing your results, you can click a "Profile" link to find out more information about your specific personality type. I was skeptical over the accuracy of my results because I'm PMSing and haven't had my coffee yet, I wasn't exactly a ball of radiating sunshine when I selected my answers to the same, redundant questions. 

While I don't agree with MUCH of what was determined about me, a few points leaped right off the screen: 

"ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their 'need to be needed.'" All of my ex boyfriends could have told you this.

"...ISFJs ... are notoriously bad at delegating ("If you want it done right, do it yourself")." I trust no one with anything.

"And although they're hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they're getting, it's somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself)." Sometimes my need for recognition or praise sickens me. But I must say, I shed my "doormat" tendencies years ago.

"When these include Es [extroverts] who want to socialize with the rest of the world ... the ISFJ must learn to adjust to these behaviors and not interpret them as rejection." Oh my gosh, I'm ashamed of how much this is true.

Other than those points, there isn't a whole lot of validity in the results. This test made my personality type sound kind of needy and pathetic and severely dependent on other people. My results breakdown more or less stated that I'm a loyal friend (which is totally true because I'm a ride-or-die type of gal), but I'm clingy to the extent that if one of my close co-workers left a company for whatever reason, I'd follow them. Acca-scuse me? I have a backbone, thanks. Don't confuse my loyalty with weakness.

The results also claim that I'd make a horrible boss because I'm an invertebrate who is uncomfortable with being in charge. False. I just about went power crazy when I coached an 8 year-old girls' softball team this summer. I've gone to my bosses numerous times over the years and all but demanded more responsibility and leadership roles. Just because I'm good behind the scenes doesn't mean I never want a starring role. Would I be the most eccentric boss in the world? Of course not, but I'd be fair, authoritative, compassionate, and I would totally bake everyone cupcakes on the regular. 

Did you take the quiz? What were your results?

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