Voices: On Personality Tests

Voices: On Personality Tests | On the Street Where We Live ( aretherelilactrees.com )

October came and went and left no time at all for us to get this month’s Voices up! To be fair, we’re only a week behind, and there were good reasons—my girlfriends needed an extension, I ended up in the emergency room (but am better now), and Andrew and I have been spending every free moment working on a very special project going live this Friday. So here we are on the fifth of November.

This month, I asked my girlfriends to take this personality test based on the Myers-Briggs theory and share their results. I also had them guess what my personality type is, and took guesses at theirs as well!

Please keep in mind that our general consensus is that this is all in good fun and to be taken with a grain of salt. Feel free to share your personality type in the comments below!

 

Jen’s personality type: INFJ-A
G’s guess: ISTJ-T | L’s guess: INFP-A | B’s guess: INTP-T | K’s guess: ISFP-A
The Advocate
Introverted: 69%
Intuitive: 66%
Feeling: 61%
Judging: 71%
Assertive: 67%

 

G’s personality type: ENFP-A
Jen’s guess: INFP-A

What are your thoughts on personality tests?

They are a lot of fun. I enjoy learning about myself. At the same time, I sometimes feel like most of them reinforce the image you have of yourself. It would be more valuable to take a 360 personality test which takes other people's perception of you into consideration as well.

What do you predict your personality type will be?

I'm not sure. I took this test a few times over the past five years and the results are showing me that I'm slowly transitioning from an introvert to an extravert. 

What is your personality type?

ENFP-A: The Campaigner

Extraverted: 71%
Intuitive: 66%
Feeling: 63%
Prospecting: 57%
Assertive: 79%

Analyze your results. What stands out to you? Why?

In one of my previous test results, I was an introverted diplomat. It's really interesting to see my results as an extraverted diplomat. 

Is there anything that resonates with you/you agree with? Is there anything you disagree with? Is there anything you are confused or surprised by?

I'm always a bit wary of personality tests. I feel like all the good things stroke my ego and the bad things are always framed in a pleasant way. There is always some truth to the results, but I think I should take it with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, this test is a product a company is trying to sell. That being said, I agree with the percentages and wasn't surprised by the results. I've felt that I've become more and more of an extravert, analytical, and assertive over the years and this confirmed that. 

Can you share any stories or examples in your life that are consistent with these results?

This is a hard question. I feel like I see the results more in my day-to-day dealings with life than in any specific story.

Are these results consistent with how friends and family would describe you? How so or why not?

I'm not sure. I have introverted friends who I introvert with and extraverted friends I extravert with. I'm kind of down the middle for a lot of the characteristics, so people could describe me in both ways and be right. 

Do you think these results would have been different earlier in your life? How so or why not?

Yes. Like I mentioned earlier, I've seen myself become more extraverted over time. The first time I took the test, I had a lot of introverted characteristics. The second time I took it, about three years ago, my results were very split for all of the characteristics. 

L’s personality type: ISFJ-T
Jen’s guess: ESTJ-T

What are your thoughts on personality tests?

My results were pretty spot on and shed some light on my personality that I never even realized until reading about my personality type.

What do you predict your personality type will be?

I predicted that my personality type would be something along the lines of being agreeable and one who tries to keep the peace. Sure enough, I’m an ISFJ, or The Defender.

What is your personality type?

ISFJ-T: The Defender

Introverted: 56%
Observant: 84%
Feeling: 74%
Judging: 65%
Turbulent: 71%

Analyze your results. What stands out to you? Why?

It sounds like the bottom line is that The Defender is a people pleaser, sometimes to a fault, to avoid conflict across all settings in life. I have always somewhat known this, but it was helpful to see how it is applied to each setting in life.

Is there anything that resonates with you/you agree with? Is there anything you disagree with? Is there anything you are confused or surprised by?

Defenders need a lot of positive feedback, make friends through consistent contact (e.g., work and class), and are loyal to their friends to a point where they will go out of their way to stick to the most trivial commitment. I've met some of my best friends through work and school. I will typically go out of my way to see and help out my friends, sometimes to a fault where I either spread myself too thin or try to accommodate to a point where whatever I do is no longer impactful.

Defenders also tend to initially befriend people with different personalities, but end up with friends with similar personalities to avoid conflict. I don't exactly agree with this, although I guess it makes sense to prioritize my time with friends who have similar personalities to mine.

Can you share any stories or examples in your life that are consistent with these results?

Recently, one of my good friends from my sorority told me that she and her hubby are doing a diet where she needs to eat seaweed salad as a snack. She said she was having a hard time finding it in bulk at the supermarket, so I told her I would look for it at a wholesaler the next time I went since they do not have a membership. Two weeks later, during my lunch break, I went to Costco and remembered that she was looking for seaweed salad. I bought two containers and offered to drop them off at her apartment while they were both at work, despite it adding 45 minutes to my commute home. I didn't realize until after I got home and continued working that I didn't need to go out of my way to drop it off at their apartment. One of them could have simply picked up the two containers after work that day. 

Sometimes I feel like I will go out of my way to help my friends to validate that I'm a loyal friend. Digging a bit deeper, I think this comes from a sense of insecurity about friendships.

Are these results consistent with how friends and family would describe you? How so or why not?

Yes! Although my family sees me in a different way than my friends do, they would still use these traits to describe me.

Do you think these results would have been different earlier in your life? How so or why not?

No, I don't think the results would be different had I taken this earlier in life. I have changed a bit over the years, but I would say that my personality has remained consistent. I think had I taken this test in high school or college, it would have been more eye-opening and impactful because I didn't have a sense of self at that time, and it would have helped guide me in understanding myself.

B’s personality type: ENFP-T
Jen’s guess: ENFJ-T

What are your thoughts on personality tests?

I enjoy personality tests and think that some can be very insightful. Of course, I also think there are many out there that may not have very accurate or reliable measures, so they must be taken with a grain of salt. Regardless, they cause me to self-reflect and analyze myself, which is always eye-opening.

What do you predict your personality type will be?

I’ve actually taken this test several years ago and remember being an ENFP. I’m curious to see if that has changed, since I do feel that my experiences over the past few years have changed my personality and demeanor a bit. I’ve felt more easily stressed and have been forced to stick to stricter schedules and time constraints because of work and school, causing me to be more exhausted and less social than I used to be.

What is your personality type?

ENFP-T: The Campaigner

Extraverted: 71%
Intuitive: 74%
Feeling: 79%
Prospecting: 65%
Turbulent 74%

Analyze your results. What stands out to you? Why?

I was actually surprised that I had such a high percentage in the extraverted category. I’ve always been more of an extravert, but again, due to my schedule, I feel that I’ve acted more like an introvert lately. I suppose that even though I have less time and energy to socialize, I’m still an extravert deep down.

Is there anything that resonates with you/you agree with? Is there anything you disagree with? Is there anything you are confused or surprised by?

The first time I took this test there wasn’t a -T or -A option, but I’m not surprised by this result either. I think I am very much a turbulent personality because I am easily stressed and affected by my surroundings. I think the part that surprised me the most is that my percentage for extravert is higher than it was the first time I took this test. I guess it might be more my schedule than my personality that stops me from making as much time for social events. I’m not surprised by the rest of the results, though, since I tend to be a more emotional and emphatic person.

Can you share any stories or examples in your life that are consistent with these results?

I took the test and started responding to these questions last week before leaving for a conference. The conference was very tiring because I was going to seminars, meeting new people, and networking nine hours straight each day. I realized when walking back to my hotel that I would immediately pull out my phone to call someone because I didn’t like walking back in silence. I think that made me realize that even if I have been expressing it differently, I still am an extravert and crave connection with other people even after a long day of meeting new people.

I also know that I am very much a feeling personality. I notice this especially when I try to discuss or solve problems with a more logical person. For me, it isn’t just about facts and who is right or wrong. To come to a real solution, I always feel that it’s about finding a way for everyone to compromise and reach some sort of comfortable agreement. I see this a lot in my work life and in my personal life. If someone asks me to do something or change something, I’m much more likely to be happy to do so if they explain to me why it’s important to them so I understand their perspective.

Are these results consistent with how friends and family would describe you? How so or why not?

I think this is mostly how my friends and family would describe me. My family and boyfriend often say that I’m very emotional. I think it’s a compliment, but also a weakness at times. It makes it very easy for me to connect with people, and I notice that people in my life often come to me to share whatever is going on with them. I think it’s because they know that I will feel for them, whether it’s excitement or sadness.

I also know that my friends and family think I’m too easily stressed. They often tell me not to let people bother me so easily, but it’s difficult for me to keep that separate from my own feelings. I think this is two-fold, because I am very emphatic and because I am easily affected by surrounding stress.

Do you think these results would have been different earlier in your life? How so or why not?

I think that earlier in my life, I was not quite as prospecting and intuitive as I am now. I used to have more trouble improvising and thinking or acting on my feet. I’ve definitely gotten better at this, and at dealing with issues as they arise. I think this part of my personality comes out the most when I’m traveling, which has been a huge hobby of mine over the past several years. It’s refreshing for me to take things as they come and roll with the punches, as they say.

I also think I’ve become more intuitive as I’ve learned more about different cultures and ways of life. It’s made me much more open-minded to ideas and concepts that I don’t fully understand or grasp. This has also been fueled by my new career in research. I enjoy discovering new things and making new connections. That to me is the most exciting part of research and my job.

K’s personality type: ESFP-A
Jen’s guess: ESTP-T

What are your thoughts on personality tests?

I think they are super interesting and oftentimes helpful in understanding the self and others. However, they shouldn't be taken as gospel (which now holds true even more as my results have changed from the last time I took this test). I've been interested in different personality types and how people think from a very young age and especially due to one sociology class I took in college. It's just a very interesting study of people. 

What do you predict your personality type will be?

To be honest, I'd taken this test before and gotten ENTP, so I was expecting that. 

What is your personality type?

ESFP-A: The Entertainer

Extraverted: 75%
Observant: 63%
Feeling: 57%
Prospecting: 65%
Assertive: 88%

Analyze your results. What stands out to you? Why?

The fact that I've gotten a different result from the last time I took this test is the most outstanding thing. The mood and circumstance you're in affect your test-taking ability so much (I'll tackle this more in the next question). The most important thing I've noticed by comparing the results side by side is this time around, I've gotten different results for the energy and nature categories (feeling vs thinking, observant vs intuitive) respectively. These differences are hard to miss as I continue to think about who I am. This is the thing with personality—it's a fluid concept (or at least I am of that opinion).

Is there anything that resonates with you/you agree with? Is there anything you disagree with? Is there anything you are confused or surprised by?

I've thought a lot about personality and thought processes in general, and knew that the results would alter depending on one's mood when taking the test. Do I think taking this test when I just ended my period and am more emotional affected my results this time around? I think I can just point to the results (for nature, I got 57% feeling vs 54% thinking in the previous run). Similarly, I’d gotten 53% intuitive for energy, however, that is now switched to 63% observant. In this sense, I don't think I can particularly agree or disagree with either test. I think it just tells us people are volatile. 

Can you share any stories or examples in your life that are consistent with these results?

One of my results was that a person like me wants her work environment to be forward thinking, with clearly communicated expectations. I've found myself thinking and communicating to my boss that the firm (where I work) has a long way to go in order to be a meritocracy. I am constantly thinking of ideas and providing feedback to make our culture more transparent, and trying to help junior talent that may be on the same path I was. This is consistent with the results: that I am trying to directly impact my surroundings to be more ideal, although that may not always be possible.

Are these results consistent with how friends and family would describe you? How so or why not?

My brother thought that my previous results (ENTP) were spot on, which makes me wonder what his opinion would be now. I think he recognized the assertiveness, prospecting, and extraversion quite quickly, then took time to understand the other two pieces (thinking and intuitive). He thinks he has a better read on things (than I do), so he was surprised to see intuitive.

Do you think these results would have been different earlier in your life? How so or why not?

Well, this has proven itself! I think results can stay the same or alter depending on what is happening and where you are in life at the time. This was my second time taking this test, and my test-taking style was different. I took my time and was more thoughtful in my answers the first go around. This time, I was admittedly more flippant and felt that I knew what I was doing.