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 Personality Types2002-11-15 23:59
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I have for years asked people to optionally fill in a Myers-Briggs or Keirsey personality test when filling in a membership profile in NCN. But the last couple of years I've just referred people to Keirsey's site, which is rather cumbersome and self-serving and asking people to register, etc. I just noticed a very simple version at Bloginality. It is kind of simple and obvious, but I'd say it works pretty well. So I'm considering switching over to something like that. It identified me as an ENTP in a minute or two. .. Ah and here's another short one.

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16 Nov 2002 @ 05:23 by swan : I feel they are too short.
I have taken the Myers-Briggs several times over the years. I used to be a very strong ENFJ as I have grown more into my center I am now a XNFJ. I took the Bloginality test and came out INTP. I have never been a TP it is not who I am. There were too many places were I fit into both lists on both of these tests and I don't think that short is best in this case.  

16 Nov 2002 @ 06:46 by spiritseek : test
I came up with the same, ISTJ and for the most part it does sound like who I am.I too can say that I have changed over the last few years. I don't like to be typed cast into categories, it makes me feel violated in a little way, which probably is part of my type. haha  

16 Nov 2002 @ 14:33 by craiglang : Keirsey is better
Hi Ming,
I find that the Kiersey test is much more exhaustive and thus also more accurate. A comment made above was that the person fit the descriptions of each side of the scale. I noted that also.
I also felt that the Keirsey test allows for a continuum along each scale. I tend to be an ENXJ. Sometimes I'm in ENTJ-land, and other times I'm an ENFJ. But it tends to be along the boundary, which is not a capability of Bloginality.

Well, that's my $0.02.

16 Nov 2002 @ 15:04 by ming : Tests
Thanks for the feedback guys, that's helpful. For myself, last I did the keirsey test, I was XNTP, meaning I was split Extrovert and Introvert, which fits quite well. It was indeed very hard to choose between the simplified categories.

OK, so my other possibility for a change is to put the longer test on the newciv site itself, to avoid all the extra stuff that the Keirsey site asks for, which confuses some people. I do have the scoring information for pretty much the same test Keirsey has.  

16 Nov 2002 @ 17:03 by spiritseek : Test
I can see where this test would be a benefit for an individual to know themselves better for business and occupation, maybe even locating a potentional mate. But what if an employer discriminates on the basis of this test?  

16 Nov 2002 @ 21:13 by craiglang : Slice of life
I've noticed that there is quite a "slice of life" character to tests such as Myers Briggs, etc. You can take the test and get one result, then take the test a few weeks later and get something quite different. It depends upon what your prevailing state mind or frame of view is at the time the test is taken.
From that point of view, it would be difficult to discriminate very much - at least if the HR person doing the discriminating knows much about the tests...  

20 Dec 2014 @ 03:57 by Freezer @ : idoEjIwHvPgj
Dave, thanks for the conmemt. Everyone uses all four of the type styles, it's just that they are used in a preference ranking naturally. Situations can call for one or more of the styles and certainly being in the IBM Technical community pushed people into the NT corner. Of course if your preferred style didn't match the role, you went home exhausted every night.I always pictured you as a people person anyway!  

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