Everyone reading this has probably taken a personality test at least once in their lives. Whether it be to determine what career suits you, your ability to adapt to new situations, or what character of your favorite TV show you’re most similar to. The majority of these tests give you bad results. And by bad, I don’t mean this:
I mean bad as in inaccurate. This is the due to a lack of proper questioning techniques, messy variables, and overly-generalized results. However, one day I stumbled upon this Facebook app called “My Personality”, which provides several personality tests ranging from the Big Five to their newest Schwartzs Value Survey. I found that the results of these tests accurately portrayed who I was, or at least who I think I am (and I’m sure several of my friends would agree). I’ll briefly summarize a couple of them and share my results.
The newest available My Personality test on Facebook is the Schwartzs Value Survey, which asks you to rate 40-60 values on a scale of how important they are to you – with the least important being “Opposed to my values” and the highest level of importance being “Of supreme importance”, and seven levels in between. Some of the values include equality, family security, social justice, authority, and pleasure. After filling in all of your answers the test then organizes your responses into 10 overarching values, with #1 being the most important and #10 being the least.
My top three values were benevolence, achievement, and universalism, while my lowest three values were hedonism, tradition, and power. As a compassionate nice guy who strives for equality for all, I can see where this is coming from.
Another My Personality Test that I take monthly is the Big Five Personality Questionnaire, which is similar to that of the Schwartzs Value Survey as you rate things based on importance. The difference is that you rate statements on a scale of accuracy, ranging from “Very Inaccurate” to “Very Accurate” with three levels in-between. Examples of statements are “I have a vivid imagination” or “I hold a grudge”.
You can also change the number of statements you rate – you can do as little as twenty or as high as 336. I usually stick to 100. Afterward, they analyze your responses and separate them into five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. You can find more information on what each of these mean here. Each trait receives a raw percentage from 0% to 100% that corresponds to how well it relates to you.
My results didn’t surprise me: Openness, 79%, Conscientiousness, 73%, Extraversion, 50%, Agreeableness, 69%, and Neuroticism, 54%. What really interested me was my Jungian Typology Estimate:
INTJs are very analytical individuals. They are more comfortable working alone than with other people, and are not usually as sociable as others, although they are prepared to take the lead if nobody else is up to the task, or they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be very pragmatic and logical individuals, often with an individualistic bent and a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are also commonly not susceptible to catchphrases and commonly do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank or title. Hallmark features of the INTJ personality type include independence of thought, strong individualism and creativity. Persons with this personality type work best given large amounts of autonomy and creative freedom. They harbour an innate desire to express themselves; that is to be creative by conceptualizing their own intellectual designs. Analyzing and formulating complex theories are among their greatest strengths.
And similar to the values test, the summary above (taken directly from the Facebook app), describes me perfectly. It’s kind of scary and cool at the same time. Sort of like when I realized I didn’t do my homework but I didn’t really care. Just kidding, I always do my homework.
Because I’m a flamboyant nerd.
So now that you’ve gotten to know me through the results of these two tests, I’d like to get to know you too! (ignore how creepy that may have sounded) Seriously though, what do you guys think of personality tests? Totally bogus? Sometimes true? Always accurate?
By the way, here’s the link to the MyPersonality page where you can take some of the tests I’ve described. I’ve never completed one through the website itself because I’ve utilized the Facebook app, which is helpful because it tracks your results over time.
Finally, it’s my birthday tomorrow! Expect a little personal update… if I don’t stuff myself too full of cake I can’t get to the computer. (:
*edit, May 27: So after taking the Jungian typology test another time, I think these results may be a little more accurate:
INFJs are conscientious and value-driven. They seek meaning in relationships, ideas, and events, with an eye toward better understanding themselves and others. Using their intuitive skills, they develop a clear vision, which they then execute decisively to better the lives of others. INFJs regard problems as opportunities to design and implement creative solutions. INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasise about getting revenge on those who victimise the defenceless. The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is particularly appealing to the INFJ.
Isn’t it funny how depending on a certain circumstance your personality can change?