Boy oh boy was it a slow day at work today. So slow that I opted to take one of those Myers-Briggs personality tests, even though I’m pretty sure I read somewhere about the actual science of this being pretty dubious at best like it’s little better than those quizzes in magazines, but we all gotta find ways to categorize each other don’t we?
As it turns out I’m INFP or “The Mediator”. Sure. What secrets about my personality does this reveal though? What does that say about me? (told you it’s just like a magazine quiz!)
Let’s see… I’m always looking for the good in people and events. I mean sometimes, but there are also times where I can get pretty pessimistic. (Usually whenever politics gets brought up, but I think that’s pretty universal.) I’m apparently at a high risk of feeling misunderstood as well. Aight I’ll give it to them there, I do worry about that a lot, mostly that some sarcastic jab is going to be seen as a full-on insult or something like that.
What else do we have here… Mediators are guided by principles rather than logic. What does that even mean? I’d like to think that I am guided by principles, but that a lot of those principles are rooted in pretty sound logic. That big seems like a good bit of nonsense if you ask me.
Not everyone understands the drive behind my feelings and that can lead to isolation.
Oh shoot that’s me to a T, isn’t it? Gah now I have to keep reading, don’t I?
“Listen to Many People, but Talk to Few” Yup Yup Yup, I love hearing people’s stories but good heavens 95% of the time I don’t want to ever converse with people I don’t already know.
“INFP’s often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and philosophical more than other personality types. Left unchecked, INFPs may start to lose touch, withdrawing into “hermit mode”, and it can take a great deal of energy from friends to bring them back into the real world.” I think I would extend this to my love of movies like I just love to sit back and watch movie after movie thinking about all of its aspects and sometimes I do just want to be that hermit doesn’t have to interact with people at all.
Oh hey here’s another fun insight, Mediators spend more time listening to music than any other personality type. 100%, did you know that last year I listened to over 140000 minutes on Spotify? That’s roughly 26% of the entire year. Top that nerds.
Ok, the next section is strength’s and weaknesses, and then I’ll stop because I don’t want to drag this on too long. According to the Meyers-Briggs test I’m open-minded and flexible (yup), very creative (uhh… maybe?), I value harmony (who doesn’t?), and passionate (ladies?). I’m also overly idealistic (maybe earlier in life, I’m pretty jaded about some things now.), I dislike dealing with data (I know data is good and more concrete but it is really boring a lot of the time), I take things personally (yes and no, definitely at first I do, but I’m pretty good at lettings those sort of things go quickly now), and difficult to get to know. (Again dead on, most of the time I avoid getting into too personal of topics like the plague.)
So, in general, I think this personality test did a pretty good job of describing me, but only in very broad strokes, and that’s really the downfall of all tests like this, they’re meant to try and boil unique individuals down into just a few categories, when in reality everyone has like a mix of these personalities and there really isn’t a way to nail down exactly who a person is in a questionnaire that can be done on a whim. Still a good way to kill some time on the job though.
Image and quotes taken from 16personalities.com