Do you remember those magazines you used to read when you were younger that had quizzes like, Is he the right guy for you? Do you have a love or lust relationship? Which celebrity bad-girl are you? Should you dump your boyfriend?
As a teenager and well into my twenties I was hooked on those things. I couldn’t wait to tally up my answers and see if I were ‘an OK friend or a great friend!’ These days, if I’m waiting in line at the grocery store flipping through Cosmopolitan or Glamour and come across one of their quizzes I shake my head and think, ‘That’s why I didn’t become a doctor.’
Which is why I refused at first when my husband recently asked me to take a personality quiz. I thought to myself, ‘I’m forty. Do I really need to waste my time on questions like, When dancing at a club, do you mix-it-up like Madonna or disco like Danny DeVito?’
No no, my husband assured me. This is a legitimate test, based on the research of Carl Jung, Katharine C. Briggs, and Isabel Briggs Myers. He sent me here to read more about it. Oh, it’s one of those legit ones….I said OK.
It’s called the Jung Typology Test and took a little over 5 minutes to complete. There was no sign-up required, I didn’t have to give my email or any other personal information. I just answered the questions and received immediate feedback of my personality type, which consists of 4 letters. Once I had that information I went over to a Psychological Type Profiles page that told me everything I ever wanted to know about myself, including what type of job I am best suited for, what kind of work ethic I have, what kind of friends I have, how I function in certain situations and how many others there are like me in the world.
I have to tell you, when I read about my personality type, I was amazed. It was literally like someone had read a chapter from my life. It described me completely. My husband’s reaction to his test was the same way.
This test was really eye-opening for me in a lot of ways. It reminded me that I’m not abnormal…that there are other people out there who are a lot like me. Not to say that we aren’t unique individuals in our own right, but It’s easy to feel awkward at times, uncomfortable in our own skin. Being gently reminded that we aren’t alone in our behaviors I think is a good thing. Plus, knowing more about ourselves can open us up to learning a lot of other things, such as why it’s so hard for some people to step out of their comfort zone (me) to why some people lean towards developing destructive eating habits (um, also me). So, I thought I’d present you with the option of visiting these couple of sites and possibly taking this test as well.
If you do, come back around and let me know: did it describe your personality? Do you have a better understanding of what kind of person you are? Did you find that your career is similar to the ones that were listed for your type? Did it describe you as well as it did me?
By the way, I am an ISFJ. (I feel so exposed!!) LOL