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You could say I have a personality…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:31 am

A rather interesting Valentine’s Day article that I stumbled across while searching for various introvert-related things online:

ESTJ seeks INFP: Looking for love through personality tests

If any of this makes sense you’ve probably taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality measurement developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs. Today, the questionnaire is used by 2 million people a year and in nearly 90 of the Fortune 100 companies.

The four-letter acronyms […] are so eerily accurate it’s no surprise that they’ve found new life in the online-personals ads.

The evidence is plentiful, from mentions in Match.com profiles (“thoughtful ISTJ seeks similar”) to entire dating sites, such as TypeTango.com and JungDate.com, designed in large part around the Myers-Briggs or its close companion, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

As an INTP, one of the rarest personality types, I can totally associate with this article. It really is interesting how taking various Myers-Briggs-based personality tests online made me feel like I really wasn’t as much of an outcast as it originally seemed. I really do feel more “at home” with INTPs, INTJs and INFPs than I do any of the other types…

1 Comment »

  1. We had a semi-serious “INTJ club” in my group of friends and acquaintances at university. It’s definitely a powerful identifier, and one that seems quite descriptive as well.

    Comment by Alexis — 20-Feb-2004 @ 4:36 pm

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