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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 profiles (“thoughtful ISTJ seeks similar”) to entire dating sites, such as and, 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…

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