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Feb 5 2008

Maybe You’re Just Not My Type . . .

by Chris S

I’ve always enjoyed quizzes, especially personality tests, because they take a number of seemingly innocuous questions about simple preferences and turn them into an analysis of who you are at the core. Questions like “Do you run to get the phone when it rings, or would you rather let someone else get it?” and “Do you prefer books with a lot of symbolism, or do you want the author to just come right out and say what she means?” lead to the insight that you are at heart an introvert who prefers working to a deadline and makes value judgments based on feelings rather than logic. My favorite kind of personality test is the “Jungian” type (after the highly influential psychologist Carl Jung), which assigns a four-letter type to each kind of personality. I consistently score as an ENFJ, or “Teacher” type, and there are a number of books and web sites that offer these sorts of tests and interpretations of their results.

Books

Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey – includes a test with scoring key

I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You by Roger R. Pearman and Sarah C. Albritton

Those are just two – there are others.

Websites

These sites have a lot of free information, but they often charge for taking their personality tests, so be warned!

TypeLogic.com

Kiersey.com

When you find out your type, let us know by posting a comment to this post!

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DarleneD. February 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

I am also guilty of thoroughly enjoying those quirky little quizzes from either magazines or books that promise to unleash the mysteries of who we really are. So with unbound pleasure I took yet another test that defined me as an ISTP personality type(sorry you’ll have to look it up for a description).There were of course some points that were right on target and others I that could only describe as thought provoking.

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