of late, I’ve been fascinated with personality tests, and have been testing all my friends as well.  Here are some of the profiling tools we’ve tried out:



“global” personality test

Emotional Quotient’

each one takes about 15 minutes to go through.  Better descriptions of the results are available on wikipedia.

My results:

  • INTJ -meyers-brigg (I’ve been tested twice, 10 years apart, exact same results)
  • Type 1 “perfectionist” -Enneagram
  • anti-authoritarian 90% -global
  • below average 104 -EQ

the Enneagram and the Meyers Briggs seem to be the most well-rounded and fully-developed testing system.

But here’s the really interesting thing:  Since it’s the holidays, I’ve seen my three longest-term friends this past week.  Tuuli, a woman I’ve been friends with since I was four, is also an INTJ.  Chris, my friend since age 15, is an INTJ and type 1 enneagram. Jay, friends since I was 18, is an ENTJ with type 9 (peacemaker) enneagram.

(I’m 29 btw, so these results represent long-term friendships.)

Since the Meyers-Briggs test allows for 16 possible results, there are only a few percent in the general population of each temperament. The wikipedia entry breaks it down, but simply, the ENTJ and INTJ types represent 1-2% of the population each.  As an introvert, I don’t particularly make friends easily, so these three people represent the ONLY people I am still in contact with from college or before.

Also of interest: the friends I have developed more recently than 10+ years ago have tended to be types that are more “opposite” my own personality. Complementary might be a better word.

My brother, Noah, just got engaged to a lovely woman, Chelsea, and they have opposite Meyers-Briggs types.

(a comment about one’s own results:  I found mine a bit surprising.  I would never have identified myself as a perfectionist, and remember actively saying within the past few months that I’m not.  Additionally, while I love Ayn Rand and think these folks are great company, I would have expected my temperament to be a bit more of the artisan.  I don’t trust the EQ results, the test required $ to get a full report.  My ‘anti-authoritarianism’ is tempered by the fact that I am cautious about physical risk.)

care to play along?  I’m curious about your results.

Posted by:Brook DeLorme

10 replies on “personality testing

  1. I did the enneagram (as, out of the four, it sounded most like something built in a shed by a mad inventor) and am apparently Type 3, with a sexual(!) variant…

  2. I think these self-assessments are interesting, provided you hold the results lightly. I began working with the Enneagram last March (http://originalremixed.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/on-the-enneagram/) and worked with it over a period of four or five weeks, writing several blog posts on my reflections.

    After working with it pretty deeply (unlike the Meyers Briggs, it invites this kind of inquiry), I concluded that I am an Enneagram Four. This is a “feeling” type, and not a result you’d expect for an INTP (I have consistently tested as an INTP on Meyer Briggs, and have taken it several times). I do have a very strong Five “wing” and an intellectual temperament, but after reading so much about the Ennegram Four (all which resonates very deeply) I find myself wondering if I really am a “T” and not an “F” despite the test results.

    All by way of saying, these things are fine as tools (for self-understanding) but not very useful as labels.

    I think what you are noticing with your friendships and your brother’s choice of partner are both reflections of something Jung observed about the types. Ideally, as we grow older, we develop our weaker functions. The best way to do this would be in relationship with people who can mirror the aspects of ourselves we are developing.

    Good luck with it all.

  3. Hey Ben- type 3 was one of my second highest as well…I’d be curious what your meyersbriggs is too. nice to hear from you!

    Elizabeth- thanks for the thoughts and link. I’m going to explore the enneagram more based on your note. At first I was more drawn to the meyers brigg, but am now curious.

    Still looking for a decent, free EQ test.

  4. brook,

    jim and i spent our sunday morning enjoying the myers-briggs test, and laughing at all the realities of the results….

    me you ask? ENFJ an idealist teacher
    jim? INTP an architect

    quite interesting….

  5. yes, quite funny really. it was a bit eerie how true many of the descriptions were…. thanks for the sunday morning inspiration!

    hope you enjoy the sun today.

  6. hi brook!

    as you know, i have loads to say about meyers-briggs. i’ll took it again and was an enfp, just as i’ve been every time i’ve taken it since it was given to me at age 9– although the degrees change (closer to introvert now). i gave it to noah when he was SIXTEEN- hah! i’d be interested to see if his is different now. his behavior is different, but i would say his personality is the same. would be interesting to see– and to think about which the test is measuring (or what personality even means).

    anyway, i am leery of the enneagram in that i don’t feel it measures the same thing as the MB. i feel that it has a degree of vagueness that could change your results based on mood or recent events. regardless, i took it some time just before college or maybe freshman year and was a 5. now i’m a 7 (sx) and i have a hunch that maybe the difference has to do with having lived in a city for the past three years. The 5’s “I must be knowledgable and independent to be happy.” perfectly suits the desire to leave home and go to college and the 7 suits fight the grind of a real job and city life, ” I must be high and entertained to be happy.” I wouldn’t agree with that for myself though– I certainly still feel the 5!

    Reading about the healthy vs. unhealthy cycles between 5s and 7s, the 5 description resonates with me more, and I definitely understand the fear there, whereas the 7 doesn’t even make real sense. regardless, i found the information in both helpful.

    but back to MB: part of why i think it’s good for people to take it is that there is so much valuable literature about it– and how the types function and relate to each other, and how they take on roles like parent, manager or teacher. (it would be funny to see the 16 responses to MB itself– i’m sure other ENFPs would also comment on the relation of people to others and finding meaning. I also find that ENFPs LOOOOVE the ENFP and are proud to be one).

    as for noah and i: all of the MB literature comments on the ENFP/ISTJ attraction. the opposite type of an NF is actually the NT, but ENFP/ISTJ are opposite temperaments. Noah’s ISTJ is described as the “Rock of Gibraltar”– as you can imagine two rocks sitting side by side steadfastly does not not make much of a relationship! But in the ISTJ the ENFP fins a “safe harbor” that the rock is happy to provide. (Likewise, I have been with another ENFP (or maybe ESFP) and it was ultimately exhausting and not good for me). But with my trusty ISTJ, we both value the things in each other that we don’t find in ourselves. Of course there’s a lot more to it than that. . .

    If you ever come across a breakdown of how these relate to zodiac signs let me know. From my experience NFs are often fire signs! And I’ve encountered a lot of other Arian ENFPs (but maybe these are just the types drawn to taking the test).

    And finally some synchronicity for you: I read this post earlier in the week and got into some old literature about ENFPs that made me late for work. That afternoon I talked to Sarah (also an ENFP) and she said, “I was reading about our MB type this morning. . .” —-> ! we hadn’t talked about it in probably 5 years.

  7. wow Chelsea….how interesting!

    i love the synchronicity bit…

    a couple months ago I found some papers when our entire family had taken the MB- about 10 years ago. my mom is also an ENFP!!! My dad is an ENTP. I wonder what that says about them….

    I’m definitely more comfortable with the MB than the Enneagram too….it seems more logical, but that would be my temperament as well:)

    the correlation between zodiac and MBTI is intriguing- however, I tend the find that a person’s dominant astrological sign doesn’t properly describe them (though, admittedly, I tend to have arian and sag friends:) and few people actually know their full astrological profile.

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