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