>> Wednesday, June 28, 2006
My June 14, 2006 Post titled, "The Keys To My Heart" was a frivolous, fun, fluff of a quiz, designed to help one determine what kind of person one was attracted to and what attracts them to other people. I say fluff, 'cause that's exactly what it was. The quiz came from Blogthings.com, and is as credible and comprehensive a source as The National Enquirer spotting Elvis........again!!! I never took any of that seriously, it wasn't meant to be. I thought it a fun thing to post, as well as help to generate some discussion around that.
What I hadn't planned on was the amount of 'hits' and/or responses to that post! A couple of the comments received ranged from "...too bad i don't believe much in love these days" to "that's not me at all...but then this is an internet quiz." to "Dangerous topic Green Eyes - especially for people who have "been there / done that".
That was only from those who posted a comment. I had received not only a lot of hits on that post, especially the link to the quiz itself, but had received email from others about it too.
This had me start to wonder if people really believed that bubble-gum psychology, or if they were indeed curious about their own personality and how they connect, or don't connect, with others.
I think people's curiosity to this topic is what may have sparked so much interest.
With that being said, when I think of personalities, connections and assessments, I automatically think of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Myers-Briggs was developed around 50 or so years ago and was based upon some of the theories of Carl Jung, a Swiss Psychiatrist and the founder of Analytical Psychology. I know there are some criticisms to the validity of this test, as well as the qualifications of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, the founders and namesake of this assessment. Even with these criticisms, the Myers-Briggs is still widely used in a variety of situations; from team building in corporations, to training of employers and those in leadership roles, and even in Marriage Counseling, as well as individual development. The two consulting psychiatrists with whom I work closely with, also favor this assessment, in spite of some of the criticisms.
After reading some of the comments and the interest generated from my June 14th post, I thought it might be interesting to post an assessment that wasn't based in fluff and may very well have some merit to it. I automatically thought of the Myers-Briggs, but knew I would be in violation of a copyright law if I posted it here, as I may have the assessment, but not the authorization to post it. Not to be daunted by this, I set about finding a different way I could do this with out violating any copyright. (I find that last sentence quite amusing, due to that being part of my 'personality type' to begin with!!!) :)
I have found a link with a Rapid Assessment that has been based upon Myers-Briggs approach to personality. It's called The Jung Typology Test. Though it is slightly different from the assessment that I have, the results were the same as the original. Before going to the link and completing the test yourself, I wanted to preface this quiz with some info that may help you in understanding some of this theory and the basis around it:
The Myers-Briggs has four separate preferences to it, with each preferences consisting of two alternatives. Of these preferences, we each use both, but generally feel more comfortable using one more than another. (Think Right-handed vs Left-handed; you can use both, but prefer one over the other.)
BEFORE reading any further, please take the test, called the Jung Typology Test.
Click on the "Do It" button and take the test. You may want to bookmark the 'results' page. at least write down the four letters, representing your preferences, as well as the strength percentages. You will find the test HERE.
Have you finished the test and recorded your four letter Preferences? If so, please read on. If not, please do that before reading on.
For the sake of brevity and conciseness in typing, I'm taking the below info from Team Technology:
The first of these is How you direct your energy?
- If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with people, things, situations, or "the outer world", then your preference is for Extroversion. This is denoted by the letter "E".
- If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with ideas, information, explanations or beliefs, or "the inner world", then your preference is for Introversion. This is denoted by the letter "I".
The second preference is How you process information?
- If you prefer to deal with facts, what you know, to have clarity, or to describe what you see, then your preference is for Sensing. This is denoted by the letter "S".
- If you prefer to deal with ideas, look into the unknown, to generate new possibilities or to anticipate what isn't obvious, then your preference is for Intuition. This is denoted by the letter "N" (the letter I has already been used for Introversion).
The third preference is How do you prefer to make decisions?
- If you prefer to decide on the basis of objective logic, using an analytic and detached approach, then your preference is for Thinking. This is denoted by the letter "T".
- If you prefer to decide using values and/or personal beliefs, on the basis of what you believe is important or what you or others care about, then your preference is for Feeling. This is denoted by the letter "F".
And the fourth preference is How do you prefer to organize your life?
- If you prefer your life to be planned, stable and organised then your preference is for Judging (not to be confused with 'Judgemental', which is quite different). This is denoted by the letter "J".
- If you prefer to go with the flow, to maintain flexibility and respond to things as they arise, then your preference is for Perception. This is denoted by the letter "P".
My own Preferences are: E-N-F-J. And the strengths of the preference percentages are:
Extroverted - 33% Intuitive - 50% Feeling - 50% and Judging - 22%
I am hoping that all who take this test, would be willing to share their results in the comment section. If you do, please structure it like I have mine above, including the percentages for each.
As an fyi - generally, these four preferences do not change over the years. This is because our personality or character is something that is generally consistent over our life time, at least from adulthood on. I had first taken this test about 15 years ago, and again about 5 years ago. The results were for the most part the same. I think I've become a bit more introverted as I've gotten older, but....I'm still considered an Extrovert. The strength percentage was what had slightly decreased. I had again taken this test....this exact one that I've posted here, and STILL get the same results; so I'm thinking this variation of the Myers-Briggs might be just as similar to the original. (I'm hoping so, at least!) :)
So I bet you're wondering what this has to do with my original post on "The Keys To My Heart"??
A former colleague of mine had specialized only in Marital and Couple Therapy. As a result, she often subscribed to professional literature that dealt specifically with this. One of these publications was called "Marriage: The Celebration of Couples". She had given me one of those issues whose main focus was on the Myers-Briggs and how to Connect with your partner, using the four preferences. So, if people are interested, I can post parts of that magazine that gives ideas of how to cope, deal and enhance your relationship with others, if lets say you are a T or Thinker and he/she is an F or Feeler, or if You're generally an S or Sensing, and he/she is an N or intuition, and so on.
But I will only do that if there seems to be enough interest, as that's a lot of typing!!
Soooo, not only am I hoping there's enough interest generated from my original post on the blogthings fluff quiz, regarding relationships, this may also help you to know a bit more about yourself, and seeing that I'm all about Self-Awareness, this may help you in other areas as well.