I recently, that is to say within the last six months, was introduced to a topic I, and some of my cohorts, found interesting: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. I'm sure there are a fair amount of you are familiar with the tool and the theories backing it, but even so, I'll leave a concise explanation copied (probably) from some place like wikipedia:
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
I thought it might be interesting if, should they so desire, members around the good ol' Vice took a brief questionnaire and posted/discussed their types if they like. Here's a link to one that doesn't ask for email info or any such thing.
I'll refrain from expressing the entirety of my views on the whole concept but put forward that I agree with Jung's statement that people are too complex to truly categorize so simply. That said, there has been an element of consistent accuracy in those I know who've messed around with this a bit.
To it then: My type usually comes up as INTP (sometimes as INTJ), meaning of the Indicator's four dichotomies I prefer introversion over extroversion, intuition over sensing as a means to gather information in my environment, thinking over feeling in making decisions and perceiving over judging in dealing with goals. Here's a relatively succinct overview of the type.
Feel free to have at it then, and I apologize if this comes across as a promotion of any sort, it's not intended as such.
Edit: I went ahead and took the indicator in the link provided, results were:
- You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)
- You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (100%)
- You have strong preference of Thinking over Feeling (88%)
- You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%)
Pretty consistent with how it (the MBTI in general, not necessarily this particular test) scores my results.
Edit: A site with a catalog of examples of famous people of each type. Here
And one with fictional examples here.
Keep in mind those are, mostly, speculated deductions from people who "get" the theory driving the MBTI's typing. Not difficult as it's only based on preference in 4 dichotomies.