Indignant Nerdy Finicky Juvenile

They have been taking this test over here and here so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’ve heard you can get different results on these things depending on the day (or time of month?) you take the quiz, but at least today I’m a fairly uncommon type:

“INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.”

Well, so far I only write a blog, but if more authorship is in my future, I surely won’t fight it. But: really a lot of the questions do not make sense to me:

“I favor the surreal.” Huh? I like Rene Magritte’s artwork — does this count, or do I also have to wish men would wear bowler hats and float around with apple faces? How does one “favor the surreal” in real life? (Are they just trying to say “I like to daydream”? And if so, why don’t they just say that?)

“I tend to value competence more than compassion.” And these are mutually exclusive traits? What if I value competent compassion?

“I tend to value fairness more than feelings.” Again, when did these become opposites? (I guess if I had been thinking about all the times this week when I’ve told Mabel to stop trying to discipline Rose, even though Rose may have been in the wrong, because Mabel’s not the Mommy, maybe I do favor feelings — Rose’s feelings anyway. Or do I get in these arguments with Mabel because I think it’s not fair for her to discipline Rose?)

“An argument with feeling has more effect on me than a cold rational one.” What do they mean by “has an effect on?” The argument is persuasive to me? If I favor emotional arguments that are firmly grounded in reason, do I click the middle box? (I think I did click the middle box.)

“I base my goals in life on inspiration, rather than logic.” Inspiration can’t come in logical ways? Okay, I’ll admit that inspiration and logic are generally considered to be opposites, but the “study it out in your mind, then ask God if it is right” method often works well for me.

“I greatly appreciate strangeness.” Context? I greatly appreciate quirky humor, but not so much strange hygiene habits. I appreciate exotic food, but not food that is strangely unsanitary or indigestible. I like eccentrics, but dislike perverts and sociopaths.

“I tend to be more realistic than conceptual.” These are mutually exclusive? How about I like to conceptualize realistically?

“I often start/do things at the last minute.” Are they talking about spontaneity or procrastination? (No to the first, a huge yes to the second.)

“I rely mostly on my feelings to guide my decision-making.” Sure — and my feelings are guided by logic.

“I tend to trust the mind more than the heart.” Can’t the mind and the heart just be friends?

“I value compassion over analytical reasoning.” Because analytical reasoning would tell us not to be compassionate? Only the reasoning of the cruel and selfish is logical?

By the way, I was pretty near 50% on all of the areas but the “J.” But I think they need a new scoring system for me that includes the option of “TNEA”: Too Nitpicky to Easily Assess.


Okay, I found this webpage, and actually I have to admit this does sound a whole lot like me (unless personality tests are like astrology, where no matter what you read, it will sound like you.) I’m actually very good with details, though, so I don’t know about that part — I guess that means I’m supposed to be judgmental of people who aren’t? Or I’m easily mired in details — that part’s sadly accurate. It’s definitely true that lots of times in my life I’ve had a feeling about a person or situation and then later (sometimes years later) something has come to light that completely vindicated my feeling . . . so, hmmm.

(Now I SO need to go put away the leftovers and do the dishes. Bleh.)

2nd update: I had the wrong link for the test and I’ve fixed it.

I got Dean to take it last night and he got “ISTP” which this quiz labeled as “Engineer.” While he was taking the quiz his comments were:

“They’re just asking the same question over and over again. I guess they’re trying to show you’ll be consistent.”

“I’m a scientist, so of course I’m going to favor logic, but I’m also religious and I have a family, so there are other dimensions to me, too,”

and, when he got to the “surreal” question, he snorted and said,

“Has anyone in life actually experienced ‘the surreal'”?

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10 Responses to Indignant Nerdy Finicky Juvenile

  1. danithew says:

    I came up as ENFP. Whatever that’s worth. I wouldn’t have taken this test except both you and Laura blogged about it. So the second time I actually finished the test.

    The main thing I learned – I have an aversion to tests.

  2. danithew says:

    By the way, I also learned from this test that I intensely dislike alliteration involving compined “c”, “o”, “m” and “p” sounds.

  3. zstitches says:

    Ha — the impatience with the test goes perfectly with this longer description of an ENFP (which I Googled for you):

  4. zstitches says:

    And I meant to say that even though I thought the questions were sort of badly worded and annoying, I did think that Laura’s, Dean’s, your and my results seemed fairly accurate — anyway, I laughed that Dean’s said he’s an engineer.

  5. zstitches says:

    Hey — we’re simulcommenting.

    And I think I’m capable of calmly commiserating with your ornery but ordinary misanthropic maligning positing a preference for a paucity of alliterations.

  6. Trina says:

    I came up as ISFP (“artist”), but I too wonder about the “accuracy” of the test–maybe that’s my propensity to “second-guess” myself. If I remember (or am “easily distracted” or “prone to laziness” again) I’ll take the test again another day and see if I get the same results. BTW, where are the “good” qualities? Or do ISFPs not have any!! All is well, though, because my favored careers include stay-at-home-parent, so at least I haven’t wasted all these years of on-the-job training.

  7. zstitches says:

    There were lots of good things in my description — maybe you just have a bad personality.

    (Sorry — I’m just recovering from the tears running down my cheeks while reading this blog aloud to Dean) :

  8. Robby says:

    I think I’m the kind of personality type that never takes those tests. 😉 (That’s an outright lie, of course.)

  9. Miss. you says:

    i took the test and i came up as a ENFJ. wow, the description sounds Just like me

  10. betsyhuntington says:

    Thanks, Miss. you. I don’t know how I missed this post from THREE YEARS AGO but I really appreciate you commenting on it and bringing it back to life.

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