I'm a little obsessed with personality tests.
*Real* personality tests.
Not "Which alcoholic beverage would taste best between your toes and a Sunday afternoon when the clouds are gray?"
I like tests like the Myers & Briggs / Jung personality test.
Like the ones on MyType, an application on facebook.
Anyway, my results of the five tests on MyType -- I think they describe me quite well (I guess, if you're my friend, you can just check them out if you haven't already... non-friends* can maybe see them too, I don't know, I don't care so much about privacy):
Personality Type: The Theorist (INTP)
You are clearly an Introvert
You scored 77% in the direction of Introversion, which means you are clearly an Introvert. People who are clearly Introverts are reserved, quiet, and contemplative. They dislike the social pressures of large groups and being the center of attention, but are not necessarily shy. They frequently spend time alone in order to reflect and "recharge".
You are clearly an iNtuitive
You scored 99% in the direction of iNtuition, which means you are clearly an iNtuitive. People who are clearly iNtuitives are so focused on the "big picture" that they often overlook the details. Because of this, some people may see them as absent-minded. But don't be fooled: these iNtuitives quickly notice underlying patterns, hidden relationships and ironies that others miss. They enjoy considering the ways people or ideas are connected and are constantly thinking about the future, particularly how to change it.
You are clearly a Thinker
You scored 100% in the direction of Thinking, which means you are clearly a Thinker. People who are clearly Thinkers are tough, objective, and calculating. They do not let emotions get in the way of reason or cloud their judgment. They seek and express the truth, however ugly it may be. Their words are precise, direct, and sometimes critical.
You are clearly a Perceiver
You scored 99% in the direction of Perceiving, which means you are clearly a Perceiver. People who are clearly Perceivers lead a flexible, spontaneous lifestyle and avoid making definite plans whenever possible. They get excited by starting something new but find it difficult to finish. They see all sides of every situation, so much so that it is often unclear to them what's "right". When faced with a decision, they will put it off for as long as possible in order to consider all their options. Even once the decision is made, they often second guess themselves.
(There were some questions where I was a little torn about what I would do, but I decided to go with what I would viscerally want to do. Specifically, I do act a little/lot more feeling. I mean, I'm pretty sure I have feelings, but logic and thinking truly rules my internal life. However, when I let out my feelings, I tend to get all awkward and childlike. My emotions are often very raw; so, I rarely really let them out.)
Compatible With: The Executive (ENTJ)
You like Extroverts
Extroverts tend to be naturally expressive, active, and social people. Though they do sometimes want privacy or time alone to reflect, they generally prefer to be involved in some sort of activity, often in an interactive group setting.
You like iNtuitives
iNtuitives like to discuss ideas and tend to approach new information intuitively, focusing on the "big picture" rather than specific details. They find the future more interesting than the past, because they can shape it. While they recognize the value of down-to-earth practicality and concrete experience, they tend to emphasize the importance of imagination and inspiration.
You like Thinkers
Thinkers recognize the value of feelings but are more comfortable with logic and reason. They tend to be straightforward with others and are not easily offended. They often notice where there is room for improvement in a person or situation.
You like obvious Judgers
People who are clearly Judgers love to make decisions. Organized and thorough in their work, they make and stick to plans. One of life's small pleasures for them is checking off items on their to-do lists. Every thing in their lives has its place, and they are diligent about putting it there.
Big Five Personality: The Laidback Type
You scored in the 10th percentile on Extraversion, which is low. You tend to be shy and prefer to avoid crowded social situations. You don't like to take charge of people or activities. You prefer the quiet of being at home and have no trouble entertaining yourself.
You scored in the 62nd percentile on Agreeableness, which is average. You always try to be kind and considerate to others. You trust people, but you are aware that not everyone has your best intentions in mind. In group situations you don't look for problems, but you aren't afraid of conflict when it seems necessary. You help people when they need it and you are sympathetic to the plights of others.
You scored in the 5th percentile on Conscientiousness, which is low. You don't like to worry or take things too seriously. You tend to be impulsive and dislike planning things in advance. You're not too concerned with punctuality and organization. You tend to be laid back and like to just go with the flow.
You scored in the 92nd percentile on Emotional Stability, which is high. You are above it all and are rarely affected by stressful situations. When everything goes haywire you're the one calmly assessing the situation. You are generally relaxed and calm and can handle anything that comes your way. You tend not to worry about what others think of you, and it takes a lot to get you upset or sad.
Openness to Experience
You scored in the 91st percentile on Openness to Experience, which is high. You place a high value on creativity and inventiveness. You appreciate beauty and tend to get really involved in artistic experiences. You are adventurous and are always looking to try new things. You value intelligence in others and enjoy having intellectual debates and having your views challenged. You are always ready to challenge authority, convention, and traditional values.
Highest Value: Self-Direction
You scored in the 11th percentile on Power, which is low. You do not need to be in control of other people or resources, and do not strive for social status or power. The competitive aspect of power may even turn you off.
You scored in the 12th percentile on Achievement, which is low. Life is short. You'd rather not stress yourself out on trying to "get ahead". You want a good life, but let the guy working over-time get the over-achiever awards.
You scored in the 2nd percentile on Hedonism, which is low. Life may be full of pleasure, but you're often too preoccupied to enjoy it. No pain, no gain.
You scored in the 86th percentile on Stimulation, which is high. You seek out new experiences and are always up for a challenge. Risk? What risk? You live life in the fast lane.
You scored in the 98th percentile on Self-direction, which is high. You are creative, freedom-loving, and curious. You enjoy being independent and outside the control of others and may have a particular creative or artistic bent, which you seek to indulge whenever possible.
You scored in the 87th percentile on Universalism, which is high. You are drawn towards goals and movements that are larger than yourself. You are very tolerant, peace-loving and close to nature. You are very interested in the welfare and perspectives of all people, and promote justice and equality for all.
You scored in the 96th percentile on Benevolence, which is high. You tend to put the needs of friends and loved ones above your own. You are very loyal: if someone close to you neglects or hurts you, you try to forgive and continue to be supportive.
You scored in the 40th percentile on Tradition, which is average. You recognize some value in tradition, but you are also willing to question it. You respect and follow the good traditions and ignore or downplay the bad ones.
You scored in the 42nd percentile on Conformity, which is average. You follow the rules, but you also use your own common sense, which every once and awhile means breaking them. The same thing goes for social norms: you do your best to do the polite and expected thing, but sometimes you have to ignore the norm and go your own way. What the group thinks is important, but you're not about to follow the herd off a cliff.
You scored in the 1st percentile on Security, which is low. You see many people as too worried about safety. People need to relax. You can't control the future, so you might as well not worry about it so much.
... so, that's pretty much a decent understanding of how my mind works. Although, I wouldn't agree with the "You can't control the future," line too much. I have a pretty solid internal locus of control.
If you are my facebook friend, you should take the tests if you haven't done so already. Like I said, I'm kind of obsessed with these kinds of tests, not just taking them, but reading the results of other people's.
*Why anyone wouldn't want to be my friend, I don't know... can't stand my fabulness [sic] I s'pose... only joking; I know I'm like penicillin, good for what ails you, but too much isn't the best of ideas.