A friend sent me a link to a personality test that assigns you one of 16 personality types. I took it for fun, but the test surprised me — it was more thoughtful than I expected.
The questions were easy to answer. What I mean by that is I knew immediately what the correct answer for me was. One of my problems with most quizzes is that questions are often so vague that the only correct answer seems to be: “it depends”. However, the 16 Personalities test is well done and the questions are unambiguous. I didn’t have any problem choosing my answers.
Some questions were so obvious that it was strange to me that anyone could answer differently. For example, there was: “You enjoy watching people argue”, and you had to choose how strongly you agree or disagree on a 7 point scale. It hadn’t occurred to me that watching people argue might be enjoyable. There must be a significant percentage of people who enjoy that, or it wouldn’t have been a question in the test.
Another question that stood out was: “You feel confident that things will work out for you”. I agree. It’s not a belief that by some external force things will work out. Rather, it’s: whatever happens, I can handle it, and I will be fine. This is not only my approach to work. It’s one of my most strongly held beliefs about my life in general.
The result was that I was an INTJ-A type, which is called an Assertive Architect.
You can take the test here: 16 Personalities Test.