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Friday, September 11, 2015

Can an Online Test Really Determine Your Personality?

With the deluge of quizzes on sites like Buzzfeed (though how your favorite pizza topping corresponds to your celebrity soulmate, I'll never know), I've been thinking about personality quizzes that are more--ahem--scientifically based. There are personality tests stemming from a wide range of psychological thought. The popular Myers-Briggs test, for example, is actually extrapolated from the theories of psychologist Carl Jung. Curious about the test's accuracy, I took a 12-minute quiz on 16personalities.com. And the outcome? I was impressed; the information it gave me about my personality was often startlingly accurate. What surprised me most was how the questions seemed so insignificant, yet actually communicate a great deal about the test taker's worldview.

Another fun method is The Enneagram, which categorizes people into one of nine personality types, but also includes "wings" into some of the other 8 types. One characteristic of The Enneagram philosophy is that everyone is born with one dominant personality type. In other words, people can never change the personality type they were born with. 

Curious about your Myers-Briggs results? Take a great (free!) test here. 

Want to learn more about personality types, the Meyers-Briggs test, and the Enneagram? Check out some great reads at the Mountain View Public Library. 

Post by Allie C., Homework Assistant

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