Personalities…based on a test?


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People have different feelings about personality tests.

You’re sitting in your AVID class taking the 16 personalities test for an assignment. You get your results, and as you read the descriptions of your personality profile, you might feel dissatisfied or pleased or iffy about your conclusions.  

The MBTI test is a psychological-assessment system based on Carl Jung’s notion that people make sense of the world through a series of psychological frames which come from eight different categories.

The sixteen personality types are formed from these eight different categories: (E) Extroverted, (I) Introverted, (S) Observant, (N) Intuitive, (T) Thinking, (F) Feeling, (P) Perceiving, and (J) Judging. 

The focus is on your answers to the questions. These questions though can lead to hesitation to answer.

In an article titled “Personality Plus” in The New Yorker from 2004 and republished in the ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher which can be accessed by Santa Ana Unified School District users here, Malcolm Gladwell explains this perfectly. He states one of the questions is, Are you someone who likes to plan your day or evening or someone who prefers to be spontaneous? 

“The idea is obviously to determine whether you belong to the Judger or Perceiver camp, but the basic question here is surprisingly hard to answer,” he said.

He brings up how he is both spontaneous and also not spontaneous, leading him to think he is somewhere in the middle. 

“Does that make me spontaneous or not? I’m not sure. I suppose it means that I’m somewhere in the middle,” Gladwell said.

Freshman Militza Herrera doesn’t see the benefits of this type of personality test.

“I don’t really care about a test to tell me what I am like. So I only take it if I have to for assignments,” she said.

Her result was INFP (Introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceiving).

Though with this, that doesn’t mean that you can’t relate to the results. You can still relate to the results while still being indifferent to the idea of having to take tests to determine your personality.

Freshman Karen Valle both agrees and disagrees with her results.

“I can agree with my results, but sometimes I disagree with them because they don’t define me well,” Valle said.

Valle’s results were INFP.

Many people do relate deeply to their results. 

Teacher Katie Krueger said, “Yes, I identify deeply with the results. I read the entire summary and felt very seen by the descriptions of my personality type.”

Her result from the test is ENFP-A (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving, and Assertive).

Here are some well-known celebrities’ personality types.

Actor Robert Downey, Jr., well-known for his role as “Iron Man” in the Marvel movies, is an ENTP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving). Actress Emma Stone, known for her role as Gwen Stacy, the love interest of (Andrew Garfield’s) Spider-Man in “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies is an ESTJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging). Actor Morgan Freeman, who starred in “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Batman Begins,” and “The Dark Knight” movies is an ISTJ (Introverted, Observant, Thinking, and Judging).

Here is the link to take your own test!  After you take the test, feel free to express your opinion in this poll.

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