Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Myers Briggs Test--For Your BLOG!

As you know, we here at SVP are very attached to the Myers Briggs personality indicator test. So how happy was I to find a Myers Briggs test for one's BLOG! You can find it here.

From their FAQs:

How does it work?
For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are combined typealyzer is able to guess which type its is most likely to be written by using statistical analysis.
So of course, I had to run all the blogs I read through the typealyzer.

Oddly enough, SVP comes out as ISTP, even though Mary and I are both INFJs. However, our purpose on this blog is to give concrete, practical information so that makes sense. (Well, except for the race car and firefighter part.)

ISTP - The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generelly prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

My personal blog also comes out as an ISTP.

OTOH, Mary's personal blog, is typed as THE PERFORMER, which pretty much nails her (which anyone who has ever seen her house can attest to.)

ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

So, what's YOUR blog type? We'll enter everyone who posts their blog type in the comments in a drawing! The winner can choose between a signed copy of Mary's most awesome book, 10 LUCKY THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO ME SINCE I NEARLY GOT HIT BY LIGHTENING, OR a critique of the 1st ten pages of a mss, OR a query letter makeover. Winner's choice!


Shelli (srjohannes) said...

I am an INFJ and mine came out INTP too!

Terry P. said...

My blog also came out as an ISTP (a Mechanic") and I'm an INFJ too. Wow--I guess great minds score alike, huh? ;-)

Thanks for sharing this--how fun!

Terry P.

Yat-Yee said...

So many INFJs! I was under the impression that I was in the minority. Maybe we're all writers. Makes perfect sense.

I'll have to run my blog to see what happens.

Yat-Yee said...

Here it is: ISTP, Mechanic.

Hmm. A pattern here?

Cari said...

I came out as The Performer too. Hmmmm... Don't know about that.

Unknown said...

I scored as ISTP too. When I actually took the Myers Briggs some years ago, I was an INTP, and the N was very strong. Interesting that so many are coming out as ISTP. I think that one fallacy of this program is that our blogs, in many cases, represent a constructed persona, a face we choose to present to the world, and don't always show our true personality, or at least not fully.

Saints and Spinners said...

My blog came out as ISTP, and I'm an INFJ. I thought my blog would come out on the side of entertainment, but there's so much FYI material that perhaps the assessment fits. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

My blog scored as ISFP, but I walk the line between INTJ and INFJ, depending on the day.

Anonymous said...

I JUST did this--got the entertainer for my livejournal blog and the thinker for my newer, wordpress one.

Definitely fun!

Anonymous said...

They gave my blog the ESFP type, too. When I took the Myers-Briggs test a couple of years ago I was INTJ, which I think fits me a bit better.

Apparently, my blog is more gregarious than I am.

Anonymous said...

My blog is a Performer. The second paragraph is definitely true in my case.

feywriter said...

I'm an INFJ, but my blog came out ISTP. However, my older blog, with more rambling and less advice, was ISFP, The Artist, which is closer to my type.

"The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living."

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

My blog is also a Performer. Part of the description fits me, but not all of it. I think it may have something to do with all my posts about getting together with friends; I figure that's more exciting than blogging my writing--or lack of it.

BTW, I've nominated your blog for an award. Please check out my blog for details.

the Amateur Book Blogger said...

ESTP - The Doer, for BOTH that I write for and tried - interesting...
(literary magazine)

This was fun! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Fun post, Mary!

My blog type fell under the ESTP - The Doers category. And considering that I’m a hyper prankster, I’d say it was right on. Heh.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

ISTP, Mechanic.
No wonder I'm a devoted reader of SVP.

I've taken Myers-Briggs twice, and my score changed on the S/N and T/F scales, where I'm not strongly on one side or the other. But I'm strong J and, unsurprisingly, strong I.

Unknown said...

I'm the ESFP- The Performer - and in "real life" I'm definitely an INFJ. I attribute the difference to a rich inner life as an ESFP. Does that mean I'm bridging on some sort of personality disorder?? Let's not think about that! Anyway, this was great fun; I love to analyze things and the diagram of the brain at the bottom of the results page intrigued me. Thanks.

SAVanVleck said...

My personal blog was the ESFP. I am so glad to hear it is entertaining because, while I have readers, I must receive the least comments of any blog on the biosphere.

My writing blog was ISTP - And, I do like to think things out for myself except I am getting a bit overwhelmed with FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter.

Are they just going to keep starting new things that we need to join to reach a market? Because, I'm having trouble keeping up with that. My brain is reaching explosion velocity here.

Mary Hershey said...

This is fascinating! Performer? Moi? I'd be good with it IF ONLY I could change the outfit and hair on that
Performer chick. SO not working for me. Don't even get me started on the Mechanic.

Fun to hear from so many new people and so many INFJs? WOW! We could start a world-wide revolution of some sorts here.

Mary Hershey

Thomma Lyn said...

My blog tested as an ISTP, probably because I love hiking and motorcycles. :) But on Myers-Briggs, I always test as either INTJ or INTP, depending on the day.

Cheryl Reif said...

My blog came out ISTP, like this one, when I'm a clear INTJ. Go figure! I bet the difference comes out in the personas we are privately versus our public blogging personas. What a cool test! ~Cheryl

Persephone said...

My blog also got ISTP, though when I've taken the test in the past, I got ENFP. Big difference! Thanks for a fun diversion. :)

R.L. LaFevers said...

First of all, welcome to all the new posters!

And how interesting that SO many of us are INFJs.

Kim Baker said: Apparently, my blog is more gregarious than I am.

And you know, I think that's it in a nutshell. We are aware that our blog is meant to be read by others, we need to give them some reason to come back, whether it's concrete information, a fun time, or a place where they'll feel welcome. When blogging, us introverts roll out the welcome wagon, big time!

Unknown said...

Well I've discovered my blog has different personalities on different days....on the days I post poetry the test says I am an Artist, and on the days i post about the books biz I am a Mechanic:)

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