Every once in a while I run this test just to see if I’m drifting around. I think I’ve changed a lot in the last 10 years, at least since I first took this test, but to me things seem to be on the level. Maybe I’m just more aware of myself than I used to be.
Catya, who has a background in these things, points out that this test represents how I perceive myself, rather than who I am as defined by an external metric. Understood, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.
this online version is as good as any that I’ve seen, and resulted in me as INTP. In the 4 categories(Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving) the strengths of each came to 22 50 1 11 (those are percentages).
- slightly expressed introvert
- moderately expressed intuitive personality
- slightly expressed thinking personality
- slightly expressed perceiving personality
There’s a great link to Keirsey’s summary of the iNTp category. “Rational Idealist Artisan Guardian”. Say what you want about these things, but this summary IMHO speaks pretty well to me:
Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the structural engineering role — architechtonics — that reaches the highest development in these Rationals, and it is for this reason they are aptly called the “Architects.” Their major interest is in figuring out structure, build, configuration — the spatiality of things.
As the engineering capabilities the Architects increase so does their desire to let others know about whatever has come of their engineering efforts. So they tend to take up an informative role in their social exchanges. On the other hand they have less and less desire, if they ever had any, to direct the activities of others. Only when forced to by circumstance do they allow themselves to take charge of activities, and they exit the role as soon as they can without injuring the enterprise.
The Architects’ distant goal is always to rearrange the environment somehow, to shape, to construct, to devise, whether it be buildings, institutions, enterprises, or theories. They look upon the world — natural and civil — as little more than raw material to be reshaped according to their design, as a formless stone for their hammer and chisel.
Update 8/16/2005 6:30am – fixed some bad HTML in the post. Sorry!