Quintessential

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We try so hard to define ourselves within the culture we exist.

It does not seem enough that we try to hack our way at creating a niche, bound by standards and sub-paradigms where we can conform to a degree of ideals we are comfortable with, but we feel are pre-defined or pre-determined by some ultimate force. (An example could be personality types based on our zodiac signs)

We try so hard to conform to the identity of a certain group or a certain coterie or cluster, and yet within that circle we try so hard to emphasize our individuality. We seek to be differnt but find comfort in the familiar.

I guess, the point I’m driving at is that human beings are a bundle of contradictions. We like to stand out. We throw around words like unique or different like it’s the best/worst thing and yet within the circle we create, we strive to be different/the same as everybody else.

I was probably thinking about this when I took a personality test yesterday. I was skimming through my groups on facebook when I saw Regine ‘s post about personalities. Elmer wasn’t going to be home for another hour so I decided to take it.

I took the  Jung personality test here.

Jung Typology sample

This first test looks like this and is a 72 item exam with polar questions. At the end of the quiz, you are asked to put in your age and your gender before you can submit the exam to get the results.

The Carl Jung Typology test was created when he attempted to reconcile the theories of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. He categorized people primarily into types of psychological function

1. The rational (judging functions): thinking and feeling

2. The irrational (perceiving functions): sensing and intuition

Thinking and feeling functions are rational, while sensation and intuition are nonrational. According to Jung, rationality consists of figurative thoughts, feelings or actions with reason — a point of view based on objective value, which is set by practical experience. Nonrationality is not based in reason. Jung notes that elementary facts are also nonrational, not because they are illogical but because, as thoughts, they are not judgments.

jung test heading

INFJ stands for Introverstion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which categorized the 16 personality types based on dichotomies

Dichotomies
Extraversion (E) – (I) Introversion
Sensing (S) – (N) Intuition
Thinking (T) – (F) Feeling
Judging (J) – (P) Perception

My friend also posted a link to where the 16 personalities could be described. You can find it here.

personality types

Based on the test, you can click on the buttons to see a description of your personality. Since according to the first exam I took, I am an INFJ, this is my result

INFJ personality type

famous INJs

Well, I honestly didn’t know what to feel whenI read this. It sounded a lot like me. It also gives a good explanation as to why I decided to take up medicine, which is really just to help other people. It also explains why I don’t want to practice abroad even if I may have the opportunity to do that. I would say this is aboud 93% accurate.

I realized after looking around that this site offered a personality test too,so I decided to take it and see if my results would be the same.

These are what the questions look like. It took me a while to answer this because I had to take moments to reevaluate myself and find an honest answer. I had to think of situations and ask myself how comfortable I would be doing this or that and how I would respond. Compared to the first one, which were mostly exclusive disjunctions, this one gave more leeway with varying degrees of how much you agree or disagree with the statements.

other sample

 As you can see, there are more choices and there is a bigger spectrum which, I think, enables people to be properly categorized considering these are answerable by degrees and can lead to a better more defined personality identification. This test has 84 questions and majority of them are the same as the first exam I took. I would say, that this test would be more accurate than the first one I took.

Based on this exam, I am an INTJ

INTJ personality type

I guess I can say I was pleased both my personalities are rare. I guess I have always been called a bookworm and a lot of people can attest to that, so can my kindle which currently holds 2,124 books (none of them are in the twilight-hunger games-50 shades of grey teen to young adult paper back porn genre).

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

A lot of this is true about me too. Around 95% accurate.

But the main thing about why I am pleased with both results is because both career paths for the 2 personalities are related to science and the healthcare profession. Sometimes I take these small things to be a sign for something bigger.

Sometimes,

I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”  ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Sources:

http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator

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2 responses to “Quintessential

    • hahaha! That is so like you. Plus the artisans are supposedly creative riighht? thaz youi was shocked when it said idealist. haha. Didnt see that coming. haha.

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