I liked Adam’s recent entry on MBTI(Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) testing.
My sister has just started an MBA program, like Adam, and she and I had spent the previous evening on IM(instant messenger) babbling about the results of her class’s Myers-Briggs seminar. It turns out she’s the same type as me–INFP(Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving type)–and we love this stuff. We are the people who crowd the seminar speakers at the end of the session asking how we can get their job. We are amateur sleuths forever guessing new friends’ types. And we tend to annoy more sceptical people by repeating over and over “Well, of course you think it’s all bollocks. That’s _characteristic_ of The Scientist/INTJ(Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging) personality.”
(But no, I don’t have loyalty points from the Psychic Hotline.)
The Myers-Briggs test seems to be the Trust Fall of this decade’s MBA program. I learned my type during a mini-MBA training program at JP Morgan six years ago. That seminar is the only one I remember clearly. It made a great deal more sense than the Black-Scholes pricing equation, and I liked it all the better for the sneering it earned from the thrusting Wall Streeters who sat next to me. But the results revealed the horror of being a lone Feeling, Perceiving type exiled in a wasteland of investment banking ENTJ(Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging types)s and ESTJ(Extroverted Sensing Thinking Judging)s. We’d all be living in caves if it weren’t for the extroverted Thinking and Judging types. I’d hire them without reservation. But they’re great big Bossy Boots, and besides, camping in caves is fun.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to a free online Myers-Briggs test. The Typelogic site analyzes the results fairly well. The Personality Page is slightly more cartoonish in its descriptions (and more entertaining).