Saturday, November 22, 2008

What's Your Type?

While researching symbolism this morning [See SYMBOLIC MEANINGS], I found an interesting analysis site based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, (or MBTI), Typealizer.
I submitted my blogs for analysis and was not at all surprised by the results.
Soul Echoes:
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 generally 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.
These two both scored the same:
Soul Echoes ~ Quill of the Heart:
Diary of a Prisoner:
INTP: The Thinkers
The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications. They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.
Throughout my 17 years in electronic publishing I’d taken the Myers-Briggs personality type test on three different occasions, and each time the results indicated I’m an INTP. [See: Wikipedia]

[Click here for a breakdown of the dichotomies. See also: Carl Jung for the psychology on which Myers-Briggs based their questionnaire.]

Though the company had obvious ulteriors for psycho-analyzing, my first experience came when the entire editorial department received the lengthy questionaire and everyone shared their results. It's an excellent team building exercise and helped us all to better understand our co-workers.
I saw the same lengthy set of questions from a placement agency, as part of the company’s effort to prepare our quests for new jobs when those of us working the 12-24 month project received potential walking papers. This just happened to coincide with the current corporate reorganization. Yeah! It’s just fancy expression for layoffs. One among the many including, Downsizing, Rightsizing-- call it what you will. Fortunately, many of us ended up transferred to other editorial departments in the parent company.
I took it a third and final time [albeit a much shorter version], while attending a company-sponsored career seminar. During open discussions, my comments were to the effect, ‘I KNEW it was more that just being different. There’s a category for me! But why did my family never know this?
When you have time, visit Typealizer and have your blog analyzed.

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