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Myers-Briggs Test: What type of personality are you?

In my opinion, it is important for a person's long-term happiness to know themselves - as much as possible. Being aware of what type of personality you have is a valuable asset in that endeavor.

In another post, user matt_ wrote a comment that mentioned the Myers-Briggs Test. After StartPaging the test, I found a simple one that only consists of four questions. I was amazed once I read about the results I obtained.

According to the test, I am of the type ISTP. From Wikipedia:

According to Myers-Briggs, ISTPs excel at analyzing situations to reach the heart of a problem so that they can swiftly implement a functional repair, making them ideally suited to the field of engineering. Naturally quiet people, they are interested in understanding how systems operate, focusing on efficient operation and structure. But contrary to their seemingly detached nature, ISTPs are often capable of humorously insightful observations about the world around them. ISTPs abhor waste (be it in time, effort, or resources) but are highly adaptable, making them open to new information and approaches. They enjoy exploring new things, and can become bored with repetitiveness and routine. They can also be closet daredevils who gravitate toward fast-moving or risky hobbies (such as bungee jumping, hang gliding, racing, motorcycling, and skydiving), recreational sports (such as downhill skiing, paintball, ice hockey, and scuba diving), and careers (such as aviation and firefighting).

ISTPs may sometimes seem to act without regard for procedures, directions, protocol, or even their own safety. But while their approach may seem haphazard, it is in fact based on a broad store of knowledge developed over time through action and keen observation. ISTPs enjoy self-sufficiency and take pride in developing their own solutions to problems.

ISTPs can often be a frustration to their friends or partners due to a propensity to ignore everyone while deeply absorbed in a task. The ISTP should be careful that they do not cause offence by this seeming aloofness, as it could have a negative impact on otherwise great relationships.

ISTPs are content to let others live according to their own rules and preferences, as long as the favor is reciprocated. ISTPs endure reasonable impositions without complaint — but if their "territory" is encroached upon, eroded, or violated, their quiet, easy-going nature is quickly abandoned in favor of stubborn and staunch defense of what they view as rightfully theirs. It has been observed that a slogan that best describes this ISTP attitude is "Don't Tread On Me."

The description pretty much hits the nail on the head. I'm happy to be in good company:

What type of personality do you have?

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OK, fine, you win

You're not a pimp. Happy? :P

"Damn the pandas"

I love it! Perfect

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

jrd3820's picture

I thought the P

was for puppet?


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

He's not Yiddish

and is simply using it as an abbreviation for "Puppetz". As such it also helps hide the multiple recalcitrant personality thing going on with him. He's most probably a MERP and not a true DERP. Outwardly he appears delusional, but each individual puppet personality is not actually delusional but utterly realistic in and of itself. In other words maybe none of the socks match, but they're all clean.

Possibly - who knows. Who cares?

As I alude to below - try getting into philosophy and books and experience and heartbreak then take the test again and be honest this time - am I a puppet? If the test says I'm a DERP then am I forever destined to be a DERP?

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.

Challenge: listen to 6 hours of Alan Watts lectures...

then come back and take the test again.

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.


That said, on a different test I got INTP; fairly sure it was really close, though. I can relate to both in different ways.

Incidentally, I've read that ISTPs sometimes fixate on some form of precise knowledge, and that weaponry is one of the most common fixations. Hoo boy, that's me in a nutshell.

On second thought.

Holy crap, maybe I just clicked the wrong button. INTP is literally a description of me: https://www.personalitymax.com/personality-types/intp-engineer

The only characteristic that doesn't describe me is not being good at managing money (I'm pretty good about that).

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I'm surprised at the number of them here.

I'm one too

Seems like a trend for sure ..

Some additional famous INTP's:

Albert Einstein, scientist
Charles Darwin, naturalist
William James, psychologist and philosopher
Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President
C. G. Jung, psychiatrist
Socrates, philosopher
Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician, physicist and astronomer
J.K. Rowling, author
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President


Einstein, Darwin, Jung, Newton, Socrates.

I'd say we're in pretty good company. These people see the big picture and cut through the noise and BS of the world.

We arrive at the Truth in things.

That's probably why there's so many of our type here.

Me too...


deacon's picture

Yet,another 1 sided test

I do not fit in 1 category on that test,some of me fits into both sides
And I am not that big
Tests should be more like mittens,but not gloves

Let it ever not be said,that I never did not do nothing for you.

agreed - there should be 15 sub categories for all us schizo


Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.

deacon's picture

I totally agree

As do I :)

Let it ever not be said,that I never did not do nothing for you.

I just took the test

Solid INFP

You must be pretty awesome


Agenda 21, PNAC, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS and UN biodiversity study. Help me understand why I shouldn't think there is a big agenda against the wishes of the masses.

Me too!

We are the 4%

I used to be INFJ, but I have changed.


For the most part. I love the fact that Locke and Kant are some fellow INTP types, both some of my most highly respected philosophers.


INFJ here as well.

"It's a struggle day and night. But you got to keep up the fight. Real eyes realize real lies. Revolutionize.
Break the chains and hold on tight. Your mind is your souls sight. Think for yourself, stay alive. Revolutionize your mind."


Hate to brag... but I'm there with RON PAUL, YAYYY !


(Ok, so Hitler & Himmler are listed as well...)

(...aaand my wife doesn't fit any profile)

We're the tiniest minority

I'm INFJ, too. We're supposedly only 1% of the population.

Ann in Florida

I'm also INFJ.

I'm also INFJ.

Is there one type..

that doesn't have an ego stroke for a description? Just sayin...

INTJ myself.


- a mild extrovert.

Ron Paul Revolution is spreading around the world: Freedom and Prosperity TV: libertarian network of alternative media in Western Balkans

as an extrovert

we can't possibly allow you on the liberty train with us! :-)

Seriously, someone brought up in an earlier article what a disproportionate number of dailypaul people were IN... types. Interesting.

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28

Apparently, i'm INTJ....

Apparently, i'm INTJ.... Right up there with Rumsfeld, Powell, Giuliani, Putin, Krugman and Hannibal lecter.... Yay me -_-

Yeah me too INTJ.

I had mine done professionally, not just as an online test.

Our type isn't supposed to like being in the limelight, but prefers to rule from the shadows via a puppet front man.

Yeah, that's definitely

Yeah, that's definitely Rumsfeld haha..

I wonder if zodiac or astrology is in any way related to a persons characteristics as well.

Well, I am a capricorn.

Whenever I read descriptions of zodiac signs they seem generic for the most part. By that I mean I can read the description of another sign and it seems to fit me except for a couple things. Then again the capricorn description has a couple things that do not fit. Those descriptions are usually so flattering, why would we not want to buy into them?

I don't mean to be a buzzkill, but here is another perspective


I like the last paragraph:

"If we shouldn't rely on personality tests, how can we find a fulfilling career? Let's not go back to skull measuring. Instead, start with some useful advice that Aristotle offered over 2,000 years ago: "Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation."

"It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go - maybe even longer. If a reasonably intelligent person learned to play Go, in a few months he could beat all existing computer programs." - Piet Hut