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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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first I heard of this. 3 different tests taken. The description is accurate but I could say that about the description in the original post as well, so who knows. I guess that many types will see parallels in certain areas.

I guess I'm not alone

INFP here!

"The Idealist"

I'd agree with this assessment.

Via Wiki:

According to Keirsey, based on observations of behavior, notable INFPs may include Princess Diana, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Gere, Carl Jung, William Shakespeare, Albert Schweitzer and Isabel Briggs Myers, the inventor of the Myers-Briggs test, self-reported to the test she invented with her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs.

Also Edgar Allen Poe, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.

Interesting. Thanks OP for posting.

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Same same :)

Fairly accurate :)

"often fight for the underdog in quiet or not-so-quiet ways"

I'm a...

INTP — The Thinker http://www.personalitypage.com/INTP.html

Other INTP's:

Albert Einstein
John Loke
James Madison
Friedrich A. Hayek
Milton Friedman
Marie Curie
Immanuel Kant

It's starting to make sense!!

But also, Albert Speer — Minister of Armaments for the Nazis... But at least he was a prophetic nazi...

"Technology [can be used] to multiply [genocide]. ... The more technological the world becomes, the more essential ... individual freedom and the self-awareness of the individual human being [will be] as a counterpoise to technology."


and Thomas Jefferson

INTP. Seems accurate to me.

INTP. Seems accurate to me.


You linked site gave me an ISTP, while longer involved tests give me this:

Introvert(89%) iNtuitive(50%) Thinking(75%) Judging(33%)
You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)
You have distinctive preference of Thinking over Feeling (75%)
You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

From this link: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp as posted by other commentor.


i'm more of a Briggs than Myers . . .

i reckon' the government PUNKS better back the fuck off

INTJ here

Took a detailed version in grad school and a couple of different online versions in the past. Always comes up INTJ for me.

I'm a strong INTP.

The DP community went throught this before the last election. Somewhere in the DP archives is a compilation of respondants' types.
The poster of the topic was gratious enough to compile the results and illustrate the readers' types in a pie-chart.
The preponderance of DPers were the NT motif--- the "Rationals".

Me too, full INTP

Totally peg all the axes, barring a question or two depending on the test.

A similar thing happened in the Dollar Vigilante forums

NT's all over the place. Mostly INTJ's, with some INTP's like myself. And you, apparently.

Taken a similar test

Said i was INTJ but i think INTP is more fitting.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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Guess who else is an ISTP...

according to this site: http://www.celebritytypes.com/istp.php

One good

the rest evil. How odd.

Steve Jobs was evil?

please explain

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

He's a fascist

He's a modern day Rockefeller. He certainly was a smart businessman, but once he made his he uses government to keep anyone else form doing the same. He was a rabid IP law abuser. He conspired with other tech companies to suppress tech talent salaries. Had he stuck around and had children he would probably tried to attach them perpetually to the government teat by inserting them into politics, which like Rockefeller would produce a eternal fountain of evil.

He found a market that had been ignored. The dumbed down spawn of the socialized miseducation system that produces idiots who think they are geniuses. So he produced dumbed down, locked down gadgets for hipsters that look cool. Brilliant. I certainly never would have dreamed America was in this much trouble.

Not to mention apple devices being locked down from the user are chock full of government surveillance.

Have you seen an iPhone?

They're too small

LOL, along with Rumsfeld, Putin and Rommel

Amazing how similar personalities can align with such opposing ideologies.

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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Anonymous


I've often wondered the same thing. It's clear libertarians have an aversion to authority, but does it manifest in personality types?


I took 3 separate test to confirm that the results were accurate.
Here is a forum for INTJs if you are interested


Here is a test to find out your type



I took that when I first went to college

I don't remember the initials, but the only thing I was suitable for was being a Field Marshall.

So I couldn't find any Field Marshall courses. So now I'm just a lowly med tech.



Took this test several years ago...

I'm an INTJ - found in appx 2% of the population. If I remember correctly, there was a similar thread about the Myers-Briggs test on the DP several years ago...
But would be interesting to see any new ones...
Some notable INTJ's are Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, Nikola Tessla, and CS Lewis....but then so is Katie Couric and Donald Rumsfeld (oh, well, can't win them all LOL)

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ISFP Just like Bob Dylan

And David Bowie and Dorris Day and Paul Mcartney, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

Most of it sounds about right.

The ISFP personality type is also referred to as an Artisan. These specific types are unique in their ability to possess quiet and kind traits but maintain a bold and adventurous style. Emotional stress and exhaustion combined with a lack of personalization can send ISFP’s to the burnout table.

As an ISFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five sense in a literal, concrete fashion.

ISFPs live in the world of sensation possibilities. They are keenly in tune with the way things look, taste, sound, feel and smell. They have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art, and are likely to be artists in some form, because they are unusually gifted at creating and composing things which will strongly affect the senses. They have a strong set of values, which they strive to consistently meet in their lives. They need to feel as if they're living their lives in accordance with what they feel is right, and will rebel against anything which conflicts with that goal. They're likely to choose jobs and careers which allow them the freedom of working towards the realization of their value-oriented personal goals.

ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people's sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in.

ISFPs have a strong affinity for aesthetics and beauty. They're likely to be animal lovers, and to have a true appreciation for the beauties of nature. They're original and independent, and need to have personal space. They value people who take the time to understand the ISFP, and who support the ISFP in pursuing their goals in their own, unique way. People who don't know them well may see their unique way of life as a sign of carefree light-heartedness, but the ISFP actually takes life very seriously, constantly gathering specific information and shifting it through their value systems, in search for clarification and underlying meaning.

ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are "doers", and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a "hands-on" environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. Their strong value systems demand that decisions are evaluated against their subjective beliefs, rather than against some objective rules or laws.

ISFPs are extremely perceptive and aware of others. They constantly gather specific information about people, and seek to discover what it means. They are usually penetratingly accurate in their perceptions of others.

ISFPs are warm and sympathetic. They genuinely care about people, and are strongly service-oriented in their desire to please. They have an unusually deep well of caring for those who are close to them, and are likely to show their love through actions, rather than words.

ISFPs have no desire to lead or control others, just as they have no desire to be led or controlled by others. They need space and time alone to evaluate the circumstances of their life against their value system, and are likely to respect other people's needs for the same.

The ISFP is likely to not give themself enough credit for the things which they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unneccesary harshness.

The ISFP has many special gifts for the world, especially in the areas of creating artistic sensation, and selflessly serving others. Life is not likely to be extremely easy for the ISFP, because they take life so seriously, but they have the tools to make their lives and the lives of those close to them richly rewarding experiences.

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I just took the test. I was mistaken below (relying on my intuition!), but I'm one letter off from you.

Here's a little blurb on "me" from Wikipedia.

INFPs focus much of their energy on an inner world dominated by intense feeling and deeply held ethics. They seek an external life that is in keeping with these values. Loyal to the people and causes important to them, INFPs can quickly spot opportunities to implement their ideals. They are curious to understand those around them, and so are accepting and flexible unless their values are threatened.

Here is a longer one, from the test site that Derrel linked to. Both of them seem about right.

Introverted Feeling personality types are usually gentle and kind, they are intense and passionate about their values and deeply held beliefs, which they share with trusted friends. Because of their discreet manner, their enthusiasm may not be apparent. They are sensitive to others' pain, restlessness or general discomfort and strive to find happiness, balance and wholeness for themselves in order to help others find joy, satisfaction and plenitude. They are deeply empathetic.

They live life in an intently personal fashion, acting on the belief that each person is unique and that social norms are to be respected only if they do not hinder personal development or expression. They strive to adhere to their own high personal moral standards and are particularly sensitive to inconsistencies in their environment between what is being said and what is being done. Empty promises of adhering to something they value – such as environmental causes or human rights - set off an inner alarm and they may transform themselves into modern day Joan of Arcs.

They are quietly persistent in raising awareness of cherished causes and often fight for the underdog in quiet or not-so-quiet ways. In a team, they will raise issues of integrity, authenticity, and good or bad, and may to opt out if the team refuses to address the questions raised.

They are usually tolerant and open-minded, insightful, flexible and understanding. They live for the understanding of others and feel deeply grateful when someone takes the time to get to know them personally. They have good listening skills, are genuinely concerned, insightful, and usually avid readers. At their best, they inspire others to be themselves.

This is quite a list of INFP's:

  • Albert Camus
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Blake
  • John Lennon
  • Jim Morrison
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Ian Curtis
  • Tim Burton
  • Johnny Depp
  • Björk
  • David Lynch