So I took a personality test today. It’s not that I don’t know my personality – after all, I have to live with me every day. (So do five other people, but we’re not asking for their opinion today!)
It’s not that I haven’t taken personality tests before either. I have – and they all say pretty much the same thing.
But until today, I’d never taken a test based on the famous Myers-Briggs typology assessment. I don’t know if it was the full thing or not, but I answered 72 yes-or-no questions, and out came my result. And the verdict is…
Apparently, I (along with only 2.1% of Americans) am an INTJ. (OK, then)
Here’s how it breaks down:
- moderately expressed Introvert (44%)
- moderately expressed iNtuitive personality (50%)
- distinctively expressed Thinking personality (62%)
- distinctively expressed Judging personality (67%)
INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake… INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play… Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel… This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals… Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense.
That sort of sounds like me, right? And it gets better. They even have a “career indicator” tool with specific career field suggestions based on your personality. Their recommendations for me (in order)?
- Computer programming (you don’t say!)
- Education (oh, yeah; that’s my passion)
- Engineering (love those flowcharts)
- Management (teams working together)
- Entrepreneurship (started my own business)
- Law (can argue/debate with the best of them)
- Librarian (have you seen my office?)
Well, they don’t have me figured out or anything, do they? Actually, God designed me just the way he wanted me (so there!). He has built in me the mind and the passion to teach – especially to teach people the Scriptures. That’s what I am supposed to do. And right now I’m leading our church with my experience and a great team of advisers at my side.
But it’s not good enough. I need your help. We each have an important part to play in God’s work.
So, what does your personality say about you? What is your role? What could you be doing to further God’s kingdom that you’re not doing yet?
Go ahead – take the test. Then share your results in the comments.