Personality Type of readers of this blog

For a long time ago, I did my first (of many subsequent!) personality test, as part of some mgmt/leadership training program I was more or less forced to do. It was the classic Myers-Briggs Personality Test. I came out then, as well as in all subsequent ones, as INTJ (later on, when they added one more letter, as INTJ-T).

Just the other day, when I was listening to Physics Professor Tom Murphy talking about energy, climate etc, he mentioned that he some time ago invited readers of his very popular blog, “Do the Math” to do the Mayers-Briggs test, and that the results blew his mind : some 75% were either INTJ (“Architect”) or INTP (“Logician”) !

That result is amazing, since according to the various sites that do personality testing, INT*’s represent just 4% of the population!

So whatever you think about the validity of personality tests, there seems to be at least some interesting signal in that finding, i.e. that people that spend their spare time trying to understand complex issues like energy, climate etc come from a very small fraction of the total population.

So, since my ramblings on this blog are pretty much about various aspects of science, I’m curious about whether (the few) readers of this blog also are fundamentally INT*’s (which I suspect is the case).

In order to find out, I’d be very happy if you, dear reader, would take the few minutes it takes to do a free Mayers-Briggs test provided in the link below, and posting your overall result (INTJ/ENTJ/… etc) in the comments section.

Here’s the link : Mayers-Briggs Personality Test

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12 Responses to Personality Type of readers of this blog

  1. lacreighton says:

    INTP-A note: I’ve done these before. Always I end up near 50/50 in P/J (today was 54 P and 46 J) and which comes out on top depends on my mood. I think is because I am emotionally indifferent to planning and scheduling. I like making plans, but I rarely mind it when we end up doing something else instead. And just wandering around and seeing what happens has its appeal, too. Figuring out how much — lagom — control and focus to bring to a project/problem is one of life’s interesting recurring situations, and it always surprises me how many people automatically go for the extremes ‘all that I can get’ and ‘as little as possible’ when working this one out.

    • I’m very much like you ! 🙂 Still, I find these tests quite interesting : more than a handful of my friends have done them over the years, and they are surprisingly valid in describing their overall personality. Thanks for responding! –Tommy

    • Tom Welsh says:

      Your remark about plans resonates with me! I have always enjoyed making plans, sometimes quite elaborate; but I have never had the slightest interest in carrying them out. I think that’s because I don’t care much about DOing things; I want to understand them.

      I like Douglas Adams’ comment about how he loved deadlines, especially the whooshing sound they make as they go by.

      • Me too…! 😉 as soon as I (finally) understand something, I move to new stuff. So the best results in my professional life came when I, the curious explorer/inventor, teamed up with a very structured ”exprepreneur”, who could productify my wild and very rough prototypes…. 😉

  2. A. Pound says:

    Not really surprised, I found myself another INTJ-T – reader of your blog… but their personality -descriptions offer some astonishing insights for a relatively short self-rating-test… even for an neurologist.. Thanks for the link!

  3. Tom Welsh says:

    I shan’t take the test you offer, as I established 8 years ago that I am a middle of the road INTP. The discovery gave me enormous relief and satisfaction: at the age of 65, I understood that I was NOT a seriously defective and wicked duck, but a perfectly normal swan. That was why I was “antisocial”, why I preferred to spend my days reading and thinking, why I never seemed to “fit in” to any work environment, why I always thought at right angles to everyone else, and why I don’t much care about authority or other people’s opinions if they differ from mine.

    For what it’s worth, I think your hypothesis is very plausible: it may be that most of your readers, and those of similar blogs, are drawn from a small fraction of the population. Our culture here in Britain, and more so in the USA, has for decades been getting more and more extraverted, to the extent that nowadays introversion (i.e. being any kind of INTP or INTJ) is very nearly seen as a mental illness.

    • Tom, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I happen to have similar experiences 🙂

      • Tom Welsh says:

        While we’re on the topic – which interests me very much – may I recommend a book I found very useful? As an INTP recommending books, of course, is my favourite way of showing friendship!

        The INTP: Personality, Careers, Relationships, & the Quest for Truth and Meaning Paperback – 14 April 2017
        by Dr. A.J. Drenth

        Dan Johnson has also written some good ones. I remember reading Dr Drenth’s book for the first time; almost every page I would think, “Yes” That’s right!” or “So that explains why I have always done/felt/avoided that!”

      • Thanks Tom! And as an INTJ, book recommendations are very welcome, as long as they come from people with the N and T in their score…! 😉

  4. Nice test Tom, never took it before. The results of the jury are out:

    “Personality type: Debater (ENTP-A)
    Traits: Extraverted – 81%, Intuitive – 80%, Thinking – 55%, Prospecting – 57%, Assertive – 86%
    Role: Analyst
    Strategy: People Mastery”

    So, not totally INTP nor INTP-J. Probably too little organized, too much procrastinating (as I am doing filling in this test whilst actually preparing a meeting later this afternoon), and too much enjoying social interaction :)))

    • Stefan, not knowing you more than from your comments on this blog, I was regardless anyway pretty sure you’d have N and T (the two hallmarks of analyticals). And the E doesnt surprise either – I’m pretty sure you like mingling at cocktail parties etc… 😉

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