My Personality

Randy at Genea-Musings posted his personality type on his blog and asked his readers what their personality types were. He tested as ISTP (“reserved, methodical, spirited, and intense”).

Several other bloggers have reported their results, and here are mine:

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)
Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.    

Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.


Well, I would never have described myself as “goofy”, but maybe my nephew would. The “imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant” description is certainly flattering, but is it accurate? Somehow, I don’t think I would ever have combined those four adjectives to describe any one person, with the possible exception of Jerry Lewis.

Becky of kinexxions also scored as INTP. It would be fun to meet Becky and see how similar or dissimilar our personalities actually are.

Miriam of AnceStories also reported her results on these tests (she tested as INFJ: “introspective, principled, self critical, and sensitive”). She also wrote quite a bit about the interpretation of the results and the interactions of people with different personality types. Indeed, she writes:

…when conflict arises between two people, it generally comes down to the fact that one is a J and the other is a P

I think Miriam is right on target here, at least from my personal experience. There are times when I prefer to take a relaxed approach to a project, while those with whom I’m dealing will insist on more structure. To be honest, I work well with structure and planning, but I’m also very flexible and ready to change when circumstances change.

Jasia tested as ESFP, described as “playful, charming, open minded, and energetic”. She wasn’t sure if she would use these adjectives to describe herself, but I think I would.

Dana left a comment on Randy’s blog that her personality type was INFP. Is this Dana Huff of the Our Family History Blog?

Thanks, Randy, for pointing out this exercise. I might even ask my relatives to try it out during an oral history interview. It might be fun to have them take the test and then talk about how accurate they think the results are.

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4 Responses to My Personality

  1. Jasia says:

    Hey Goofy, how’s it going? What dya say we make a deal… I’ll trade you any of my adjectives for your “brilliant”. I wanna be brilliant. Why can’t I be brilliant? Maybe I’m not exactly brilliant, but I’m smart. Ok, maybe smart isn’t the word, maybe I’m only slightly above average in intelligence but that’s almost brilliant isn’t it?

    OK, OK, I guess I’ll settle for “charming” (she says, batting her eyelashes)

  2. Steve, it looks like our personalities are similar. I’ve never thought of myself as “goofy” (a little weird sometimes maybe). Would definitely not use “brilliant” to describe myself. Like you, I “work well with structure and planning, but I’m also very flexible and ready to change when circumstances change”. Maybe we’ll get to meet at one of the genealogy conferences someday. That would be cool.

  3. Miriam says:

    Steve, here’s to being introverted and intuitive! Now, goofy…! Hmm…I never would have guessed!

  4. Dana Huff says:

    Yes, that was me, Steve. You can look for my complaint about Blogger’s commenting system in a blog I will be posting later today.

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