Someone tweeted about Typealyzer the other day – a website that is supposed to be able to decipher your Myers-Briggs personality type by the writing on your blog. You can’t really ever trust what these types of sites really claim to be able to do, but I thought I’d give it a try. I know that I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs scale, and so I wanted to see how close it would get. First, I tried this site, Pomomusings. And it gave me an ESTP. This was the description:
The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities. The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.
And then I thought I’d run Dazed Dad through the Typealyzer. And it gave me an ISFJ – almost the exact opposite of the ESTP, and a lot closer to INFJ, which is what I have been told I am. This is the description for an ISFJ according to the site:
The quiet, devoted and sympathetic type. They are especially attuned to the present moment, the details of the task at hand and the people involved. They are not big-picture people and tend to be suspicious of future possibilities. They tend to trust history MUCH more than the future. The Nurturers enjoy safe and harmonic work places with few surprises and clear goals. Because they are so nice and generous people they have to look out not to be taken advantage of. It might be important for them to learn to speak up for themselves.
All of this makes me think about my writing on both sites, and which is perhaps truer to my actual voice, to who I actually am. I won’t read too much into this, because who knows how accurate the site really is. But I have had many people tell me that the writing on Dazed Dad is obviously much different, much better, and much more revealing than what I have written about on Pomomusings. The goals of the sites are obviously different – but I think that I must just be letting much more of my actual voice come through on the Dazed Dad posts, than my writing here. And maybe that’s okay.
I have also had a few friends throughout the years tell me that I’m a very different person on Pomomusings than I am in person. Perhaps that’s because the author of Pomomusings likes to rile people up, rock the boat and push people…and I don’t really come across that way in person, face-to-face.
Anyway – have some fun with Typealyzer today – check it out. Does it match up with your Myers-Briggs classification?