Psychobabble about me, Fall 2014

Jungian/Meyer-Briggs personality tests

Well, perhaps it's no surprise really that I come out as an "INTJ":

which is
INTJ — INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.
In other words:
loner, more interested in intellectual pursuits than relationships or family, not very altruistic, not very complimentary, would rather be friendless than jobless, observer, values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private, not much fun, hidden, skeptical, does not tend to like most people, socially uncomfortable, not physically affectionate, unhappy, does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things, tends to be pessimistic, not spontaneous, prone to discontentment, guarded, does not think they are weird but others do, responsible, can be insensitive or ambivalent to the misfortunes of others, orderly, clean, organized, familiar with darkside, tends not to value organized religion, suspicious of others, can be lonely, rarely shows anger, punctual, finisher, prepared

Additional references

On the other hand, I've also tested as an "ISTJ":

which translates as:
ISTJ — "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time-honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Or, more generally:
responsible, planner, private, loner tendencies, perfectionist, organized, detail oriented, organized, would rather be friendless than jobless, realistic, observer, clean, focused, does not talk about feelings, finisher, punctual, private, does not appreciate strangeness, not adventurous, not spontaneous, follows the rules, dutiful, avoids mistakes, conventional, likes solitude, insensitive to the hardships of others, prepared, anti-tattoos, thinks rules are important, cautious, security seeking, prepares for worst case scenarios, logical, analytical, does not accept apologies easily, hard working

Additional references

I have to say I can see aspects of both of these in myself.

Enneagram test

Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||| 30%
Type 4 Individualism |||||||||||| 50%
Type 5 Intellectualism |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Type 6 Security Focus |||||||||||||||| 63%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||| 20%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||| 53%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||| 40%

My main type is 5, and my variant is social

In summary, the top five are:
type score type behavior motivation
523I must be knowledgeable to survive.
222I must be helpful and caring to survive.
121I must be perfect and good to survive.
619I must be secure and safe to survive.
816I must be strong and in control to survive.

My main type is Type 5, and my variant stacking is "sospsx".

Left- or right-brain? (brain lateralization)

What a shock:

Right Brain 20% The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain
Left Brain 70% The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain

In other words:
Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.

Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively.

"R-Drive" personality test

The R-Drive Personality system is based on the idea that genetics and environment result in distinct motivation drives that essentially define individual personality. Person A had a very artistic father (and other relatives) and that's a big part of why they are artistic (genetic). Person B had a really bad experience taking risks as a child which caused them to become very cautious (environmental) and/or they come from a very cautious family (genetic).

It is important to note that these motivation drives are influenced by individual subjective perception of rewards. A person because of genetics and/or environment perceives certain behaviors to be rewarding (even if in the long term and/or short term, they may not be). The person with an eating disorder or drinking problem or penchant to package bad mortgages and sell them as good mortgages to retirement fund managers (wiping out people's nest eggs) perceives rewards from their behavior and that is why they continue to engage in it.

What makes you who you are (what careers you may prefer, friends you might get along better with, romantic partners you might be more suited to, positive and negative personal characteristics and life outcomes) is highly influenced by your perceptions of what is rewarding. People with more accurate/correct perceptions of what's actually rewarding (to themselves and others) will be more likely to live happier/healthier lives and have a more positive effect on others.

My results: Perceived reward: (high score) Potential flaw(s): (high score) Potential flaw(s): (low score)
Narcissism 44% 60%
External validation makes me happy Elitist, shallow, lacking an internal compass/ethics Failure to contribute to the world sufficiently
Unconventionality 72% 64%
Being unconventional makes me happy Discarding customs/traditions that have value Overly reliant on past wisdom/knowledge
Empiricism 72% 61%
Being rational makes me happy Ignoring/ignorance-of your gut/instinct/feelings Believing what feels right = right/truth
Vitality 16% 59%
Being/knowing who I am makes me happy Over contented-ness, over confidence Depression, poor mental and/or physical health
Othercentricism 88% 58%
Helping others makes me happy Being taken advantage of, ignoring self Cold hearted, selfish, asshole
Independence 55% 54%
Being independent makes me happy No person is an island, trust issues, avoidant Overly co-dependent, can't work/function alone
Integrity 100% 53%
Being honest/forthcoming makes me happy Can make yourself enemies, example: Thomas More Pathological dishonesty, self serving vanity
Intellect 66% 70%
Intellectual complexity makes me happy Impracticality (possibly), alienation from others Under-developed mental abilities / capability
Stoicism 72% 49%
Being calm makes me happy Not caring what others think, egomania Erratic emotional system, useless in crisis
Orderliness 77% 48%
Being structured makes me happy Excessive rigidity, inability to be spontaneous Excess disorganization, inconsistent productivity
Dynamism 61% 48%
Change makes me happy Not sticking with things, living a transient existence Inflexibility, closed off to change
Activity 61% 52%
Physical exercise makes me happy Exercise addiction / overtraining, body narcissism Obesity, health problems, lethargy
Romanticism 38% 52%
Romantic love makes me happy Being codependent, lacking an individual identity Fear of authentic intimacy / commitment
Hedonism 33% 50%
Being 'high' makes me happy Substance abuse problems, alcoholism, thrill seeking Fear of losing control, pleasure-less life
Individualistic 38% 50%
Being different/unique makes me happy Exaggerated uniqueness, envy of those more unique Not grasping / developing your unique identity
Adventurousness 22% 50%
Being adventurous makes me happy Escapism, recklessness, danger of physical injury Playing it too safe, failure to test/expand your limits
Extraversion 50% 50%
Being social makes me happy Failure to develop an internal identity Social isolation, intolerance of others
Mysticism 0% 50%
Exploring the mysterious makes me happy Investing in beliefs that are inaccurate or wrong Limiting yourself to the knowable set of truths
Interdependence 33% 50%
Working with others makes me happy Less productive / functional on your own Refusal to work with others, appreciate others
Work Ethic 61% 50%
Working hard makes me happy Work-aholism, burn out, using work to avoid issues Lazy, irresponsible, unproductive, aimless
Conflict Seeking 44% 50%
Argument/conflict makes me happy Underlying anger/entitlement/insensitivity issues Conflict averse, avoidng legitimate issues
Need to Dominate 61% 50%
Being dominant makes me happy Bossiness, being a bully, not considering others Unambitious, inability to take the lead
Anti-Authority 55% 50%
Going against authority makes me happy Knee jerk rebellion for the sake of rebellion Overly compliant to authority good or bad
Wealthy 72% 50%
Being wealthy makes me happy Spoiled, entitled, materialistic, superficial Insufficient resources to lead a full life
Cautiousness 83% 50%
Being safe/secure makes me happy Playing it too safe, irrational concerns for safety Reckless, endangering self and/or others
Sexual 44% 50%
Having sex makes me happy Promiscious, substituting sex for real intimacy Rigid, uptight, vanilla, fearful of intimacy
Peter-Pan Complex 11% 50%
Avoiding growing up makes me happy Immaturity, irresponsibility, avoidance of reality Overly mature, stiff, overly realistic
Vanity 5% 50%
Being attractive makes me happy Shallow, self-obsessed, manipulative Unconcerned with appearence to the detriment of health
Artistic 11% 50%
Being artistic makes me happy Unrealitically impractical, superficial, irrational Uncreative, unimaginative, unappreciative of the arts
Religious 0% 50%
Being religious makes me happy Close minded, intolerant of the non-religious Close minded, intolerant of religion
Humanitarian 72% 50%
Being a humanitarian makes me happy Loss of self to the needs of others, Martyr complex Lack of consideration for the suffering of others
Fiscal Acumen 100% 50%
Being frugal makes me happy Focus on saving instead of living, miserliness Financial impulsiveness, irresponsibility
Self Image 0% 50%
Being desirable makes me happy Narcissism, entitlement, vanity Self hatred, issues with body dysmorphia
Honour 88% 50%
Being honourable makes me happy tbd Breaks promises, not true to one's word
Extravagant 66% 50%
Being extravagant makes me happy Snobby, elitist, wasteful, egotistical Overly minimalist, ascetic, self punishing
Family drive 77% 50%
Having a family makes me happy Overly traditional, close minded, co-dependent Overly untraditional, depressed, life-hating
Paranoia 38% 50%
Being suspicious helps me survive Incapable of trusting others, overly jealous Overly trusting, dupe-able, naive
Schizoid 0% 50%
Not having feelings is easier Unable to feel emotions, clinically depressed, apathetic tbd
Schizotypal 27% 50%
Being odd/weird is useful Delusional, unrealistic, choosing fantasy over living Unimaginative, uncreative, unoriginal
Anti-social 27% 50%
Being strong helps me survive Rage-aholic, violent, a physical danger to others Repression or denial of anger / hatred
Borderline 44% 50%
Self hatred is useful Self hating, suicidal, self injuring, pessimistic tbd
Histrionic 11% 50%
Getting attention is useful Attention whore, liar, lacking an internal identity Repression or denial of your desire for attention
Narcissitic 16% 50%
Being superior is useful Delusions of granduer, megalomania, unsympathetic tbd
Avoidant 44% 50%
Avoiding emotional pain is useful Refusal to engage with others/life because of fear tbd
Dependent 11% 50%
Being dependent is useful Excessive reliance on others to get by, parasitic living tbd
Obsessive 88% 50%
Being perfectionistic is useful Excessive need to be orderly at the cost of flexibility tbd
Comedian 66% 50%
Being funny makes me happy Use of humor as an escape from dealing with issues tbd
Pet lover 33% 50%
Having pets makes me happy Risk of pets being a substitute for human relationships tbd
*scores in gray are the average scores of other people who have taken this test


Jung Personality Test
Enneagram Word Personality Test
Right- or left-brained?
R-drive advanced