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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia take time to reflect on the progress of Personality Hacker over the past decade and celebrate the show hitting 15 million downloads and 500 episodes.

Warning: Strong Language – Listener Discretion Advised.


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  • Michie (INFJ)
    • Michie (INFJ)
    • November 1, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Dear Antonia and Joel,
    I thought about sending a video and then couldn’t think of how to make one that wasn’t an episode on how profoundly you two have changed my life. I started listening to you in fall of 2015 after a messy breakup and an ENFP friend asked me what my Myers Briggs type was. I said INFP and as a classic mbti nerd she sent me the link to your test and said “I don’t think so, try again.” I started listening somewhere around episode 90, then went back and listened to all the others. I loved listening every week and noticed when they were backdated and would laugh as if it’s an inside joke to catch the backdating. I started dating an INFP who wouldn’t test for the longest time. I finally got him to test because I bought the book and he answered the test one question a day, but I was teasing him that he was an INFP way before that. I don’t rightly know if I skewed his answers. I realized I surround myself with NFP’s. There’s something safe about being in a healthy emotional bubble and INFP’s seem to do that almost subconsciously. I realized that might be a trait I wanted in a partner, not just friends. I was just starting to get into the Enneagram episodes and covid scares started showing up at work (California had the first cases in the nation). I stopped listening and started implementing what I knew about type to try making the new normal as easy as I could for my INTP stepdaughter and figure out how the two of us could comfortably work from home. In the pandemic, we got married, my 106 year old grandmother (who we took care of part time to give my mom a break) died, I am building a healthy adult relationship with my ESTJ sister, we had a baby boy (all we know about his type is he’s got a wide range of emotions), I’ve become heavily involved in equity at work, and now I am finally getting back to a routine that has Personality Hacker as one of my daily treats. Thank you for still being here. Thank you for the weekly talks that helped me grow and find my preferences, passion, and ability to change my bit of the world into something I hope will help everyone. Especially thank you Antonia, listening to someone with Ti/Fe has been an insightful balance and validation from all the NFP’s in my life.
    Michie Burbano

  • Danielle G
    • Danielle G
    • August 25, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    I’m about an hour in so I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet, but I will. I just wanted to say that I think that listening to Joel’s story is very interesting! But maybe as another ENFP, I’m biased. But I do think it’s always interesting to see how people get from point a to point b to point c. Because very rarely do we wake up at like 18, I’m going to do “x”, and have that be the trajectory of our lives.

    Like thinking back to my life, I probably wouldn’t be in the field I am now had my 11th grade history teacher not talked me into taking his AP government class my senior year of high school. This wasn’t a straightforward path (I don’t work in government, but adjacent to it in many respects). But still, I definitely like to say I just sort of fell into my career (I work in non-profit fundraising). But there is a set of events and choices that lead me to it even if they were chaotic and not straightforward (but then again I AM an ENFP. Sometimes you have to embrace parts of the stereotype.)

    There have been other non-career moments where I’ve just had to sit and think “How did I end UP here?” At least one of those stories I can’t tell because it may or may not involve an NDA. ?

    I’ve been a listener since my undergrad years at college. So 2017? I know the podcast helped me a lot during a very dark time in my life from 2018-2019. Congratulations on this milestone!

  • Rajan
    • Rajan
    • September 5, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! But now I have to relisten to all the first two years of the Podcasts to figure out which ones you recorded under a blanket. Thank you and your amazing team for your incredible generosity and responsiveness: you are all so congruent ‘in person’ with what, and how, you share in the Podcasts.

    • MH INFP
    • September 14, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Congratulations! I have been listening to your podcasts for years, and thoroughly enjoy them. I live in Denmark – too bad my country didn’t make it into the top 10, although my Scandinavian neighbours did. I thought the 500th podcast was very funny, and I listened all the way through to the end. I’m not sure what my favourite episode is – there have been so many good ones! I generally feel like I get a lot of food for thought in all your episodes, and I like your unstructured extraverted intuition approach. If you did episodes in the format of "10 ways to … " it wouldn’t inspire growth or learning in me. And for whatever it’s worth, you both have lovely voices – I wouldn’t be able to listen to a podcast with a voice I found annoying.

  • vic (infj preferences)
    • vic (infj preferences)
    • August 23, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks, Joel!

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