Podcast – Episode 0262 – Finding The Most Accurate Personality Test

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about finding the most accurate personality test and why it might be the wrong goal in the first place.

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about finding the most accurate personality test and why it might be the wrong goal in the first place. #MBTI #myersbriggs

 

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  • Eleanor Akaho
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    This episode is the epitome of why I love Personality Hacker. I love that you both inject your values of personal growth and positive evolution into Typology. I’m with you in trying to ensure that everyone is teaching their audiences how to become the best versions of themselves. Keep being a lighthouse in the personality world!

  • Megan Mills
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    Great job on the book promo Antonia!

  • Cat Starr
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    Really love your Podcast and this was another awesome episode.

    I don’t think any online test is every going to be an equal to interaction with another human being or to personally delving into types and determining best-fit through self reflection. I think online tests and systems can come close and point someone in the right direction but there are so many factors – the complexity of personality, context (what kind of day someone is having when they take the test), and also where they’re at mentally/emotionally – are they a healthy version or a really really unhealthy version (and how do tests take that into account?).

    As an example – I tested a lot as an INTP when I was first seeking a tool that would help me with personal development. I’m actually an INFP. But because I was in the grip of Te – I felt very alienated from my own feelings and was very nit-picky, I saw problems and errors everywhere that needed correction. I was obsessed with ‘objective’ truth and trying to fit myself to that. So the tests I was doing, I guess, were picking up on the over-rationalisation I was doing, while also picking up on Ne and Si, and were determining that I was an INTP.

    At that time, I had a flawed ‘ah ha’ moment where I thought – oh, this is why I’m in so much emotional pain – I need to be MORE rational and logical because that’s where my strength is. But actually it sent me totally in the wrong direction and I ignored my feelings even harder than I was before.

    When I started typing as an INFP on the online tests, I was also kind of put off by the naming of the type – ‘the mediator’ (16personalities) because I was at that point in total burnout and sick and tired of putting other people’s needs ahead of my emotional truth and felt like a punch bag. ‘The mediator’ felt like a prison sentence – like I was *supposed* to be stuck in the middle of people’s warring emotions forever – like there was this huge weight of obligation tied to it. So I was honestly quite repelled by that. It was only when I discovered Personality Hacker and ‘Authenticity’ and ‘Exploration’ that I suddenly felt like this balm had been applied to my soul and I was like ‘Yessss’.

    Of course, finding my ‘accurate’ type was only step one. But I’ve learned that healing pain is different to wound pain and that has been one of the most important discoveries of my life.

    Basically, I think online tests are shortcuts a lot of the time and shortcuts by definition mean that you miss some stuff out. It shouldn’t be like ‘which MBTI type are you’ alongside ‘which type of sandwich are you’, you know? It’s right to invest one’s own time and energy into self discovery, or engaging a profiler or some other *human being* who can pick up on who you really are, even if at that moment in your life you’re showing up as a really unhealthy version of your type.

    Maybe all this does or doesn’t make sense, but it makes sense to me 🙂

  • Alex
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    I realllllly enjoyed this podcast. I’m really glad to hear your guys’ perspective on this directly because I always had the sense that this was your approach, from everything else you’ve said tangentially.

    I recently walked an interested friend of mine through finding her best fit type and explaining how understanding the relationship of the functions could help her.

    I kept adding disclaimers like every 5 minutes, saying “look, I understand that this not a 100% scientific thing, and none of these things are labels that mean you are one thing and not another, or that you are one thing all the time.” I’d say “it’s just one way of organizing information about yourself so that you can make meaning from it and do something with it.” Also I’d say “I’m just particularly passionate about it because it helped me through X time in my life and changed the way that I view my unhealthy/healthy behavior so that I can make better decisions.”

    And after a couple times she was like “yes yes I get it, let’s just do this thing already.” But I just felt so anxious about making sure I framed it correctly, because I’m very aware of the misunderstandings negative connotations that abound.

    So now, listening to this episode, I realize that what I was doing was showing up as the best as possible version of myself, and explaining that typology is how I got there.

    Random interactions about mbti happen at least a couple times per year without my prompting– like just the other week a classmate was like, “what’s your personality thingy” and I answered her, and then another peer started talking about how the big 5 was “more valid and reliable,” and I felt a little asshole-ish when I began to explain why I found value in MBTI, and about my personal stance on the importance of “validity and reliability” as it relates to the usefulness of what I see as systems of information organization.

    Now, hearing you all talk, I feel more confident about standing up for the “industry” and understand why it’s important to do so.

    Anyhow, thanks for the timely episode.

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