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Day 162: I’ve got multiple personalities

Not in a Sybil sort of way. I’m pretty dead set on who I am, all day, every day, whether I like it or not. Don’t you love it when people say they are “finding themselves” and what they really mean is that they’re trying to turn themselves into someone they like? Eventually, you are who you are. 

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Anyway, I came across this article about Five Labs, an online tool that supposedly judges personality based on Facebook pages. It’s interesting, if not terribly reliable. According to this thing, I’m inventive, analytical, reserved, sensitive and efficient. Okay. That makes some sense. 

It reminded me, you are probably not surprised to know, of the Myers-Briggs personality tests. I know I took one, or a facsimile of one, when I was in college, but I have no recollection of what the result was. 

So, in a bid to find out who the Internet thinks I am, I took the test. First from one site. Then another. You know, some of those questions are annoying. Like “do you enjoy the company of others?” Well, I enjoy the company of people I like. I don’t enjoy the company of people I don’t like. Or “do you take initiative in social situations?” With people I know very well, yes, especially if they’re being indecisive and annoying. At, say, a networking event, I have to force myself not to hide out in the ladies’ room the whole time. 

And what do you know? Two different results. According to one site, I’m INFJ, while another claims I’m INFP. Site one informs me I’m 78 percent introverted, meanwhile this Five Labs thing tells me I’m 41 percent extroverted. Grant you, I’m a lot more comfortable expressing myself in writing than actually being in a roomful of people, so that makes sense. It’s easier to be outgoing online than in person. 

But the lesson to be learned here is this: Don’t believe everything the Internet tells you. 

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