Some of you are looking at my title thinking I’ve changed languages. And some of you know that it’s my Myers-Briggs type indicator, aka 16 personalities. https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
What is it?
I really have no idea. But, what I do know is that it’s all over the place now. PureWow and Buzzfeed are aplomb with articles touting what the best hobbies and forms of relaxation are based on what your personality indicator is. And a few weeks ago I read a very interesting Modern Love (NYT on Sundays in the Style section) column where the writer is trying to figure out if you can base future compatibility on what personality type you and your significant other are.
So I started to think. Never a good situation when I start to percolate an idea in my head. Because them you know I’m going to write about it, and I’m going to formulate all sorts of theories.
So let’s think: if all people can be classified into 16 personality types, is it logical to assume that certain types will get along better than others? The “I” that starts out my type: that means I’m an introvert. Am I better off with another introvert because our personalities mesh in that same way? Would a relationship with an extrovert be a disaster because I will always feels left out in the dust while they are off making friends?
And what about family? Could the reason why you have a lousy relationship with a sibling be that your personality types just don’t mesh? Friends? Could all your closest friends have compatible types?
I’m the type known as Logistician. You can get the idea that I am practical and logical. It breaks down to:
As there’s a lot to think about this topic, I am going to spend the week putting my thoughts out on the page. My first job is getting my friends and family to take the test so that I can figure out if we are actually compatible. (this obviously means all of you guys too- I want to know what type you all are) Then I’m going to break down if I agree with the basic assessment that comes after you take a 10 minute multiple choice test. Is there any inherent validity to any of this.
What do you guys think? Could the secret to relationship goals be hidden inside your personality?