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Oh Me? I’m a (Insert Personality Test Abbreviation)

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Describe your personality. Do you remember a time when you answered with adjectives like “witty”, “serious”, or “awkward”?

It seems like there’s a stronger trend of people associating themselves with various personality tests or classifications these days, personality wise. Here’s an example of mine, along with the links to the tests I took to get the results. Bold indicate my answers:

MOTIV
Materialist | Offbeat | Thinking | Intimate | Vital | Spartan | Conventional | Emotional | Withholding | Depressive

GLOBAL 5
social | reserved | limbic | calm| organized | unstructured | accommodating | egocentric | non-curious | inquisitive

R-DRIVE
Narcissism | Unconventionality | Empiricism | Vitality | Othercentricism | Independence | Integrity | Intellect | Stoicism | Orderliness | Hedonism | Dynamism  | Activity | Romanticism

ENNEAGRAM
type 1 | type 2 | type 3 | type 4 | type 5 | type 6 | type 7 | type 8 | type 9

JUNG/MYERS-BRIGS
enfp | enfj | entp | entj | estj | esfj | estp | esfp | infp | infj | intp | intj | istj | isfj | istp | isfp

ALIGNMENT
lawful good | neutral good | chaotic good | true neutral | lawful neutral | chaotic neutral | lawful evil | neutral evil | chaotic evil

4 TEMPERAMENTS
melancholic | phlegmatic | choleric | sanguine

ROSENBERG SELF-ESTEEM SCALE
1 – 3 | 4 – 6 | 7 – 9 | 10 – 12| 13-15 | 16 -18 | 19 -21 | 22 – 24 | 25 – 27 | 28 – 30

After taking these tests, it got me thinking about them. Few of them are new tests – the 4 Temperaments is based on ancient Greek theories and the Jung test is a nod to the Myers-Brigs theories. MOTIV is a hybrid of some of the existing tests.

Why are people relying on these defined types in social media and personal life to describe themselves? Could it be the fact that the abbreviations sound more impressive than simply saying something like “I’m a shy student who loves to play drums and eat burritos”? Possibly. Does it sound more inclusive? Definitely – not everyone is familiar with all of these tests and their abbreviations and doesn’t sound a bit exclusive when you tell someone you’re an ENFJ and they don’t know what that means?

Whatever the reason may be, it seems like this trend of using personality tests to describe and define your identity isn’t going away any time soon. What are your thoughts?