One of my weird side obsessions is taking personality quizzes. If I see one that looks slightly fun and interesting on Pinterest or other social media, I’m all over it. I’m sure that my family and friends are tired of getting all the quizzes I send them. At least, they’re not as enthusiastic as I am.
Some quizzes I’ve taken are actually pretty legitimate. For example, I went to a leadership conference last year where they asked us to take the Myers Briggs Personality Test. This is a free test, so you can take it if you feel the urge! The gist of this test is that it measures personality based on four different traits, which are listed and explained here. Based on this test, there are 16 different personality types. I myself am an INFJ (which stands for Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging). After reading the description of my personality type, I was amazed at the similarities. Of course, it wasn’t 100% accurate, but it still hit pretty close. In the leadership class I went to, we discussed the results of this test in considering how different people process information. For example, one person may make decisions based on emotion and how certain changes will affect the feelings of others, while another person may simply do whatever’s practical. These are the feeling vs. thinking traits. Of course, most people—like me—do not fall in either extreme, though they might tend to lean one way or the other. What amazes me about this test is that it shows the extreme variety between individuals. We may all look the same on the outside, but we can be going through who-knows-what on the inside. If I may quote “Doctor Who,” we are all “bigger on the inside.” And I’d also like to add that personality tests are interesting, but not all-encompassing. Humans are way too complex, I think, to be tied to test results.
A couple weeks ago, I also heard about the StrengthsFinder test. Unfortunately, taking this test requires a code which has to be paid for, so I haven’t taken it. However, I did order the book that goes with it through the library in order to see what the test was all about and read about some of the different kinds of strengths.
***As a side note, I’d like to promote the library for a second. Most libraries participate in this thing called Inter-Library Loan, which means that they can borrow books from anywhere in the country (as long as it’s available and not a new release). This means that you and I can get any book we want without having to buy it! Of course, I’m still a book hoarder, but there are a lot of books out there that I don’t want to buy unless I find them at a thrift shop.***
Now, back to the point…the StrengthsFinder test makes others more aware of their talents or areas of strength, so that they can continue to grow in these areas. The book explains that some people tend to focus on getting better in their areas of weakness, which is good because it’s great to grow in any area. However, we should also not stop growing in the areas where our natural talents lie. This book has some great thoughts, but I was not able to take the quiz. However, I did get to peruse the 34 strength themes and pick which ones I thought would be most like me.
And then there are also those quizzes that have no foundation on reality, but they are still fun to take. I usually tend to take these late at night when I can’t sleep. I will search for “book quizzes” on Pinterest or Google and then, if I like the results, I pass them on. Here are some of my favorites:
1. What’s your reading personality?: This quiz shows how much you read, what drives your reading, and how you pick the books you read. I thought it was especially interesting after comparing my results to those of family and friends.
My result: My reading style is pretty diverse. In a nutshell, I love to talk about books and research them, and I love to read for entertainment and to stick with my favorite authors. But I also like to branch out and pick books that I can really learn from. Also, since I’m a pretty slow reader, I am very picky about which books I read because I know I won’t be able to read every book I want to. At the moment, my official “to-read” list on Goodreads has over 100 books, and it grows all the time.
2. Which literary heroine are you?: Pretty self-explanatory. There are a lot of possibilities out there.
My result: Anne Shirley! Yay! I love Anne of Green Gables!
3. Pottermore: All you Harry Potter nerds will know what this is. This is the “official” test to find out your Hogwarts House and patronus. So fun!
My result: I am a Hufflepuff, and my patronus is a Fox Terrier. Only HP fans will have any clue what this means!
4. Which Lord of the Rings character are you?: I just had to include a Lord of the Rings one.
My result: Samwise Gamgee! I don’t mind at all! He’s great!
5. Which fandom do you actually belong in?: I mainly took this quiz to see if it would guess correctly.
My result: And it did.
And that’s enough of that. I know these quizzes are silly, but they’re fun when I don’t feel like being serious. But…I will end on a serious note.
One appeal of these quizzes is that they show our uniqueness. Each person is different from the next, which is awesome to think about. In my mind, what it comes down to is that God is so creative that He is able to make each one of us unique.
Psalm 139: 13-14—For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.