I don’t know about you, but I’ve taken more personality tests than I care to admit! I thoroughly enjoy wasting time on websites that proclaim to be able to tell more about myself than I already know.
Let’s face it, we are all at least a little bit narcissistic. We love personality quizzes because they make us feel special despite obviously being generic enough to cater to mass society. We feel like we learn more about ourselves when we check our test results, which in turn makes us feel as though we are solidifying our self-identity.
By definition, self-identity is the recognition of one’s potential and qualities as an individual, especially in relation to social context (source). Consequently, personality test results reinforce the knowledge we gain through introspection and reassure us of our ability to navigate through life.
Let’s talk about the 16 Personalities test
The 16 Personalities test has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years, earning the reputation of being the epitome of personality tests. “Type-hype” has flooded social media feeds with everyone claiming eery accuracy in their results.
16 Personalities states that their approach is based on the best of Carl Gustav Jung’s theory of psychological types and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI). The 16 Personalities test uses MBTI’s acronym format for simplicity, but redefined Jungian traits and introduced an additional one. This test uses 5 independent scales and builds their “types” around them, thus producing more accurate results while retaining the ability to define and describe distinct personality types.
These personality types embrace rationality and impartiality, excelling in intellectual debates and scientific or technological fields. They are fiercely independent, open-minded, strong-willed and imaginative, approaching many things from a utilitarian perspective and being far more interested in what works than what satisfies everybody. These traits make Analysts excellent strategic thinkers, but also cause difficulties when it comes to social or romantic pursuits.
Diplomats focus on empathy and cooperation, shining in diplomacy and counselling. People belonging to this type group are cooperative and imaginative, often playing the role of harmonisers in their workplace or social circles. These traits make Diplomats warm, empathic and influential individuals, but also cause issues when there is a need to rely exclusively on cold rationality or make difficult decisions.
Sentinels are cooperative and highly practical, embracing and creating order, security and stability wherever they go. People belonging to one of these types tend to be hard working, meticulous and traditional, and excel in logistical or administrative fields, especially those that rely on clear hierarchies and rules. These personality types stick to their plans and do not shy away from difficult tasks – however, they can also be very inflexible and reluctant to accept different points of view.
These types are the most spontaneous of all and they also share the ability to connect with their surroundings in a way that is beyond reach of other types. Explorers are utilitarian and practical, shining in situations that require quick reaction and ability to think on your feet. They are masters of tools and techniques, using them in many different ways – ranging from mastering physical tools to convincing other people. Unsurprisingly, these personality types are irreplaceable in crises, crafts and sales – however, their traits can also push them towards undertaking risky endeavours or focusing solely on sensual pleasures.
Check out this awesome infographic by Business Insider that may guide you into a line of work that would be best suited for your personality.
While it’s nice to have all these tests to give us personal insights and help us make decisions, nobody knows you like you do. We need to bear in mind that our actions are also influenced by our experience, environment, and individual aspirations.
Still, it’s a fun way to pass some time while learning a little bit more about yourself!