I've always been conflicted answering how I really make decisions versus how I wish I made decisions. Basically I believe I should think a certain way, that it's more logical and organized, but in reality my thinking is rather chaotic and emotional. So the test asks 'how do you prefer to make decisions?' I prefer the idea of making unemotional, methodical and well thought-out decisions. That seems better than how I really make decisions: in the moment, emotionally, with out much thought to future consequences. Answering the question literally, and honestly, what I prefer is different from how I really am.
I think it was David Allan's Get Things Done version of the Myers-Briggs that actually turned that spontaneous, uncommited tendency into a positive. In that, if there's a problem and I have to change course I'm not going to be so invested in anything that I can't change course. That's the only time my commitment-phobia has been couched so ...positively.
Originally Posted by sapphire_chan
Keep in mind that if you have a certain view of yourself, you'll end up swinging the results.
E.g. I vastly prefer parties with my friends to reading books. But there are plenty of other parties I'd hate, while I'd always be okay with reading. Since I considered myself introverted, I'd answer "I prefer reading" because I don't like all parties.
It wasn't until I took a version that had "I honestly cannot choose between the two" that I got a result that wasn't drastically colored by my own, biased, perceptions of myself.
But why would a person a have a certain view of themselves except that it's based on... who they really are? Where else would a person get that impression from? I'm not arguing with you personally, Sapphire Chan, just wondering. And I acknowledge that that is the typical example pairing in these personality tests: do you like to go to parties or do you like to read? But I think that's why the Myers-Briggs test gives results in percentages. You might be an Introvert but only by a small majority, 51%. 49% Extroversion is still fairly extroverted. I'm probably reading that wrong.
I can see how my first paragraph seems to be at odds with my second paragraph here.
I like that the broader questions force you to answer a certain way, even if there are exceptions. In any particular example a person might protest, "but, but, what about in this other scenario? I would answer differently in this other scenario." I think you get a more honest answer if you are forced to answer from the gut. Quickly, what would you do? It doesn't matter about specifics. Just answer the question. That reveals who you are.