ENFP, R2D2 and UB40

The Myers Briggs "humanmetrics" test says it can predict your personality type on the basis of your answers to 70 yes-or-no questions.

I don't think the test could accomplish that if it asked you 70,000 yes-or-no questions, spent all day with you, bought you an Apple-tini and made sweet love to you all night.

I don't believe Myers Briggs can predict human behavior any more than I believe Dick Cheney has human parts. "Humanmetrics" sounds like something out of an L. Ron Hubbard novel. I don't like labels, I don't like generalizations, and I don't like L. Ron Hubbard.

But some people do believe it, and it's obviously backed by research and psychology. I took the test anyway, and it says I'm an ENFP. Essentially, that's supposed to mean I'm (E)xtroverted, I(N)tuitive, (F)eeling and (P)erceptive.

The alternatives are (I)ntroverted, (S)ensing, (T)hinking and (J)udging, and everyone is some combination of those eight.

"Everybody gettin' this so far?"

There was one thing I found pretty awesome. The test gives you your four letters, and then it ascribes a title to your personality.

Apparently, I am what is known in Myers Briggs circles as a ... wait for it ... Champion Idealist.

That's right, evildoers of the world, tremble in fear. Apparently, like Joan Baez and Phil Donahue before me, I possess amazing powers of extroversion, intuition, feeling and perception. And it's only a matter of time before I smite your ass.

Phil Donahue? Really? He's their example of a famous ENFP?

Seriously, did L. Ron Hubbard have anything to do with this?

Original MySpace post: 7/3/2007

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