My grandson persuaded me to take this personality type quiz because his own results matched so perfectly with his personality that he had his family rolling on the floor when he read it out loud.  My own results (INFJ-T) were less spectacular: right on in places, but far enough off in others to make me wonder if it's really much better than a horoscope.  But some of the questions were hard to answer, so I think I'll play with it and see if I can do better.

Speaking of better, my grandson then suggested I try Brandon Sanderson's Knights Radiant Order Quiz.  My results from this one were much more impressive.

I am a Truthwatcher

If you click on this link and scroll down a bit, you'll see the characteristics of a Truthwatcher, which as far as I'm concerned are pretty accurate.  For example,

These make their opinions known loudly and forcefully, particularly if they think someone in power is abusing that power or lying about fundamental truths. ... They generally prefer to write their opinions rather than speak them.

Truthwatcher was my grandson's second guess as to what my results would be.  His first was Edgedancer.

Truthwatcher and Edgedancer were the top two in my results, and pretty close at that. Considering that I also see myself as more of a mixture of Truthwatcher and Edgedancer, I think his Perspicacity rating is pretty good.

Now I just have to read the books.

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Having taken the 16personalities test again, as I suspected I got a different answer. It differed mostly in degree (sometimes quite a bit) rather than kind, but did flipped the personality type from INFJ-T (Advocate, rarest personality type) to INFP-T (Mediator, also very rare). As before, some traits right on and others not so much.

Only 97% Introverted instead of 100% this time. :)

I'll probably try it yet again later. I have not yet tried deliberately tweaking answers to see what changes result; I answered as honestly as I could both time.

Posted by SursumCorda on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

In case you're interested: 71% Truthwatcher, 70% Skybreaker, 69% Edgedancer, 63% Windrunner, 62% Elsecaller. I'm of whichever order which is bothered by percentages not adding up to 100.

Posted by Stephan on Monday, November 01, 2021 at 7:09 pm


I can see you in all of these. Or all of these in you.

I think the percentages are intended to means something like your Truthwatcher traits are 71% strong, your Skybreaker 70%, etc. That's the way the 16personalities test results are displayed, too, only instead of a blank at the other end of the scale they have an opposing trait with the remaining percentage to add up to 100.

What your results tell me is that whatever your traits are, they are strong. I only had three above 50% (the third was Windrunner). Jonathan, by the way, is a clear Skybreaker, which for me was only 34%.

Posted by SursumCorda on Monday, November 01, 2021 at 8:09 pm

There are several variations of the Myers Briggs Typology tests out there. I've taken 5 different ones, for writing research purposes, all multiple times. (Sometimes as myself, but mostly as characters I'm developing for stories.) I've found that each test is only accurate 62-67% of the time. I believe this is because the interpreters (Kiersey, Boggs, 16 Personalities, etc.) are each hung up on one of the dichotomies. 16Personalities tends to bug me, but I think mostly because their test puts me in the wrong category.

I do find the MBTI test useful when I'm creating a character, because a good questionnaire will help me learn how a character defines words. Things like "opportunity" sound very different to introverts vs extraverts. I might know where I would rather sit in a classroom, but that won't necessarily be the same for my characters. Typically, I will take the test (usually humanmetrics, because the questions are good and the results are always predictably off) without planning or too much thinking. Then I will use my own questionnaire (see below) to see where it was wrong. Then I will scout around to the different sites to find who is accurately describing the character.

My 4 questions:
1. At the end of a bad day, do you recharge by going out with friends or curling up alone in the dark? (E or I)
2. Aristotle was Plato's student. Plato argued that ideals existed, nebulous abstract concepts that play out lightly on reality. Aristotle thought this was bunk, that what you see is what there is. In the end, there can be only one: abstract or empirical? (N or S)
Yes, it's oversimplified.
3. Justice or mercy? (T or F)
Pick the one YOU do first.
4. When you must make a decision, do you: a) see a clear cause-effect, action-reaction-consequence or b) consider the mitigating factors that make this situation unique from all others? (J or P)

Posted by Brenda on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 7:45 am
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