I was reading a blog post by Penelope Trunk the other day and she mentioned a specific Myers-Briggs personality test that is especially rare in women. Something about the personality type twinged a memory buried deep in my psychology major archives so I did a little digging and found out why.
It turns out that the personality type she mentions, ENTJ, is my personality type. It’s been my personality type since college, and even though I’ve softened in many respects (I blame the children), the underpinnings are still there.
After reading up on it (because once a psych nerd, always a psych nerd), I found out that it accounts for just 1% of women in the American population and is known as The Executive or The Commander. It explains a lot about me. About my insistence on order, on my difficulty with handling certain types of people and conflicts.
I was so fascinated I sent a few pertinent parts of the various descriptions I found online to Wes, who said it explained a lot about why I am the way I am.
Of course, much of the information online is pure conjecture. One of the websites even went so far as to guess at what my favorite music might be. I mean, yeah, I enjoy classical, but it’s right up there with a bunch of other genres. My favorite genre varies depending on my mood (the same goes for most people, I think), so that was a wild shot in the dark for that website, I think.
I mean, there’s psychology and then there’s making-stuff-up-because-it-sounds-good. Don’t get me wrong, as a fiction writer it’s sort of my JOB to make stuff up, but I’m not about to start slapping non-fiction stickers on my books just because they sound good.
If you have time, you should definitely take a Myers-Briggs personality test and see what your type is. It might just shed some light on why you excel or struggle at whatever you’ve got going on in your world.