From this No Stupid Questions podcast episode, I heard that mathematician Richard Hamming thought “in science, if you know what you are doing, you should not be doing it; in engineering, if you don’t know what you are doing, you should not be doing it”. That is, scientists are explorers, while engineers are executioners. It’s not an absolutely line. Nothing is, and especially in situations like this where neither side doesn’t know anything about what they’re doing. You need to know some things to plan to do it in some way, and you need to do some things you don’t know everything about. So maybe it’s a majority sort of thing. But it let me to consider if I were more of a scientist or engineer when it comes to fashion design, where, in addition to designing, I often alter or create thing for some purpose.
On June 9th, 2014, the Scientific American blog Beautiful Minds had a rather in-depth article called Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up? about what introversion really meant (and extraversion as the opposite). The term is still highly misunderstood, whether from generic social definitions, or more precise and complex definitions through the works of Myers-Briggs and others following.
In the Beautiful Minds article, they had a 20 question quiz written out. Some score adjustments were then required after you answered, followed by averaging your newly adjusted scores, and averaging two halves of your score if you wanted more information. In this post with an Excel spreadsheet attachment below, I have made this test a lot easier to take. You just answer the questions and flip through the process to see your results! There is a minor summary of your results, but you’d then go back to the original article linked above for the full details.
I’m very delighted to share the news that my Personality Assessment based on work by Jung, Myers, Briggs and Keirsey
A huge thank you to Shawn Seymour, a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris, for creating the app for free so you all can use it for free!
Since it was his project and app, I pretty left it all to him and he did a fantastic job!
- The design is simple and elegant.
- The colour scheme is beautiful.
- He kept the text short and simple.
- He even randomized the questions which I had wanted to do but could not easily do in my Excel version!
I am just delighted with out it turned out, but I shouldn’t be surprised given what else Shawn Seymour has done as seen on his site.
I’ve been wanting to turn my test into an app for a few years now seeing where the tech interface of choice was going. However, I couldn’t find a good app programming course / diploma in my area so I’m very happy Shawn was able to do this for me, and made it freely available for everyone when I asked him to do so.
Please tell others about the app if they can access it, or if the Excel format had stopped you from being able to try it before.
Thank you VERY much, Shawn! 🙂
In July, I submitted a saliva sample for genotyping with 23andMe. I saw an opportunity to learn a lot about myself to improve my life, and motivation to finally learn genetics. I also saw getting genotyped as a life changing event of a rare kind. It offered a peek into the future with odds of potential life changing events like on set of major diseases, a look into the past through ancestry information, and a lot of things to deal with in the present like drug profiles. Besides science, there would also be opportunities to write about life, spirituality, humour and all kinds of issues from economics to politics. I’d also have to write it simply enough that most people could understand as the average adult reading level is only about grade nine or ten.
March 2016 Update
I have added a separate, but very detailed introversion / extraversion assessment from Scientific American magazine. This is the most confusing and misunderstood dimension of the four in the personality assessment below so you might want to try this Scientific American assessment to better understand yourself, and/or the concept of introversion / extraversion, itself, and possibly others with that better understanding.
January 2016 update
The personality assessment here is now available as a free iOS app in the iTunes App Store! (my version is an Excel spreadsheet that works like software)
Get a free, complete personality assessment via the personality typing system created by Carl Jung, popularized by personality assessments as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)* and Keirsey Temperament Sorter® (KTS®). This assessment is neither the MBTI® nor the KTS® (both paid services), though it has the same objective to identify your personality type in Jung’s personality typing system. The questions are just slightly different from the KTS® to extract the most accurate answers from users so you can get the truest results for yourself.
Why is method so important?
All the personality assessments mentioned above rely on how honestly you answer questions about yourself. They are only as good as you can be honest about yourself. Unfortunately, being honest about ourselves is something we are all challenged with to some extent in life. We all have biased self-perception, misconception or ignorance of our nature, or inconsistent understandings of what it means to be something. To overcome that, the questions in the assessment here ask about common real life situations so people can recall how they reacted rather than theorizing how they would react. What people say and do can often be very different! Cultural biases, obscure expressions, words with stigmas or noble connotations, and the like, have also been minimized.
Why do this assessment or do it again?
Ultimately, you’d do this assessment to get an objective view of your personality, what you are generally like in life and how you interact with others of differing personalities. The assessment cover situations at work and play, in various types of relationships and general life, and interactions with all other personality types in Jung’s system.
A side reason, possibly funner and more practical reason, is to see how you compare with anyone else who has taken a version of this, MBTI® or KTS®… or can be persuaded to take one by you. You can even compare yourself to famous people and fictional characters who might have never taken the assessment! Jung’s personality typing system is actually a theory so experts have been able to type people who have never taken the assessments based on their known actions (not words).
If you’ve done MBTI® or KTS® some years before, you might want to try “it” again as people change over time. This is truer if they have lived through life changing events like marriage, children, trauma or otherwise.
Downloads for the personality assessment tool
There are two Excel files for download here, in which you can answer the questions to get your personality type identified and assessed. One file is a modified KTS® assessment with the “best” questions, in my opinion, from KTS® versions I and II. The other is the same assessment with very basic English or “plain language” for people not completely fluent in English. Theoretically, you should get the same result doing either assessment.
- Based on the best Jungian personality assessment tool available, in my opinion, developed by David Keirsey in his classic books Please Understand Me and Please Understand Me II.
- Version here is a “best of” KTS® versions I and II, using questions I thought would elicit most honest answers from most users. KTS-II® is used by the KTS site.
- Questions ask about real life situations, not abstract concepts like preferred words.
- Does not ask for absolute answers, but rather preferences.
- Has been extensively used around the world. Claims to be most popular personality assessment in the world and Web traffic seems to indicate that, but MBTI® is probably most well-known from its longer history (close to 50 years).
- Has flaws of challenging language, cultural bias, references and expressions which may be challenging to those not fluent in English or have low literacy.
- Mostly uses questions from the “best of” Modified KTS® version above, for the reasons that make it excellent.
- Language is simplified so those for whom English is a foreign language, or those with low grade reading levels, can do the assessment and do it accurately. This is actually an excellent ESL or EFL class exercise!
- Idioms or expressions are minimized.
- Terms with cultural bias, like noble or stigmatized words, are eliminated.
Doing the Personality Assessment (Fig 1)
Please refer to Figure 1 above.
- There are 74 multiple choice questions to the test.
- Just put A or B in the boxes beside each question.
- You can’t select any cells besides those so no worries about messing up the file.
- If you put anything besides A or B, the file will tell you to do otherwise.
Getting your Results Summary (Fig 2)
After you have entered an acceptable answer for all 74 questions, click on the RESULTS tab near the bottom left of the window to get your results.
The file tabulates your scores so there are no mistakes, and gives you a summary as shown above.
Click Print and it will print out all on one page automatically, if you want a print out.
Your Results Summary and Full Assessment (Fig 3)
Your results summary is just a brief part of your full assessment. There are multiple PDF files available with tens of pages of content for you to consider if you so wish.
* MBTI and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MBTI Trust, Inc., in the United States and other countries.