I think I mastered the Myers-Briggs Test Type Indicator (MBTI) before I graduated from grade school. The guidance office had a thing for administering the test here and there during my school years and in time it become pretty easy to game the system. The MBTI holds the distinction as being the first psychological index test that I consciously remember taking. Sure there are IQ tests and other assessments, but the MBTI is the first one I understood to be what it was - a rough gauge, but in no way perfect.
Mom had quite the collection of psych books at home and her other interests included other such ways of learning more about yourself ranging from both Western and Chinese Zodiacs and things like the enneagram.
The Enneagram always struck me as a little weird since it's core graphic was the almost mystical symbol above. It tried to slot you into one of 9 possible types, but it also worked out 2nd and 3rd options as part of a triad. I last took the Ennegram test at home with my mom administering it - I came out as a Type 5 - The Observer. I was still in high school and it sort of made sense that I'd fall into a highly intellectual role like this one - other terms for Type 5s include the Investigator or whatever - I think my sub-type was The Iconoclast, which is Type 5, Wing 4 - at least that's what seems familiar to me as I look over the Enneagram resource pages. It's a rather anti-social personality type - one that my mom joked could include me becoming a psychopath. I never bothered to take the test again.
Today on Facebook, a friend posted a link to one of those online Enneagram tests and had started a discussion about his results and those of his friends. I first declared the result that I had gotten previously, but then I figured it was worth taking again.
Interestingly enough, my result shifted one position to Type 6 - The Loyal Skeptic or just The Loyalist. Given my specific triad results (Type 6, Wing 5), I was declared to be The Defender. It's still a bit of a cerebral role - the description talks about me being a good troubleshooter and all that. But at the same time it has a more social aspect to things that includes me working to help others and things like that. And what was an interesting result to get - I guess over the years and exposure to the real world has tamed me a bit and perhaps helped me to become more social as well. And that's not a bad thing. But there are certainly aspects of this time that don't quite fit me - and thus I feel like I'm still more of a 5.
But at the very least, it sounds like I've made some progress. Right?
At least it feels like progress to me. Being more social that how I was in school is definitely a good thing. Plus once you've gotten involved with other people in terms of relationships, it's hard to remain an impartial observer watching the world go by. There's too much life worth living after all. No sense in wasting it all.