It’s Official. I’m Weird.

I must admit, I’ve never been one of those women who buys Cosmo or Psychologies magazine and the like. You know the ones where you find out your personality type by answering questions about how much you agree or disagree with such and such?

I decided, somewhere in my 20s, that those surveys are rigged. It’s obvious, because I invariably came out of them as “Mostly Cs? You are a Serial Killer” or “Score over 50? You’re Going to Die Alone“.


Anyway, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson, but obviously I haven’t because last night I took one of those personality tests that analyses your responses to some random questions before reducing the miracle of the human soul to four letters that put you into one of a dozen different personality groups.

I should know better, I really should. I blame whoever it was that posted it on Facebook while I was procrastinating. And acronyms are quite scientific-looking, which lured me into a false sense of security. Damn those acronyms.

So, I answered lots of questions and I was completely honest. For example…

  • YOUR HOME AND WORK ENVIRONMENTS ARE QUITE TIDY. (Strongly agree. If it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle)
  • YOU CAN QUICKLY REMEMBER IMPORTANT FACTS AND EVENTS (E.G. BIRTHDAYS). (Strongly disagree. This quiz was clearly not written by a  parent)
  • YOU HAVE A GOOD FASHION SENSE. (Somewhat disagree. I think I am a style icon, but the world, sadly, does not agree)

15 minutes later and my entire existence is reduced to four letters: INTJ.

What does this mean? Well, for starters, I’m unusual. Only 2% of the population match this particular set of personality traits, and most of them are men – just 0.8% of women are classed as INTJ.

The overview tells me that the typical INTJ will likely have a successful career working by themselves or in a small team, perhaps in technology, engineering or consulting. That’s because the average INTJ person doesn’t like rules, is very good at coming up with, and implementing new ideas, and they tend to be ‘bookworms’ who are experts in their chosen field. Apparently, the typical INTJ is also uncomfortable with public displays of emotion and may appear “mysterious”.

Well, okay. That’s not too bad, I suppose.

But then you read the “detailed” profile and get to the good stuff:

Every personality type has many weak spots and INTJs are not an exception. There is one area where their brilliant mind often becomes completely useless and may even hinder their efforts – INTJs find it very difficult to handle romantic relationships, especially in their earliest stages. 

Well, there’s a cheery notion. And there’s more:

It is not easy to become an INTJ’s friend. People with this personality type value rationality and intelligence more than anything else, and tend to automatically assume that most of the individuals they meet are likely to be less intelligent than they are. Furthermore, it is quite unlikely that the INTJ will enjoy physical manifestations of feelings (hugs, touches etc.), even with close friends.

And that’s not even the best bit:

Not surprisingly, people with the INTJ personality type will probably have difficulties supporting their children emotionally. 

Is it just me or are these things just designed to make you wonder HOW you can fix your many terrible flaws that are preventing you from reaching your own, personal happy garden? (Usually by buying something, I suspect…)

Because that’s what these quizzes really are, at their heart – a way to make you feel warm and cosy on the one hand (I’m special, I’m clever) while simultaneously crippling you with self-consciousness and shame on the other (I’m socially inadequate and will Die Alone) so that you’ll immediately go out and spend money on things that will make you feel better.

Stupid quizzes.

The fact I took the day off today and managed to spend several hundred pounds on a spree through John Lewis is – of course – entirely coincidental.


(If you’re interested, the quiz I took was here)



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:39 am

      Amen to that!

  1. 20th November 2013 / 7:35 pm

    That’s weird because I just finished a similar test. I am apparently an ISTP. Not sure what it says about my personality but when I got to the part about weak spots I stopped reading 🙂
    (Actually I just wanted to see what Lord of the Rings character I was, that was why you took it too right?)

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:40 am

      Maybe your weak spot is short attention span… 😉

      I’m Gandalf. Always.

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:40 am

      I thought you were quite shy the first time I met you in person. Sorry, that’s not very helpful, is it?

  2. Mummypinkwellies
    20th November 2013 / 9:15 pm

    See I love Myers Briggs. It’s spookily accurate for me, and everyone I know who’s taken it. But then I love this kind of personality thing.

    I’m an ENFJ (the giver), always am no matter which specific test or when I take it. AND I read Psychologies Magazine too. Oh the shame!

    Oh and I don’t think you’re weird. Well not THAT weird anyway 😉

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:41 am

      It is annoyingly accurate to be fair. I often say that if it wasn’t for alcohol, I’d have spent my entire life a virgin. Possibly, that might be TMI.

      • Mummypinkwellies
        25th November 2013 / 11:46 am

        I had a mouthful of coffee when I just read that reply. Said coffee is now all over my MacBook!

  3. 20th November 2013 / 9:40 pm

    It’s all a pile of arse, you’re Sally and that’s what counts.

    Although I have just done the test and found out I am ESFJ who doesn’t like criticism or conflict, interesting.
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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:41 am

      See? They get under your skin, don’t they?!

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:41 am

      I think it’s common for INTJ types to be able to flex to INFJ, although I’m not sure how you switch from introvert to extrovert. Possibly, I’ve now spent way too much time thinking about this.

  4. 21st November 2013 / 8:56 am

    I can never resist these tests, but this one seemed uncannily accurate. Idealistic, diplomatic, loyal…all good, unsociable, emotional, rubbish at dealing with paperwork and data (I’ve just started a new job dealing with paperwork and data….) I read quite a bit of it before becoming distracted by a photo of Johnny Depp who is apparently the same type as me, that’s a good thing right?
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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 9:42 am

      It is more accurate than most, but I would disagree most strongly that I don’t support my child emotionally. Although my child is quite emotionally restrained so maybe she’s inherited that from me *worried face*

  5. 21st November 2013 / 9:51 am

    I’ve done similar tests in the past too, and consistently come out as INFJ – another supposedly “weird, rare” one, but then we introverts are obviously drawn to blogging as a way to express ourselves without actual human contact, aren’t we? 😉
    It’s always good to be reminded of this, especially as I’m job hunting at the moment. “Avoid careers involving data and programme”, it tells me.

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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 3:10 pm

      Or as my Mum told me in my teens: “You’d be great at research, because it doesn’t involve talking to people.”

  6. 21st November 2013 / 10:28 am

    Oh Sally, you are not weird. After reading your post, I was determined not to do the test, as I was scared of what it will reveal about me… but then I could not resist. So here I am instead of working spending my time on this test! To my surprise I agree with most stuff about me (not all), and am classified as ESFJ.
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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Mirka!

  7. 21st November 2013 / 11:49 am

    ENFP for me it seems. Makes sense I think, though these definitions of character type are quite popular at the moment.

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 3:10 pm

      Annoyingly so…

  8. Your Best Friend
    21st November 2013 / 11:55 am

    Seriously??? This is 1000% you. Hysterical.

    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 3:10 pm


  9. 21st November 2013 / 12:38 pm

    ‘Your own personal happy garden’. *snigger*

    Isn’t that a euphemism for something else?

    Perhaps if I did the test my weakness will be ‘childishly discovers sexual innuendo where none was intended’.
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    • Sally
      21st November 2013 / 3:11 pm

      *disappointed face*