I've always been drawn to personality tests, mostly because I would really like for someone to tell me what kind of person I am, instead of having to patch together my hodge podge of self-contradictory ideals, trying to make sense of it all and never really succeeding.
Even something simple like "Am I an optimist or a pessimist?" I cannot answer. I can recall times I've been a fool for hope and unicorns, and other times when my outlook is so bleak I become a toxic black hole and suck everyone's hope out of them. Obviously human nature is multi-dimensional and cannot be pigeonholed into these tidy boxes, and personalities change over time, but I still like to see where I stand, at least for the moment.
This is why I was drawn to a Facebook quiz recently that claims to emulate the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The personality type it gave for my friend was so accurate, I had to try it out for myself. This is what I got:
You are introspective, cooperative, informative, and expressive. You have a strong desire to make your thoughts known to the world. When you speak or write, you are often hoping to use your convictions to motivate others to participate in advocacy or you hope to reveal a hidden truth about the human experience. You are greatly concerned with ethics and justice and have a strong desire to speak about current issues and events. You are the most inspiring and animated of the role variants.
You are very individualistic and you feel a need to experience significant social events. You consider intense emotional experiences to be vital to life and view the world as a drama. You are constantly seeking to learn about everything that has to do with advancement of good and the retreat of evil in the world.
You strive toward a kind of personal authenticity and this intention always to be yourself is usually quite attractive to others. At the same time, you have outstanding intuitive powers and can tell what is going on inside of others, reading hidden emotions and giving special significant to words or actions. In fact, you are constantly scanning the social environment, and no intriguing character or silent motive is likely to escape your attention.
You are good with people and usually have a wide range of personal relationships. You are warm and full of energy with your friends. You are good in public and on the telephone, and are so spontaneous and dramatic that others love to be in your company. You are a positive, exuberant person, and often your confidence in the goodness of life and of human nature makes good things happen.
Famous Champions include Joan Baez, Charles Dickens, Phill Donahue, Bill Moyers, and Edith Wharton.
I relate to all of it except for the telephone part, although I do give good text message.
Anyway, I encourage you to try it for yourself, in Facebook format or otherwise.