I’m still undecided on personality tests. The people who praise it as an indicator of work success clash with those who lambast it a waste of time so much that you’d think they were arguing about politics or religion.
I’m apparently INFP when I take the Myers- Briggs personality test, meaning that, according to 16personalities.com, we are “true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine.” And sure, that sounds enough like me, especially with the “idealist” and “inner flame” parts, but I mistakenly recalled it as ENFP for a time, and most of that seemed to describe me as well! Personality tests are at an odd cross-roads between fortune cookies and legitimate psychological analysis, and I’m still not entirely sure where I view them on that spectrum.
But they’re still pretty fun to take, and I recently discovered a gaming-centric one through Polygon that attempts to classify different types of gamers through a series of questions about one’s specific motivations for gaming.
I know this may shock many of you, but according to my Gamer Psychographic Chart, I was born to be…
The heck does that tell me?! My criticisms of Myers- Briggs aside, at least people’s scores meant something. (INFP stands for Introversion, iNtuition [yeah, that part’s dumb], Feeling, and Perception) This color tells me nothing. And there’s not even a descriptive paragraph about my particular score! The thing is, I probably wouldn’t even have noticed the lack of these things if it weren’t for them being replaced with a color that tells me absolutely nothing. I get it if you don’t want to put an entire group of people into a box, overgeneralize, or just don’t have enough time to write something for every single possible combination. But this color does nothing but confuse people.
The chart itself, however, isn’t all that bad. It essentially breaks down how much you reported certain aspects of a game being important to you. In order of most to least important, my results are:
I shouldn’t be surprised by these, because they’re basically just collecting the answers I gave and delivering them back to me in seven words paired with numbers. And I like that! I definitely value the actual content of a game more than anything else, and I nearly always want novelty in a game over the same stuff repeated endlessly, although there are exceptions.
The second graph is just confusing. It’s “your profile versus the world,” but it takes two paragraphs to explain what it all means, and after reading through them multiple times, I still don’t think I understand it. I’m admittedly pretty bad at math, but I still find it confusing. I’ve rewritten this paragraph multiple times writing my best theories on it, and each time I go back and see a problem in it. But I currently think that I finally understand it… kinda. My “content” score is 24%, so 76% of gamers care about accomplishment in gaming more than me, and 24% care less. At least, that’s what I think? I’m hesitant to criticize Piwig for this as this might be the standard for doing this, so instead I’m going to criticize math: Math is dumb.
Here are my scores:
Wait… do I not care about gaming?! That’s what this graph seems to be suggesting! Even though I’ve been writing about video games every day for the past few months, I barely hit the average for “sensory” and am far below for everything else! So even though my personal “content” score was 60%, I guess most people care about it a whole lot more. Wait… 74% more?! So they’re scores were 134%?!!
Guys, please explain this to me. I’m so confused right now. This is why I dropped out of my AP Probability and Statistics class.
You can take the survey here.