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If you would like to know your Meyers Briggs personality, you have to fill out a ten minute questionnaire.  

https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types

Here are the specialities based on your MBTI.

ISTJ - Dermatology, OBGYN, Family Practice, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery 
ISFJ - Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, General practice, Family practice, Pediatrics
ISTP - Otolaryngology (ENT), Anesthesiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, General practice
ISFP - Anesthesiology, Urology, Family practice, Thoracic surgery, General practice
INTJ - Psychiatry, Pathology, Neurology, Internal medicine, Anesthesiology
INFJ - Psychiatry, Internal medicine, Thoracic surgery, General surgery, Pathology
INTP - Neurology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Thoracic surgery
INFP - Psychiatry, Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Pathology
ESTJ - OBGYN, General practice, General surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Pediatrics
ESFJ - Pediatrics, Orthopedic surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), General practice, Internal medicine
ESTP - Orthopedic surgery, Dermatology, Family practice, Radiology, General surgery
ESFP - Ophthalmology, Thoracic surgery, OBGYN, Orthopedic surgery, General surgery
ENTJ - Neurology, Cardiology, Urology, Thoracic surgery, Internal medicine
ENFJ - Thoracic surgery, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology
ENTP - Otolaryngology (ENT), Psychiatry, Radiology, Pediatrics, Pathology
ENFP - Psychiatry, Dermatology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatrics

Try it, I thought it was a lot of fun doing it :) .

I turned out to be an ISFJ ( about 7% of population), an introverted and very altruistic group, to the point that their altruism can be a weakness.

Feel free to share your results if you would like and tell us if you feel the test results were accurate or inaccurate in your case :)

 

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13 minutes ago, End Poverty said:

lol. Do you know your MBTI, Hellothere77?

I did it just now for you. ISTJ, unfortunately none of the specialties on the list for that are in my top 5 (med-2)

edit: Actually I was strongly I+S and roughly 50/50 for T/F and J/P, so looking at all IS lists they do include some of the specialties I'm interested in, but that's also 11 different specialties so the chances of getting a couple right by pure chance are pretty high

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3 hours ago, Hellothere77 said:

I did it just now for you. ISTJ, unfortunately none of the specialties on the list for that are in my top 5 (med-2)

edit: Actually I was strongly I+S and roughly 50/50 for T/F and J/P, so looking at all IS lists they do include some of the specialties I'm interested in, but that's also 11 different specialties so the chances of getting a couple right by pure chance are pretty high

Thank you :) We have similar personality types, except you are slightly more thinking than feeling :) . I got 65% feeling and 35% thinking. I believe the test shows the common fields that individuals with the various MBTI personality types go to.

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INTJ (a preponderance of I types on this message board, perhaps not surprising?). Although the above list of specialties is not necessarily the be-all and end-all of career choice, I do find the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator a fascinating and useful framework for better understanding ourselves and the people around us. It gives us a vocabulary for the spectrum of how people prefer to communicate and approach decisions, letting us ascribe to them to preferences which we can work to tailor our interactions towards, rather than labelling someone for their differences.

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3 hours ago, Hellothere77 said:

I did it just now for you. ISTJ, unfortunately none of the specialties on the list for that are in my top 5 (med-2)

edit: Actually I was strongly I+S and roughly 50/50 for T/F and J/P, so looking at all IS lists they do include some of the specialties I'm interested in, but that's also 11 different specialties so the chances of getting a couple right by pure chance are pretty high

I'm also borderline for T/F and J/P but I got ISFJ. There's some overlap between my specialty interests and personality type. Guess we'll see what I choose in a few years.

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Ah yes, the good old Myers-Briggs personality types. Brings me back to first year undergrad...

I've taken this test a number of times with some reasonably consistent results - my chosen career path is not listed among those detailed in my specific type (it's actually listed in the opposite of my type) and of those that are listed, only one held any interest for me in medical school.

For those with an interest in personality research, check out the Big Five personality traits model. The Myers-Briggs model, while well-popularized, is a bit of an older model that hasn't stood up overly well to more rigorous testing, lacking a bit on both internal and external validity. The Big Five model shares some components with the Myers-Briggs, but has a bit of a better track record in academic circles (though still with its detractors) and, like the Myers-Briggs model, is widely studied and employed.

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I am on the fence about personality testing from the myers-brigg perspective. Especially just due to the easy self-selection bias present in them when doing a test online. Do you want to be seen as caring or do you see yourself as caring or are you actually caring - not that a person could ever really work all that out anyway.

But those specialties seem to be haphazardly tossed into different personality types.

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Of course, no system is perfect, and there is a book by Annie Murphy Paul that makes an argument for discrediting the use of such tests. But a brief online test may not convey enough of the nuances - that there is no value judgment in any of the modes. Both Thinking and Feeling preferences can be equally "caring" - it is not about intentions, but rather the preferred method in which decisions are made.

I attended a leadership session in which two groups, one of T participants and the other of F participants, were each asked to solve the same problem. It brought to light the very different approaches the two groups had, and offered insight into how an emphasis on people's personal situations could be misconstrued as favoritism/unfairness by others, while a lack of attention to those personal factors could be seen as less caring/accommodating. Yet each group was trying to find the optimal solution to the problem in their own way. 

This then, is what I see as the main utility to learning about these theories - not in a deterministic "this is the career for you" sort of way, but to know that these dimensions can exist and lead people to see the world in different, but equally valid, ways.

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True, I definitely used a bad example with "caring." one from their own test would be better. "You find it easy to stay relaxed even when there is some pressure." this reminds me of my first interprofessional team session where a person described themselves as a type B person and very easy going - but that was more how this person saw themselves as opposed to how they actually acted. 

 

I do agree with you though there are definitely different personalities and each bring their own problem solving techniques to the table. I scored intj on it and i definitely do tend to have a different perspective on how to approach things than some of my friends. I have actually found that almost every psychiatrist i have met has a similar thought process and approach to ethics as me - but i can't say i am particularly interested in the field yet so far at least.

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On 28 mars 2018 at 7:09 PM, MarsRover said:

True, I definitely used a bad example with "caring." one from their own test would be better. "You find it easy to stay relaxed even when there is some pressure." this reminds me of my first interprofessional team session where a person described themselves as a type B person and very easy going - but that was more how this person saw themselves as opposed to how they actually acted. 

This is really important.  When I've done the test myself, I've received answers giving various personality types, but I recently tried a predictive tool based on social media analysis - and it gave a completely different type of personality (despite the name of the link - it's affiliated with Cambridge.  As a bonus it does an analysis of the big 5 types as well):

https://applymagicsauce.com

I think different aspects of personality can come into conflict with themselves - i.e. more thinking/judging vs sensing/feeling.. etc. 

However, I do know all aspects of my personality currently believe that doing med school in a 2nd language, without full linguistic ability, was possibly an error, as the personal/psychological/emotional price has been too high and the thinking/judging believes that I'll never be able to reach my own potential in terms of performance and thus be permanently frustrated.  This is with the full realization that med school may never have happened and that upon admission I had no real indication that 2nd language can be such a barrier to excelling.

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9 minutes ago, marrakech said:

This is really important.  When I've done the test myself, I've received answers giving various personality types, but I recently tried a predictive tool based on social media analysis - and it gave a completely different type of personality (despite the name of the link - it's affiliated with Cambridge.  As a bonus it does an analysis of the big 5 types as well):

https://applymagicsauce.com

I think different aspects of personality can come into conflict with themselves - i.e. more thinking/judging vs sensing/feeling.. etc. 

However, I do know all aspects of my personality currently believe that doing med school in a 2nd language, without full linguistic ability, was possibly an error, as the psychological/emotional price has been too high and the thinking/judging believes that I'll never be able to reach my own potential in terms of performance and thus feel permanently frustrated.  This is with the full realization that med school may never have happened.      

Just tried it, this actually correlated with my new MBTI. 

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I love this stuff- but MBTI tests generally aren't as reliable as typing yourself. It's not about the letters, it's about their relative placement in your 'cognitive stack'- check out this link if you're curious. https://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/12/how-each-cognitive-function-manifests-based-on-its-position-in-your-stacking/. One type has generally turned out to be startlingly accurate for myself and a whole bunch of my friends- even some who didn't believe in this stuff before. (I'm an INFP!)

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2 hours ago, marrakech said:

This is really important.  When I've done the test myself, I've received answers giving various personality types, but I recently tried a predictive tool based on social media analysis - and it gave a completely different type of personality (despite the name of the link - it's affiliated with Cambridge.  As a bonus it does an analysis of the big 5 types as well):

https://applymagicsauce.com

Thanks for sharing. This is really quite amazing. I plugged in the last post I made in this thread, and not only did it yield INTJ, it also told me:

:D:lol::D

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17 minutes ago, Lactic Folly said:

Thanks for sharing. This is really quite amazing. I plugged in the last post I made in this thread, and not only did it yield INTJ, it also told me:

:D:lol::D

Was it accurate? 

 

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3 hours ago, marrakech said:

This is really important.  When I've done the test myself, I've received answers giving various personality types, but I recently tried a predictive tool based on social media analysis - and it gave a completely different type of personality (despite the name of the link - it's affiliated with Cambridge.  As a bonus it does an analysis of the big 5 types as well):

https://applymagicsauce.com

I think different aspects of personality can come into conflict with themselves - i.e. more thinking/judging vs sensing/feeling.. etc. 

However, I do know all aspects of my personality currently believe that doing med school in a 2nd language, without full linguistic ability, was possibly an error, as the personal/psychological/emotional price has been too high and the thinking/judging believes that I'll never be able to reach my own potential in terms of performance and thus be permanently frustrated.  This is with the full realization that med school may never have happened and that upon admission I had no real indication that 2nd language can be such a barrier to excelling.

According to my digital footprint, I am an INFJ, but I don't think it is right because my MBTI was done by a MBTI personality specialist. INFJ is one of my favourite personality types though.  I think the above mentioned link probably got my MBTI personality wrong because I rarely use my Facebook account; I only pretty much use it to read news or respond to friends' messages.  

It also mentioned that my psychological gender is 65% male - which is so not true lol. 

BUT it was definitely a cool link :) Thank you for sharing :) 

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I'm ISFJ too! :) I think it describes me pretty well.

Currently working in a health profession that I think fits my traits pretty well. The types of feedback I got while I was working in clinical settings are pretty reflective of the traits of ISFJ . If I ever get into med, I'd pick family med as well.

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12 hours ago, marrakech said:

This is really important.  When I've done the test myself, I've received answers giving various personality types, but I recently tried a predictive tool based on social media analysis - and it gave a completely different type of personality (despite the name of the link - it's affiliated with Cambridge.  As a bonus it does an analysis of the big 5 types as well):

https://applymagicsauce.com

I think different aspects of personality can come into conflict with themselves - i.e. more thinking/judging vs sensing/feeling.. etc. 

However, I do know all aspects of my personality currently believe that doing med school in a 2nd language, without full linguistic ability, was possibly an error, as the personal/psychological/emotional price has been too high and the thinking/judging believes that I'll never be able to reach my own potential in terms of performance and thus be permanently frustrated.  This is with the full realization that med school may never have happened and that upon admission I had no real indication that 2nd language can be such a barrier to excelling.

Ok, this is pretty cool. It does largely fit with previous personality tests I've done. Pretty consistent too, though some small differences pop up depending on what source I enter text from. Thinks I'm in my 40's though... (I am very much not in my 40's!)

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Hmm.. has anyone gotten an extraverted profile type from this predictive tool? I've plugged in some emails from friends that I feel are quite extraverted, and all are consistently returning "I" results. Don't know if that's a reflection of the subset of the population that likes to take personality tests. *shrug* Still fun for an Easter weekend :P

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14 minutes ago, Lactic Folly said:

Hmm.. has anyone gotten an extraverted profile type from this predictive tool? I've plugged in some emails from friends that I feel are quite extraverted, and all are consistently returning "I" results. Don't know if that's a reflection of the subset of the population that likes to take personality tests. *shrug* Still fun for an Easter weekend :P

I did not know that you can do it with e-mails. I just tried it with my emails and it said that I was an ISFJ. My psychological gender is 95% female - the epitome of femininity. It was quite accurate when I did it with my e-mails :). It's definitely a cool website.

My sister is quite extraverted - she got an E when she did the test with her Facebook, and I when she did it with her e-mails.

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