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It knows my type

Jay Hancock’s business blog carried a mention the other day of the Typealyzer, a software program that purports to analyze the personality type associated with a blog: Myers Briggs* for Web sites. Anyhow, I plugged in the URL for You Don’t Say and got this:

The logical and analytical type. They are especialy [sic] attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

Typealyzer does carry this disclaimer: “Note: writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-percieved [sic] personality.” Yeah. Sure.

Anyhow, if any of you are made to feel slow-witted by reading this blog, now you know why.

 

* The Myers-Briggs test assigns people to variations on four basic personality types. Think of it as astrology for college graduates.

 

 

Posted by John McIntyre at 6:23 PM | | Comments (10)
        

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>>* The Myers-Briggs test assigns people to variations on four basic personality types. Think of it as astrology for college graduates.<<

Brilliant analysis!

"...they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about."

I think writers would say that sums up their opinion of most copy editors.

16 personality categories total.

Just for S's and G's, John, you might enjoy this particular personality test, based on color. It's heavily tied to mood, so you can take it again in a day (or a few hours, depending on how your day goes) and get totally different results.
The Color Quiz.

Let's just label me Gray and let it go at that.

I'd debate the validity of the color quiz but my result said, " Does not wish to be involved in differences of opinion, contention or argument, preferring to be left in peace."

Yeah, that pretty much tracks...doesn't it Abigail?

Indeed, Bucky, I’ve never known anyone less inclined to disputatiousness. My result: “Over-extended and feels beset, possibly to the point of nervous prostration.” How ever did they know? I’m in the middle of my six-week vacation, and there are so many books and so little time that trying to choose what to read next has left me nervously prostrate on the sofa.

Hi there! I came across this post through my Google Alerts for the word "MBTI." This may or may not be of interest to you, but I write a blog about the MBTI and wrote a post about how Typealyzer is basically junk. I know lots of people are checking it out for entertainment sake- and that's totally cool...but I hope you don't confuse those "blog type" results for your own personality type. Anyway, I won't go into why the site is junk here, I just wanted to let you know if you wanted to learn more, here's the original post: http://www.thembtiblog.com/2008/11/websites-that-ruin-my-day.html. I also have a discussion in the comments section with the creator of the Typealyzer site.

My color is plaid.

Plaid. There's something very Steve Martin about that.

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About John McIntyre
John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
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