Personality tests: fact or fiction?

I have always been fascinated by personality tests. At a young age, I would take personality tests in teen girl magazines like BOP and J-14. However, these ones would tell me which celebrity I was like more than my overall personality.
In high school, I was assigned to take the Myers & Briggs test and create a piece of art reflecting the work I had done.
I can’t remember exactly what the results were, but I do remember that no one was surprised with the results I had gotten.
This past summer, I saw a post on Twitter about someone’s results.
They mentioned that the test will predict what career you will have based on your results.
Along with your result, users can look at their strengths and weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, parenthood, career paths, workplace habits and a conclusion.
Of course me being the most curious cat that I am, I decided to take the test.
At the end of the test, I was given ENFP as my result. This stands for extroverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving.
To translate, it means I am someone who is creative, charismatic, charming, independent and constantly energetic and has an endless capacity for love.
Another word for ENFP is a campaigner. The campaigner is described as a true free spirit.
“Campaigners are often described as the life of the party, but are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others,” according to 16personalities.com.
Earlier I mentioned that it was my curiosity that brought me to this test, which is funny because it was listed as one of my strengths, including my friendly personality and my excellent communication skills.
The career paths I was given were engineering, systems analysis, human science or service, psychology, counseling, politics, detective work, writing, journalism, acting and TV reporting.
As part of the results they compare you to famous people who share your result. Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Williams and Will Smith are also categorized as ENFP.
They also compare you to famous characters from movies and television. Michael Scott from “The Office,” Peeta Mellark from “The Hunger Games and Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City” are also ENFP.
For anyone who knows me, they know this couldn’t be more true. I am a very energetic, lovable person who is currently studying journalism, advertising and public relations.
Recently, I asked a few of fellow editors to take this test, mainly due to the fact that I was curious to see what characters from “The Office” they were most similar to.
Ben Haylett, our A&L editor, got ENTP and Jim Halpert, and Chloe Forbes, our features editor, got INFJ and Pam Beesly-Halpert.
The site I took this test on is 16personalities.com. I highly encourage readers to take the test and learn more about themselves, as well as share the link with your friends.

OLIVIA HAHNER
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