Reblog: My Multiple Personalities

This was originally written for my personal blog, Multo (Ghost). It’s about the Typealyzer, which determines the Myers-Briggs personality type of a blogger based on his or her writing style.

Multo has a primarily non-technical audience, and the post is non-technical, but the Typealyzer is a cute text classification problem, so I’m reblogging here.

I don’t know the details, of course, but they seem to be classifying the text along each axis of the Myers-Briggs model and then combining the assessments. When I re-typealyzed Multo after this post appeared, I got a different personality profile (ISTP, “the mechanic”: slightly stronger on the practical side than on the idealist). I infer from this that there are some words that correlate highly with one end or the other of each axis, and everything else is in the squidgy middle. Not surprising.

The same is true of their gender analyzer (mentioned at the end of the post): each of my gender classifications came out with probability scores in the 62-65% range. This means I don’t use language that correlates especially strongly with either female-authored blogs or male-authored ones, although technical and mathematical language evidently scores as male-language, from my results.


A shoutout to Susie Lindau for her hot-off-the-press post on the Typealyzer. A Swedish gentleman named Mattias Ostmar “imagined” (as he put it) a site that tries to figure out your Myers-Briggs type, based on the writing style of your blog. The analysis is based on a corpus of writings collected by Mr. Ostmar, and a text classifier written by his colleagues at uClassify. It’s all for fun, of course, as the site creators would be the first to admit.

Every time I take the Myers-Briggs, I get a different result. I also suspect that the way the test is given will reflect back more who you want to be (or how you want to think of yourself) than who you really are. But my blog reflects who I really am, doesn’t it? What does my blog say about me?

Let’s find out.

When I typealyze this blog, Multo (Ghost), I get back the result ISFP — an Artist.

They are extremely gifted at creating and composing things that stimulates the senses, such as art, music or food. They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They have no desire to lead others and they don’t want to be led. ISFPs are sometimes not good at giving him/herself enough credit for things they did well.

Common satisfying careers: Fashion Designer, Artists, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Nurse, Massage Therapist, Botanist, Teacher, Geologist, Translator, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Cosmetologist and Translator.

Notable ISFPs: Ulysses S. Grant, Sofia Coppola, David Lynch, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, David Beckham, John Travolta, Liv Tylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nero and Wicket the Ewok.

I will plead guilty to the working quietly and not giving myself enough credit, but I have never had, or even thought about having, any of those listed careers. The company I keep isn’t too bad though (But Nero? Wicket the Ewok?).

I was tickled by my “brain activity” analysis. Apparently, I’m a perfect square.

Multo

I guess that means I’m well-rounded, at least in L-Infinity space (ask a mathematician friend to explain that joke to you). No wonder Myers-Briggs can’t figure me out.

Next, I typealyzed my professional blog, ninazumel.com. Not too surprisingly, I got a different result: INTJ — a Scientist.

They generally withhold strong emotion and do not like to waste time with what they consider irrational social rituals. This may cause non-INTJs to perceive them as distant and reserved; nevertheless, INTJs are usually very loyal partners who are prepared to commit substantial energy and time into a relationship to make it work.

Common satisfying careers: occupations within academia, research, computer programmers, system analysts, specialized consulting, engineering, management, science, and law.

Notable INTJs: Mark Zuckerberg, Jane Austen, Isaac Newton, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bobby Fischer, Jodie Foster, Isaac Asimov, Martin Luther, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk and Palpatine.

This is much closer to my own self-image, and to my career track. Interesting company, too. Brain activity: all thinking, no feeling.

Nz

That’s appropriate for the subject matter of the blog. It’s interesting that I score so much higher on intuition than on sensing. Incidentally, the Win-Vector Blog (our company blog), which is written mostly by my business partner, with occasional contributions from me, also typealyzes to Scientist, but with almost equal scores along the sensing-intuition axis (slightly biased toward intuition).

Finally, I typealyzed an old dead blog of mine, Ephemera. The writer of Ephemera is ESFP — A Performer.

They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions. ESFPs are excellent team players, focused on completing the task at hand with maximum fun and minimum discord.

Common satisfying careers: Artist, Performer, Actors, Teacher, Social Worker, Nurse, Event Coordinator, Chef, Fashion Designer, Jeweler, Retail Manager, Recreation Worker and Interior decorator.

Notable ESFJs: John. F. Kennedy, Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Quentin Tarantino, Mel Gibson, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox, Jamie Oliver, Robbie Williams, Dan Brown and Chewbacca.

Her brain is all feeling, little thinking.

Ephemera

All in all, it’s a cute demonstration of how our words shape the persona that we present to the world. Can I say that any of these blogs reflect the “real” me? I can say that Multo is the blog where I have the least to prove, in that it is purely for fun, and not to further my career or any artistic aspiration. I’m not consciously trying to be anyone in particular, so I become everyone — or perhaps, no one. How zen.

The Typealyzer is here. Try it for yourself.

One last thing, because I can’t resist. uClassify also created a blog gender analyzer. Multo and Ephemera come out female — but ninazumel.com comes out male. And what does that say about words and cultural expectations?

About nzumel
I dance. I'm a data scientist. I'm a dancing data scientist. In my spare time, I like to read folklore (and research about folklore), ghost stories, random cognitive science papers, and to sometimes blog about it all.

2 Responses to Reblog: My Multiple Personalities

  1. susielindau says:

    Thanks for the reblog!

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