Your Personality Type Derived From Your Blog

Typealyzer claims to be able to determine someone’s personality type from what they’ve written on their blog.

I tried it out with my blog along with several others from the blogs I follow.

This blog, along with Cameron, JD (of Get Rich Slowly), Dave Barry, Gina (of Lifehacker) and Steve Pavlina were dubbed ISTP – The Mechanics.

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

Jason and Kris got ESFP – The Performers.

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

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.

Dan was given INTP – The Thinkers.

The logical and analytical type. They are especialy 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.

The assessments and explanations aren’t dead on, but they’re in the ballpark. I find it interesting that so many of the blogs I read were given the same assessment as me. I wonder if I tend to follow blogs that are like my own. Interesting stuff.

The site uses the UClassify API to do the analysis. Gender Analyzer uses the same API, but after running the same set of blogs on it I was not impressed. There were so many wrong answers it’s as accurate as flipping a coin. The poll results confirm this, at 53% correct and 47% wrong.

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  1. Uh, I don’t think the personality analyzer pegged me or Jason – do you? I doubt it’s any better than random selection, just like the gender analyzer. But a fun toy. The new Eliza?

    Prolific blogging lately. Lots of useful posts. Twice now you’ve covered a topic or utility that I had been wondering about.

    Comment by KanyonKris on December 2, 2008 @ 8:25 am
  2. I’m not too far off the Mechanic definition. Kris, are you saying you aren’t friendly? ;)

    Comment by Cameron on December 2, 2008 @ 8:55 am
  3. @KanyonKris: I’d say you’re both entertaining and friendly, perhaps not so accurate on the soft fabrics and sweet smells. ;)

    I’m glad to hear I’m covering stuff you’re interested in. I’ve discovered the joy of scheduling posts. When I’m in a posting frenzy, I can draft up a half dozen posts and schedule them for the next week. That way when I don’t have anything to post each day there’s still content for the blog.

    Comment by Dan on December 2, 2008 @ 8:56 am
  4. @Cameron I agree, the mechanic section covers me pretty well.

    Comment by Dan on December 2, 2008 @ 8:57 am
  5. My programming blog got INTP as well. My old blog has been down since a server upgrade broke php, and I haven’t felt like fixing it since I wasn’t really blogging anymore.

    Comment by Levi on December 2, 2008 @ 9:54 am
  6. @Levi I wondered what had happened to your site.

    I’d say INTP fits you pretty well.

    Comment by Dan on December 2, 2008 @ 10:11 am
  7. I have known for years that I am an INFJ. I test consistently in that personality type. Typealyzer pegged my blog as an INTP. The first two are right, at least. :)

    Comment by B J Keltz on December 4, 2008 @ 5:06 pm
  8. Two out of four…could have been worse ;)

    Comment by Dan on December 4, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

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