“I personally have thought about swapping out my MBTI type to mention that an online ‘Which Parks and Recreation Character Are You’ quiz told me I’m Li’l Sebastian, just to see what happens.” I’m inclined to agree with Landry — I’ll admit that, post-Ken, I’m just as apt to discount someone for their Myers-Briggs score as I am for their results on a “What Kind of Condiment Are You? (I’m a garlic aioli, looking for a BBQ sauce, if that means anything at all.It doesn’t.) You can rationalize that maybe it’s a bit more justifiable, but in this context it’s just another broad stroke.Sure, he climbs mountains, but what is his approach to the mountain? “I use it as a warning as much as a descriptor,” Patrick, an ENTP looking for an INFJ, explained to me over email.He used to list his zodiac sign, but upgraded to the MBTI after he sensed the tides changing, dating-profile-wise.This helps combat that.” While Liz believes in the MBTI, others are more skeptical — though they still use it.“The internet is just saturated with these personality quizzes and you do have to wonder why this one has more authority,” says Landry*, an ENTP on OKCupid.
Should you swipe left on someone just because they list the Grateful Dead as their favorite band? The Myers-Briggs data on someone’s profile offers another, more efficient way to tighten the process.
” He boasted that he was an INTJ (a rare MBTI profile most notably shared with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, he confided) and was curious if I’d ever taken the test.
I could only give some half-baked combination of letters based on a shaky memory of undergrad psych but in retrospect, I should have really responded with STFU.
“TBH [this man and his letter sequences] I just don’t think we have a ton in common,” he texted.
Where he was an I, I was an E and that was all he needed to pass on a happy lifetime of southern-rap-soundtracked cross-country drives.
Ken*, the date in question, revealed that his knowledge of the MBTI has really shaped how he approaches dating and relationships.