Geeks love taking tests and quizzes to find out which Stargate character they are, which Dungeons and Dragons alignment they are, or which anime girl is their perfect soul mate. They can’t get enough of the Beliefnet Belief-o-Matic quiz or the Political compass test. For people who pride themselves on not following the herd, they are second only to teenaged girls in wanting to classify themselves and declare the results to others.
The Myers-Briggs Test, though, is their greatest love. First published in 1962, it is a method of creating a psychological profile by finding where the subject lies on four different pairs of traits. This results in sixteen possible outcomes, four more than the signs of the Zodiac, making the Myers-Briggs test four more scientific than Astrology.
This all plays into the geek’s love of quizzes, science, and “science”, but to really understand the appeal of the Myers-Briggs test to geeks you need to look at one of the sixteen categories in particular. It is referred to as “INTJ”, which means “Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judging”. This is the category that most geeks fall into, even though it supposedly makes up only 2.1% of the population.
Geeks absolutely adore being INTJ, and who wouldn’t? Famous (supposedly) INTJs listed on Wikipedia are Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ayn Rand, which is about as representative of geeks as you’re going to get. Also, the description of the INTJ type speaks to geeks on many different levels:
INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings. They tend to be insightful and mentally quick; however, this mental quickness may not always be outwardly apparent to others since they keep a great deal to themselves. They are very determined people who trust their vision of the possibilities, regardless of what others think. They may even be considered the most independent of all of the sixteen personality types. INTJs are at their best in quietly and firmly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.
They’re smart, they’re special, they get things done, and they don’t need you.
Which is all fine and would certainly be enough to endear INTJ-ness to geeks in itself, but there’s one more thing about being INTJ that geeks love.
This type is commonly referred to as the “Rational Mastermind“.
A science quiz that lets them call themselves “Rational Mastermind”? This is the pinnacle of hotness for geeks.
And that’s why geeks LOVE Myers-Briggs Personality Tests.