Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You Don't Know Me, You Judgmental Computery Thing! Wait. Maybe You Do.

By reading Language Log, I learned of a site called Typealyzer. There, you type in the URL of a blog (presumably your own) and the program analyzes your language to identify your "type."

I typed in the URL of this blog, and in less than a second Typealyzer produced the following assessment of Li'l Ol' Me.

The analysis indicates that the author of http://conjugatevisits.blogspot.com/ is of the type: ESTP - The Doers

The Doers: The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities. The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

Now, here's that same assessment with my comments.

The active and play-ful type. (Playful, yes. Active? Hmm. Well, let's see, since ass-scratching is not yet an Olympic event, I'm going to have to disagree with this word choice. I get very energetic about issues and problems and projects that excite me. But those moments come in short bursts between long periods of sedentariness that would make a woolly sloth look like a coked-up Andy Dick in comparison.)

They are especially attuned to people (Attuned and attentive are two different things, right? I mean, I'm very attuned to people who are focused on me. Everyone else can go pick beans.) and things around them and often full of energy (See "ass-scratching" above.), talking (Perhaps.), joking (Hey, it beats talking.) and engaging in physical out-door activities (No one who grew up in Central Florida engages in physical outdoor activities — unless you consider it great sport to walk to your car through air so soupy you feel like Michael Phelps doing the breast-stroke through a vat of Campell's potato leek. True, I live in a more activity-friendly climate now. But I don't know if I'll ever erase the messages of my upbringing, which taught that there are only three active pursuits worth doing: eating gelatin dishes, distance-flicking cigarette butts, and turning up the air conditioner.).

The Doers are happiest with action-filled (To quote our outgoing president, that's a "mis-adjective.") work which craves their full attention and focus (This is actually true — further evidenced by the fact that it's driving me nuts I can't change that "which" to "that.").

They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. (Okay, so some computer figured out how to hack into my hard drive and see all my unfinished novels, screenplays, essays, manifestos, and grant proposals for foundations to save the planet. That doesn't mean this is true. Does it? [Please say it doesn't.]).

They might have a problem with sitting still (True.) or remaining inactive for any period of time (True only if "inactive" is in sharp enough contrast to the death sport I call "extreme 'Simpsons' watching.").

Typealyzer assessed someone we might call Blog June, who is just part of my personality — the part that makes it through the "Who do you want me to be me?" colander. I'm here to talk about language and to make grammar fun and interesting. Not to tell you what I really think about the doomed human race or the doomed planet or my doomed hopes of being America's next top model or why I hate myself for the way I feel about Sawyer on "Lost."

So, Typealzyer, on a scale of "First date" to "Leaving the bathroom door open," I rate your knowing me as "Comfortable with saying, 'You have have spinach in your teeth.'"

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Joel said...

Thanks for this. Have you delved much into Myers-Briggs-Keirsey? I think that Please Understand Me II is supposed to be the pop book on the subject. I'd be curious to see what your scores are otherwise. There's an app on FB (I have it among my boxes)--not perfect, but not the worst. And did you notice the little brain map at the bottom?

So, my blog was typealyzed as INTP--which is a whole lot closer than I expected. I sort out fairly consistently as an INFP and "F" (feeling v. thinking) is one of my strongest leans (I/E is the one that's most often close). But still. Maybe I blog more analytically? I do come across that way--and especially used to--in some contexts. I wouldn't be surprised to see decent grammar as a T trait.

But, ick, as an INFP, the last thing I want to be called is analytical. I do analytical because it's what this sick, sad world requires of me. It is not, however, who I am. :-p Maybe this tells me that I'm close but not quite there in my blogging.

My daughter (INTJ) and departed wife (ESTJ) are big into this type-ing thing. I generally reject it as more arbitrary categorization (which, of course, is characteristic of my type--and, yes, I recognize and intend the irony in the opening sentence of this paragraph), but M-B-K is perhaps the least intolerable. And it's got its coolness. I love the fact that Deb and I were opposites by type and that Christine is a balanced mixture.

My daughter's blog comes out as INFP, which is funny, but also makes some sense.

It's curious--and not altogether meaningless--to me that the kid and I lean most heavily toward the N. And our maps are pretty darned close. Makes me kinda proud. :-)

June Casagrande said...

So, in order to look at the brain map thingy you pointed out, I went back to the site and had to re-input my URL. I got a DIFFERENT analysis. Now I'm "The Mechanic," which seems at least as accurate as the previous analysis.

I'm not familiar with the letter designations, and I see only some of the letters correlated on the brain chart. So I'm at a bit of a loss to understand all the terminology.

I did 6-1/2 hard years of unbelievably effective therapy -- the gritty, raw, gut-wrenching kind, world-melting kind (as opposed to the analytical, unemotional, removed kind). That kinda scratched any and all itches for self-discovery/analysis. I just thought this was kinda fun and interesting.

Re the feeling vs. analytical disparity you describe: Those problems always seem to arise with attempts at simple categorizations such as these by Typealyzer -- the "arbitrary categorization" stuff you described. There always seems to be a very strong flip side to any personality trait. A relatively happy and outgoing person is a misantrhope who spends hours every day thinking about the futility of life. A "feeling" person has an uncanny ability to understand the arcane meaning of long strings of 1s and 0s. Always that flip side.

Seems that more "scientific" approaches try harder to accommodate this issue, but with limited success.

Janet said...

Ha. I'm surprised you got past the greeting page with its misspelling.

Mine wasn't completely off the wall, but it did get a little silly at the end. Race car driver or firefighter type I am not. The risks I take on don't tend to be of the physical type.

"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."

June Casagrande said...

That's the same label I got on my second try.

Re misspellings: I'm very forgiving of people for whom English is not a first language. Those typos, in my mind, would have completely discredited them if they were an American site. But, for people who've had to learn from the outside a language with the words "tough," "though," "through," and "thought," they're doing a pretty good job!


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