Saturday, November 22, 2008

I'm not only gender neutral

Apparently, I am also a dual personality. While visitng a very fine blog, The Bleeding Heart Show, I found a link to the Typealyzer, which is supposed to classify your blog according to what appears to be the Myers-Briggs Personality system.

BitterGrace Notes is designated an ISTP blog:

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 to 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.

Policemen and firefighters, eh? Oh yeah, this blog is so pro-law enforcement. Maybe the porn is skewing the results.

Turn Outward is deemed more of a lightweight:

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.

Well, TO does concern itself with sweet smells and other sensual pleasures. It's pretty lost in the moment, too. Not much of a helper, though.

Oddly enough, the ISTP description is a bit macho, with the references to cops and mechanics, while the ESFP qualities are much girlier. The web page illustrates the ESFP with something that looks like a go-go dancer/Hooters waitress. You'll note in the post below that BGN is supposedly written by a man, TO by a woman. It's interesting that the gender split is consistent, though I'm sure that says more about the cultural bias of the tests than it does about my own twisted brain.

Each description includes a chart that purports to show areas of brain activity associated with the dominant modes of thinking expressed in your blog. I found that pretty intriguing, but unlike Neil at The Bleeding Heart Show, I am not smart enough to figure out how to import the images. Follow the link above to get your own results, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

My next post will be about something other than blogging, I promise.

Photo of actor Richard Mansfield as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde from Wikipedia


chayaruchama said...

Welcome to my tightrope act, Gracie.

I'm perfectly content with my Narcissus / Goldmund complex.

ScentScelf said...

I am glad to have the opportunity to know yous.


Fun illustration, btw.

Anonymous said...

Well, this post happens to be the first recorded instance of another blogger making me blush.

Ultimately, it's all just a bit of fun, but it's interesting because our perceptions of ourselves are always influenced by how others perceive us (or, at least, how we think others perceive us). Since blogging is an extension/expression of our personalities, we're inevitably interested in what sites like this say about us.

I'm curious, however, to know what criteria these sites' creators used to make their determinations; what key words, phrases or linguistic structures they were looking for, or whether it would make the same judgements if the same blog was written in a different language. It's always more fun to turn the microscope onto the person doing the examining.

By the way, whilst I certainly couldn't speculate about your appropriateness as a racing car driver, I think we're all much better served if you stick to writing!

BitterGrace said...

Well, I never knew I had one until now, Chaya. I've always thought of myself as a one trick pony. I must read that novel ...

Isn't that photo great, SS? I think I need a copy over my desk.

Thanks, Neil, nice of you to drop in! I'm so glad I came upon your blog--I think John Pilger brought us together, via Google. Wonderful, lucid stuff you're putting out there.

The tests are irresistible, and I'd also be curious to know more about the criteria they use. I wonder whether the rigid structure of blogging might push our thinking into a mode that differs a little from the one in which we normally operate. Maybe we should ask Andrew Sullivan what he knows about that.