According to a personality test I took in a college class, I have the type of personality that hates personality tests. Which to me just proves the point.
I don’t like them because I don’t think people can be broken down into four categories, or however many categories a particular personality test has. I don’t like that several of them ask you to answer as you would have as a child and do not allow for personalities to grow and change, because they do. There are approximately 7 billion people on earth. Find me a personality test with 7 billion categories and maybe I’ll like it. Maybe.
A personality quiz, especially the online entertainment variety, tell us as much about ourselves as knowing your zodiac sign does, which is basically nothing.
So I was interested to read this summary of why online personality quizzes are so popular – Our Obsession With Online Quizzes Comes From Fear, Not Narcissism. It seems humans have a general need to quantify their experience. We need to be able to show others who we are. By finding out you would be the same Disney princess as your friend you are able to bond. We have to declare ourselves, we can’t just be ourselves.
Maybe I’m really comfortable in who I am without declaring it to the world. Or maybe I really do have the personality that hates personality tests, but I still don’t see the draw of these quizzes. I’d rather not be quantified. Thank you very much.
You will, however, find me in Ravenclaw house on Pottermore.