I didn't think much of it, until I got the results. Um... this test knows me.
I was labeled a Guardian temperament, type Supervisor (ESTJ). The report I received gave me a great summary of how this applies to me work. It was funny to read, since they basically said I do better in a hierarchical, structured work environment (like the military)... which is not what my current work is like at all. And I'm okay with that.
The report says that Guardians are dependable, hard working, loyal, responsible, dutiful, humble, cautious. It supposes that I am a Logistical leader, which I didn't understand... until they started throwing out words like schedule, routine, clarity, orderly. Okay then. They got me. Yup. Wow. It felt strange to me that a "quiz" could seemingly know so much about me.
ESTJs in general, according to Wikipedia, are "practical, realistic, and matter-of-fact, with a natural head for business or mechanics. Though they are not interested in subjects they see no use for, they can apply themselves when necessary. They like to organize and run activities. ESTJs make good administrators, especially if they remember to consider others' feelings and points of view, which they often dismiss... According to Keirsey, ESTJs are civic-minded individuals who dedicate themselves to maintaining the institutions behind a smooth-running society. They are defenders of the status quo and strong believers in rules and procedures. ESTJs are outgoing and do not hesitate to communicate their opinions and expectations to others."
This personality test could have helped a lot in therapy. I mean, seriously. But it also makes me think about my weaknesses, things I need to make a bigger effort on because they aren't natural to me personality. I find I have to work harder to maintain friendships and keep a flexible schedule. I have to work harder to adapt to ambiguity. Common ESTJ weaknesses include: often too inflexible and stubborn, judgmental, may have difficulties expressing their emotions, find it difficult to relax, may focus too much on their social status, and uncomfortable with unconventional solutions. I'd say some of these apply to me more than others.
I don't know that there are that many people who absolutely love having an ESTJ in their lives... I don't think we're the most easygoing people. (One report said that Percy Weasley was an ESTJ, and I was all like, I AM A HERMIONE NOT A PERCY!") But at the same time, I feel like I'm able to help my friends when they need my crazy organization skills, or want someone they know is dependable and loyal.
Have you ever done the Keirsey or Myers-Briggs test? What did you think of the results?