Keyamber Ford Takes Myers-Briggs for the First Time
The conversation about identity and personality tests seems especially relevant in the spring semester when freshman are turning into sophomores and seniors are graduating college. In light of such pivotal milestones, I and other members of the Bagheera staff are exploring the concept of identity on campus. One of the ways we are doing this is through our new short video series on personality type tests. Each video of this series begins with a BSC student taking an online personality test and ends with the student’s thoughts about personality tests and identity.
To initiate this project, BSC student Keyamber Ford agreed to take her first-ever Myers-Briggs personality test on camera. To see Ford’s results and reactions, visit Bagheera Student Magazine on YouTube here or watch the embedded link below:
We began with this test because it is frequently associated with conversations about identity. When New Yorker contributor Louis Menand discussed identity, for instance, he used the Myers-Briggs personality test as framework. We even had to take this test for my intro-level leadership course here at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC)!
The Myers-Briggs organizes individuals into one four-letter title (or type) out of sixteen personality titles (or types) overall. The letters of each type are made from each of the following: I (introversion) or E (extroversion); S (sensing) or N (intuition); T (thinking) or F (feeling); and P (perceiving) or J (judging). While the test is supposed to offer an objective evaluation of personality based on the combination of these elements, the Sixteen Personalities test does offer a page of strengths and weaknesses of each type after the results are revealed. A few of these strengths and weaknesses are included toward the end of Ford’s video.
Despite the fact that the test is just as infamous as it is famous, with some claiming (as Menand mentioned) that the test is narrow and limiting, most would have to agree that the Myers-Briggs test seems a little more useful to participants than those like BuzzFeed’s “What Kind of Pizza Are You?” (What kind are you, BTW?) Nevertheless, BuzzFeed quizzes may be just as popular as the Myers-Briggs.
If anything, identity quizzes have only become more random and absurd. Just two weeks ago, the corpse of Facebook revived just a little bit when many members of the BSC campus played OMG! which, in this instance, assigned each profile to its dog look-alike. Although this seems like a solid identity game, the results of the game are completely random. Identity is not stable; users are given the opportunity to change the results until they are given a dog that they want. (While many people were frightened to share their results, BSC Senior Kendal Harris did post her status to Facebook with the caption, “I’m deleting my account.” She then proceeded to share the results of another OMG! quiz. )
There are hundreds of personality tests on the internet that we would love to include in this series. Bagheera’s goal is not to pass judgment; rather, we hope to spark discussion about how you feel about identity quizzes and their role in your life and the broader question of identity in general.
In the meantime, please take time to learn about classmate Keyamber Ford and follow our new YouTube account (Bagheera Student Magazine) to stay-tuned.