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Monday, January 28, 2002

Ah, the latest test, a Star Trek quiz loosely based on the Meyers-Briggs:

Star Trek Personality Test -- Results
Myers-Briggs would say that you are an ESFJ (Extrovert, Sensor, Feeler, Judger). In Star Trek language, you share a basic personality configuration with Leonard McCoy.

People like you are generally concerned about others and work hard to be of service. You're friendly, affectionate, outgoing and talkative. You're polite when it's appropriate, willing to take risks to help others, and cooperative, especially when you perceive that you're part of a team. You enjoy action, but you're a realist and quite literal. You're also organized and responsible. You love things that are time-honored.

You're conscientious, almost to a fault at times. You're very sensitive to others and get your feelings hurt easily.

Your primary goal in life is creating exceptional relationships and helping people in tangible, practical ways. Your reward is to be appreciated and relied upon, as well as to respected, particularly in regards to your ethics.

Good careers for your type include personal fitness trainer, exercise physiologist, travel agent, innkeeper, veterinarian, and employee assistance counselor.

This is funny since Dr McCoy was my favourite of the "big three" of the original Star Trek series. He had the best lines, was a perfect Southern gentleman, and had a healthy respect (some would say paranoia) of the transporter. I've taken the Meyers-Briggs several times, and I always turn out an INFP (Introvert Intuitive Feeling Perceptive), although the tendency is to become more like your opposite as you age, and it has steadily done that over time, so maybe that's part of the reason. More likely, though, is the fact that since the questions were couched in phantasy terms, I was more outgoing and ready to take risks.

My best friend is very Spock-like (as in Star Trek, not my cat, who while named after the Vulcan because he had the Star Trek symbol on his head and has pointed ears, is actually very stupid, albeit also very sweet). My friend is rational, logical, and doesn't have a sweet bone in his body. Well. Mabe one or two.

I was talking to my counselor at some point about how different he and I are, and told her he was Spock, and I was McCoy. And she said, "that's interesting, because of course it was always Kirk who had the final say/who wound up with the solution." In DBT they would have Kirk as the wise mind between the Rational (Spock) which is very logical, but not really warm, and Emotional (McCoy) who, if unchecked becomes is reduced to pure raving chaos. Hmm...that analogy breaks down in that Kirk really wasn't particularly wise, just commanding, sexy enough to lose his shirt and get the women with enough rank to make sure everyone did what he wanted. And I think he leaned a bit to the emotional, "cowboy" side. But still, you get the picture.

Strange food for thought, anyway.

You can take this test at: http://startrek.about.com/library/weekly/aa0802016.htm

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