Over the past year I have learned a lot about myself. I discovered that my inner superhero is Spiderman, that my inner pop princess is Hilary Duff, and that I belong in Dublin. My literary personality is a classic novel. If I were a screen siren I would be Katharine Hepburn (though a different quiz said I would be Grace Kelly). And if I were a work of art I would be this.
All this stuff is fun, but for meaning and accuracy it pales in comparison to the very real "science" of Myers-Briggs. (I'm also a fan of astrology, but only because I'm a Scorpio and I once read that Scorpio is "the sign of sex in its purest form." I have no idea what that means but it sounds good.)
My Myers-Briggs profile is ENFJ; to be more specific, I am a "moderately expressed" extrovert, I am moderately intuitive as opposed to sensing, just a little bit more feeling than thinking and I have a "distinctively expressed judging personality." (I think that means I am very, very judgey.) Over the years I have found this profile to be quite accurate. ENFs also run in my family. I'm not sure what my brothers or parents are, but both of my sisters are ENFs. Sissy 2 is an ENFP (which means she's nicer than I am but her desk is messier). Sissy 1 is an ENFJ like me, which might explain why, when my beloved met Sissy 1 for the first time, he declared that she is *exactly* like me, even though we are nothing alike.
But all of this self-discovery seems wasted on e-mail forwards, blogs and lunchtime diversions on the Internets. We should advertise these things about ourselves more widely. We could, for example, rewrite our faculty profiles so that they are more informative; instead of listing publications and research interests, we could let people know which superhero we are and what European city we belong in. I for one would love to know which of my colleagues is Superman and who longs for Rome. And grad students could be matched with advisors based on the Myers-Briggs or at least they should be made aware what a prospective advisor's type is. My advisees might be interested in knowing, for example, that ENFJs can be "smothering," "critical," "controlling," and "overly talkative." (Or maybe they knew that already.) Students preparing for dissertation defenses could consult this web site to see how they would interact with other temperaments in the context of negotiations. The web site was designed to address how people might interact in divorce negotiations. Which makes it quite useful for analyzing dissertation committee dynamics.