Along the lines of Hauerwas’ polemic against nationalism, a couple months back in class, Prof. Long slammed the Meyers-Briggs test. He grouped it with a few other seemingly innocent acts, claiming in partial jest that they’d ruin us and we should avoid them at all cost. He then noted that many people have to take the Meyers-Briggs test for ordination. Ooops. Perhaps we should rethink ordination.
Well, apparently there is a Meyers-Briggs test for blogs now. And I have to agree with Long. While I score rather consistently (every single time, both personally and on this blog) as an INTP (see here for one of the best takes on definitions for the Jungian archtypes) what does this really tell me? First, it tells me something I already knew: I’m a nerd who doesn’t shut off. Perfect for phd studies. Since when was that new news?
And second, the archtypes are significantly flawed, particularly when it comes to dealing with a theologian. And to assume the description as true for one’s self — to put myself in a box that understands rationality as contrary to spirituality when writing (see image) — is extraordinarily blind. I don’t mean to condemn those who revel in the Meyers-Briggs test, or deny the value in psychology (I do believe there is a great deal of value), I just mean to rain on your parade. Long was right, your salvation is in doubt. Instead, our community will let us know what we need to know, if we know one another.