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Typeanalyzer says Linux Journal is one of The Guardians. That is,

The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they´ve made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.

The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players.

"The Guardian" is one characterizations of the ESTJ psychological type. ESTJ stands for Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. It's opposite would be Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving. Those eight characterizations combine to produce sixteen different types an ESTJ, by Myers-Briggs type characterization, of which ESTJ is one.

These are all part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, which derives its variables from the typological theories of Carl Jung.

There are many typology tests you can take to determine your own personal profile. Here's one I just took. As usual, it shows me to be an ENFP: "The Inspirer"). I have a feeling that Linux itself is an ISTJ ("The Duty Fulfiller"), while Linus is an INTJ: ("The Scientist")

Typeanalyser also says my own blog is INTP: "The Thinker", which it describes as "The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications."

Of course, these kinds of things are simplistic and maybe even misleading. But they can also be fun, which is one reason why I found it interesting that somebody troubled to come up with a way to characterize the psychology of websites.

That somebody would be PRfekt, out of Sweden. On its home page, Mattias Östmar says, "The PRfekt vision is to provide insights that help people, as individuals or consumers, get more out of life - without filling out disturbing questionnaires or having to give up their anonymity!"

So it appears to be safe to have fun with it.


Doc Searls is the Editor in Chief of Linux Journal


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I wonder what this means...

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My personal blog is an ESTP, a "doer." I am at a loss as to how I have projected that message, but I'll take it. :) As an INTP myself, I don't often get accused of "doing" much, but rather incessantly "thinking" things to death, so I am glad I could pull the wool over typeanalyzer's virtual eyes.

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Doc Searls's picture

Hey, Perro! Que pas? Thanks for the props!

Agreed about the psychobabble. This post was just for fun, not illumination. But let's cast some light anyway.

While Myers-Briggs categories have some connection to reality (theirs are sensible categories, and can be filled by test results), they share with astrology (a non-science with little connection to reality) a bias to the positive. All sixteen of Myers-Briggs' categories are niceties. There is no "asshole", no "liar", no "sociopath", no "passive-aggressive", no "anxious", "addictive" or "repressive". For that you'll need a more practical and thorough test such as the well-worn MMPI.

Come to think of it, maybe somebody should create a mill that runs various forms of journalism (blogs, journals like this one, newspaper columns, Keith Olberman and Rush Limbaugh tirades) through a kind of MMPI. That would be a trip.

Anybody game for that?

Doc Searls is the Editor in Chief of Linux Journal


El Perro Loco's picture

Hey, Doc!

Sorry if I got too heavy on my comment. I didn't mean to. I tend to come across as anything but funny, no matter how hard I try...

I did get the "for fun, not for illumination" part - the article itself is OK and a good, light read.

My problem is with the Human Resources guys who take every passing fad as absolute truth and start judging people according to the fad. There are many more facets to a human being than can be measured by any test. Nevertheless, there seems to be a generalized trend to reduce, label and pigeonhole people, and that makes me *mad*.

Once more, sorry for taking things so seriously. Didn't mean to spoil anybody's fun.

Good one!

El Perro Loco's picture

One always feels good when something good is said about oneself, and I think Linux Journal deserves all the good things that have been said about it.

But that psychobabble of "character types" ranks right up there with graphology... (Deep sigh!)

The danger is that some Human Resources departments even believe all that crap, and use it to evaluate and select job applicants.

Things simply don't seem to make sense anymore... :-)