This doesn't feel quite right ...

... but I've gotten this result two out of three times taking this sort of personality test (the third time was ISFJ, the Nurturer, which is definitely not right).

You Are An ISTJ

The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.
You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.
Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.
Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.

In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.
For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.

At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical

Other descriptions of ISTJs seem to apply better to me. They are known as Inspector Guardians and are characterized by a desire to observe the world and keep it in order.

Famous ISTJs from history and fiction include George Washington, Eeyore, Harry Truman, the apostle Thomas, Darth Vader (!), Queen Elizabeth II, George H.W. Bush, and Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle. Huh.


AE said...

When I think of Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, Kelly, I invariably think of you. Who is Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle?

It says I am an ISFP: "You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now)." Hmm. Famous ISFPs include Mozart, John Travolta and someone called Manny Ribera from "Scarface," which I have not seen.

It does say "editor" is a good career match for me. Woot!

Kelly said...

Puddleglum is a character from the C.S. Lewis book The Silver Chair. Marsh-wiggles are frog-like men with webbed feet and a gloomy outlook on life. Puddleglum is supposedly one of the more cheerful and flighty Marsh-wiggles; it's a good thing our human heroes never meet any others, or else they might have decided staying in bed curled up in the fetal position was a better choice than having adventures.

At one point in the story, Puddleglum gets drunk off a giant's brandy and starts saying how he's very respectable. "Reshpecktobiggle Marsh-wiggle, that's what I am."

I don't think I have quite the same personality as Puddleglum, but I do love him. From now on I'll be telling people, "Truman and Puddleglum - that's me!"

AE said...

Ah, so like an organic Marvin. Thanks! I reread all those books right after the movie came out, but clearly retained nothing (except a renewed visceral hatred of the last one).

Kelly said...

Ooh, yes, the last one is rather strange, isn't it? At least the others make sense if you're not looking at them through a Christian filter. The last one doesn't at all. There's this house, and inside this house in Narnia is the REAL Narnia, and inside that is another Narnia that's even real-er ...

The Silver Chair is marvelous, mostly because it's so dark and because Our Heroes screw everything up so badly, but also because Jill Pole is the best girl to ever come to Narnia. She curses! Also, if I recall, she fights with a sword.

I was recently reading about how J.K. Rowling's attitudes toward Lewis changed as, apparently, she went back and read them as an adult. She went from remembering him as one of the best authors ever; to thinking he was a little, well, overt; to thinking he was actually kinda sexist: "What? Susan misses the opportunity for eternal life in paradise because she likes boys?"

AE said...

And it's a little bizarre to have your entire child-delighting series end on this note: "Hey kids! You and your parents were just killed in a horrible accident! Welcome to heaven! Except for Susan, that skank." That's interesting about J.K... I wonder if she was attempting to somehow right this by giving the Hogwarts Express such a prominent role.