Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Have a Blog? Analyze yourself!

According to me, the key to personal improvement is to know yourself well. There are many ways to achieve better self awareness - 360 degree feedback evaluations, various questionnaires, etc. Recently, I stumbled to a great resource - typealyzer.com. It's an amazing tool that analyzes your blog and based on the content - determines part of your psychological profile.

Who am I then?

For those of my readers that don't know me in person, here is my report based on this blog:
"The author of http://www.etabakov.com is of the type ISTJ.
The responsible and hardworking type. In general, ISTJs are capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take risks or break any rules.

In relationships ISTJs are extremely loyal, good listeners, extremely good (conservative) with money. As a weakness they tend to believe they are always right.

As reserved and serious individuals, they earn success through their thoroughness and extraordinary dependability. The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work in their own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it.

Common profession include: Accountant, Data Analysts, Doctor, Business Administrators, Detectives, Judges and Computer Programmers."

It's actually a little scary how accurate this is.

But how Typealyzer works anyway

By analyzing a content that you have written, Typealyzer uses Myers-Briggs theory to determine your profile according their classification. As you can find in www.wikipedia.com, there are 16 available types. These types are mixes between different variations of four pairs of preferences (called dichotomies): Extroversion - Introversion; Sensing - Intuition; Thinking - Feeling; Judging - Perception. So, my type is a mix of - Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging or the stated above ISTJ. For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs
Actually, Typelyzer is a wordpress based website, that uses an API for analyzing text exposed by www.uclassify.com

How can this be useful

First of all, it's a lot of fun. I already tried all of the bloggers I follow and it's quite interesting to learn a little more about them and their personality. It's even more interesting for those of them that you actually know (or at least you think so). Suddenly, parts of their behavior that seemed strange are not so extraordinary anymore. 
What's more important you have the ability the understand better people that you work with in a very unobstructive way. Knowing what kind of people you work with, can improve your communication and persuasion skills.