Saturday, March 1, 2008

Personality Tests and Handwriting Analysis

There was a time when I wanted to be an FBI profiler. In college, I minored in neuropsychology, and I have always been fascinated by this field.

I've listed several links below that allow you to take a personality test. The familiar test that most in corporate America have seen is the Jung based test that asks you several questions and then characterizes you based upon 4 letters. I have taken several, and more often than not, I come back as an INTJ, for "Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging". Something to read to pass the time.

Links to Free Personality Tests

Jung Test

High Level Overview of Each Personality "Type" (Jung)

INTJ Description

Or you could just take this test, which tells you which Muppet you are based your answers to several questions:

Which muppet are you?

Handwriting analysis is another tool that FBI forensic experts use. Handwriting analysis, or "graphology", can tell a lot about a person's personality or tendencies. I was fairly skeptical, until I read a book (in Barnes and Nobles) called "Handwriting Analysis: Putting it to work for you" by former FBI profiler Andrea McNichol. The whole premise is that certain things about your mood state or tendencies in your personality subconsciously manifest themselves in your penmanship. For example, crossing your "t's" high suggests the writer has high self-esteem, while the opposite is suggested if you cross your "t's" low.

The most compelling evidence that supports this field is an incredible study. This study followed folks who had become paralyzed and lost the use of their hands, but eventually regained their ability to write whether by holding a pen in their foot or mouth, and writing again. Over time, their penmanship, and the way the wrote their letters, returned to nearly the same exact state as the way they wrote prior to the loss of motor skills in their hands. The book was amazing, and I found her website that she started...

Link to Andrea McNichol's Website called "Brainprints"

McNichol's book is a fascinating read if you have the time and are interested in this stuff.