Have you guys ever heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment? I'm sure you have. I hadn't, though, until last year. For those of you who haven't, it's basically a personality test. A really, really in-depth one. The actual test is insanely long, but there's a shorter version you can take online if you click here. My results the first few times I took it were INFP, and sometimes INFJ. I re-take it once in a while just to see if it changes, but it's always one or the other. The letters in INFP stand for I (Introversion) N (Intuition) F (Feeling) P (Perception). The opposite of that would be ESTJ: E (Extroversion) S (Sensing) T (Thinking) J (Judging). There are a total of 16 combinations, each complex personalities.
I first heard about it from a writer. I think I was reading a blog or something, and the person mentioned that to get to know their characters, they took the Myers-Briggs test as if they were that character. Then, with the results, they were able to better understand the character's personality. I was intrigued, so I took the test myself. I have to say that I'm usually skeptical about stuff like this. I pretty much roll my eyes at horoscopes or those stupid quizzes you can take online that say "Find Your Relationship Style!". But this is not a horoscope or a stupid quiz. I was seriously BLOWN away by the accuracy of this test. Like, I spent HOURS pouring over the information. I had revelations about myself after reading up on my personality type. Really, I was astounded. I took the test again as if I were my husband, and then when he got home, I forced him to take it himself. I was very close to getting his right and was quite smug about it :)
Basically, I LOVE the Myers-Briggs test. I have so much fun reading what it says about my personality type, but I haven't tried it yet for my characters. It sounds like a good idea but I feel like I get to know my characters just by writing them. Maybe I'll try it out, though.
If you've never taken the test, I highly recommend it. After you take it, definitely go through the links to read up on your personality type and see if it describes you! It's SO much fun (at least to me)! If you have taken the test, what's your personality type? Have you ever tried something like this to get to know your characters?