Thursday, September 11, 2008

An Introversion Test

It's a well known fact that the percentage of introverted personality types amongst Aspergers people is considerably higher than the percentage amongst the neurotypical community but this often leads to the belief that all aspies are, by definition, introverted.

Measuring Introversion
There's an online test based on Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality which you can try at;

My Scores
Just for the record, my scores on this test were; INFJ
  • Introverted 33%
  • Intuitive 25%
  • Feeling 38%
  • Judging 22%
This makes me:
  • moderately expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • slightly expressed judging personality
So, translating; I have a "source of energy expression mainly in the internal world" and rely more heavily on my internal feelings and creativity than external sources. Strangely, despite being quite a logical person, I make the majority of my decisions based on feelings. Interestingly though, once I've made my decision, I tend to create and follow a plan rather than improvise.

I may lean towards introversion but I'm obviously not 100% introverted.

The test then pointed me to a page covering an; Idealist Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)

The text of this page seemed fairly relevant to me - especially the opening paragraph;
Of course, some of my friends and relatives may beg to differ...

"Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes. "

More Information?
I'd be really interested to know how other people, both Aspie and NT score in the test. In particular, I'd love to hear from Aspies who score as extroverted.


Nachtus01 said...

Hello, my name is Paul, i am an Aspie. I took the test this morning. i must admit, i was stunned at the overall accuracy of the test. For lack of a better way of putting it, it was as if someone photgraphed me, and then converted my picture into a text of the kind of person I am.
Here are my results.
My type is INTP.
Introverted 89%...very expressed introvert
Intuitive 88%...very expressed intuitive personality
Thinking 88%...very expressed thinking personality
Perceiving 22%...slightly expressed perceiving personality

This is the "Portrait" page I was given.

Anonymous said...

very expressed introvert 89%

slightly expressed intuitive personality 12%

moderately expressed thinking personality 38%

slightly expressed perceiving personality 1%

I am an Aspie, and the test thing did a pretty good job. I wish I knew an extroverted aspie to take the test.

Graelwyn said...

Undiagnosed, but fairly sure I am Aspie as are some who knew me at school and now have aspie kids themselves. I have scored as both INTJ and INFJ over the last 6 years.

Graelwyn said...

Undiagnosed aspie, but fairly sure I have it as are others who knew me as a child. I score as an INTJ for the most part, but some tests have made me an INFJ.

Robert said...

I have aspergers.My results:
Extraverted: 11%
Intuitive: 12%
Feeling: 88%
Perceiving: 44%

# slightly expressed extravert
# slightly expressed intuitive personality
# very expressed feeling personality
# moderately expressed perceiving personality

Testy Tiger said...

Hi there, I know this is an old post, but it stuck out to me. I'm not diagnosed, but it's very likely I am an Aspie. I've spoken to a few and they said its more than likely. I scored an INFJ on that test, and it described me near perfectly. I used to consider myself fairly extroverted, then in speaking with my psych I realized how introverted I really am. I'm trying work up the courage to ask my psych about AS. Your blog is very helpful for me.

angela said...

I loved taking this test, it was so fun. I think my husband is an INTJ as the description is amazingly accurate to his personality.

My results were:


22% extroverted
50% intuitive
62% feeling
44% judging

The description for this type was listed as "the idealist -- portrait of a teacher."

Thanks for the link to the quiz.

Damo said...

Good old ISTJ. I've the full myers briggs as part of work. I'm an introvert with extroverted thinking.

And I am in the perfect job for me, Engineering. But I have also shifted based on my personal development. I have done labouring, designwork, drafting and now have progressed to certification.

InsertNameHere said...

I'm an extraverted aspie.

Extraverted 44%
Intuitive 25%
Thinking 62%
Judging 67%

The "active but odd" description fits me perfectly.

Kevin Carson said...

I don't have Asperger's that I'm aware of, but I'm a 100% expressed introvert. I wonder if the autism spectrum couldn't be expanded toward the "mild" end to include strongly expressed introversion, just to the right of Aspies and high-functioning autistics.

The reason I wonder is that I find a lot of my expressed introvert traits coincide with descriptions of how autistics relate to the world: a tendency to melt down when overstimulated or "peopled out," a hatred of multitasking and interruptions, the need to be quiet and left alone to think, etc. I wonder, specifically, if introverts don't have a milder version of autistics' information-processing style.

Nachtus01 said...

Kevin Carson said...

I don't have Asperger's that I'm aware of, but I'm a 100% expressed introvert. I wonder if the autism spectrum couldn't be expanded toward the "mild" end to include strongly expressed introversion, just to the right of Aspies and high-functioning autistics.

Theoretically, it could, however the problem is in the fact that Autism and Aspergers share some common traits, and without these you will not, (unless misdiagnosed), be classified as one or the other. It is more probable that someone with AS will be misdiagnosed as having Autism rather than the reverse. This is because of multiple, "grey areas" within what constitutes the difference between the two, and to what degree of variance that ones, "label" should be shifted to one form over the other.
Does this mean there is not a relation between introversion and autism? I do not believe so, but to lump people who are diagnosed as introverts with AS or Autism creates a whole new set of problems and complications with regards to proper treatment.
Given that introversion is more often than not a "co-morbid" of those diagnosed with Autism/AS, it becomes easier to assist those affected because you can work on each separately and collectively. However, given that not every one who is considered to be introverted has AS or Autism, to treat them like they do complicates things unnecessarily. If you do not have a hypersensitivity to environmental issues, (light, smells, sounds, etc.), why waste time being treated for them. Not only that, but many people with AS are very linear/logical thinkers. However if you are introverted but think like most people in every other way, other than the social norms, a doctor used to tailoring "treatment" to those who have AS/Autism probably will not be able to assist you very well, and may even cause more issues when you fail to understand the methods he uses to try to help you cope.
When I say that, I do not mean to be insulting, but I have learned that people often think they are logical, and indeed we all are to a degree, but I have been called a "very logical" thinker my entire life, and there have been many, many occasions that, when I tried to relay some information, the logic was lost on people. Perhaps it would be best to say some of us are hyper-logical, lol.
So, yes, there may be a correlation between the two, but until we have learned more about the individual aspects of AS, Autism, and Introversion, then, logically speaking, it would be best to learn about them separately and then determine how much application each lends to the other.

Rosie said...

I was all set to leave a comment saying "Oh, well, I'm definitely an extrovert", but... apparently I'm a moderately expressed introvert.

Which, when I stop and think about it, makes sense. Just because I like to perform and can talk for hours on end about stuff I'm interested in (or problems in my life, ugh) doesn't automatically make me an extrovert. I'm just loud and talkative. :)

I'm an ISFP, for the record, though I'm not entirely sure I understand all the questions properly. Still, artistic, emotional type who has trouble expressing themselves verbally, but is very empathetic... that's me all over.

Aspergeek said...

Even though the distribution of INTJ vs INFJ seems to be 75 to 25, I think that the fact there are 25% INFJ is very surprising (the Wrongplanet poll now has a 1000+ sample size btw).

I myself score INFx/INTx at equal percentage(on another test that gives spectrum percentages for all 16 types, INTJ, INFJ and INFP being my highest scores)

I'm mostly switching between INTJ and INFJ depending on my emotional well being and, the situation (if I'm working or private).

The reason why this result is very surprising, is because for neurotypicals, there actually are barely 1% INFJ and 1% INTJ among them.

From the Wrongplanet poll, this is 8-9% INFJ with aspies and 33% INTJ's.

A much much higher % of people with aspergers are INxJ then there are in the general population.

I, also, discovered that if I'm completely honest with myself, make a whole lot more emotional decisions then I realized. (choice of special interests, attachments to certain items, loving certain people etc, are an emotional drive to begin with).

The thing with the poling on Wrongplanet is that a whole lot of people there are, either by choice or by progression in understanding themselves, not really entrenched in trying to understand all of themselves. Some are, but many prefer to not bother with the emotional side, ignoring a huge part of themselves.

And a whole lot of people on WP and other sites are "self diagnosed" as aspie, and simply like to portray themselves as stereotypical aspies, going into INTJ extremes in their online behaviorism, just to have an excuse to be anti-social and assholes. All while simply not being anywhere on the spectrum.

Thats not to say that all self-diagnosed aspies are non-aspies, but online, a really really big chunk are.

Anonymous said...

My ex THOUGHT she was being logical with her decisions, but she was as far as you can go to the Feeling side. I, on the other hand, am as far as you can go to the Thinking side, and it drove me nuts when she would talk about being logical. She was nothing of the sort. She was confused about what "logic" was.

sia said...

Hey, I'm an aspie, also really interested in MBTI :]. This is my results:

Introverted: 100%
Intuitive: 62%
Feeling: 50%
Perceiving: 67%

I was in a studygroup awhile ago and three of us were aspies there. Taking the test they got the results: ISTP and ESTP.

I really appreciate your post!