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Browsing in Myers-Briggs

I started doing this a while ago and I think I only did Kristy and Mary Anne. I did it, though, by pretending to take the test as them, and I thought it’d be better to just read the types and pick one from the description.

This BuzzFeed article has a pretty good overview, and cute animal pictures.

Kristy: When I took the test, I got ESTJ, but I feel like I can also make a case for ENTJ, especially later in the series when she goes off the rails a bit–sometimes she gets a little more Fieldmarshal than Supervisor.
Claudia: Claudia is difficult, because I have a hard time telling if she is an introvert or an extravert. Finally, I decided that she is an introvert, because even though she is not shy and has excellent social skills, she really needs time alone to work on her art and didn’t seem to care much about having a best friend until Stacey came along. I think she is an ISFP, which, coincidentally, is sometimes called The Artist. They are live-and-let-live types who care deeply about aesthetics.
Mary Anne: I still think ISFJ, although I can’t quite locate the passive aggression in the ISFJ description. What Mary Anne is SUPPOSED to be is definitely ISFJ, though.
Stacey: Stacey was a difficult one. I finally came up with ESTP, but what do you guys think?
Dawn: INFP; she loves those ideals of hers.
Abby: ESFP; she is fun and not that info classroom learning.
Mallory: I thought maybe INTP, but I feel like early Mallory especially is ISTJ, as she is practical and level-headed.
Jessi: I am thinking ESFJ, but I’m not sure. This is definitely one I’d have to think about a lot.
Logan: ENFJ, but I still hate Logan.
Shannon: Shannon is another one that I couldn’t tell if she is an extravert or an introvert. If she is an extravert, then ENTP.

What do you think? I know that these types are basically as accurate as horoscopes, but whatever, they’re fun.

Ages ago, I took the Myers-Briggs test (you know, INFJ, ESTP, etc.) for Kristy. I got stuck on Claudia, so I never did anyone else because I kind of feel like my “picture” of Claudia isn’t that clear.

Mary Anne, however, is a character I feel slightly more sure of. So I took it for her, and this is what I got:

ISFJ – “Conservator”. Desires to be of service and to minister to individual needs – very loyal. 13.8% of total population.

Personality Test by

ISFJs are, accordingly:

follows the rules, polite, fears drawing attention to self, dislikes competition, somewhat easily frightened, easily offended, timid, dutiful, private, lower energy, finisher, organized, socially uncomfortable, modest, not confrontational, easily hurt, observer, prone to crying, not spontaneous, does not appreciate strangeness – intolerant to differences, apprehensive, clean, planner, prone to confusion, afraid of many things, responsible, guarded, avoidant, anxious, cautious, suspicious, more interested in relationships and family than intellectual pursuits, not adventurous, fears doing the wrong thing, dislikes change

Make a great:

homemaker, stay at home parent, office worker, health care worker, personal assistant, school teacher, administrative assistant, child care worker, clerical employee, receptionist, library assistant, dietitian, health educator, librarian

And would be terrible at being a:

rock star, philosophy professor, filmmaker, performer, writer, bar owner, comedian, dj, entertainer, ceo, psychotherapist, bartender, entrepreneur, lecturer, astronomer

Do you think this sounds like Mary Anne? I think it’s pretty accurate–it even mentions her crybaby tendences–but misses out on her inner strength/bitchiness. I think it’s hard for that come out with the questions that are asked on a short-ish personality test. It might be more accurate for early-series Mary Anne rather than the Mary Anne we see in Friends Forever. It is interesting to note that one of the careers that are ISFJs are unsuited for is “psychotherapist,” which I recall as being one of Mary Anne’s top career choices.

I think it’d be fun if other people want to try the same test for Kristy and Mary Anne and see if they get the same results I got. Here is the exact test I used. Post your results in the comments!

So while I’m still thinking about The Summer Before and what I want to say about it (thank god this site is just a hobby and I’m not a paid reviewer because I’d be fired), I decided to take a little detour into one of my weird hobbies: personality tests. I decided to do Myers-Briggs quizzes for each of the sitters. (I’m ENFP, by the way.)

The first sitter I did is, of course, Madame President, Kristin Amanda Thomas. For Kristy, when I took the test pretending to be her, I got:

ESTJ – “Administrator”. Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7% of total population.

Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

According to this website, ESTJs are:

organized, group oriented, focused, conventional, leader, emotionally stable, anal, attention seeking, planner, realistic, fearless, responsible, finisher, decisive, norm following, respects authority, punctual, hard working, stiff, self confident, thinks rules and regulations are important, follows the rules, clean, outgoing, social, content, does not like being alone, normal, regular, does not like weird or strange people / things – intolerant of differences, strict, disciplined, aggressive, assertive, content, happy, proper, formal, strict with self, meticulous, strong sense of purpose

and their best careers are:

executive, ceo, supervisor, business consultant, manager, strategist, financial planner, business person, office manager, public relations manager, international business specialist, business analyst, management consultant, operations manager, loan officer, lawyer, marketing, sports management, government employee, investment banker

I would say this is pretty accurate for Kristy, except that she has a pretty good sense of humor (perhaps not about herself, but in general) in the later books–maybe that’s just the Lerangis effect, though. I can definitely see her doing any of the careers suggested for ESTJs.