For the most part, I don't put much stock in Internet quizzes. I don't care what celebrity I'm most like, because I don't care much about celebrities. (They want to be left alone, and so do I.) But when my husband sent me a link to a Facebook personality test and asked me to take it, I obliged. After all, there's actual research behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed by psychiatrist Carl G. Jung.

After taking this quiz (and another from a different website, because I don't easily trust results from a solitary source), it was determined that I am an INTJ personality—Introverted, Intuition, Thinking, Judging. As most things are on the Internet these days, it was summed up with a visual aid:

Finally, Severus Snape and I have something in common besides great hair.

While I tend to think summing up an individual based on a few distinct characteristics is bullshit (as I regard all stereotypes), it was astounding to read the traits of this particular personality. Quiet and reserved—me. Drained of energy in social situations—me. Perfectionist—me. Works best when given autonomy and creative freedom—me. Aware of what of what they know AND what they don't know—me. Disregard for authority—definitely me.

Another common trait of this personality is inability to express one's emotions. I have very poor verbal communication skills, but I'm okay with that (not everyone can be outgoing and charming like my husband). Written communication, however, is a different story—in some regards. If I'm asked to write creative fiction, I possess the ability to sit down and write for hours, days, weeks on end, never leaving the story in my mind. It is constantly there, begging me to ponder plot, character development, and how it's all going to come together in the end. But in other forms of writing, especially when asked to articulate my present emotions, it doesn't flow quite so easily. I can identify what my emotions are, but how to express them? That tends to be work for me—more work than I would sometimes like to admit.

I do not fully understand what goes into forming a personality. I certainly didn't have an easy childhood, but is that entirely to blame? Is it nature, or nurture that determines psychological makeup? As far I know, that debate hasn't been settled—and it won't be if I stop asking questions.

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