Our Myers-Briggs portraits

Phil West is a good friend of ours at Culturapedia.  He’s currently doing a photography degree at The University Centre at Blackburn College. Its a really good course with a good reputation. He’s doing well and will go far. For a first year fine art photography project he hit on the idea of looking a the personality profiles of teams in small businesses and invited most of the team here at Culturapedia down for a photoshoot in the studio at the college.

First of all he got us all to do the Myers-Briggs test, a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung, who theorised that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. One of these four functions is dominant most of the time.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962, focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. The test gives you a four letter code.

You can try the test for yourselves here: http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html.

Phil used a large scale film format for his photographs. He processed them in the dark room and didn’t do any computer editing.

As you can see the photos show us off as a quality bunch of Culturapedes.

There is fun to be had looking at who else has the same code as you.  If you go to http://www.celebritytypes.com and type in your code you’ll find a list of famous people who share your personality type. Those with a black background are perceived by this American site to be baddies.  Sue for example shares her four letters with a surprising number of baddies including Hitler and Osama bin Laden but this is more than compensated by Mahatma Gandhi and Mary Wollstonecraft.

here is a sample of baddies and goodies personified by the Culturapedia team:





    J F Kennedy

    Benito Mussolini


    Mahatma Gandhi

    Adolf Hitler


    Desmond Tutu

    Sarah Palin*


    Alfred Hitchcock

    Al Capone


    Cameron Diaz

    Idi Amin


    Nelson Mandela

    Joseph Goebbels


*Not seen as a baddy on celebritytypes.com