The questions never seem to end as people seek to classify themselves and others:
What color are you?
Are you a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet?
Which Hogwarts' house do you belong to?
Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Or you may be wondering if your financial personality matches your financial behavior. The Love and Money Personality Scale, or LAMPS, will help you decide if you live the life of a Spartan or Monarch or whether your risk-taking is more Gambler or Banker.
But such analysis may require changes. It is much easier and less demanding to take a test that tells you which "Star Trek" character you are. Knowing if you are more a Commander William Riker or chief engineer Montgomery Scott doesn't change the way people live their lives.
The "Star Trek" personality test claims to be based on the Myers-Briggs Test, the granddaddy of all personality tests. Its results, however, are merely a set of letters, such as INFP, instead of a character in a popular program. Unlike the Myers-Briggs test, if you do not like the results, you can take other "Star Trek" personality tests. There are more tests than episodes it seems. Even the BBC has a "Star Trek" test.
Or maybe you wonder where you would fit in the "Star Wars" universe. Are you Luke Skywalker or C-3PO?
Personality tests can be fun — and help people understand things like what investments would be a good fit. But they can also disappoint and scar — like an elementary school girl in Mesa, Ariz., who cried after taking the Color Code Personality Test because she wanted to be the same "color" as all her friends.
But sometimes the simplest classification can be the most satisfying — such as the Unified Theory of Muppet Types proposed by Dahlia Lithwick in slate.com.
Lithwick says there are Chaos and Order Muppets.
"Chaos Muppets are out of control, emotional, volatile," Litwick writes. "They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, small flaming objects, and the letter C. Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and — paradigmatically—Animal, are all Chaos Muppets. Zelda Fitzgerald was a Chaos Muppet. So, I must tell you, is Justice Stephen Breyer."
And, on the other end of the scale are Order Muppets. "I'm thinking about Bert, Scooter, Sam the Eagle, Kermit the Frog and the blue guy who is perennially harassed by Grover at restaurants, the Order Muppet Everymen. (They) tend to be neurotic, highly regimented, averse to surprises and may sport monstrously large eyebrows," Litwick continues. "They sometimes resent the responsibility of the world weighing on their felt shoulders, but they secretly revel in the knowledge that they keep the show running. Your first grade teacher was probably an Order Muppet. So is Chief Justice John Roberts."
The response to the Muppet categories has spread across the Internet — probably because, unlike other personality tests, it requires no test. As Elizabeth Newman wrote on mcknights.com, "I spent a good long time contemplating what type of Muppet I was, although my best friend, an Order Muppet, said, 'Is this really hard for you? Because it's kind of obvious.'"
People just know.
But identity can get complicated if the results from so many personality tests are thrown together. It may be difficult to come to grips with what it means to be an Edward-Luke Skywalker-Spider-Man-Commander Riker-Gilligan-Chaos Muppet who is risk adverse and should really try investing more in bonds.