This test is called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It is supposed to measure our preferences in how we percieve the world and make decisions. I found many sites online that give you a quick questionnaire that relate to the theories behind the test. The one I took is here.
So what I am?
I'm an ENFJ
E is for Extrovert
According to the results of this test, I have a 1% preference for extroversion over introversion. This makes sense to me because I love spending time with friends, but also revel in time I get to spend alone at home. In fact, I am completely happy some days if I don't leave my apartment, while other times I am down to go out all night several times a week.
This site says that ENFJs "instinctively know how to combine passion and rational arguments, drawing the audience’s attention and reaching every mind. People with this personality type can be great leaders – and they do not necessarily have to get into politics to make a difference. An ENFJ teacher or a coach can have a strong positive effect on many people’s lives as well."
That part about drawing people's attention and being a leader reminds me of the time when I went to Mexico as a teen and I convinced everybody in my group to run around like crazy gringos in the rain.
It was a downpour like any other day in the tropical state, Nayarit. Usually it just rains so hard that the streets get flooded and everybody stands still under a cover until it lets up. This particular day in the rain I thought it was cool the way the water collected on the top of a building and spouted out into the street. Somehow I convinced everybody to run out into the street and stand under a stream of water coming off the top of a building and get completely drenched. It was completely ridiculous and exhilarating. While people waited underneath the awnings for the downpour to pass by, we got soaked. My group leader was extremely impressed and told me that I had a gift for convincing people to do stuff. He made a joke about convincing a nun to try smoking weed, but I don't remember it exactly. Why would I do that anyway?
The quote above also says I could make a difference by being a teacher. (In case you are new here, I am in grad school right now getting my Masters in Teaching). This validation couldn't come at a more perfect time than now. Sometimes I get so exhausted from the workload that doubt will start to creep into my mind. It feels good to know my goals align with my natural inclinations.
N is for Intuitive & F is for Feeling
ENFJs "find it easy to sense other people’s motives and find connections between seemingly unrelated events. ENFJs also tend to be quite good at analyzing their own feelings and questioning them if necessary."
This, again, is so true about me. I always make connections between people's actions, trying to find out what they mean and what I should do. I am also always analyzing my own feelings and putting myself in check (I try to at least).
I work at a restaurant and one time I had a family sit down and when I came up to the table they looked really confused and concerned. The mother asked, "So, you guys don't have restrooms?" I didn't understand why she thought this because I feel like it's probably illegal to not have restrooms, right? I quickly answered her that of course we had restrooms and pointed to the direction of where they are. And then the woman said that there was a sign that said "No public restrooms," and that they were confused. Then I was thinking, "Huh!? How do you not know what that means!?" Of course I didn't say that, I just told them that the sign means that our restrooms are only for customers of the restaurants.
When I walked away from the table I was wondering how have they never seen that phrase before. It's not like the resturant I work for made it up. Then I thought about it more and decided that maybe the mother had Asbergers and read things literally all the time. You never know, right?
See? I analyze my feelings all the time. That's why I think I fit in with Pacific Northwest culture where people want to 'process' their thoughts and feeling. haha
"On the other hand, such intuitiveness and sensitivity can also cause significant difficulties for people with this personality type – they may be too altruistic and empathic, getting too involved in other people’s problems, and then finding it difficult to detach and stop worrying. In extreme cases, this can even affect the ENFJs’ perception of themselves."
This is so true! I get way too involved with people for my own good. I always believe in people and that they could change. Sometimes I think I could convince them to change. This is no good. I have learned some tough lessons from this kind of thinking and plan on never repeating them again.
I still find myself slipping into over-worrying about people I care about. Sometimes I worry about my students a lot and it makes me feel really sad and hopeless. I am still learning how to use my empathy as a resource instead of allowing it to overwhelm my state of being.
J is for Judging
Judging refers to organization and decisiveness. This site says, "ENFJs are organized in the arena of interpersonal affairs. Their offices may or may not be cluttered, but their conclusions (reached through feelings) about people and motives are drawn much more quickly and are more resilient than those of their NFP counterparts."
I would say that my 'office' area where I do my school work goes through phases of being organized and disorganized. Mostly the latter, I think. ;)
I think I am pretty good about figuring out whether or not I like a person right away. I think (or hope) I have a high tolerance for different kinds of people, but there are certain characteristics that I weed out pretty qucikly. Like people who 'mooch,' or always come around when they need to ask for something. I also don't like friends who make me feel guilty or sorry for them. This is a weird scenario to me that I have found myself in several times. As I get older, I am better about figuring out who I want in my circle of influence and who I would rather have at a greater distance.
Well, now you know a lot about me in a nutshell. Are you ready to find out more about yourself? I recommend getting your partner or best friend to do it with you as Jenni recommends. It was really cool for me to read about Brandon's personality. His results explained things about him clearly and spelled out the advantages to his personality traits.
Let me know in the comments if you do the test. Be sure to link up with Jenni if you post about your results on your blog.
I am also linking up with Nicole from Treasure Tromp and Rachel from Brachel Boulevard today. I thought this post would go perfect with their link up since it's a great way to introduce myself to new blogger friends.