Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What Kind of Person are You?

So, a couple of my students and I had a very interesting conversation the other day about different personalities. We focused specifically on the differences between a highly heart-led/emotional person and an analytic/logical person. One of my students is very interested in the Myers-Briggs personality test and the 16 different personality types. A while back, I took one of these tests and asked my husband to do the same. I had guessed which one I thought he would be and I got it spot on (I really have no reason to point that out other than to toot my own horn, so "toot toot!"). See, Jake? I know you better than you think.

In the interest of objective scientific experimentation, I took a number of free Myers-Briggs personality tests online (4, to be exact, not counting the original test I took months ago). Of the 5 different total tests, I got 5 different results. Initially, I was pretty frustrated. Of course this wouldn't do. I needed a solid answer. So, I started taking notes and analyzing the data. (Although, I will admit that part of me is slightly satisfied that I am mysterious, hard to figure out, and that I can't be easily placed in a box.)

Don't laugh at me yet. And Jake, stop rolling your eyes. I can be analytic when I need to be. . .

I won't give you all the details about this type of personality test other than to tell you it is split into 4 categories and that each category has two opposing personality traits. The test is designed to fit you into one trait for each category. The categories are as follows:

Extroverted vs. Introverted

Sensing vs. iNtuitive
Feeling vs. Thinking
Judging vs. Perceiving

You can see a brief description of the different categories here.

There are 16 possible combinations of those letters. I took the test 5 times and got 5 different results, which were:
So, keeping in line with my objective scientific analysis, I deduced that I was very clearly in the "Extrovert" category (duh...if you've met me, you know this already). Then, I read the descriptions of each of those 5 personality types. From this initial reading, I could immediately rule out the ENTP personality type. There are pieces of it that I identify with, but for the most part it didn't fit me. 

To see a description of each of the 16 personality types, click here.

From there, I looked through each of the 16 traits. I knew I was an extrovert and I was fairly certain that I was a "feeler" as opposed to a "thinker." I scored on the line between "Sensing" and "Intuitive" as well as on the line between "Judging" and "Perceiving." I felt like I leaned more toward the intuitive side (big picture as opposed to details), but I identified with both the "judging" and "perceiving" traits. So, I had to go full picture and I re-read through the descriptions for the ENFP and ENFJ personality types. I decided I fit more in the ENFP mold, which made sense because that was the first result I got. 

I realize that I went way overboard and got a little too obsessive about this personality test. Once again, I'll ask you not to judge me. I like to see things through and I always finish what I start.

Some of the tidbits about my personality type that stuck out the most to me:

  • They love to explore creative possibilities, and nothing deflates them faster than talking about dry facts or harsh reality. (Ahem...Jake, this might be the cause of some communication issues.)
  • The ENFP needs to be given positive assurance and affirmation. More than one ENFP has been known to "go fishing" for compliments. They like to hear from their significant others that they are loved and valued, and are willing and eager to return the favor. (I'm not super proud of this trait, but it's absolutely true about me. I need verbal confirmation.)
  • A problem area for ENFPs in relationships is their dislike of conflict and sensitivity to criticism. They are perfectionists who believe that any form of criticism is a stab at their character, which is very difficult for them to take.
  • Popular hobbies for the ENFP include writing, creating and appreciating art, playing or listening to music, participating in community theater, and reading fiction.
  • High School teacher is one of the most likely jobs listed for an ENFP.
  • Although they are quite sensitive, ENFP's can be guarded when it comes to their deepest feelings.
I thought it was fun to determine my personality type and to analyze how I interact with other personality types. If you want to take a free Myers-Briggs personality test, here are some links you can follow:
If you want to find the Harry Potter character who matches your personality type, go here (I'm Ron). And if you want to find the Disney princess who matches your personality type, go here (I'm Rapunzel).

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