I was cruisin’ on twitter yesterday when I saw a post by a friend about personality types and what she was labeled as. Being curious, I decided to take an online version of the test produced by Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers and see where I landed on their personality scale. Turns out I’m an ENFP, which has a few attributes associated with them. I’ve underlined the attributes I agreed with. The others I’m not so sure about but could be true.
Mine are written below, copied from Wikipedia, but you should take the test too (it takes about 5 minutes) and share your results.
- E — Extraversion preferred to introversion: ENFPs often feel motivated by their interaction with people. They tend to enjoy a wide circle of acquaintances, and they gain energy in social situations (whereas introverts expend energy).
- N — Intuition preferred to sensing: ENFPs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
- F — Feeling preferred to Thinking: ENFPs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic.
- P — Perception preferred to judgment: ENFPs tend to withhold judgment and delay important decisions, preferring to “keep their options open” should circumstances change.
I feel like a good bit about this is true. I love people. I do like putting out feelers for possibilities. I never like doing things for the raw gain if it winds up hurting my chances of having a relaxed life or it takes away from my relationships. Like I wouldn’t take a job that paid 150k if it meant I had to move to Seattle, leave my family, and travel a lot, even though it’s almost double what I’d make now. I don’t work that way. I also definitely delay important decisions in my life, so I feel more comfortable knowing I didn’t jump in without preparing a few things first. This is true about marriage, grad school, my house, etc.
So I say, it’s pretty accurate. Did your results match up with your perceived self?