what’s your type?

19 Oct

A dear friend is collecting data on the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a tool for organization management.  She asked the Y’s & Co. to take this test and then share with her.  At our high school, we all had to take a longer variation of this test in ninth grade, and then I think we were theoretically supposed to take it again as seniors and observe how our personalities might have shifted.

I don’t remember taking it as a senior, but I do distinctly remember my 14-year-old type: strongly ENFP (“the inspirer”—uh, sure…).  At some or multiple points in the last 13 years, it seems I’ve shifted to INFJ (“the protector”).  I would like to preface, I am not someone who puts a lot of stake into so-called “personality tests,” and I’d like to reuse my friend’s description: “your typing is really just a zip code for your personality, it’s not an exact location.”  Yet, as many of us discovered today, I found the description of my type surprisingly on the money…and the subsequent contemplation of it has been a profound (though perhaps somewhat enlightening?) time-waster for “the guardian” Eric and me today.

Don’t want to bore you with the details, but I found this part reaffirming as I struggle through renal: “In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent.  They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition.  INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions.  They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks.”  Well, that explains my impatience with the nephron.  Get me to the clinics please!

Also, John, I think you can attest to this point, no?  “They are usually right, and they usually know it.”  <llllllllllllllll…>

So…what does Myers-Briggs say about you??  So curious I am…

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12 Responses to “what’s your type?”

  1. Eric Rosoff October 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    time.suck.

    • annaojesus October 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      just be thankful that we did this this week and not next? also, we learned stuff about our study habits–that could be helpful, no? still…sorry!

      • Eric Rosoff October 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

        stop apologizing and being so INFJ.

      • annaojesus October 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

        So many feelings! I think that every time I start crying for no reason, I should just use the excuse: “I’m just so complex! I don’t even know how to verbalize it!” Eh?

  2. Jon Martin October 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m choosing to interpret your last line as an invitation to share 🙂

    I took the Meyers-Briggs back in junior high along with a buddy whose mom was really into personality inventories like this. I’m pretty sure I was an INTJ then, and apparently I am now. Good to know it’s consistent! I’m not sure how much I like the label “mastermind” though; it sounds a little sinister…

    • Eric Rosoff October 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      I’m ESTJ – the Guardian. Apparently if you start a civic organization, I’m constitutionally obligated not only to join it, but to take control.

      Anna and I decided these were pretty good descriptions but some things here and there were totally off.

      • annaojesus October 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

        I don’t know what you’re talking about…you embody all that is traditional and of the written law. I kid, I kid 🙂

    • annaojesus October 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

      Yes! Please share! Now two of my favorite people are masterminds ;). The friend from back home…I think you would really like and identify with her…she and you are both people with whom I so easily fall into conversation and simply do not want to extract myself.

  3. Caitlan October 20, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I’m ENFJ (and was years ago as well). We’re “Teachers” apparently.

    • annaojesus October 20, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Interesting…I can definitely see this, although I wouldn’t have been floored if you had come up as “S” either, because you’re so good with details! Thanks so much for sharing! SO looking forward to celebrating you in a matter of months!!!

  4. Tim Jarrett October 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    INTJ in high school, very strongly. Somehow in college I crossed over to ENTJ, but in business school I was firmly back in the INTJ world. At least I’m consistently TJ.

    • annaojesus October 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

      interesting…what did uva do to you??

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