Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What is YOUR personality??

I think I have a sixth sense, haha. Maybe you do, too. I know how you can find out! :)

So I learned A LOT about myself while I was in college, both on my own and because I was forced to. At my private Christian school it was a requirement for all students to take personality tests so that we would know where our strengths and weaknesses lied. As an Education major I was subjected to even more of these tests and profilers. I suppose as future teachers our professors thought it was important that we know what type of learners we were ourselves, and to understand how very different each of our students would be.

Well...I didn't end up going into the teaching profession (long story!) but I did graduate with a pretty good understanding of who I was. The things that I discovered explained a lot about the way my crazy brain works...why I am a constant thinker but a poor student...why I could always tell if someone was lying to me or why I got "feelings" about certain people that I could never understand. More on that in a minute!

All of this old information was stirred up again last week when Eric decided that he wanted to take one of these handy dandy tests, too. My darling husband spent $2.50  and went to a testing center at his alma mater to take the Myers Briggs Test. He wanted to discover a little bit about his personality. And boy did he! Just like I had done several years before, Eric marveled at how the profile he was reading was so HIM. Everything he ever knew or thought about himself and the world around him was translated onto paper in front of his eyes.

What was even cooler was that he discovered that his perfect personality "partner" is the MOST RARE personality type in the world. Only 1% of the population has the personality that balances his the best. And only 5% of the population has the same personality as Eric. So what are the chances that these two personalities would actually find each other?

Hehehe...we were meant to be. :) It's true. I'm the odd duck. I'm the 1%. I prayed when I was 12 that God would send me a perfect match, and that He did! Well, at least according to the eerily accurate Myers Briggs test....

Myers Briggs separates your personality into four areas:

Extraversion or Interversion
Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or your own inner world?

Sensing or INtuition
Do you prefer to take in information as it is given to you or do you interpret and add meaning to it?

Thinking or Feeling
When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?

Judging or Perceiving
In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?

Based on your answers to a short test, you will be classified into each of the categories and assigned a letter from each category (the bolded letters.) There are 16 basic personality types which can be made in different combinations of these letters. I am an INFJ. (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Judging)

An intuitive thinker, that is. :)

INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them....This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

Yes, yes, yes! I cannot even begin to explain how very "me" this is! My entire life I have been able to read people in ways even I didn't understand. While all of my classmates would sit around intently listening to a story someone was telling, I would sit back and quietly know that every word coming out of their mouth was a total fib. Nine times out of ten eventually everyone else would learn that the story wasn't true, and I smiled in self-satisfaction having known all along. I can tell if someone has ulterior motives. I can judge someone's character within seconds of meeting them, and I have NEVER been wrong. 

I always kept this a secret until a couple of years ago when I shared some concerns about someone's motives with Eric and my mom. It was a really weird situation, and I could not explain why this particular person gave me icky they were up to something. My mom and Eric thought I was nuts. A few months later, my intuition proved correct. 

I could go on and on, but that's enough about ME. What about you??

Find out your personality type HERE.

Then head on over HERE to discover what your letters mean!

Hint: Try really, really hard to answer truthfully. Not what you think the popular answers would be, or what others might answer for you, but what you really feel!

Let me know what your personality is! I'm dying to know if any of you join me in the weird 1% of the population, haha. Oh, by the way, Eric is an ENTP. Perfect personality partners are opposites in every area EXCEPT in Sensing/Intuition. In that category it's important that both partners are the same. :) 

Leave a comment to let us know who "you" are! Tell us if the test got it totally right or waaay wrong. 

*Myers Briggs is used all over the world in schools and businesses as one of the most accurate personality indicators available today.


Ashley Taylor said...

So, i am the same as you. & it seems pretty accurate as well. I am with you on the fib stories. sometimes i dont know why people think they can pull off crazy lies!!

Adrien said...

What are the odds?? I don't know if that means we'd be best friends or really annoy each other, haha.

Sarah said...

Ahh, I love these kind of tests. Thanks for sharing! I'm apparently a ESFJ. It was right on!! I guess I am FINALLY going to school for the right profession. High Five lol :)

ESFJs are people persons - they love people. They are warmly interested in others. They use their Sensing and Judging characteristics to gather specific, detailed information about others, and turn this information into supportive judgments. They want to like people, and have a special skill at bringing out the best in others. They are extremely good at reading others, and understanding their point of view. The ESFJ's strong desire to be liked and for everything to be pleasant makes them highly supportive of others. People like to be around ESFJs, because the ESFJ has a special gift of invariably making people feel good about themselves.

Joyce said...

I am a ISFJ, for the most part is correct. Interesting to say the least...

Adrien said...

I love this stuff, too, Sarah!

Oh my gosh mom, your results were almost dead on...and I'm still laughing that dad's label was "the mechanic." I think it freaked him out! :)

Stefanie said...

I'm an INFJ and have stayed the same since my senior year of hs when I first took this. It's weird reading it sometimes!

Cassie said...

I'm an ESTJ and it's RIGHT ON!!!
How do you know what my perfect 'partner' should be?

Pettijohn said...

I am the same as you. The INFJ. Its kind of funny, I am usually right about people and Vince has said how that is weird but a good thing.

Adrien said...

Cassie - your perfect partner will have the opposite letters as you except the SECOND letter - that one should be the same. :)

I'm so glad you guys are taking the quiz. Isn't it CREEPY how accurate it is??


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