Friday, April 24, 2009

Finally, someone gets me!

So, this week Sarah and I went to visit teach Nicole, and the Meyers-Briggs Personality Types came up in conversation. Sarah started rattling off her letters, and Nicole and I felt a little left out. Yesterday Nicole posted her test results up on her blog, and I'm following suit. The following excerpt is me, according to an online Meyers-Briggs Personality Type test. There were other write-ups available about the ENFP type, but they generously included my not-so-fabulous qualities and were uncannily on target, so I'm opting to advertise myself according to this one.

When I read through these write-ups, some things were so accurate, I nearly wept. It was like meeting a long-lost friend.

And to think I've been taking facebook quizes: "what shoe are you?" and "how German are you?". Hmph.

Idealist Portrait of the Champion (ENFP)

Like the other Idealists, Champions are rather rare, say two or three percent of the population, but even more than the others they consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life. Champions have a wide range and variety of emotions, and a great passion for novelty. They see life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil, and they want to experience all the meaningful events and fascinating people in the world.

[And check out the following piece: I'm sure you'll agree...]

The most outgoing of the Idealists, Champions often can't wait to tell others of their extraordinary experiences. Champions can be tireless in talking with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out. And usually this is not simple storytelling; Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of all the types.

Fiercely individualistic, Champions strive toward a kind of personal authenticity [I hate to interrupt, but oh my gosh, yes], and this intention always to be themselves is usually quite attractive to others. At the same time, Champions have outstanding intuitive powers and can tell what is going on inside of others, reading hidden emotions and giving special significance to words or actions. In fact, Champions are constantly scanning the social environment, and no intriguing character or silent motive is likely to escape their attention. Far more than the other Idealists, Champions are keen and probing observers of the people around them, and are capable of intense concentration on another individual. Their attention is rarely passive or casual. On the contrary, Champions tend to be extra sensitive and alert, always ready for emergencies, always on the lookout for what's possible.

Champions are good with people and usually have a wide range of personal relationships. They are warm and full of energy with their friends. They are likable and at ease with colleagues, and handle their employees or students with great skill. They are good in public and on the telephone [?], and are so spontaneous and dramatic that others love to be in their company. Champions are positive, exuberant people, and often their confidence in the goodness of life and of human nature makes good things happen.


Lauren said...

To a tee! Its like they interviewed all your friends/family before they wrote that. What a cool title: "Champion". The song "Chariots of Fire" is starting to play in my head.

Jamie said...

so you! Love it. It is nice to have someone describe yourself so accurately. Love your blog and being able to be inspired by your bubbling fountain of motivation!

melandpeter said...

I loved this post. I tested myself straight away and followed suit with my blog. Despite the personality analysis I still reckon you're absolutely one of a kind! Mwah