Thursday, November 10, 2005

Personality Test Says I'm The Same as David, King of Israel

The Meyers-Briggs test is probably the best-known metric for examining your personality type these days, and whenever I take it on a lark I get the same result: eNFj. Here's a sample of what that means, although there's more. You can take it yourself, and if you know anything about who you are it takes about five minutes.

The Idealists called Teachers are abstract in their thought and speech, cooperative in their style of achieving goals, and directive and extraverted in their interpersonal relations. Learning in the young has to be beckoned forth, teased out from its hiding place, or, as suggested by the word "education," it has to be "educed." by an individual with educative capabilities. Such a one is the eNFj, thus rightly called the educative mentor or Teacher for short. The Teacher is especially capable of educing or calling forth those inner potentials each learner possesses. Even as children the Teachers may attract a gathering of other children ready to follow their lead in play or work. And they lead without seeming to do so.

Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and this expectation, usually expressed as enthusiastic encouragement, motivates action in others and the desire to live up to their expectations. Teachers have the charming characteristic of taking for granted that their expectations will be met, their implicit commands obeyed, never doubting that people will want to do what they suggest. And, more often than not, people do, because this type has extraordinary charisma.

Note that: extraordinary charisma. I wish I could say the test is wrong. I really do. Sometimes I wonder who I killed in a previous life to be cursed with my winning personality. Then I stand in a cold shower with my clothes on and keep saying "Why? Why?"

A slightly more on-target, although lengthier, explanation is here. Sometimes it's like they're reading my diary.

ENFJs know and appreciate people. Like most NFs, (and Feelers in general), they are apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others. They have thinner psychological boundaries than most, and are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear.

This reminded me of that cross I meant to carry up the hill over there.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Stephanie said...

I'm a Guardian.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Lapp said...

Look, whoever you are, if you're here to make trouble you can leave and I won't call the police.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous MikeSwanson said...

Idealist. WTH does "ideational" mean vs. sensible? Well, I agree a little with the results, but i skipped a lot of those questions, and most of my answers to them would've been both options!

1:03 AM  
Blogger Lapp said...

The important phrases here are "I agree a little with the results" and "but i skipped a lot of those questions." You can't make a tasty omelette if you just break one egg, buddy. Think about it. You'll get there.

2:29 AM  

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