Thursday, August 11, 2011

Philip says he's never met anyone like me... (Part One)

There's a good chance that's because he's never come in contact with another person like me!

A friend posted the Meyers-Briggs personality test with her results today. I was curious. I haven't taken this test in several, several years...definitely not since high school and I was curious about my results.

I took this test. I not entirely sure of how accurate it is, though the answer it gave me was dead on. (As well as the answer it gave Philip.) When I took this in high school it was the real one, and I remember it being longer. But...I was also 15. ;)

These were my results:

E (Extroverted) - 100%  (yeah, didn't see that coming...hahaha)
N (INtuitive) - 25%
F (Feeling) - 86%
P (Perceiving) - 54%

I am an Idealist, a Champion -- and there are only 3-4% of people like me in the population! ;)

This portrait was eerily dead-on. You can read the full thing if you want, or poke around and find your own type....I just picked a few interesting things that make so much sense to me!

-ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

-They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime.  -- This explains why college took awhile! ;)

-To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right.

When I read that, it was like a light bulb came on. My unhappiest of times have been when I ignored what was right for me (I'm not discussing right and wrong in a biblical sense, but right as it relates to my personalities and others') and tried to fit in with what I thought people wanted. My happiest of times have been when I am true to what I believe is myself. I've been accused numerous times of doing things for attention when I am being "myself". My hair for's currently hot pink. Someone made the statement to me "You did it to get attention, isn't that what you wanted?" No, it's not. Even though part of my personality IS attention-seeking, it's not on this level. My hair is something I wanted for me. It felt right for me to do it and enjoy it, regardless of how others felt about it. Part of my personality is a very, VERY fierce desire to be my own self, and stay true to things I enjoy. Right now that's pink hair, piercings and blogging. It could easily change tomorrow as ENFP's are know for their short attention spans.

-Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivious to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP's family members.

This is why I MUST give myself a cleaning schedule. It will not get done if I don't have some sort of schedule to follow. This also breaks it up so that I don't get stuck doing all this stuff in one day. It allows me to have a lot of flexibility and work it into the other stuff I want to do. It gives me the flexibility to do this at my OWN pace. I do like things clean and organized, but I have a hard time keeping the attention span to do it.

-ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they're doing.

Doula = perfect job for Kym!

Most ENFPs will exhibit the following weaknesses:

-Tendency to be smothering
-Their enthusiasm may lead them to be unrealistic
-Uninterested in dealing with "mundane" matters such as cleaning, paying bills, etc.
-Hold onto bad relationships long after they've turned bad
-Extreme dislike of conflict
-Extreme dislike of criticism
-Don't pay attention to their own needs
-Constant quest for the perfect relationship may make them change relationships frequently
-May become bored easily
-Have difficulty scolding or punishing others

At the end of this, it gave me my "natural" fit for a relationship. INTJ -- Wouldn't you know, that's my husband? ;) And apparently, his personality is only 1-2% of the population. We are the odd ones I suppose.

Take the test, let me know what your results are and let me know if you think they are accurate for you! :)


This is part one in a two-part blog series. Part two is discussing application, why personality is important. :)


  1. It says I am an INFJ - a counselor

  2. Ha! I'm an ENFP, too! I haven't taken the test in several years, but I still had a note of the results. I'm thinking I might take it again myself... I had no idea we were so rare!