May 21, 2010

Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

One of my friends at work asked me at work this week about personality types. Before I even officially knew what mine was, I could have told you a lot about myself. I have always been pretty aware of my personality traits, both good and not so good, but I feel like I have become even more aware of them in the past year. Nothing like packing up your life and moving to a new continent to ignite some self-awareness. :)

I am a take charge person. As the oldest of four kids and the only girl, I take responsibility for things quickly and easily. I am a planner. (Understatement, I know.) I plan my lessons, my vacations, my weekends, and I stick to that schedule. I am loyal - in good ways and intense ways. I don't give up on people, on friendships, on relationships. If I commit to something I am in it for the long haul. I'm also bossy, sometimes judging and no matter how many times my mother tells me "Patience is a virtue", I know it isn't one of mine. I know what I want and I am going to go out and get it. I'm a dreamer.

Alas when I took the online personality test my friend sent, I was not surprised when the results determined me to be an ENTJ - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging personality. According to the description:

"As an ENTJ, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. ENTJs are natural born leaders. They live in a world of possibilities where they see all sorts challenges to be surmounted, and they want to be the ones responsible for surmounting them. They have a drive for leadership, which is well-served by their quickness to grasp complexities, their ability to absorb a large amount of impersonal information, and their quick and decisive judgments. They are "take charge" people. There is not much room for error in the world of the ENTJ. They dislike to see mistakes repeated, and have no patience with inefficiency. They may become quite harsh when their patience is tried in these respects, because they are not naturally tuned in to people's feelings, and more than likely don't believe that they should tailor their judgments in consideration for people's feelings. ENTJs are very forceful, decisive individuals. They make decisions quickly, and are quick to verbalize their opinions and decisions to the rest of the world. Although ENTJs are not naturally tuned into other people's feelings, these individuals frequently have very strong sentimental streaks. ENTJs love to interact with people. As Extroverts, they're energized and stimulated primarily externally. There's nothing more enjoyable and satisfying to the ENTJ than having a lively, challenging conversation. They especially respect people who are able to stand up to the ENTJ, and argue persuasively for their point of view. There aren't too many people who will do so, however, because the ENTJ is a very forceful and dynamic presence who has a tremendous amount of self-confidence and excellent verbal communication skills. Even the most confident individuals may experience moments of self-doubt when debating a point with an ENTJ."

Pretty accurate, huh? This description matches me almost perfectly - in fact those of you who know me personally are probably laughing reading this because you can see all of those traits in me. When I got the link for the personality test, my friend made a comment, saying that knowing her own personality and the personality type of others helped her relate better to people. She understood what made them unique and so she could better understand how and why they approach situations in certain ways.

Just as I am very interested in different learning styles, taking this online test has made me even more interested in learning about personality types of my friends, family and really just anyone! Everyone is an individual, but that doesn't mean we don't all have a type?

So....what's your type?? Take the test and leave me a comment with the answer :)

3 comments:

Ilse said...

ENFP "Journalist". These people love novelty and surprises. They are big on emotions and expression. Life is an exciting drama. They are good at sales, advertising, politics, and acting. 5% of the total population.


I don't know about that....
yours is very fitting, though!
cool entry.

Bridget said...

ESFJ- The social status of successful people can be quite alluring to ESFJs and many marry prosperous mates and encourage them to accumulate the material signs of prosperity. Other ESFJs seem to fit in with the poor and the needy. In either case their dependability, dedication, and commitment to providing for the needs of others is, at times, overlooked. This can lead to the ESFJ feeling unappreciated and neglected. They can harbor uncomfortable feelings, which they then feel guilty and shameful about, and then they find themselves suffering from emotional denial.

Kristin said...

Bridget - your description is OUT OF HAND. I mean some things yes, but others...kind of hostile sounding. I am going to look up more about ESFJs :)

Ils - yours sounds good in many ways - I love the part about emotions and expressions, you are so good at that :)

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