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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Know thyself.

A recent seminar I attended discussed strategies of dealing with various personality types based on the Myers-Briggs testing.  We all took a shortened version of the test and the overall results were close to world population averages, with a bit of skewing toward type ESFJ, the emotional and social personality type.  It was not surprising to the speaker since the majority of the audience was socially conscious non-profit organization executives and staff.

I have taken the test many times, in short and long forms, and the result is always the same:  INTJ.  For my personality type, this particular speaker was using words like visionary, problem-solver, wizard, and mastermind. I like to think I know myself very well, but I've never thought of myself in those terms, more as a big-picture, rational thinking, analytical, independent loner.

He pointed out that INTJs hate being bogged down with minute details and micro-management and have much difficulty dealing with other personalities who love it.  I already knew that; I was married to someone like that for 12 years and that's exactly why it didn't last.  And you should see me after a particular elderly client makes his regular stop in my office and spends 90 minutes telling me EVERY SINGLE, LITTLE THING he's done and thought that day (from shit to shinola, I kid you not).

Too much information!!!!!!

I must admit I rather liked the images conjured up by the speaker's INTJ description so...

You can call me Visionary.

You can call me Problem Solver.

You can call me Wizard.

(Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain)

You can call me Mastermind.
 But, " you doesn't have to call me Johnson."


Jane said...

These days I test pretty consistently as a slight ENFJ, but when I was in high school, I fell just barely on the INFJ side of things.

white rabbit said...

I think I need to lie down before my brain explodes with this stuff.

'Everytime I learn something new it just pushes some of the old stuff out of my head' (Homer Simpson)

wv: behesmst - must be some sort of sign.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

white: Try some whisky, straight. It calms the nerves and muddles the brain.

Red Shoes said...

its been a while since Ive played with one of those kinds of tests... I need to see how I am doing these days... ;o)


Catch Her in the Wry said...

shoes: Those tests are especially good for people who don't really know themselves, and humbling for people who do know themselves as they discover there's a whole group of people out there who think and feel the same way.

The interplay of the four major personalities and the differences of their perceptions is what I find interesting.