Monday, September 9, 2013

Allll of the emotions! Now it makes sense...

Today’s Blogtember prompt: Take this short personality test and respond to your results.

And so I did. In fact, I took the test two times – because I’m like that – just to see if I would get the same results twice. I took it once this morning and once tonight, and, as a matter of fact, I did get the same results. Interesting. So what am I?


I then read this write up of the ISFJ personality type, and was surprised to find that I generally agreed with the whole thing. I went on to read several other descriptions of ISFJs, and found that, while there were bits and pieces that I thought to be completely inaccurate, for the most part, I found that the ISFJ stereotypes fit me.

Here are some things that stuck out to me about ISFJs:
  • primary mode of living is focused internally; takes things in via five senses in a literal, concrete fashion 
  • live in a world that is concrete and kind 
  • want to believe the best of people 
  • value harmony and cooperation 
  • have a very clear idea of the way things should be (and strive to attain that) 
  • value security and kindness, and respect traditions and laws 
  • tend to believe that existing systems are there because they work 
  • learn best by doing, rather than by reading about something in a book, or applying theory 
  • are extremely aware of their own internal feelings 
  • has a difficult time saying "no" when asked to do something, and may become over-burdened 
  • need positive feedback from others. 
  • in the absence of positive feedback, or in the face of criticism, the ISFJ gets discouraged, and may even become depressed 
  • when down on themselves or under great stress, begins to imagine all of the things that might go critically wrong in their life 
  • have strong feelings of inadequacy, and become convinced that "everything is all wrong," or "I can't do anything right"
As I said, I do think that these descriptions fit me to a T. I don’t always believe in things like this, but the more I read about this personality type, the more startlingly accurate I found it to be. I also thought that the commentary on potential careers for ISFJs was interesting – clerical / managerial / communications work is generally a good fit, so I’m right in a good place for myself. However, several careers that I’ve always wondered if I should have pursued (i.e., teaching, nursing, counseling) are also highly recommended for this type of person. Maybe that’s why I’ve always had those things in the back of my head. I’m comfortable and happy doing what I do, but it’s nice to know that my personality type backs up some other ideas I’ve tossed around, too.

I think I’ll try to convince C to take this test and do some psych-analysis on him… wish me luck!

Have you ever taken a personality test like this? Do you agree or disagree with the results?


Anna said...

I LOVE the MBTI assessment! I am actually certified to administer and interpret the assessment and went to an awesome week-long training for it. Yes, I'm a nerd! I work with students to talk about these assessments and it's always fascinating.

I'm an ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuition, Feeling, Juding) and it's kind of crazy how well the descriptions can match you some times. I could go on for ages!

Caitlin said...

We had to take this at work last year and I'm exact opposite of you. ENTP! But, I'm curious to see what C's results are. E took it and we are exact opposites he's ESFJ except we are both extroverts. Opposites attract? :)

Kate @ Like American Honey said...

I'm a big fan of the MBTI too! I had to take it once for a job, and it was such a moment of self-realization. I'm an ESTJ and most of it is spot on. It's actually a little eery. After I took the test, I forced my hubs to take an online version too, hahaha! He got pretty much what I expected which was too funny.