Friday, January 27, 2017

ISTJ

At 32 I pride myself on knowing who I am. It's taken some time to fine tune it all but I know what I will/won't tolerate and I know what I do/do not like, although sometimes this is debatable. I'm always changing and learning but for the most part, I'm pretty sure of myself. 



A few weeks ago Steph posted about the type of person she is. Although I'm sure of myself I never pass up an opportunity to take a personality quiz. Unless it's to find out which Real Housewife you are... I will always say no that nonsense. I took the quiz and the results, once I read them, made sense.



Mind

Now, what wasn't surprising to me was that I'm 60% introvert. I've noticed over the last 5-6 years that I have become pretty introverted. Even though part of me {40% I guess} likes to go out and be social if it involves staying on the couch, I'm all for it. If it involves getting dressed up the answer is most assuredly no. I only like hanging out with certain people, even though part of me and I make no apologies for it.  

Energy

It also said that I was more observant than intuitive, and I would agree with that. People watching has been my favorite hobby for longer than I can remember. it extends more than that. When in a group I like to sit back and watch the reactions and hear the responses of others before I add my two cents. The test claims that this is the most important dichotomy as it "determines how you see the world and what kind of information you focus on". 

"In contrast, individuals with the Observant trait focus on the actual world and things happening around them. They enjoy seeing, touching, feeling and experiencing – and leave theories and possibilities to others. They want to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the present, instead of wondering why or when something might happen. Consequently, people with this trait tend to be better at dealing with facts, tools and concrete objects as opposed to brainstorming about possibilities or future events, handling abstract theories, or exploring fantasy scenarios. Observant types are also significantly better at focusing on just one thing at a time instead of bursting with energy and juggling multiple activities."
I can't even tell you how much I agree with this. People have always told me they "don't know how I do it" when I say I don't worry about things. My response is always the same: I see no point in worrying about something/someone that is outside my control. If I can't affect a change, why waste the energy worrying? I much prefer to deal with what's in front of me rather than asking "what if".

Nature

Thinking rather than feeling when it comes to decision making? This is all me. When crises happen I am immediately in action mode. The to-do list is instantaneously formulated and I'm a woman on a mission. I'm the one who thinks about the things most people have forgotten in a crisis. Case in point, when we lost my sister and I started cleaning her room, rather than toss everything that belonged to her boyfriend, I kept it. Someday my niece will have questions and I need to be able to answer her. Plus, I felt they weren't mine to discard. They belong to my niece. 
"People with the Thinking (T) trait seek logic and rational arguments, relying on their head rather than their heart. They do their best to safeguard their emotions, shielding them from the outside world and making sure that they are not clearly visible. People with the Thinking trait are often just as emotional as those with the Feeling trait – but they tend to subdue and override their feelings with their rational logic."

Tactics

When it came to judging vs. prospecting I wasn't overly surprised, but this is where I'm aware of an internal battle. I fall into the judging category with 58%. Basically, this means I like structure and planned events. 
"People with the Judging (J) trait do not like to keep their options open – they would rather come up with five different contingency plans than just go ahead and deal with the challenges as they come."
Though that's true, to a degree, I can very easily see how the other 42% makes a strong case. 

"Prospecting (P) individuals are much more flexible and relaxed when it comes to dealing with both expected and unexpected challenges. People with this trait are perfectly aware that life is full of possibilities, and they are reluctant to commit to something that might well prove to be an inferior option in the future... also likely to focus more on what makes them happy as opposed to what their parents, employers, or teachers expect – if a specific task is not that important or interesting, a Prospecting individual will always be able to come up with something better to do."
 As much as I love structure and routine, it makes me feel like I'm being boxed in, and I absolutely HATE that. I prefer to do things based on whether or not it makes me happy. Do I really want to go to this event when I could stay home and organize and clean? This is a no brainer. I guess I expected this category to be closer to a tie.

Identity

Least surprising of all I'm 76% assertive. Anyone who knows me in real life can attest to this. I remember looking at my 3rd grade report card. I was reading my teacher's comments and I remember her saying that I was assertive. I had no idea what the word meant but I was smart enough to pick up her tone and it didn't seem to be a good thing. Having since learned what it means, you're damn right I'm assertive. 

According to the test this is the category that affects all others. 
"Assertive (-A) individuals are self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals. Similarly, they are unlikely to spend much time thinking about their past actions or choices – according to Assertive types, what’s done is done and there is little point in analyzing it. Not surprisingly, people with this trait report more satisfaction with their lives and they also feel more confident in their abilities to handle challenging and unexpected situations."

Strategy

I don't know what they're talking about when they refer to a "strategy" but mine came back as "Confident Individualism" and it is creepily accurate. To quote a few of the points;

Confident Individualists typically trust in themselves, and they often embrace solitude to pursue their own interests rather than seeking out social activity... tend to feel that social displays and bragging are time and energy wasted... proud of who they are, what they know, and what they can do, but they don’t feel the need to prove themselves to others... not easily drawn into emotional drama... Self-reliance is central and they handle difficult situations well because they tend to be emotionally secure, bold, and resistant to stress.


For a free personality assessment I'd have to say this is the most fairly accurate result I've ever received. Usually they swing so far to one way that there's no gray area. These results make sense to me and I can easily see why and where I'd fall more to one side than the other. In case you're curious you can take the quiz and find out for yourself.


7 comments :

  1. These tests always surprise me with how accurate they are. I'm an INFJ and definitely agree with the results every time!

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  2. I love seeing what everyone else is. Of the people who commented, you were the only one that was S and T like me. Bloggers seem to be INFJ, so many people commented that! We're very similar, but I think I knew that without the test :)

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  3. Every single time I've ever taken this test, from back in high school all the way up to last week, I've come up ENFJ. I'm E over I (extrovert over introvert) by like the smallest percentage, but when I think about the fact that I'd often prefer to spend quiet time with my favorite people than alone, it makes sense. I don't always like being social for the sake of it, but if it's going to sleep alone or going to sleep with David (I know, you're throwing up, I know), the latter is the easy choice. The rest of my personal type basically means I have a lot of feelings and I couldn't stop planning if my life depended on it.

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  4. I'm an ISFJ, occasionally when I do the quiz I end up with INFJ but the S usually reigns supreme. It's pretty fascinating how accurately it describes me!

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  5. I love this test because of how accurate it is. I'm an INFJ & when I read more into it it explained so much & made so much sense.

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  6. I took this back in October 2014 at a work conference and got ESFJ. Now I got ISFP. Not surprised at all by the change from Extroverted to introverted, but a bit surprised by the P instead of J. But I think reading the description, I do like to be more flexible as apposed to sticking to a plan completely. I got Confident Individualism too :)

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  7. Ooooh, I just took the test and got "INFP /Mediator". A few of our individual traits are opposite but I also got "confident individualism" for my strategy. Definitely going to read the whole profile breakdown later on tonight. Love these types of tests so thanks for sharing!

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