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Saturday, July 25, 2015 // 4:10 AM

So I mentioned in the last post that as part of the Connect program for Aspire, the kids, their teachers and the ambassadors got to do a personality-typing test called the Myer Briggs Type Indicator. It basically categorises you into groups depending on your preferred way of thinking and such. There are 4 categories or dichotomies each with 2 'opposing' options. So essentially, everyone can be placed into 1 of 16 types of personality. I had mine predicted by one of the Aspire staff the week before. She guessed that I was an ESFJ and when I looked it up, I kept thinking "Omg, this is me". During the seminar on Thursday, however, we predicted what we were ourselves and I came up with ENFJ. And when I read up on it, I was like "Omg, this is me". And after that, we did the actual test or "instrument" and I came up as an ENFP, and when I read up on it ... can u guess what I thought? Lol.

I feel like personality testing is a lot like astrology, but maybe a little more justified. Just because you answer 93 odd questions, doesn't mean that they've got you all figured out. Humans are so complex. I feel as though I'm an equal member in all 3 of those categories.

Anyway, many of you may not have heard of the MBTI before and are probs wondering "what is this 4 letter code jibberish". There is essentially a letter for each dichotomy and that's supposed to encompass all that a person can be. The first dichotomy determines where we individually get our energy from, so are we Extroverting or Introverting. The second assesses how we gather information, by sensing or intuition. The third asks how we make decisions, by thinking or feeling? and the last assesses how we deal with the outside world, either by judging or perceiving. Some of the names for these are really poorly chosen because they don't really mean what the test wants it to mean, but we were given examples and scenarios for each to help us understand.

Extroversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)

This one is pretty straight forward, once you know what the two words actually mean. Someone can be the life of the party and super loud and have the ability to speak well in public and all that, but it doesn't necessarily mean they they are extroverted. Extroversion refers to someone who gets their energy from being around other people. They tend to be louder and more confident, but this isn't the defining factor. Introverts are people who get most of their energy when they are alone. But this doesn't mean that they're socially awkward or quiet. It just means they need to take a break from being in a big group and then afterwards, they can carry on as they were. Introverts can be really good public speakers and they can be really loud. These things may seem like they aren't associated with introverts, but they're not what defines them. They're just skills anyone can gain in life.

The example we were given was of a teenage boy who is an introvert. After a long day at school where he was surrounded by friends and teachers and such, he gets home and his neighbour asks if he wants to go to the park and play. He likes his neighbour, but he tells him that he will meet him there, because all he wants to do is sit in his room for 30 odd minutes and just relax. Then after he goes and plays. Like, the kid just wanted to rest and regain some energies. This made sense. I guessed myself to be extroverted and in the test, out of a total of 21 points, I was 21 extroverted and 0 introverted LOL. I just love people. I need people :'(.

Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)

How do you gather information? So apparently, sensing people like to look at facts and figures. They see things as they are in reality, they pay attention to detail and like clear order. Whereas those who use intuition more see the bigger picture. They map the entire thing and from there, break it down into smaller bits.

We were told to describe a mobile phone to an alien. The people who are sensing went straight into the detail, listing things like it's rectangular, got buttons, have many functions like calling, texting, games, calculating etc., it's got a screen and is made out of metal and all that. I described it generally at first, saying that it is a device used to communicate. Simple, right. Then I slightly went into detail, like you can contact people around the world by calling, texting, facetime etc. Apparently I use intuition because I looked at it in a broad sense first.

But I feel as though this dichotomy isn't as clear cut and defined, because surely, we all use both ways of information collection depending on the situation. I know they say that people always have a default method they always use, but I felt as though I learnt and developed my intuition after many years of writing essays and trying to come up with good topic sentences. It has become my default way of looking at things, but was it always how I did it? Maybe it was, but lets say that is wasn't and I was actually sensing when I was growing up. And now lets say that for the rest of my life, I'll still always look at the bigger picture before looking at the detail. Am I an S or an N? ???????

Anyway, so apparently I am an N according to the test LOL moving on.

Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

How do you make decisions? Do you look at things logically, with objectivity and fairness (T) or are the decisions you make centered on people and your own values? Do you trust your gut (F)? 

In this scenario, I was the leader in a team and we are about to partake in a game or activity, but there is 1 too many people in the team for the activity. How was I going to choose who sits out of the activity? Many people said, look at the team and decide who the weakest link is or who has the least to contribute and ask them to step out. They said this because they wanted to ensure maximum efficiency in their group, and that's fine. They're the Thinking type because they thought about it logically, they wanted the best outcome in terms of performance. I decided that I would do something fair like 'black and white' or 'rock, paper scissors' so it's more fair in that sense and so it wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. I'm a Feeling decision maker. This dichotomy I felt is more justified that the previous. I do take into consideration other people's feelings when I make a decision and I always think about how my actions will affect others. Idk if you guys know this, but I really like harmony, even if I act like a forward and direct bitch sometimes. I like it when everyone is happy, and I think if we ever got close enough, you'd know that sometimes I'd just make up bullshit and tell people what they want to hear to make them less angry lol.

The ambassadors and I had a discussion later about this category. They posed another scenario like there are 5 people stranded on a boat and there are only enough supplies to last 4 people. What are you going to do? I said I'd ration the supplies between all 5 even if that means we all die together, at least I won't have the guilt of actively killing one person. But many of them said either "I'd sacrifice myself" or "I'd push the weakest person off the boat". They're the thinkers, obviously, looking at it so callously and logically lol.

Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

These options are named so poorly and this is probably the stupidest of the four. How do you deal with the outside world? Essentially if you're a J you are organised, systematic, methodical and have things decided. You like lists. A person who is a P is very spontaneous and lives off the thrill they get when they leave assignments and such to the last minute and hand them in just in time.

They're weird things to assess, because we're all taught to make lists and be organised and never to leave assignments to the last minute, but I guess the thrill comment is the factor which separates the two. I personally believe that I am quite organised, I plan things in advance and I decide things early, but it doesn't mean I go crazy or break down when my plans don't follow through (unlike lol). There are so many days where I have nothing concrete planned, I just call it my "play" day and when my plans change, I am able to go with the flow. What does that make me?

I guess it depends on the situation, and I've hung out the the same group of friends for years now who are definite P's that I can do either without it phasing me. I guess my default is J, but i'm finding that I've become less and less organised as uni progresses. Maybe I was always a P. Anyway, the test told me I am a P, so let's go with that lol.


So I'm an ENFP.

"Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. Sees life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency."

"Omg, this is me" LOL

That last line reminds me of my time tutoring at Jimmy's so much LOL. There were so many weeks where I had absolutely nothing prepared for the class and just made it up on the spot (which is pretty fucking tough when you are teaching a class of 10-15 distracted 12 year olds) I didn't really get a "thrill" from it, I was just super lazy. Cost-benefit principle. Preparing work was not worth it lol.

Anyway, let me know what you guys are and let me know if you think it's accurate when you read up on your personality type :)