Monday, July 9, 2012


I first took the Myers-Briggs* personality type indicator test twenty-some years ago.  And in all of the times I've taken it since, the results have never changed.  Until today.

Somewhere along the years I've morphed from a solid INFP to a just-over-the-line ISFJ.

I think anyone who has known me for more than a minute will agree that I didn't need a personality type test to tell me that I'm an Introvert.  Or that I tend to let my emotions lead my thinking.

But I'm fascinated by how I've crossed over from being more process driven, thinking things through than impulsive, "winging it" and going where my emotions lead me.

Don't get me wrong.  My emotions and "gut feeling" have lead me into some wonderful and amazing directions and adventures.  I wouldn't be married to the man I fell in love with the night I met him if I hadn't taken a chance and followed that hunch.  Neither would I have a handfull of expired passports full of entry and exit visas.  Or a resume that reads like the yellow pages, for that matter.  Okay, so the last example shows room for improvement.

I'm still far more Pooh than Christopher Robin.  But I do also like this slightly wiser Me.  Certainly a lot more than I like the Me I was ten years ago.  Even if I am slightly more cynical.  Can't really see there's anything wrong with that.

*Just in case you were curious but not curious enough to follow the link, here's what Myers-Briggs has to say about me.  And, yep, reads an awful lot like the police wife I am...except all bets are off on "Quiet" when I'm being called out on something I strongly believe in.

Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.


Meadowlark said...

Interesting... I was always an INFP (I wouldn't have guessed us "soul sisters") but lately veer toward INFJ. Me... the least judgemental person I know. ;)

Dori said...

I, on the other hand, have known from the beginning that we were kindred spirits. Our differences in music, movies and men simply show I have better taste. :D

Julia said...

I've never done the Myers-Briggs, but I've done the "Strengths Finder" and "Color Code" tests multiple times throughout my corporate career. On Strengths Finder, my top strengths are empathy and planning. Go figure. :)