Sunday, November 23, 2008

Do you know me?

I have recently taken up the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test. For those of you who are still wondering, please google. This is what Myers and Briggs have to say about me...

ENFP (Extroversion, Intuition, Feeling and Perceiving)

At Their Best

For people with ENFP preferences, life is creative adventure full of exciting possibilities. ENFPs are keenly perceptive about people and insightful about the present and future. They experience a wide range of feelings and intense emotions. They need affirmation from others and readily give appreciation and support.

ENFPs are good at understanding how people and groups work and are persuasive and compelling in pursuing what is important to them. They are adaptable, blooming where they are planted. Their energy and enthusiasm encourage others to bloom as well.

Characteristics of ENFPs

ENFPs are innovators, initiating projects and directing great energy into getting them under way. Using Intuition primarily externally, they are simulated by new people, ideas, and experiences. They find meaning and significance readily and see connections that others don’t. They are likely to be

• Curious, Creative and imaginative
• Energetic, enthusiastic and spontaneous

ENFPs value harmony and goodwill. They like to please others and will adapt to others’ needs and wishes when possible. ENFPs primarily use Feeling internally, making decisions by applying personal values through identification and empathy with others. ENFPs are likely to be

• Warm, friendly and caring
• Cooperative and Supportive

ENFPs have exceptional insight into possibilities in others and the energy and motivation to help actualize them. They feel confident moving ahead based on their insights, and their enthusiasm tends to bring others along with them.

How Others May See Them

ENFps are usually lively, gregarious, and sociable, with a large circle of friends. They are interested in almost everything and bring a zest to life that draws others to them. At the same time, they value depth and authenticity in their close relationships and direct great energy to creating and supporting open and honest communication.

ENFPs hate routine, schedules, and structure and usually manage to avoid them. They are normally verbally fluent, even in extemporaneous situations; however, when their deepest values need expression, they may suddenly be awkward and express their judgments with uncharacteristic intensity. Others usually see ENFPs as

• Personable, perceptive, and persuasive
• Enthusiastic, spontaneous, and versatile
• Giving and seeking affirmation.

Potential Areas for Growth

Sometimes life circumstances have not supported ENFPs in the development and expression of Feeling and Intuitive preferences.
• If they have not developed their Feeling, they may go from enthusiasm to enthusiasm, never committing the energy necessary to actualize their insights, or they may make overly personal decisions.
• If they have not developed their Intuition, they may fail to take in enough information, lack trust in their own insights, be uncertain, and accept others perceptions too quickly.

If ENFPs do not find a place where they can use their gifts and be appreciated for their contribution, they usually feel frustrated and may

• Become scattered, have trouble focusing, be easily distracted
• Fail to follow through on decisions
• Become rebellious, excessively nonconforming
• Ignore deadlines and procedures

It is natural for ENFPs to give less attention to their non-preferred Sensing and Thinking parts. If they neglect these too much, however they

• Not take care of the details and routine required for implementing their inspirations
• Overextend themselves – have trouble saying no to interesting possibilities and people
• Fail to apply reason and logic to asses their inspirations and decisions

Under great stress, ENFPs may become overwhelmed by detail and lose their normal perspective and sense of options. Then they tend to focus on an unimportant or distorted detail, letting it become the central fact of their universe.

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