GETTING TO KNOW ME, GETTING TO KNOW ALL ABOUT ME…

A recent post on personality tests by David Sliker prompted me to follow suit. I took an online test based on the Carl Jung and Myers-Briggs approach and have posted my results below.The results were stunning to me in that they were #1. accurate, #2. detailed, and #3. finally provided explanation as to why I do certain things – it’s actually quite liberating to know why!  It helps me appreciate my strengths and gives me a starting point to work on my weaknesses, instead of getting frustrated and confused.

I have taken one other personality test in the past, which was also very helpful – the Life Languages Institute test. The Meyers-Briggs test added to my understanding of myself by revealing some key aspects of my personality that I had never identified as personality traits before. I encourage you to take the on-line Jung-Myers Briggs test. You can take it here.

So, if you care to read about who I am, it’s all below. I realize some of you would really enjoy reading all the details about me (or anyone for that matter) and some of you would think that’s really boring. It depends on what personality type you are. 🙂 At any rate, I thought this would be an interesting way for some of my readers to get to know me, in a roundabout way, and for some of my friends and co-workers to perhaps understand me a bit better. I personally would find it tedious to read through info like this; I would probably skim, unless it was about a really close friend that I wanted to know more about…but I’m getting ahead of myself… 🙂

I am an ENFP

This test categorizes personality traits into sixteen different possible combinations. These combinations are based on four “preferences,” or, as I would say, “different ways we prefer to interact with the world.”

The Four Preferences are:
Extraversion and Introversion
Sensing and Intuition
Thinking and Feeling
Judging and Perceiving

In each coupling above, you are one or the other, and to different degrees. The test isolates which preference you embody from each couple, and to what degree, and then gives you the four letter acronym with it’s percentages and voila! you have a pretty good idea of your mode of operation.

So I am an ENFP – or Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving.
The degrees to which I am each are:
Extraverted: 22%
Intuitive: 25%
Feeling: 38%
Perceiving: 22%

Apparently, this type is pretty rare.
“This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population, but they have great influence because of their extraordinary impact on others.”

Mode of Operation

“ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.”

“An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. They’re constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of the ENFP’s life, and because they are focused on keeping “centered”, the ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.”

“Unlike other Extraverted types, ENFPs need time alone to center themselves, and make sure they are moving in a direction which is in sync with their values. ENFPs who remain centered will usually be quite successful at their endeavors. Others may fall into the habit of dropping a project when they become excited about a new possibility, and thus they never achieve the great accomplishments which they are capable of achieving.” (I do need time alone often. This has always confused me because I am also extroverted. Now it makes sense!)

“Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. (Amazing! That is true.) They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.”

“ENFPs are charming, ingenuous, risk-taking, sensitive, people-oriented individuals with capabilities ranging across a broad spectrum. They have many gifts which they will use to fulfill themselves and those near them, if they are able to remain centered and master the ability of following through.” (If…the crucial little word!)

Behavior

Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivious to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP’s family members.” (I wish this were not true. Knowing this is a personality trait, and not a character flaw, is greatly helpful in attempting to focus on becoming more diligent in this area. Look, mom! This is why I never cleaned my room! :))

(This is my favorite part of the description because it is just funny…)
“ENFPs are friendly folks. Most are really enjoyable people. Some of the most soft-hearted people are ENFPs.
ENFPs have what some call a “silly switch.” They can be intellectual, serious, all business for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN WILDCHILD, the scourge of the swimming pool, ticklers par excellence. Sometimes they may even appear intoxicated when the “switch” is flipped.”
Wow. 🙂

“ENFPs like to tell funny stories, especially about their friends.” (True!)

“ENFPs sometimes can be blindsided by their secondary Feeling function. Hasty decisions based on deeply felt values may boil over with unpredictable results. More than one ENFP has abruptly quit a job in such a moment.” (Ug. Alas, also true. I have quit a few jobs like this.)

Relationships

“Most ENFPs have great people skills…they excel at bringing out the best in others, and are typically well-liked. They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level. They have an amazing ability to intuitively perceive the truth about a person or situation.

“ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate them to the more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality. They are outgoing, fun, and genuinely like people. They are warm, affectionate, and disconcertingly spontaneous. However, attention span in relationships can be short; ENFPs are easily intrigued and distracted by new friends and acquaintances, forgetting about the older ones for long stretches at a time.” (Eek. Guilty as charged. I wouldn’t really call it ‘forgetting’ about them – I just assume that everyone is like me – willing to pick up the relationship where we left off, even if we haven’t spoken for years. And not speaking for years is sometimes fine with me, if lifestyle dynamics cause that to happen.)

“Perhaps the combination of introverted Feeling and childlike introverted Sensing is responsible for the silent pull of ENFPs to the wishes of parents, authority figures and friends. Or perhaps it’s the predominance of indecisive intuition in combination with the ambiguity of secondary Fi and tertiary Te that induces these kind souls to capitulate even life-affecting decisions. Whatever the dynamic, ENFPs are strongly influenced by the opinions of their friends.”

Work

“ENFPs are pleasant, easygoing, and usually fun to work with. They come up with great ideas, and are a major asset in brainstorming sessions. Follow-through tends to be a problem, however; they tend to get bored quickly, especially if a newer, more interesting project comes along. They also tend to be procrastinators, both about meeting hard deadlines and about performing any small, uninteresting tasks that they’ve been assigned. ENFPs are at their most useful when working in a group with a J or two to take up the slack.” (100% true, much to the chagrin of anyone who’s given me mundane tasks to accomplish.)

“The ENFP personality type is a creative, energetic, outgoing, service-oriented individual with well-developed verbal and written communication skills. ENFPs are the driving force that makes things happen and therefore are natural leaders. They work logically and rationally and are unique problem solvers. They are intuitive and perceptive about people and make good team players. Possessing a broad range of skills and talents, ENFPs often change careers several times during their lifetimes and seek out careers not confined by strict schedules and mundane tasks, but provide a flexible environment that challenges them with new opportunities to see their innovations become reality.” (Puts a whole new spin on the challenge of being an intercessory missionary! “With God all things are possible, with God all things are possible, with God all things are possible…” 🙂 )

“ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they’re doing.” (God, please give me the “spirit of excitement about prayer…sigh…I guess that goes against the point – embracing weakness – probably not going to happen.” :))

“ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values.” (See? I do know what I’m doing… 🙂 )

“ENFPs hate bureaucracy, both in principle and in practice; they will always make a point of launching one of their crusades against some aspect of it.” (Ug – Red Tape – hate it!)

Famous ENFPs

:
Franz Joseph Haydn
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Will Rogers
Buster Keaton
Theodor “Dr.” Seuss Geisel (The Cat in the Hat)
Mickey Rooney
James Dobson (“Focus on the Family”)
Andy Rooney
Carol Burnett
Paul Harvey
Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)
Bill Cosby (Ghost Dad)
Dom Delouise, actor
Dave Thomas, owner of Wendy’s hamburger chain
Lewis Grizzard, newspaper columnist
I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University
Martin Short, actor-comedian
Meg Ryan, actor (When Harry Met Sally)
Robin Williams, actor, comedian (Dead Poet’s Society, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Sandra Bullock, actor (Speed, While You Were Sleeping)
Robert Downey (Heart and Souls)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)
Sinbad
Andy Kaufman
Regis Philbin

Fictional:
Dr. Doug Ross (ER)
Balkie (Perfect Strangers)
Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Steve Irkle

I think it’s funny that they’ve labelled fictional characters as being certain personality types. Interesting, though.

The only other ENFP that I personally know is Zack Hensley. Any other ENFP’s out there?  

So, what are you? Feel free to give the short or long version.

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  1. hailsky

    check out the first name on the list of famous enfj’s

    Profile: ENFJ
    Revision: 3.0
    Date of Revision: 23 Feb 2005

    ENFJs are the benevolent ‘pedagogues’ of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it’s usually not meant as manipulation — ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

    ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability.

    ENFJs are, by definition, Js, with whom we associate organization and decisiveness. But they don’t resemble the SJs or even the NTJs in organization of the environment nor occasional recalcitrance. ENFJs are organized in the arena of interpersonal affairs. Their offices may or may not be cluttered, but their conclusions (reached through feelings) about people and motives are drawn much more quickly and are more resilient than those of their NFP counterparts.

    ENFJs know and appreciate people. Like most NFs, (and Feelers in general), they are apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others. They have thinner psychological boundaries than most, and are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear.
    TRADEMARK: “The first shall be last”

    This refers to the open-door policy of ENFJs. One ENFJ colleague always welcomes me into his office regardless of his own circumstances. If another person comes to the door, he allows them to interrupt our conversation with their need. While discussing that need, the phone rings and he stops to answer it. Others drop in with a ‘quick question.’ I finally get up, go to my office and use the call waiting feature on the telephone. When he hangs up, I have his undivided attention!

    Functional Analysis:
    Extraverted Feeling

    Extraverted Feeling rules the ENFJ’s psyche. In the sway of this rational function, these folks are predisposed to closure in matters pertaining to people, and especially on behalf of their beloved. As extraverts, their contacts are wide ranging. Face-to-face relationships are intense, personable and warm, though they may be so infrequently achieved that intimate friendships are rare.
    Introverted iNtuition

    Like their INFJ cousins, ENFJs are blessed through introverted intuition with clarity of perception in the inner, unconscious world. Dominant Feeling prefers to find the silver lining in even the most beggarly perceptions of those in their expanding circle of friends and, of course, in themselves. In less balanced individuals, such mitigation of the unseemly eventually undermines the ENFJ’s integrity and frequently their good name. In healthier individuals, deft use of this awareness of the inner needs and desires of others enables this astute type to win friends, influence people, and avoid compromising entanglements.

    The dynamic nature of their intuition moves ENFJs from one project to another with the assurance that the next one will be perfect, or much more nearly so than the last. ENFJs are continually looking for newer and better solutions to benefit their extensive family, staff, or organization.
    Extraverted Sensing

    Sensing is extraverted. ENFJs can manage details, particularly those necessary to implement the prevailing vision. These data have, however, a magical flexible quality. Something to be bought can be had for a song; the same something is invaluable when it’s time to sell. (We are not certain, but we suspect that such is the influence of the primary function.) This wavering of sensory perception is made possible by the weaker and less mature status with which the tertiary is endowed.
    Introverted Thinking

    Introverted Thinking is least apparent and most enigmatic in this type. In fact, it often appears only when summoned by Feeling. At times only in jest, but in earnest if need be, Thinking entertains as logical only those conclusions which support Feeling’s values. Other scenarios can be shown invalid or at best significantly inferior. Such “Thinking in the service of Feeling” has the appearance of logic, but somehow it never quite adds up.

    Introverted Thinking is frequently the focus of the spiritual quest of ENFJs. David’s lengthiest psalm, 119, pays it homage. “Law,” “precept,” “commandment,” “statute:” these essences of inner thinking are the mysteries of Deity for which this great Feeler’s soul searched.
    Famous ENFJs:

    David, King of Israel
    U.S. Presidents:
    Abraham Lincoln
    Ronald Reagan

    William Cullen Bryant, poet
    Abraham Maslow, psychologist and proponent of self-actualization
    Ross Perot
    Sean Connery
    Elizabeth Dole
    Francois Mitterand
    Dick Van Dyke
    Andy Griffith
    James Garner
    William Aramony, former president of United Way
    Gene Hackman (Superman, Antz)
    Dennis Hopper (Speed)
    Brenda Vaccaro
    Craig T. Nelson (Coach)
    Diane Sawyer (Good Morning America)
    Randy Quaid (Bye Bye, Love; Independence Day)
    Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive)
    Kirstie Alley (“Cheers,” Look Who’s Talking movies)
    Michael Jordan, NBA basketball player
    Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)
    Oprah Winfrey
    Bob Saget America’s Funniest Home Videos, Full House
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeld”)
    Ben Stiller (The Royal Tenenbaums)
    Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback
    Matthew McConaughey (The Wedding Planner)
    Pete Sampras, Tennis Champion
    Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”)
    Ben Affleck (The Sum Of All Fears)
    John Cusack (High Fidelity)
    Fictional ENFJs:

    Joe Hackett, Wings

  2. robinhoke

    …Getting to like you. Getting to see if you like me. (I loved singing that song in music in like 4th grade!)

    I think I was ENFJ. It was interesting.

  3. So you’re a teacher, huh? Cool…I tend to like ENFJs. They are like me but a little better at being decisive and objective. I like that cuz we think alike and they help me move forward in decision-making and action.

  4. I got INTJ a few days ago. I took the test again today and got INFJ. Interesting: “While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent ‘givers.'”

    Well, that explains a lot. I always wondered why I did that. 😀

    P.S. Have you checked out temperament theory too? I think I’m a combination of melancholy and supine.

  5. Stephanie

    INFJ . . . Jenn, somehow it doesn’t surprise me at all that we could be the same on this 😉

  6. I’m also an INTJ…mostly (heavy on the I and the J. on another test it came out ISFJ).

  7. INFJ, I think. Thanks to you and Dave for the “free” test – all the other sites force you to pay $50 or so.

    I think that being a Contemplator / Responder is much easier to describe and remember however! CBB

  8. Ducky – cool! funny how you were something different second time around. I’ll have to check out that site!

    Retroman – did you take Life Languages too? Maybe we were at the same seminar (back in like 01 or 02 in Cleveland – remember?) Nate Mo and I were both “Influencer/Responders.” I can totally see how you are a Contemplator/Responder!

  9. Just found out that Jared Diehl is also an ENFP – knew I loved him for a reason! 🙂

  10. emilymea

    ESFP but I sometimes test as an ISFP – it all depends on how I’m feeling as to wether I get extrovert or introvert.

    ESFP means that I’m a rational, idealist, artisan, gaurdian. The combination often atributed to elementary teachers. I guess I went into the right major in college then.

  11. emilymea

    Oh yeah, and the disciple Mark was an ESFP.

  12. When I did past tests, I would come out INFJ (or ENFJ once, strangely). When I did this test, I came out INTJ (though as weakly T as possible). I need to take the time to sit down and read all through the things, but that may not happen for a few days…

  13. I’m an ISFJ. Strong I and J, really weak S (1%) and pretty slight F (12%).

    I took this and answered a couple of questions differently that I had trouble deciding between, and became an ISTJ — the first and only time I’ve come up as a “T” on a Myers-Briggs. The description didn’t fit me as well as the ISFJ, however. I guess I’m sort of a muddy mix of several things. 🙂

  14. INFJ and it doesn’t suprise me. This is fun…

  15. This is fun! I like hearing what everyone is.

  16. kylegebhart

    I’m a #2.

  17. I’m a nerd. I admit it. I Googled my personality type.

    But the good news is I came back with a description that fit me much better (although less detailed) than the one I first had seen, linking from Sliker’s page…

    The Nurturer

    As an ISFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you takes things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system.

    ISFJs live in a world that is concrete and kind. They are truly warm and kind-hearted, and want to believe the best of people. They value harmony and cooperation, and are likely to be very sensitive to other people’s feelings. People value the ISFJ for their consideration and awareness, and their ability to bring out the best in others by their firm desire to believe the best.
    This is so true… I’m a chronic, and often a bit naive, optimist. Innocent until proven guilty, right? 😀 Unfortunately this means I am sometimes quite gullible. But if you dupe me enough times I’ll catch on eventually.

    ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occured, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.
    Scarily accurate. If I had a conversation with someone that meant a lot to me, I replay it in my head for days…

    ISFJs have a very clear idea of the way things should be, which they strive to attain. They value security and kindness, and respect traditions and laws. They tend to believe that existing systems are there because they work. Therefore, they’re not likely to buy into doing things in a new way, unless they’re shown in a concrete way why its better than the established method.
    I think this is probably true as well. I’m not a big fan of overhauling the system if the system already works well. But if you convince me a new way is better, I’ll jump in with both feet.

    ISFJs learn best by doing, rather than by reading about something in a book, or applying theory. For this reason, they are not likely to be found in fields which require a lot of conceptual analysis or theory. They value practical application. Traditional methods of higher education, which require a lot of theorizing and abstraction, are likely to be a chore for the ISFJ. The ISFJ learns a task best by being shown its practical application. Once the task is learned, and its practical importance is understood, the ISFJ will faithfully and tirelessly carry through the task to completion. The ISFJ is extremely dependable.
    I do value practical application, which is why I tolerated algebra, but despised trig and pre-calc. But I actually learn very well from books and enjoy a fair bit of theorizing and abstraction, provided it’s about something I care about (math not fitting in that category).

    The ISFJ has an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they’re likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes. They make extremely good interior decorators. This special ability, combined with their sensitivity to other’s feelings and desires, makes them very likely to be great gift-givers – finding the right gift which will be truly appreciated by the recipient.
    Hey, what can I say? Good taste is good taste. 😛 But I definitely agree about the gift part. I love looking for just the right gift and will do whatever I can to find something that will be exactly what will bless someone! So if I know you and your birthday is coming up, drop hints. I listen. 😀

    More so than other types, ISFJs are extremely aware of their own internal feelings, as well as other people’s feelings. They do not usually express their own feelings, keeping things inside. If they are negative feelings, they may build up inside the ISFJ until they turn into firm judgments against individuals which are difficult to unseed, once set. Many ISFJs learn to express themselves, and find outlets for their powerful emotions.

    Just as the ISFJ is not likely to express their feelings, they are also not likely to let on that they know how others are feeling. However, they will speak up when they feel another individual really needs help, and in such cases they can truly help others become aware of their feelings.
    Again, this is a little scary how spot-on it is.

    The ISFJ feels a strong sense of responsibility and duty. They take their responsibilities very seriously, and can be counted on to follow through. For this reason, people naturally tend to rely on them. The ISFJ has a difficult time saying “no” when asked to do something, and may become over-burdened. In such cases, the ISFJ does not usually express their difficulties to others, because they intensely dislike conflict, and because they tend to place other people’s needs over their own. The ISFJ needs to learn to identify, value, and express their own needs, if they wish to avoid becoming over-worked and taken for granted.
    “No” is not my favorite word. And if I agree to do something, I will do everything in my power not to have to back out of it.

    ISFJs 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, the ISFJ begins to imagine all of the things that might go critically wrong in their life. They have strong feelings of inadequacy, and become convinced that “everything is all wrong”, or “I can’t do anything right”.
    This was totally me five years ago. I’m doing way better on the self-condemnation stuff. But I do still like affirmation a lot. 😀 Hopefully not too much! I want my praise to come from God rather than man…

    The ISFJ is warm, generous, and dependable. They have many special gifts to offer, in their sensitivity to others, and their strong ability to keep things running smoothly. They need to remember to not be overly critical of themselves, and to give themselves some of the warmth and love which they freely dispense to others.

    Jungian functional preference ordering:

    Dominant: Introverted Sensing
    Auxilliary: Extraverted Feeling
    Tertiary: Introverted Thinking
    Inferior: Extraverted Intuition

  18. I took my Life Language test too late at the church that became the Cleveland IHOP. Church on the [something] Summit? Everyone else at metro had taken it a year earlier and were all proud of “who” they were!

    One of the problems of the Myers-Briggs is its lack of reliability – this just happened to me – reliability means you get the SAME results every time and is important to establishing the validity (accuracy) of a test.

    I posted BEFORE actually taking this test and it scored me wrong – as an INTJ. I know this is wrong because I read a thick book called “Do What You Are” I think, and it gives several checklists and case studies of each type. I am NOT a judger by nature, and I am a bit more of a Feeler rather than a Thinker (even though it the other way on the Life Language). I scored 1% Thinker. Depending on the type and number of questions this test will score many very differently each time especially if they are close to the middle of the range. I think somewhere around 25% of people get different results! CBB

  19. benjaminwood

    I refuse to tell you what i am!!!!

  20. Victoria

    I’m an ENFJ. yep.

  21. Victoria

    why doesn’t my picture show up on your blog? not that i like seeing myself or anything…i’m just sayin…

  22. I’m an INFJ (I & N are always consistant, the other two seem to vary from year to year ). The description fit me pretty well and made me laugh at points. We’d call the ESP they reference prophetic gifting, but that has been true of me all my life. I tend to be in touch with what those around me are feeling, and sometimes not really wanting to know.


    The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and enterprising and attentive in their interpersonal roles. Counselors focus on human potentials, think in terms of ethical values, and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (little more than 2 percent) is regrettable, since Counselors have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their companions. Although Counsleors tend to be private, sensitive people, and are not generally visible leaders, they nevertheless work quite intensely with those close to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their families, friends, and colleagues. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

    Counselors can be hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. With their loved ones, certainly, Counselors are not reluctant to express their feelings, their face lighting up with the positive emotions, but darkening like a thunderhead with the negative. Indeed, because of their strong ability to take into themselves the feelings of others, Counselors can be hurt rather easily by those around them, which, perhaps, is one reason why they tend to be private people, mutely withdrawing from human contact. At the same time, friends who have known a Counselor for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are inconsistent; Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

    Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another’s emotions or intentions — good or evil — even before that person is conscious of them. This “mind-reading” can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others’ feelings so keenly. Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena and to have visions of human events, past, present, or future. What is known as ESP may well be exceptional intuitive ability-in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in the Counselor, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.

  23. Michaela, I definitely feel you on the “sometimes not wanting to know”

  24. Aaron James

    ENFJ here too.

    Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
    78 25 25 78

    Not suprising. What did shock me though was that my wife is too! I thought we’d be oppisite each other. Hers is:

    Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
    11 38 62 67

    I guess that’s why we work so well. . .

  25. ESFJ – I’m a performer! And I love personality tests!!!! I just took another one that categorizes you by colors. I’m Blue/Orange. That could be quite trendy in an outfit. 🙂

  26. Introverted 67% Sensing 1% Thinking 38% Judging 67%

    ISTJ all the way!

  27. jennerith

    These personality tests are wayyy too hard to read. I space out by sentence #3.
    Can’t we do that one that talks about what kind of shoe we would be, or who we have a crush on?

  28. I’m an ISFJ, it’s scary how much the description of my personality type fits me.

  29. Well, I went and read the profiles. It seems I’m borderline INFJ and INTJ. I went and wrote all about it here if you’re interested in reading my thoughts/analysis.

  30. Kyle – what’s a #2? I can only think of one kind of #2 – and I know you’re not talking about that… 🙂

    Amanda – I did too – it’s just so interesting!

    Retroman – The online test is not the official Myers-Briggs test. It’s a test given by humanmetrics that is based on the Carl Jung and Myers-Briggs approach to personality testing. I think the official MB test would be much more accurate – I guess that’s what you get for a free, simplified personality test! So, all that to say – don’t write off Myers-Briggs – it’s a very reputable and accurate test.

    Ben – did you forget to take your happy pills? 🙂

    Victoria – I need more ENFJs in my life. They ground me. I don’t know why pics aren’t featured on my site – my theme just doesn’t incorporate them. I know – BUMMER.

    Michaela – Woah! Yours is the most interesting type I’ve read so far. Very cool. What’s with the “uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance?” 🙂

    Aaron – so you and Jen are ENFJs, huh? So much for opposites attract… 🙂

    Kristine – what’s the blue/orange deal all about?

    Jen – I totally agree. But you should not be having a crush on anyone… 🙂 JK. What kind of shoe would you be?

  31. Andy – I know, isn’t it crazy how accurate it is?

    Idhrendur – Four prayer languages? Sweet! And I’m glad you’re sharing more than less these days. That’s awesome Mother Theresa’s on your list. I’m jealous.

  32. Blue and orange are components of another personality test. It’s not the same as the Myers-Briggs. A person is either the color gold, green, blue, or orange. Gold is the very strong, leadery personality; green is the organized and meticulous personality; blue is the peacemaker, live-in-harmony, follower personality; orange is the playful, lives for a party personality.
    It’s a whole other set of rules, but my mom had just taken it in a leadership meeting and showed me. There has to be about a million different personality tests out there!

  33. benjaminwood

    No my happy pills are well taken with a big Jawsome glass of BOO YA! I just like to be difficult some times

  34. jennerith

    Ok so I totally have a crush on Aaron. I know, it’s weird.
    What kind of shoe would I be? Sometime comfortable, yet sassy. With fun colors that are exciting and match everything. And, um..they light up when you clap on rhythm.
    I am not sure what that implies about my personality.

  35. standonthewall

    I took that test in college and I was an INFP. It was actually part of a writing class to show us how our personality influences the process of story construction. Weird, huh?

  36. Victoria

    molly – so what you’re saying is we should hang out? i agree. 😉

  37. @Molly: I’m glad I share more too. Except when I have to go around and tell people, “You know that thing I talked about last week. Yeah, with the girl? I was completely wrong.” I’m all horribly embarrassed twice. And that’s before the jokes start…

    And I find it funny that I’m more excited about Gandalf being on my list than Mother Theresa. But I’m a nerd. Well, more of a sub-nerd, but not everyone knows that distinction.

  38. Kristine – interesting… 🙂

    Ben – I would say ‘impossible’ 🙂 But still JAWSOME.

    Jen – hmmm…I am intriqued…does this reveal your aversion to non-rhythmic clappers? I am in that camp, by the way. We might be wearing the same shoes.

    Brooke – that is so interesting! I would totally get into that, being a personality test lover and former English major.

    Victoria – yes! 🙂

    Idhrendur – I would love to hear the distiction between nerd and sub-nerd. Care to share?

  39. Hailsky – sorry, just realized your comment was marked as spam – just de-spammed you!

  40. Sorry. I tried to link a friend’s blog where she created that distinction. It didn’t work, apparently. Let me try again.

    In case that didn’t work, you can go to http://doeraeme.blogdrive.com and use the archive calender to find her October 17, 2006 post.

  41. So, I took the test and scored it…the results: the data I gave was inconclusive to determine my personality type! What in the world!! What kind of answer is that. Also, it took me like an hour to take the test…I tend to ponder each question too long! I’m taking it again!!

  42. Victoria

    molly you definitely get more comments than anyone i’ve ever seen. you my dear are seriously loved.

  43. I’m an INTJ. Some sites/books call us “the Mastermind.” Yeah, warm and friendly, eh? Other INTJs at IHOP include Stuart Greaves and Charity Bates.

    FYI: According to David Keirsey (who wrote “Please Understand Me” I and II and developed much of what we often refer to when we talk about Meyers-Briggs), you are my ideal type for marriage. Whatever that means. Do what you will with that information (which is hopefully… nothing).

    Sarah Stroer is also in ENFP. I must admit that I enjoy yall quite a bit. I’m glad you mentioned Zack. I was about 90% sure he was an ENFP.

    In general, I tend to really favor INFJs, INFPs, and ENFPs. I clearly have a great appreciation for you NF idealist types.

  44. jennerith

    Molly- yes, it’s my pet peeve. Well, one of them. The other is people who sit behind me at the movies and talk to the screen the whole time, in an instructional manner. As if a) the character can hear them b) the character would even CARE if they COULD hear them c)the person, by yelling at the screen, may somehow change the inevitable outcome.
    Those two things are pretty much the most annoying thing on earth.

  45. Cara – that is funny! Let us know if you get something different the second time around!

    Victoria – you know what they say – “They will know we are Christians by our commenting” 🙂

    Christine – the “Mastermind,” eh? Sounds about right. You are among most prestigious ranks with Stuart and Charity, I might add. So, what you’re saying is, I need to look for an INTJ man? 🙂 That’s a great first date idea – personality testing. How romantic!

    Jen – I love the way you think! And I wholeheartedly agree.

  46. Victoria

    HA! that’s awesome. you draw people in…i don’t know how you do it…but i’m hooked. are you an evangelist or somethin?? hehe

  47. I just noticed the side conversation on arhythmical clappers. Let me whole-heartedly agree that they are annoying.

  48. Victoria – 🙂

    Idhrendur – yes. Usually they are the loudest clappers too.

  49. Indeed. They are also one of the two things that can get me to clap (which I strongly dislike doing). If an inexperienced musician is playing, those arhythmical clappers drag the tempo around. So I have to step in and stabilize it. Or, I often have to get them to clap on the correct beat.

    The other time I clap is when it’s written into my music. Which dis happen occasionally back before I got too busy to be in a band.

  50. Hey, if personality testing isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is!

    Obvious conclusion to be drawn from that statement: I am a little deficient in my definition of romance. Oy.

    Oh, and if testing for an INTJ doesn’t work for you and you need another “good” evaluation tool… let me know and I’ll tell you all about the lemon test.

  51. Idhrendur – I have often contemplated the strangeness of clapping. What a weird phenomenon. It strikes me that through the ages, as humans became more civilized, clapping remained. Many things fell away (like peeing in the gutter) but this barbaric slapping together of the hands to show appreciation remained. Fascinating. Ask me how I really feel about clapping.

    Christine – 🙂 It is quite efficient, though, isn’t it? Saves a lot of time and all. I would love to hear about the lemon test, though I feel as if I just got duped into playing 54 card pick-up. 🙂

  52. Thad

    Don’t know if this makes me a D-O-R-K, but I love the fact that if you type “Molly Mosack Macaroni” into google, it take you right to your site…

    Love ya!

  53. Thad – Ha! That’s hilarious. I love you too!




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