Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ENFJ

From Steve's blog. No matter how many times I have taken this kind of test over the years, I come out the same: ENFJ, with the J very closely tied with the P (Judging vs. Perceiving).

ENFJ - "Persuader". Outstanding leader of groups. Can be aggressive at helping others to be the best that they can be. 2.5% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

11 comments:

jeannine said...

That's exactly me - I flipped from an ENFP to an ENFJ after getting my bachelor's degree and ever since, but it's still very close.
PS We talked about your work in my residency workshop as a good example of poetry about medicine :) Do you feel famous now?

The Sublibrarian said...

It'd be interesting to know if N is associated at all with poetry. I've been INT/FP for decades now. Over the last year I've been noticing how undifferentiated the T & F are for me—thinking and feeling are sometimes identical. Useful for writing, less helpful in a hyper-T environ like MSFT.

Hey, if they're talking about you in graduate classes, you have arrived, my friend. Next stop a footnote in Vendler or Bloom!

Peter said...

J: That is so cool! I hope the students liked the writing.

R: being an N in a hyper-T place like Microsoft (or medicine) is not always fun. But perhaps we are needed there?
I love the idea of thinking and feeling being indistinguishable for you at times (if that is what you mean).

Emily Lloyd said...

I was a solid ENFP for years (my parents thought it would be fun for us all to take the M-B during a long car trip when I was a kid, then years later I had to do it as a staff exercise--all the other librarians were ISTJs, so I was quickly pegged as the creative freak--so much for "team-building" [grin])...then, after some really hard years with panic disorder/depression, I became a solid INTP (absent-minded professor type). Interesting how it can change over the course of one's life...I imagine I'll be a nice old ENFP once more any year now. The Sublibrarian's question about the N intrigues.

Steven D. Schroeder said...

ISTJ as usual, though also as usual pretty close on everything except the J. I agree with Sublibrarian about the T/F thing.

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

INFJ. Twice in a row. It seems like everyone else has taken this before; I've never even heard of it. It seemed eerily accurate, but I'm a bit leary of tests like this. How seriously ought it be taken, Dr. Pete?

Peter said...

AJ: The Meyers-Briggs inventory has been around for a long time (I took it in medical school, about 25 years ago, for instance). It has shown to be very "reproducible," meaning people tend to get the same result each time they take it, with some minor shifts over time. It has also been shown to be fairly accurate in terms of predicting a person's general personality type, how best they will work in an organization, how they will get along with other people, etc, etc.
Many people learn about this inventory in Psych 101 level classes, I believe. Some people are asked to take the Meyers-Briggs as part of job interviews, or during staff development retreats.

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

Wow. That's incredibly interesting. Thanks, Doc!

Neil Aitken said...

INFJ -- I've taken the M-B several times over the years and always end up with the same result, although sometimes I'm more INF/TJ with the F/T split.

Given that the N is for Intuitive, I'm not surprised by the number of N in the poetry world.

Jilly said...

I'm an INFJ too. I took the Meyers-Briggs in college...have taken the online flavors.

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

I feel a kick-ass superhero club coming on! Can I be Equipment Manager?