October 31, 2015

What's Your Personality Type?

A chart with descriptions of each Myers–Briggs personality type and the four dichotomies central to the theory (from Wikipedia)

Out of the blue, I took 2 personality tests today, based on the typological theory introduced by Carl Jung and the MBTI developed Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cooks Briggs.  There's lots of personality tests around the internet (I often see posts on Facebook), and I don't really believe in them mainly because the can be means of internet phishing. But then I decided to take one, to see what these series of questions say about me.

The first test, based on Carl Jung's theory gave me a series of statements and I got to select the answers based on what I think is appropriate or right. I got the result, it is INFJ. This is what it means:

"Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally "doers" as well as dreamers.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates."

Due in part to the unique perspective produced by this alternation between detachment and involvement in the lives of the people around them, INFJs may well have the clearest of all the types into the motivations of others, for good and for evil. The most important contributing factor to this uncanny gift, however, are the empathic abilities often found in Fs, which seem to be especially heightened in the INFJ type (possibly by the dominance of the introverted N function).

Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. 

Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists - INFJs gravitate toward such a role - are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden.They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of 'poetic justice' is appealing to the INFJ.

Because you appear to have marginal or no (3%) preference of Intuition over Sensing, characteristics of more than one personality type may apply to you: INFJ and ISFJ."

I am impressed of the result of the test, particularly in the last few statements. I can agree that the statements describe my personality well. But checking on the last paragraph, it says that I can also be an ISFJ. So I took another but on a different resource. This time, this is based on MBTI and again, I answered some questions, similar to the first one, and I got the result: ISFJ.

Here's what ISFJ has to say about myself:

"ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their "need to be needed." In extreme cases, this need is so strong that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy themselves within the framework of a normal life. Since ISFJs, like all SJs, are very much bound by the prevailing social conventions, their form of "service" is likely to exclude any elements of moral or political controversy; they specialize in the local, the personal, and the practical."

Much like from the first result, the MBTI result also included the characteristic of having the desire to serve the people (FACT: I studied Political Science and was a student activist and although I am not active anymore, the activist character in me didn't die at all).

"ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically, because they prove over and over that they can be relied on for their loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take them for granted--even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes aggravated by the ISFJs themselves;  And although they're hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they're getting, it's somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself). Because of all of this, ISFJs are often overworked, and as a result may suffer from psychosomatic illnesses."

This is also true in my case. I go to work everyday and do my job well. I am not the best worker the company has and sometimes I get red alerts for low performances in terms of work metrics, but I can say I did well in making our customers satisfied. I myself, don't wan't any awards or any recognition; a simple "thank you" would make me happy and strive to work better.

"In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often with very good memories and unexpected analytic abilities; they are also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with others. ISFJs make pleasant and reliable co-workers and exemplary employees, but tend to be harried and uncomfortable in supervisory roles. They are capable of forming strong loyalties, but these are personal rather than institutional loyalties; if someone they've bonded with in this way leaves the company, the ISFJ will leave with them, if given the option."

This statement is accurate as well!

"Like most Is, ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical support at a moment's notice. However, like most Fs they hate confrontation; if you get into a fight, don't expect them to jump in after you. You can count on them, however, run and get the nearest authority figure. Unlike with EPs, the older the friendship is, the more an ISFJ will value it. "

I can attest to this as I only have very few closest friends. Maybe because I don't like large groups, but I prefer few people where we can have deep and meaning conversations. And yes, I do HATE confrontations.

"One ISFJ trait that is easily misunderstood by those who haven't known them long is that they are often unable to either hide or articulate any distress they may be feeling. An adult ISFJ may drive a  friend into a fit of temper over the ISFJ's unexplained moodiness, only afterwards to explain about a death in the family they "didn't want to burden anyone with." Those close to ISFJs should learn to watch for the warning signs in these situations and take the initiative themselves to uncover the problem."

I am a moody person when I'm sick, my friends can attest to that. When I go to work an my friends greet, I don't greet them back. I just stay at my table and work, without saying hi to them. When the day ends I would apologize to them then explain that I have a bad case of sore throat (that usually leads to flu and fever). At first it shocked them, but then they're able to get used to it. Recently they would talk to me right away and ask me if I'm not feeling well.

If I compare the 2 tests I took, both have given out accurate statements about me. While the typology-based test stated I have skills in written communication (which is very true and I think my strength) and also emphasized about my humanitarian character, the MBTI-based test emphasized more on my social/personal traits.

I cannot guarantee if the test sources are legal or has proper certifications/affiliations, but you may still wantto try if you want to know more about yourself. The links are below:

MBTI- based test: http://kisa.ca/personality/
Typology-based test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/