Monday, June 23, 2008

"Warmly Enthusiastic and Imaginative"

We decided to take a personality test at work a few weeks ago. On a technology team where I am the only girl, I’m also the only extrovert, and that is the way I like it. I can be the center of attention, as it should be.

I talked Other Half into taking the test the other night. Normally he would be beyond such tomfoolery, but there is nothing on TV right now (even poker is in repeats.) I know this might shock you all, but we’re almost complete opposites. Other Half naturally thinks that his personality is the best. He can't help it, it's his personality. I don’t attach any value judgments on his, or on your personalities for that matter (that's so ENFP.)

I watched him take the test over his shoulder. On the question, Do you think you’re weird, he selected 'no.' I almost laughed out loud. Not only do people think he's weird, some people don't even think he exists!

Afterward, we compared notes. Sure enough under Other Half’s description it said, “You don’t think you are weird, but others find you so.” It also mentioned that he tends to think his way of approaching the world is right and that he is constantly looking to see how all the rest of us can improve. This is true. I am his project. I don’t really like that I’m his improvement project (considering that there’s a faucet that needs installed if he’s looking for a project) but I’ve learned that he thinks he needs a project. Whatever.

In my list were things like “spontaneous, outgoing, empathetic” and then followed by “easily distracted.”


“Wild and crazy, acts without thinking, likely to have or want a tattoo, unprepared, prone to fantasy...”

FINE, be that way.

(I don’t have a tattoo)

(I don’t even WANT a tattoo.)

"Look," Other Half crowed, “Disorganized!” His face beamed with vindication.

"I know. See, I can't help it, it's just my personality. However, just because you don’t value these facets doesn’t mean that they’re not legitimate personality traits that can serve a purpose."

"WHAT? It says irresponsible! No one wants to be irresponsible!"


"No one proudly admits to being irrational!"

"Humph," I said.

So dear reader, do you need a project? Are you prone to fantasy?

What are you?

Tell me more!


b. said...

Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.

Accurate. Definitely.

This is me said...

ESFJ (I won't list all the descriptions here).

Scarily accurate. I love that two of my "disfavored careers" are tattoo artist and international spy.

Thanks for crushing my dreams.

Azúcar said...

Don't forget to click on the "Tell me More" link in the post for a more flattering view of your type.

And I don't think the careers are all that accurate, considering what I actually do is in the disfavored careers list. So, if you were really intent on the international spy thing...

jennie w. said...

I'm an ISTP too. Although the description says things like "loner", which sounds depressing, another site says:

"You’ll often find ISTPs in a group sitting at the edge of the circle carefully watching everything that is happening. If approached, they are usually cheerful and affable, great at story telling and quick with humor.

They entertain with their knowledge of a wide array of action stories. Their primary mode, however, is observation, and they rarely miss anything. When a problem or need arises, they observe carefully and "know the territory."

That's definitely accurate.

cabesh said...

WE had to take this for a family science course at BYU. A "guest professor" came in to administer the test, then asked who was an ESTJ. When I raised my hand he proceeded to ask me personal questions: "Do you put things in the same place in the refrigerator every time? Do you want others to conform the the rules of your house when visiting?"
When I answered in the affirmative, he took the next 15 minutes to personally attack me/those with my "unreasonable" type, contrasting it with his own, "laid back" type. Jerk!
In the end though, he did admit that he would probably prefer anyone managing his money to be an ESTJ.

Kalli Ko said...

ESFJ for me too, but I don't like working with other people on projects because I always think I'm right and no one else can do it as good as me. Because I'm not a control freak or anything.

this brought back serious memories from college...hahahahaha!!!

Rynell said...


OH my. Some of the disfavored careers have actually been my favorite. Maybe I did something wrong...Tee hee.

Fig said...

Tied. And I WILL post all the descriptions here, because I, uh, want to be appreciated for who I am. Agree with Kalli though, says I like to work in groups but I really don't.

This one:

"ESFJ - "Seller". Most sociable of all types. Nurturer of harmony. Outstanding host or hostesses."/"Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute."

and this one:

"ENFJ - "Persuader". Outstanding leader of groups. Can be aggressive at helping others to be the best that they can be."/"Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership."

compulsive writer said...

Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.

Hmmm. I'm thinking.

compulsive writer said...

I am definitely a here and now. I do learn best through doing. And I like to problem solve. Interesting.

~j. said...

enf~j. (see fig)

Amy said...

When Paul took this test for work, he read aloud to me with commentary like this,
"'ENTJs think they're always right' but what if I really am always right? The more I read this I think a silly test can't really categorize me. 'ENTJs will claim that this test can't categorize them.'"

He pretty much proved his personality while reading about his personality. Very funny.

I'm an ESFJ, btw.

Sue said...


Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

Hey, I like it. It makes me sound AWESOME.

kiki said...

I am also ENFP. I think if I were to take this test during an emotional/depressed moment, I would be INFJ.

Sue said...

Oh my gosh, it's like they've been talking to my husband: "easily talked into doing silly things, acts without thinking, physically affectionate, attention seeking, prone to losing things, easily distracted, open, revealing, impulsive, empathetic, loving, attachment prone, PRONE TO FANTASY." Who, me?

Marge Bjork said...

the last two boys I ever thought about dating both asked me, "Do you feel like you're different from other people?" Once is fine, but two different people?! If that doesn't make you feel awkward...

Bek said...

Ok, I need to take this test, I will do it now.

BTW, I am NOT entirely convinced that Other Half exists. who is the mystical "husband" we all hear about??? :-)

Katie said...


My favorite description is, "When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet."

Such an accurate description of me. Here's another great site to find description of the personality types.

Thanks for the post.

Britty said...


"Seller". Most sociable of all types. Nurturer of harmony. Outstanding host or hostesses. 12.3% of total population.

Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.

Why yes, I am quite warmhearted.

Lucky Red Hen said...

I blogged about this too, and added a little story about my experience as well (come see)...

ESFP - "Entertainer". Radiates attractive warmth and optimism. Smooth, witty, charming, clever. Fun to be with. Very generous. 8.5% of the total population.

Tiffany Twisted said...

Entp. That's 3.2% of people. Great! I'm never going to find a date.since I've decided against marrying my polar opposite again.

Physcokity said...

ISFP the artist

Likely said...

"ENFJ - "Persuader". Outstanding leader of groups. Can be aggressive at helping others to be the best that they can be.

That is totally me. I love being in charge of a group of people and I get really frustrated when others aren't living up to their potential. Which is also why I am always always frustrated with myself.

I am never good enough for myself.

MoJo's Weekly Update said...

I've meet your other half and I still don't think he exists.

Reluctant Nomad said...

ISFP - "Artist". Interested in the fine arts. Expression primarily through action or art form. The senses are keener than in other types. 8.8% of total population.

My first test that says I'm an introvert. I'm off to take the second one now.