I am an ISFP


I am an 

fancy logo/writing for use in MBTI articles

fancy logo/writing for use in MBTI articles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  Yes, it sounds like a swear word or an acronym for something weird, but it isn’t.  What this is, is a personality profile – MY personality profile.  now, I am not normally into labelling myself or placing who I am and what I feel into a little box but I do think there are aspects of personality profiling that can be useful, that can actually explain things about why I did that, said that, thought that or felt that.  The thing one has to be careful of when reading about one’s personality profile is the urge to start labelling yourself or making excuses for things you do or don’t do because you are a certain personality type.  Another problem with personality profiling is getting the urge to change your answers to fit into the profile that you think you are.  So if you  really want to do this, remember these two points:

  1. Your profile results are still basic and generalised so don’t change who you are to fit it and don’t think that because it says you fit a certain profile that you are destined to be that type of person – we are all changeable.

  2. Be honest when answering the questions.  After all, if you lie you are only lying to yourself!

English: Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung ...

English: Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung in USA, published in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now there are loads of different personality tests and theories and it can all get quite complicated but I am not a psychologist and my logical side is usually overrun by the many other facets of my personality :D so I will keep it simple.  The one I am referring to in this post is based on Carl G.  Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers‘ theory of psychological types.  According to Jung, personality can be categorised into different areas, which are:

  • The preference of general attitude
  • The preference within two pairs of mental function

and Myers added that:

  • The opposite poles of judging and perceiving can influence these categories and, of course, the resulting personality types.

The above-mentioned personality characteristics are described as opposite ends of the polar scale which mean that they are extreme opposites.  Now there are those who will find themselves at the extreme end of one or more of these poles but I would say most are somewhere in between them with maybe one or two individual characteristics that lean far more to one side than the other.

So, what are they?

1. General attitude

  • Extraversion:

Extraversion is “the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self”.[4] Extroverts tend to enjoy human interactions and to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive, and gregarious. They take pleasure in activities that involve large social gatherings, such as parties, community activities, public demonstrations, and business or political groups. Politics, teaching, sales, managing and brokering are fields that favor extraversion. An extroverted person is likely to enjoy time spent with people and find less reward in time spent alone. They tend to be energized when around other people, and they are more prone to boredom when they are by themselves. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraversion_and_introversion

VERSUS

  • Introversion

Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”.[4] Some popular writers have characterized introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.[5] This is similar to Jung’s view, although he focused on psychic energy rather than physical energy. Few modern conceptions make this distinction.

The common modern perception is that introverts tend to be more reserved and less outspoken in groups. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing. The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends. Trust is usually an issue of significance: a virtue of utmost importance to introverts is choosing a worthy companion. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate, especially observed in developing children and adolescents.[6] They are more analytical before speaking.[7] Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement, introversion having even been defined by some in terms of a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating environment.[8]

Introversion is not seen as being identical to shyness or to being a social outcast. Introverts prefer solitary activities over social ones, whereas shy people (who may be extroverts at heart) avoid social encounters out of fear.  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraversion_and_introversion

2.  Mental Function

  • Sensing:

Sensors pay attention to both immediate data from their five senses and from their own direct experiences. They are create meaning from conscious thought, rather than trusting their subconscious, limiting their attention to facts and solid data. As necessary, they will happily dig into the fine detail of the situation.

They focus on what is immediate, practical and real, and live life as it is rather than trying to change the world.

They like logic and tend to pursue things in a clear sequence. At work, they will have a clear schedule and like to use their proven skills in tactical situations.

They may be seen as frivolous or short-sighted by Intuitors. Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/sensing_intuiting.htm

VERSUS

  • Intuition

Intuitors process data more deeply than sensors and are happy to trust their subconscious and ‘sixth sense’, gut feel, intuition or whatever you want to call it.

They are good at spotting patterns and taking a high-level view, as opposed to digging into the detail.

They like ideas and inspiration and tend to have a focus on the future, where they will plan to change the world rather than continue to live in the imperfect present.

At work, they like to acquire new skills and working at the strategic level.

They may be seen as impractical, theoretical and lacking determination by Sensors.   Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/sensing_intuiting.htm

  • Thinking

Thinkers decide based primarily on logic, and when they do so, they consider a decision to be made. They tend to see the world in black and white and dislike fuzziness.

Perhaps because people are so variable, they focus on tangible things, seeking truth and use of clear rules.

At work, they are task-oriented, seek to create clear value. Interacting with them tends to brief and business-like.

They may be seen as cold and heartless by Feelers.  Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/thinking_feeling.htm

VERSUS

  • Feeling

Feelers decide based primarily through social considerations, listening to their heart and considering the feelings of others.

They see life as a human existence and material things as being subservient to this. They value harmony and use tact in their interactions with others.

At work, they are sociable and people-oriented and make many decisions based on values (more than value).

They may be seen as unreliable and emotional by Thinkers.  Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/thinking_feeling.htm

3.  Influencers

  • Judging

Judgers approach life in a structured way, creating plans and organizing their world to achieve their goals and desired results in a predictable way.

They get their sense of control by taking charge of their environment and making choices early.

They are self-disciplined and decisive, and seek closure in decisions. When they ask for things they are specific and expect others to do as they say. They enjoy being experts.

At work, they decide quickly and clearly and work to get the job done.

Perceivers may see them as rigid and opinionated.  Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/judging_perceiving.htm

VERSUS

  • Perceiving

Perceivers perceive structure as being more limiting than enabling. They prefer to keep their choices open so they can cope with many problems that they know life will put in their way.

They get their sense of control by keeping their options open and making choices only when they are necessary.

They are generally curious and like to expand their knowledge, which they will freely acknowledge as being incomplete. They are tolerant of other people’s differences and will adapt to fit into whatever the situation requires.

At work, they tend to avoid or put off decisions and like most the exploration of problems and situations.

Judgers may see them as aimless drifters.  Source: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/judging_perceiving.htm

Now, I am certain most people will read these and say what profile fits their personality.  Still, I think it i worth doing the test as the results may be somewhat surprising.

You can do the Jung typology test here:

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp#questionnaire

The 16 personality types according to Jung are as follows:

ESTJ

ISTJ

ENTJ

INTJ

ESTP

ISTP

ENTP

INTP

ESFJ

ISFJ

ENFJ

INFJ

ESFP

ISFP

ENFP

INFP

The first letter in a personality type name corresponds to the first letter of the attitude preference (“E” for extraversion and “I” for introversion).

You will notice that there are percentages that follow each personality type.  What this is showing you is how far you lean towards a particular personality type.  the scale runs from 0 to 100 in each direction.  For example, the scale for judging versus perceiving at 28% perceiving would look like this:

scale of percentage

So If, for example you are at 0% Introvert or extrovert, you sit on the border of both and are able or even likely to cross over to either as is required by you and the situation you are in.  Whereas if you are 90 or 100 % introvert or extrovert, you are highly unlikely to go the other way (according to the theory of course!)

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for, of course, my personality test results:

ISFP

Introvert(56%)  Sensing(38%)  Feeling(62%)  Perceiving(11)%

You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)

You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (38%)

You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)

You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%)

So I am more introvert than extrovert.  I already knew this as my personality changed from more extrovert as a child and teenager to more and more introvert the older I have become.  I know there are various factors that have influenced this change:  Rubbish friends that have made me cautious and cause me to shy away from new people; a degree that I did correspondence over 6 years so while many other university students had the joy (or not) of being able to socialise over the course of their time in university, I had the ‘joy’ of doing it all alone; some of my experiences with certain work colleagues were less than satisfactory to say the very least.

I am more sensing than intuitive (slightly) and yes there are instances where by gut says to me to go for something or just stay away (feeling) but am usually more logical in my decisions – these days I am anyway.  But I do tend to go both ways.

I am definitely Feeling over thinking.  I worry about how others feel, what others are thinking, etc.  I am concerned for them and their well-being.  I don’t like to see anyone get hurt or feel hurt although, as I have got older, I think I can handle the feelings of other a lot better and don’t allow my own feelings to get caught up as much.  In the past I would have let things get to me far quicker, like a friend crying over the phone about her horrible life would lead me to spend the rest of the day worrying about her, feeling miserable for her, wishing I could do more for her and in the meantime she’s got over it and is carrying on with her life!  I am more controlled now but I think that has come with maturity, although I must say that I am still relatively sensitive in that if I think someone has been malicious towards me, it will play on my mind, I will worry what it is I have done, I will fret and get worked up until I realise (usually after a few days) that actually what I thought had nothing to do with me – so yes, still sensitive!

Slightly perceiving over judging – yes.  I can wait for things to happen and accept my fate but I also take opportunities when I see them.  I would say that I cannot organise things too far in advance (like days out) but can organise my filing system in minutes.  Although I am a more creative personality, I do like organisation rather than chaos and actually don’t cope very well when things are too disorganised or too chaotic, but then that would be that introverted side coming out, the one that wants to run away from sensory overload and seek peace and quiet!

Here is an article link about the ISFP personality profile: http://typelogic.com/isfp.html

Of course, it does go into more detail about career choices and relationships, etc but I will leave that part for you to read about yourselves!

So, what personality profile are you?  Did you take the test?  Do you agree with the profile?  Let me know what you think.

For more information, here are the sources I used to create this post:

changingminds.org

wikipedia

The Myers & Briggs Foundation

Human Metrics

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7 Comments

  1. Longest. Post. EVER!

    But it was interesting, so that’s fine.

    I think I’ve taken these kinds of tests before but I can’t for the life of me remember what it said. I have a feeling – based on no actual scientific evidence at all – that most bloggers would be introverts.

    • I know, right?!!! So inspired hahahaha!

    • I think you could be right, that many bloggers would be introverts as writing is a form of expression for those who aren’t always able to otherwise express themselves :)

  2. Quick follow up post about something completely unrelated:

    I’m a WWII nut so I read lots of WWII stuff. However, until recently I had no idea that there were 171 female pilots who flew RAF planes during the war! They came from all over the globe, including, would you believe it, one or two crazies from South Africa.

    One of them was called Jackie Moggridge and she was from Pretoria.

    http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol126sb.html

    Just thought you might want to know, like.

    • Thanks, you’re such a thoughtful guy xx

  3. Move over I think we are in the same box. Nice to know I’m not alone. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

    • Cool, welcome to my world hehe :)

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