Mal teaches a Psychology class, and, every year, he gives his students the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is a personality test of sorts. His students absolutely love it, so Mal thought I might too, so he took a copy of it home for me to take the other day.
The MBTI is based on four personality preferences:
- E or I (Extraversion or Introversion)
- S or N (Sensing or Intuition)
- T or F (Thinking or Feeling)
- J or P (Judgment or Perception)
After answering the questions on the test, your preferences are combined to give you your personality type. For example, having preferences for E and S and T and J gives a personality type of ESTJ. There are sixteen Myers Briggs personality types.
My preferences were for I, S, F, and J, so Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. And, well, it described my personality really well. It was actually kind of freaky how accurate it was!
Characteristics of ISFJs
According to Myers-Briggs, ISFJs are interested in maintaining order and harmony in every aspect of their lives. They are steadfast and meticulous in handling their responsibilities. Although quiet, they are people-oriented and very observant. Not only do they remember details about others, but they observe and respect others’ feelings. Friends and family are likely to describe them as thoughtful and trustworthy.
According to Keirsey, ISFJs, or “Protector Guardians”, are most concerned with taking care of people by keeping them safe and secure. They are modest caretakers who do not demand credit or thanks for their efforts. But while they are essentially compassionate—and in fact exercise more patience in dealing with people with disabilities than perhaps any other type—their shyness with strangers can lead others to misread them as standoffish. Only among friends and family may this quiet type feel comfortable speaking freely. ISFJs are serious people with a strong work ethic, not inclined to self-indulgence. They believe in being meticulous and thrifty. They work well alone. While they may enjoy taking care of others, they do not enjoy giving orders.
Kind of cool, right? I’m still surprised how well it described me.
If you want to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator yourself, here’s a PDF of the test. Have fun!
Before bed last night, Mal said he wanted pancakes for breakfast in the morning. I’ve been eating “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats for days now, so I decided to whip up the batter for OMG! Pancakes last night in preparation for this morning. It took me 5 minutes to make the batter, and I stored it in the refrigerator overnight, so all I had to do was make the pancakes in the morning.
I layered sunflower butter in between and on top of my pancakes this morning.
I also had half of a grapefruit on the side.
And a glass of iced coffee.
Question of the Day
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or another personality test? Was it accurate?