Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm an ISFJ, how about you?

So it's Monday and I don't feel like doing a weekend recap. It was a good weekend and all, but I took zero pictures and, like I said, I'm just not feeling it. A few months ago I participated in Blog Every Day in May (and I actually did!). The brains behind that, Jenni from Story of My Life, is hosting a new challenge called Blogtember. I'm not fully participating in that one, even though it's a little easier because there are no weekend prompts, but I hopped over to find out what today's challenge is for some inspiration.

Take this short personality test and respond to your results.

I've done these before and honestly I can never remember my letters exactly. But here's how I scored:

Introvert - 56% (moderate preference over Extrovert)
Sensing - 1% (marginal or no preference over Intuition)
Feeling - 12% (slight preference over Thinking)
Judging - 33% (moderate preference over Perceiving)

There are different areas in which you can "leverage" your personality type (career choices, business decisions) and Jenni asked us to get the results from the Self-Awareness and Personal Growth section. So I read the first paragraph and ... whoa.

ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. This is ironic, 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; for instance, they are notoriously bad at delegating ("If you want it done right, do it yourself"). 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). (And as low-profile Is, their actions don't call attention to themselves as with charismatic Es.) Because of all of this, ISFJs are often overworked, and as a result may suffer from psychosomatic illnesses.

Um, yes, this totally applies to me. (Also, I'll mention that I slightly altered one of the sentences due to its poor grammar.) Unappreciation is one of the biggest reasons I felt I needed to leave my previous job. This also fits in with some other areas of my life, though NOT at home (pinky swear!). And I'm not great at delegating; I'd much rather do something myself.

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.

*Ding ding ding ding* Correct again! People often count on my memory, and I wasn't super great at being a supervisor.

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.)

This one is accurate, except for the last part. While I don't like confrontation, I've been known to get in an argument or two if I feel that someone else is being abused. Some of you have witnessed that side of me. Of course, afterward, I end up crying because I'm so angry so maybe if I didn't jump in, I'd be better off.

Since my Sensing and Intuition scores were so close, I also looked up INFJ. Some of that was pretty spot-on as well, such as INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication.

This was an interesting exercise. I'm sure Aaron remembers what his letters are, and I'd ask him but I'm already pretty late with this post as it is, and he's busy being social. (My guess is that he's ENFJ; I'll keep you posted.)


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