Personality plus

I’ve been watching lots of people do the Myers-Briggs test on Facebook. Personality types fascinate me, but I’m pretty skeptical of most online testing of this nature. Still, my results are generally pretty similar so I must be one of these:

Robyn on the other hand, is the exact opposite.

Any other enlightened ENFPs out there? Have you done the test? Was it accurate?


Kutz says:

Meli and I are also exact opposites of each other. I’m only an F off being the same as you and Mel’s only a T off being the same as Robin.

Interestingly I’m the same as Simone and Mel’s the same as Andrew…

Nathan says:

And I’m the same as Chris and Robyn is the same as Megan. Freaky.

Anika Q says:

Oh, but it’s not really freaky. Makes great sense, if you believe opposites attract. It depends on the psychologist whether or not you believe this is the case. I’ve read that Keirsey, for instance, wrote that opposites attracted, though he was of the opinion that there was an exception when it came to the “S” vs. “N” distinction.

Personally, I tend to believe that all kinds can attract…(My Dad’s an ENTJ; My mum’s an ESFJ – something that according to some is not really “supposed” to happen.) there just may be a higher happenstance when it comes to those with opposite (complementary?) traits.

I’m not an ENFP, though. INTJ. :) And it fits. We like analysing things and people and relationships….

Anika Q says:

I suppose I could mention that the fact that I have a rapidly growing dossier on personality types and the categorisation of those I know. But *that* would be freaky.

simone r says:

I’m actually an ENTP, not ENFP. Nathan, I think you are too. That quiz wasn’t a very thorough one. Read this and see if it matches you.

An ENFP probably wouldn’t argue like you do.

And we’re not actually meant to marry our complete opposite (though I did). You are meant to be opposite on the outside two and matching on the inside two. So what hope is there for any of us?

simone r says:

Freaky? Yeah a bit. Reconsider 2010?

Carly says:

I wasn’t a huge fan of this test, I thought that the questions were pretty narrow. I don’t want to be a scientist or a senator.. although one clearly points to introversion and the other to extroversion. That said, Myers-Briggs tests really are interesting… a good way to procrastinate :)

Nathan says:

@Simone – I’m not analytical enough to be a thinker. I’m much more spontaneous and unplanned in my thoughts, actions and words. That’s why I argue like I do. If I was a thinker I wouldn’t…

@Carly and Annika – I can’t believe how many people have done this in the last few weeks. People procrastinate too much and are far too willing for me people to manipulate them on the basis of their personality type.

Carly says:

Yes, that’s very true. Although in my defense, I only did half of the test because I thought that it was a bit poor and found another way to waste time instead :)

Carly says:

(see the tagged photo of personality specific penguins on my facebook page)

Kutz says:

@Simone: Sorry, I must have got confused when Melissa was talking about Chris and Megan and when it was about you.

In fact, definitely, because I knew (in one of my brains) that you were the same as me.

simone r says:

Nathan, I think you are an ENTP. Read this:

or does this fit better?

There’s not much in the two.

You wrote, “I’m not analytical enough to be a thinker. I’m much more spontaneous and unplanned in my thoughts, actions and words. That’s why I argue like I do. If I was a thinker I wouldn’t…”

The unplanned, off the cuff, spontaneous thing doesn’t have alot to do with the T/F difference. Being a T doesn’t mean you think well either…

Nathan says:

I’m much more likely to go on gut instinct than facts – particularly when assessing relationships. I am, at times, unreasonably loyal and optimistic about people’s character based solely on initial interactions with them.

Nathan says:

More than 90% of the ENFP article describes me. I think. I will post later on the bits that do and don’t.

Here’s the “bad” – An ENFP who has “gone wrong” may be quite manipulative – and very good it. The gift of gab which they are blessed with makes it naturally easy for them to get what they want…
ENFPs sometimes make serious errors in judgment. They have an amazing ability to intuitively perceive the truth about a person or situation, but when they apply judgment to their perception, they may jump to the wrong conclusions. – I’d say that’s pretty accurate.
Here’s the “good” – “Most ENFPs have great people skills. They are genuinely warm and interested in people, and place great importance on their inter-personal relationships. ENFPs almost always have a strong need to be liked. Sometimes, especially at a younger age, an ENFP will tend to be “gushy” and insincere, and generally “overdo” in an effort to win acceptance. However, once an ENFP has learned to balance their need to be true to themselves with their need for acceptance, they excel at bringing out the best in others, and are typically well-liked. They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.

Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP’s family members.”

Nathan says:

“ENTPs are fluent conversationalists, mentally quick, and enjoy verbal sparring with others. They love to debate issues, and may even switch sides sometimes just for the love of the debate. When they express their underlying principles, however, they may feel awkward and speak abruptly and intensely. ”

That’s uncannily accurate though.

Amy says:

I haven’t done this test on facebook, but I have done a longer version, and I reckon it’s pretty accurate (for me at least). Tim’s was pretty close too.
I am an INFJ – a counsellor, and it does explain a lot. I don’t think there are many of us out there (I am a freak, basically).
I notice that the larger majority of the bloggers are E types – interesting.

Amy says:

Oh, and Tim is a ENTP as well. So that explains why you two get on so well…

chris l says:

I’m with simone nathan, I think you could be a borderline T/F. Compare to Kutz and you look F. Compare to me and you look T. Obviously heritage and socialisation history have an influence here as well. I grew up in a home where thinking and whatever form of argumentation existed there it was basically analysing people and sitautions ad hoc and not logical abstract dispassionate reasoning. Going to the particualr charo church I went to didn’t change this much. I am over-tweaked for intution and EQ stuff. I used to see logical arguing as a bit frivolous and redictionistic (uni show-pony behaviour…even when i was an undergraduate)and would keep my powder dry for when I needed it the most in achieving ‘deeper’ relational outcomes with people. That way of thiking is silly and I suspect i should not only de-lurk on websites more but be happy to have an intutive public voice more since I think about heaps of good stuff but don’t like to tie it down. Apparently F’s like to keep ideas indeterminate. If I’d grown up in more abstract analytical AND verbal househould and with more older male input earlier I suspect I’d argue a whole lot more even though it ‘F’ FEELS like arguing for its own sake without regard for people.

As for the MB exact opposites in marriage thing. It’s one forum in which you really learn lots about how differently others can think and behave. Enjoy it.

Amy says:

I love reading up on this and seeing that someone has decided Jesus was INFJ. Really?! Did they sit Him down to do the test?

queenstuss says:

Facebook told me I was ISTJ. But their description didn’t sound anything like me. So I read the description on Simone’s link, and that sounded quite a bit like me, except that I am very easily distracted. I did think that maybe they’d just written a description of my Mum, and most people would say that Mum and I are Very Much Alike.