Sep 16, 2012

This is hilarious! Last night for Amy’s birthday party she had us take a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test. I haven’t taken one for quite a while and couldn’t really remember much about my type. So, we took our tests and read the results and then laughed ourselves silly.

Mine was spot on. SPOT ON. Anyone who knows me will see me loud and clear in the description below.

The Inspirer/Mentor:

ENFPs are both “idea”-people and “people”-people, who see everyone and everything as part of a cosmic whole. They want to both help and to be liked and admired by other people, on both an individual and a humanitarian level. This is rarely a problem for the ENFP, as they are outgoing and warm, and genuinely like people. Some ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate them to more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality.

ENFPs often have strong, if sometimes surprising, values and viewpoints. They tend to try to use their social skills and contacts to persuade others gently (though enthusiastically) of the rightness of these views; this sometimes results in the ENFP neglecting their nearest and dearest while caught up in their efforts to change the world.

ENFPs can be the warmest, kindest, and most sympathetic of mates; affectionate, demonstrative, and spontaneous. Many in relationships with an ENFP literally say, “They light up my life.” But there is usually a trade-off: the partner must be willing to deal with the practical and financial aspects of the relationship, and the ENFP must be allowed the freedom to follow their latest path, whatever that entails.

As an ENFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit in with your personal value system.

ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. They’re constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of the ENFP’s life, and because they are focused on keeping “centered”, the ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.

An ENFP needs to focus on following through with their projects. This can be a problem area for some of these individuals. Unlike other Extraverted types, ENFPs need time alone to center themselves, and make sure they are moving in a direction which is in sync with their values. ENFPs who remain centered will usually be quite successful at their endeavors. Others may fall into the habit of dropping a project when they become excited about a new possibility, and thus they never achieve the great accomplishments which they are capable of achieving.

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.

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. Most ENFPs will not abuse their abilities, because that would not jive with their value systems.

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.

ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they’re doing.

Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.

ENFPs are charming, ingenuous, risk-taking, sensitive, people-oriented individuals with capabilities ranging across a broad spectrum. They have many gifts which they will use to fulfill themselves and those near them, if they are able to remain centered and master the ability of following through.

Oh my good heck! How many times have I been told I see patterns and connections that others don’t see? See everything as part of a cosmic whole, yes, ma’am, that is me. How many times have I decided I need to save the world? How many times have I NOT finished a project? How many times have I said “I don’t understand how to make myself do mundane, maintenance-type work, it makes no sense to me!” How many times have I said “But what does it mean? I can’t move forward until I know everything about what the meaning of this is!” How many times have I rebelled from a schedule? Schedules of any kind make me feel as though I have a 400 lb. gorilla sitting on top of me holding a pillow over my face. World full of possibilities and going after all of those possibilities with passion and spontaneity? Yes, yes, and yes.

So funny! I am not as unique as I thought!

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  1. Anne

    Yes! It’s all loud and clear! Where did she get her tests and where did you get this description? It’s YOU!

    • tracy

      We did this test:


      And then we read the description afterwards and got more info by googling each type.

    • tracy

      Take the test…I want to know what you are!

      • Anne

        I did, but I can’t find much info on the results. You had, like an essay on the whole thing . . . I had a paragraph, I’m just sayin’.

        • Down under the little paragraph there are some links to click in colored boxes. Can you see those?

  2. As I always suspected, we are the SAME! ;-)

    I hope you’re having a lovely autumn!

    • tracy

      IT IS NOT AUTUMN YET! I am stubbornly holding on to summer as long as I can and the Fall Equinox is not for a few more days !

      You are an ENFP as well? Too funny! We are soul-mates!

      My results said I was 100% extroverted. 100%!! No wonder I don’t understand introverts!

  3. The Myers-Briggs is my favorite of the personality tests because the descriptions give so much detail, and generally seem so accurate to the people. It sounds like your profile came back pretty accurate for you :)

    • tracy

      What are you Charlene?

      Richard did it and his results weren’t accurate at all! He is an enigma!

      • I’m an INFJ. I love the amount of detail it goes into. I think the ones they have online are a bit less acurate than the real test because there are less questions, so if you are borderline on something it might not show as accurate, but that’s just my 2 cents :)

  4. Anne

    So where do you get all the information after you take the test?

    • Tam

      Did you ever find it? After you take the test, there are colored boxes that you click on and it gives you tons of info for your personality type in different situations. I took it, Trac… ENFJ

      • tracy

        ENFJ, did you think it was the right fit for you? What was your extrovert score? I wonder what Camille is? I will go read about the J vs. the P and try to figure you out!

        • Tam

          Call me sometime – I don’t know what a extrovert score is… Let me know if you get me figured out! ;)

  5. Tam

    Extravert(44%) iNtuitive(12%) iNtuitive Feeling(25%) Judging(56%)

    • tracy

      I don’t remember my other numbers, but my extrovert score was 100%. Cracks me up. I have realized I don’t even have my own thoughts…all my thoughts are in conversation mode.