Warning: This entry will be awfully boring unless you like hearing about personality and behavioral styles. I find that sort of thing interesting, but some people do not.
Well, I just remembered I wanted to talk about this. We had this class at work, and part of the class was to determine your behavior profile. The test was the “DiSC”; I’m told it’s pretty popular. Anyways, according to the facilitator, I have a rather rare behavior type. For one thing, I had two primary “dimensions of behavior” — usually there is one obvious primary dimension, but I had two. The second thing is, the two dimensions that I have are in direct opposite to one another. I am a “DS”, which is Dominance and Steadiness. I apologize for the choppiness of the following, but I’m copying this off my handwritten notes:
Behavior Focus: At Work Behavior
“Just Do It!”
Sees the big picture
Everything is urgent
Likes working as a team
Wants a plan
On top of that, I took a personality test online called the Kiersey Sorter and here’s what I got from that. It’s pretty much me:
Your Temperament is: Idealist (NF)
All Idealists (NFs) share the following core characteristics:
Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.
Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self–always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.
Idealists are rare, making up no more than 8 to 10 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.
The four types of Idealists are:
Healers (INFP) | Counselors (INFJ) | Champions (ENFP) | Teachers (ENFJ)
IDEALIST NFs, being ABSTRACT in communicating and COOPERATIVE in implementing goals, can become highly skilled in DIPLOMATIC INTEGRATION. Thus their most practiced and developed intelligent operations are usually teaching and counseling (NFJ mentoring), or conferring and tutoring (NFP advocating). And they would if they could be sages in one of these forms of social development. The Idealist temperament have an instinct for interpersonal integration, learn ethics with ever increasing zeal, sometimes become diplomatic leaders, and often speak interpretively and metaphorically of the abstract world of their imagination.
They are proud of themselves in the degree they are empathic in action, respect themselves in the degree they are benevolent, and feel confident of themselves in the degree they are authentic. Idealist types search for their unique identity, hunger for deep and meaningful relationships, wish for a little romance each day, trust their intuitive feelings implicitly, aspire for profundity. This is the “Identity Seeking Personality” — credulous about the future, mystical about the past, and their preferred time and place are the future and the pathway. Educationally they go for the humanities, avocationally for ethics, and vocationally for personnel work.
Social relationships: In their family interactions they strive for mutuality, provide spiritual intimacy for the mates, opportunity for fantasy for their children, and for themselves continuous self-renewal. Idealists do not abound, being as few as 8% and nor more than 10% of the population.
Arts & Entertainment/Sports/Journalism/Literature
Pearl S. Buck
Ann Morrow Lindbergh(INFP)
Mohandas Gandhi (INFJ)
Leon Trotsky (ENFP)
Vladimir Lenin (ENFJ)
Mikhail Gorbachev (ENFJ)
Thomas Paine (ENFP)
Molly Brown “The Unsinkable” (ENFP)