Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'm an ESFJ


Do you like personality tests? This is the mother of them all: The Myers-Briggs personality test. It is the best one out there, I think. When I read the personality profile(s) it gave me, I almost starte crying. It was like someone was looking inside my brain and describing MY life. Wanna see your personality type?

First take the test: (It is 72 questions and takes about 5 minutes. I just am warning you so you don't freak. This isn't like the "What Spice Are You" test with 5 questions. This is an actual personality test best on SCIENCE.)

Then read your personality profile. There are several good websites to get your profile. They can be interpreted differently by different experts. Here are a couple I really like...

THIS ONE click on "type profiles" in the left margin, then click on your personality type at the top.

THIS ONE

and THIS ONE

You might feel that one interpretation really speaks to you more than the others do.


As for me, I am a "helper" as an ESFJ. Here is one basic overview of my personality profile. Those of you who know me, do you think this fits me?

ESFJs, the most sociable of all types, are energized by interactions with people, tending to idealize whatever or whoever they admire. Harmony is a key to this type, which is represented in about 13 percent of the general population.

ESFJs are the great nurturers of established institutions such as the home, the school, the church, and civic groups. Wherever they go, they promote harmony and harmonious relationships. They are outstanding hosts or hostesses, able to call people by name, usually after one introduction. At a social gathering they can be observed attending to the needs of others, trying to insure that all are comfortable and involved.

Social ties matter to the ESFJs, and their conversations often drift to nostalgic recounting of past memories. Traditions are developed, supported, and carefully observed by the ESFJ.

ESFJs are hurt by indifference and need to be appreciated both for themselves and for the abundance, typically in the form of services, they give to others. They are conscious of appearances and take the opinions of others regarding social standards very seriously. Values in an ESFJ may take the form of shoulds and should nots and may be freely expressed. Conscientious and orderly, ESFJs may become restless when isolated from people.

13 comments:

Chelsea said...

I love the MBTI model too. My mom is really into it, we can have whole conversations using only acronyms. :D

You'll never believe this, but you and I are polar opposites! I'm an INTP. Although on some tests I come out as an INFP. I'm strongest on Introversion and Intuition, weaker on Feeling and Perception. A lot of my really close friends are ESFJs, including my BFF since I was 12.

Kristine said...

Oh man, I love reading about myself. It helps me feel so normal! I was an ESFJ as well!

Becky, yep said...

Just took it...I'm an ESFJ too! We really should meet! I'll bring Kami for old time's sake!

Thanks~that was fun!

Mindi said...

esfp.
don't know what it is yet, haven't clicked over.
hope it doesn't mean i'm a psycho.

CaraDee said...

Where did this post come from??? I will take this test now

Omgirl said...

chelsea, ESFJs and INTPs are particularly well matched to each other, according to several reviews I've read. Another one of my good friends is an INTP and we always consider ourselves twins, so it must be true!

MiaKatia said...

This was great. Odd but reading about myself made me a little teary eyed. It is so amazing to have some insight into yourself and understand why things matter to you or affect you the way they do. I am an ENFJ. My husband took the test too and I feel like I love him more after reading about his type which was so true to him! Thanks.

Tiburon said...

At one of my previous jobs we did a week long seminar on Myers Briggs. I was ESTJ - ALLLLLL the way to the end. Like as far as you can be. I wonder if that has changed....

Chelsea said...

Random thought - but I just remembered your post about your mom, and with you being an SJ it totally makes sense that you would have a hard time with her personality. She sounds like a really strong NP.

Omgirl said...

Chelsea, you are absolutely right! I just looked up the NPs (knowing my mom would also be an E) an immediately found ENFP. that is her to a T. SOOOO true of everything they said! Scattered, enthusiastic, into a million projects, sometimes manipulative, very fun....and it even said it might grate on the nerves of more FJ people. YUP!

Chelsea said...

How interesting! It makes so much sense. I'm a really strong NP too, but it's tempered somewhat (I think) by the I and T parts - I'm really logical and on the quiet side. So the wacky, scattered tendencies are there, but I don't broadcast them as much. :D

alex dumas said...

I'm not sure I want to go through that test again...all of those letters and combinations of letters are too hard to keep track of.

alex dumas said...

Okay, I took it. ISTJ. I don't remember what I was last time.