Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Every now and then at work, we go through team building sessions, designed to improve morale and productivity. I'm not sure if it works; people still bitch and complain afterwards, and work conditions don't really improve. But I don't mind going--I'm getting paid to be somewhere else, eating free food, and likely getting some free trinkets, like pens and post its and mugs.

At this particular session, we took an online personality test--I luv those! Pop psychology to be taken with a grain of salt. I consider it good fun. It's a very short test on Jung Personality Types.

Here's the address if you're curious:


Now, I remember taking a really longer version in college--pages and pages of the same crap rehashed in so many different ways. It got on my nerves! I also took a similarly long one when I first started work for another company so many years ago. I didn't remember my scores or my personality types. Probably because I don't take these things too seriously. Maybe because I suspect my answers were skewed because I was tired and irritated by answering all those pages of questions, and in the end, I was just rushing through.

But here are my results from today's test:

Strength of the preferences %
1 62 12 44

Which means, according to the site:

"ENFJs are the benevolent 'pedagogues' of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it's usually not meant as manipulation -- ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously...

ENFJs are, by definition, Js, with whom we associate organization and decisiveness...

ENFJs know and appreciate people. Like most NFs, (and Feelers in general), they are apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others. They have thinner psychological boundaries than most, and are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear." --http://typelogic.com/enfj.html

I guess this means I'm a people person. I do like people...til they get on my nerves.

Some famous ENFJ types include:

President Abraham Lincoln

President Barack Obama

Oprah Winfrey

Pope John Paul II

So, I guess this means I should either get into politics, build a media empire, or wear stylish robes and a hat to lead the masses. Hmmm, perhaps it's time for a career change.

Take the test, and tell me what's your Personality Type?


  1. Idealist Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)

    Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.
    who knew? xoxox

  2. I'm INFJ

    I 78
    N 38
    F 75
    J 22

    I'm like Stephen Hawking, Andrew Grove, Marie Curie, Guy Kawasaki, Igor Sikorsky, and Hillary Clinton(!).

    I should be a computer programmer, scientist or librarian - which is reasonably true, seeing as I take an interst in these fields.

    However, I'm also the kind of person to go back and do a test again, giving the most dishonest answers I can, just to see what's different. So the anti-me is:


    E 78
    S 62
    F 75
    P 11

    He's like Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, and should be a hair stylist, marketing specialist, fashion designer or child care specialist.

  3. Savannah, Fantastic! You do have many friends you genuinely care for and they do look up to you. And you're the wise one, with the real power behind the scenes!

    Kapi, Cool! Clearly, you're a smart one and a pioneer. It's a good thing you're not the antiKapi, because you'd have to be bloated, boozed, and have big hair to fit in with Elvis and Liz!

  4. Ooooh I am an ESFJ

    i was 1 1 14 78 or something like that , I got a bit confused , maybe th s stands for stupid :-(

  5. Beast, You're a Guardian! Particularly, a Provider!
    That explains your tireless service to Cafe C. You're a master of ceremonies, a great entertainer and a take charge kind of leader.

  6. I think I took this test awhile ago and I was either INFP or INFJ..

    That sounds like a nice way to get out of the office for awhile, though!

  7. Tara, I luv going to these things because we're still getting paid to be outside the office! And I luv the free trinkets and the free food!

  8. The last team building thing I was forced to do was Bongo drumming in a tent! . Its not the events I object to but the corperate happy clappies that hang around being all brainlessly positive and crawling to any manager present that I would cheerfully like to take outside and kick until they are dead.... does this make me a bad employee ???? :-)

  9. Beast, Ha! That's funny! If I'm going to be drumming in a tent, there better be smores and alcohol nearby!

  10. It sounds like your result was right on the money, Eros. I've taken the longer test a while ago too, and came out as an IN something-or-other. I'll take it again later as I'm now off to work. Boo.

  11. IDV, I laughed when I read my career paths, because I totally am in a different field, although, the skills I'm good at and make me effective are the ones that are in the description! I suppose that's why I've held different jobs over the years--still haven't found what I'm looking for, but having fun along the way.

    Have a great week at work!