Monday, December 7, 2015

Today I’m an ENFP

When one’s life becomes a series of shifting elements things can start to get weird. There is a form of levitation that occurs and you start to look at yourself from outside yourself. This is produced from the unknowing, the expectancy, and the ambiguity of what is to come and what that might mean. This is where I am at the moment and it is producing good things, like an energized appreciation for New York, art  and frankly just living, but it is also producing bad things, like me drunk calling/texting the bulk of my contacts at 3am (tragic). Anyways, that being said, in this, at times, muddy middle of waiting and anticipating for what may mold the near future for you, one can’t help but be, well bluntly, self absorbed.

The, ‘Who am I?’ ‘What am I doing?’ ‘What’s going on?’ plus other whiney and rhetoric pleas are like oxygen to anxieties fires. In order to distract, chill, or amuse oneself in this state, doing things like kvetching to mates, writing in a diary, tarot reading and muttering to oneself are fine ways to cope with this. Another to add to that list is doing a funny little thing called the Myers Briggs Test.

It was once used by companies to assess worker’s personalities and now it flourishes on online dating profiles and worn as badges for the socially marred. It was created by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in 1944 and it cues and incorporates Carl Jung’s theory that there are four principle psychological types that underlie human personalities; sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking. With this foundation they created a test and you can take a derivation of this online here, for free, and find out what you are in their scale of personality types (there are sixteen).

I just did this 64 question test and was resulted as being an ENFP. I have done this test before and have gotten other results so I am assuming that at this moment and time my life, mood and brain are veering towards this type. Knowing this doesn’t really change much of anything but sometimes it is fun to be distracted by yourself through yourself so that you can see how cliché, absurd and possibly true one can be.

Below is the write up as given on the test’s sites. I agree with some but also have a strange feeling that I am very good at falsifying and performing myself even to myself sometimes.

Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

(ENFP stands for Extravert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving and represents individual's preferences in four dimensions characterising personality type, according to Jung's and Briggs Myers' theories of personality type.)

Your Type Preferences: Extravert(12%) iNtuitive(12%) Feeling(25%) Perceiving(6%)

by Marina Margaret Heiss and Joe Butt

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 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.

For some ENFPs, relationships can be seriously tested by their short attention spans and emotional needs. They are easily intrigued and distracted by new friends and acquaintances, forgetting their older and more familiar emotional ties for long stretches at a time. And the less mature ENFP may need to feel they’re the constant center of attention, to confirm their image of themselves as a wonderful and fascinating person.

In the workplace, ENFPs are pleasant and friendly, and interact in a positive and creative manner with both their co-workers and the public. ENFPs are also a major asset in brainstorming sessions; follow-through on projects can be a problem, however. ENFPs do get distracted, especially if another interesting issue comes along. They also tend towards procrastination, and dislike performing small, uninteresting tasks. ENFPs are most productive when working in a group with a few Js to handle the details and the deadlines.

ENFPs are friendly folks. Most are really enjoyable people. Some of the most soft-hearted people are ENFPs.

ENFPs have what some call a "silly switch." They can be intellectual, serious, all business for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN WILDCHILD, the scourge of the swimming pool, ticklers par excellence. Sometimes they may even appear intoxicated when the "switch" is flipped.

One study has shown that ENFPs are significantly overrepresented in psychodrama. Most have a natural propensity for role-playing and acting.
ENFPs like to tell funny stories, especially about their friends. This penchant may be why many are attracted to journalism. I kid one of my ENFP friends that if I want the sixth fleet to know something, I'll just tell him.

ENFPs are global learners. Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP, which may unnerve more precise thinking types, especially with such things as piano practice ("three quarter notes or four ... what's the difference?") Amazingly, some ENFPs are adept at exacting disciplines such as mathematics.

Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their end of the relationship, sometimes being victimized by less caring individuals. ENFPs are energized by being around people. Some have real difficulty being alone, especially on a regular basis.

One ENFP colleague, a social worker, had such tremendous interpersonal skills that she put her interviewers at ease during her own job interview. She had the ability to make strangers feel like old friends.

ENFPs sometimes can be blindsided by their secondary Feeling function. Hasty decisions based on deeply felt values may boil over with unpredictable results. More than one ENFP has abruptly quit a job in such a moment.