Saturday, January 06, 2007

I'm a Counselor Idealist! (INFJ)

"Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them. "

Yeah, I confuse the hell out of myself! I am definitely driven by things I only dimly comprehend. Or don't comprehend at all. Well, it keeps Bubs on his toes!

18 comments:

Dena said...

I guess I'm about as INFJ as it gets. I've taken the Meyers-Briggs twice, the second time not realizing I was taking the same test until I was finished (it was years later). That's called test-retest validity, folks.

I just took your shorter version and got the same thing yet again.

I was a bit surprised at your diagnosis, as I see you as more of an extrovert. But then I realized that (a) it's just the judging facility kicking in even better than it does in me, and (b) since I mainly see you in situations with people you are close to.

D

Dena said...

I guess I'm about as INFJ as it gets. I've taken the Meyers-Briggs twice, the second time not realizing I was taking the same test until I was finished (it was years later). That's called test-retest validity, folks.

I just took your shorter version and got the same thing yet again.

I was a bit surprised at your diagnosis, as I see you as more of an extrovert. But then I realized that (a) it's just the judging facility kicking in even better than it does in me, and (b) since I mainly see you in situations with people you are close to.

D

Bubs said...

This is the part of the description I liked. They say the "Counselor Idealist":

"...can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them."

It's getting harder and harder for me to sneak up on her.

Anonymous said...

Cheers for the link. Tried it: am INFP, meaning (according to Keirsey - that I'm an Ugly Duckling, belonging to 1% of the population). Like being in the minoroty, but to put me with Princess bleeding Diana is a bit much! Sir Galahad's OK though!

Anonymous said...

I am confused?

Mizbubs said...

Dena: Since being with Bubs these last 27 (!) years, I've learned to talk to people and enjoy other human beings. Paxil helps, too. When Joe and I met (I was 15), I literally could not carry on a conversation. I did well in school, wrote pretty well, I even had a friend. However, I was so shy I may not have said 100 words on our first date. Bill may remember when I was more reserved. Now, I can entertain, talk at parties, and appear very outgoing. When back home alone, it can take me days to recover. If it weren't for love of Joe, I would be a total hermit.

Bubs: you like "...can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them."

This may incomvenience you, but it scares the hell out of our children!

Danny Tagalog: I'll have to look that one up. 1%, now that's rarified!

Katy: ?

Tenacious S said...

I could not resist the urge, and quite frankly, it passes as school related. I am also INFJ. No shocker. As for test-retest reliability, I have tested this way since I was in high school. I can tell you what rang true for me is that when I am overloaded, I go sensory seeking to drown it all out. I look at the number of friends that I have and sometimes I am embarassed. I've always had a small number of friends, but I am learning that's just who I am. I look forward to seeing the two of you soon. I will not be the one wearing the lampshade.

Dena said...

Ouch, I see now it is test-retest reliability, not validity. Embarrassing, but then again it has been well over 10 years since I studied that stuff.

It is useful to be able to understand some of what's going on inside other people, but it's also a responsibility that requires restraint not to abuse the information or assume you have it right (even though you probably mostly do, of course).

mandaclark said...

Ten-S: Bubs has always been puzzled by how few close friends I have. I like people, and I have a lot of casual friends, but my sister Kate and her Mom (my stepmom) are my only close friends. So, maybe now Bubs will understand it's just who I am, and not a bizarre character flaw! :-) By the way, I may be wearing a lampshade, but it's learned behavior!

lulu said...

I'm ESFP. The Performer Artisan. I'm the one passing out the lampshades.

Tenacious S said...

Big fun. Tested Sweetness. She is ISFP, a Composer Artisan. Much like her Auntie Lulu, but tempered by her introvert mother.m

Tenacious S said...

Bink is INTJ, Mastermind Rational. No duh!

Bubs said...

How old are Bink and Sweetness? And did they enjoy getting quizzed? Our girls love that stuff.

Tenacious S said...

Bink is 9 (I had to do some translating for him) and Sweetness is 12. She loved it. bink was hesitant at first, but being the little analyst that he is, he got into the spirit of it pretty quickly. No arm twisting involved. Interesting to see how we all are very unique and yet made from similar DNA. I must say, the only quality that my two kids share is their dislike of the large group experience. They are quite disimilar (sp?) in most ways. Nature vs. nurture. I think nature wins more often. I'm curious to see if this test is valid at such young ages and if there is any test-retest reliability down the road. I would wager that it remains fairly reliable for both of them. They tested the way that I have known them to be since infancy. Does our nature really ever change or do we, as your very insightful bride pointed out, gain learned behaviors along the way?

lulu said...

Ummm Ten, you're a behavior therapist. It would be a pointless job if we didn't learn behaviors, wouldn't it?

Kate said...

Well, other than the IN it looks like I'm probably more like dad than either one of us would like to admit.

Rational Architect INTP.

Basically I like to take everything apart and see how it works. But not with others if I can help it.

Mizbubs said...

Kate: No, I'm afraid I'm not suprised. As alike as we are, we do approach things from a different point of view. You don't think Dad is an introvert? He could go either way, I think.

Tenacious S said...

Lu, I realize we all learn behaviors. Just wondering if said learned behaviors would affect personality.