Thursday, February 5, 2009

I'm an Idealist Counselor

What are you? 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality inventory based on the  Myers Briggs model of personality. According to Myers, "Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart's desire."

Take the test at   

Per, we Counselors make up about one percent of the population and can be hard to get to know.  We tend not to share our innermost thoughts or our "powerful emotional reactions" except with our loved ones. We are highly private people, with "an unusually rich, complicated inner life." Yup. Gotta love that inner life!  

Keirsey goes on to say, "Friends or colleagues who have known Counselors for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them."  

Don't I sound cool? Heck, I'd like to know me better!  

Something I've found--not surprising, just interesting--is that most people read their Myers- Briggs profiles and go, well, yeah, who wouldn't choose to be like that? It's sorta like the supposition that if all the ills of the world were put in a hat and you could pick any one, most would choose his own. Your burden, your ill, is something that's familiar, something you know you can deal with because you already are.  And your personality is mostly what it is because that's what you're comfortable with. Or do you become comfortable with it because that's what you are? Chicken, egg? 

I truly believe that, genetics aside, much of our personality traits we choose, one of those choices you don't realize you're making. You are who you are, yes, because of genetics but also because of the experiences you've had in your life. I believe the fact that I was one of eleven children was a contributing factor in my preference for solitude. If you were to ask my siblings  you'd find most also prefer solitude. Well, except Ginger. Ginger's our special one. (Not special that way. She's just special.) 

I like being with my siblings, I like being with my friends, but I love coming home! I call myself an isolationist. Keirsey calls it being a private person. But what easier way for an isolationist/private person to connect with people than through blogging?  

Thanks for letting me connect with you today. 


Anonymous said...

Thank you for our counseling session today. How much do I owe you? LOL. This is seriously great, I'm about to go take the test and find out what the heck I am. Fun!

JMS said...

Very interesting! I just took the test and found that I am a Guardian (Protector). It's pretty spot-on, and almost scary.

Thanks for sharing, Counselor!


TexNan said...

Everyone needs a Guardian Protector in his life. That's what Tom is, and so is my SIL. I'm sure your husband appreciates you, Jen (and if he doesn't, tell him I said he should). IMHO, GPs make perfect mates.

LittleSassySews said...

I'm an Idealist Teacher! ENFJ. Interesting.

That Girl Ang said...

Just couldn't do it... after about 20 questions I skip to the bottom... 72?! Nah.. too long... so which personality does that make me? "The world may never know...." Too bad life isn't like a box of chocolate... nor a a bag of Charms Tootsie Roll Pops! LOL


Thanks for stopping by... ;)

TexNan said...

OMG, Ang! I thought I was ADD! Well, thanks for trying anyway. Good to see you here. (Congrats again on the treasury!)