Tuesday, September 9, 2014

cause she's got...personality

Today I'm linking up with Bailey from Brave Love  for the Blog-tember challenge.  Today's prompt is: what is your personality type?

Well...that feels like a very loaded question.  Yes, it is.  But I love talking personality types.  A job I had several years ago in a children's ministry department at church had us figure out our personality types.  We went into some serious depth.  And I loved it.  I learned so much.  Like I seriously have a notebook of pages and pages of information on personality types.  It probably has to do with my type, but I just find it so interesting....in marriage, as a parent, in a family setting, at work, with friends...what are you like in all these environments? How do you respond?  How do you handle stress?  I love this stuff!


So for those of you familiar with the Meyer's Briggs test, I am officially an ISTJ:


I = introvert.  Yes.I.Am.  And I love it.  Introverts tend to have a reputation for being socially awkward, and maybe I am, but as I get older, I appreciate the awkwardness.  I tend to be one who is more comfortable being alone or in a small group of close friends.  I prefer to know just a few people really well.  Sometimes I prefer the idea of something rather than the real thing.

S = Sensing.  It's a weird word to describe it, but I tend to pay attention to physical reality, what I see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.  I'm concerned with what is actually, present, current, and real.  I notice facts and remember details that are important to me.  I like to see the practical use of things and learn best when I see how to use what I'm learning.  Experience speaks to me louder than words.

T = Thinking.  When I make a decision, I like to find the basic truth or principle to be applied, regardless of the specific situation involved.  I look for logical explanations or solutions to almost everything.  I believe telling the truth is more important than being tactful (yes...it's gotten me into trouble more times than I'd like to admit!).

J = Judging.  I like to have things decided.  I appear to be task oriented.  I like to make lists and get my work done before playing.


Famous ISTJ's:

  • Barbara Walters
  • George Washington
  • George HW Bush
  • Queen Elizabeth I & II
  • Warren Buffet
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • Brigham Young
  • Mother Teresa
ISTJ Strengths:
  • honor committments
  • take relationship roles seriously
  • able to communicate with precision
  • good listeners
  • able to take constructive criticism well
  • able to tolerate conflict situations without emotional upheaval
ISTJ Weaknesses:
  • tendency to believe we're always right (well, we are!!)
  • value to structure may seem rigid to others
  • not likely to give enough praise or affirmation to loved ones

Oh my...I could seriously go on and on, but I won't.  If you've never taken the Meyers Briggs test, do it.  Have your spouse take it.  Encourage your boss and co-workers, your children, your friends....anyone you do life with on a regular basis.  It really is fascinating and you'll learn so much! 


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10 comments:

amy said...

Haha...I know, studying personalities brings out my inner psychologist!! Crazy that you and your hubs are the same type!! I feel like that's one of the only types that both people could be in a marriage and make it work! I could never be married to my same type! That's because I'm always right about everything and need someone to blame! ;) My poor hubs!

Cassie Lee said...

I almost wish we were different hahah we are TOO much alike at times!

Anne @ Love the Here and Now said...

I took the test years ago but forgot what I was...I think I may have to retake it!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

ah thanks for posting the link! I couldn't seem to find it the other night!

Melissa Camacho said...

I'll have to retake it. I know for sure I'm extroverted. I love personality tests!

amy said...

Yes! I love all the info you can find once you're done taking the test. It's so interesting, and honestly, makes me laugh every time I read the weaknesses. It's good to "review" strengths and weaknesses so you can continue to grow and work on areas that need it! :)

amy said...

Of course!! Happy Testing!

amy said...

Yes! Take it...so much fun to find out who you really are! :)

Ember Grey. said...

I love this stuff too!!! I have so much info that I took notes on and saved when I took this (I kept emailing my parents, saying "This is what it said about me! How true is THAT?!" .. which was fun until I stopped receiving replies from them.) When I took it last year I was INFJ, and agreed with almost all of what it described... kinda freaky how spot on it was!

Amy @ Set Free said...

This is why we're such great online buddies...we're both I's!! Haha!! Yea, when I first took it, I was blown away by how dead on it was. Going back through it the last few days has made me laugh...oh I would be so difficult to live with! ;)