Sunday, 18 December 2011

So apparently I am not weird (sort of)

St Malo trip was lovely despite rough sea, occasional hail storms and way more wine than is good for me.

But Friday day time before the trip me and my entire team at work had a Myers Briggs evaluation workshop. It was amazingly brilliant and enlightening. I think I am fairly self aware and have empathy for others but this just let me suddenly I understand so much more. My quiet, shy and retiring team were equally vocal and it was as if understanding how we are all different gave them permission to be how they are.

Apparently results are only ever between assessor and assessed however it seems (from reading up) that I can tell you if I want to.

I am an ENTP. Now it becomes clear why I cant adhere to a meal plan, use a shopping list in any useful way, make a Christmas list, take sensible minutes. I cant help it! It isn't that I am not concentrating, I really just cant help it. This is what they say;

ENTPs are quick to see complex interrelationships between people, things, and ideas. These interrelationships are analyzed in profound detail through the ENTPs auxiliary function, introverted thinking (Ti). The result is an in-depth understanding of the way things and relationships work, and how they can be improved. To the ENTP, competence and intelligence are particularly prized, both in themselves and in other people.
ENTPs are frequently described as clever, cerebrally and verbally quick, enthusiastic, outgoing, innovative, flexible, loyal and resourceful. ENTPs are motivated by a desire to understand and improve the world they live in. They are usually accurate in sizing up a situation. They may have a perverse sense of humor and sometimes play devil's advocate, which can create misunderstandings with friends, coworkers, and family. ENTPs are ingenious and adept at directing relationships between means and ends. ENTPs devise fresh, unexpected solutions to difficult problems. However, they are less interested in generating and following through with detailed plans than in generating ideas and possibilities. In a team environment, ENTPs are most effective in a role where they can draw on their abilities to offer deep understanding, a high degree of flexibility, and innovative solutions to problems. The ENTP regards a comment like "it can't be done" as a personal challenge, and, if properly motivated, will spare no effort to discover a solution.

About 3% of the population are like me. I am going to guess that we might be a bit annoying (sorry about that). I also read that we can be good at most things we like (yaay) but it didn't mention something I have always noticed in that we have awful trouble being any good at all with something we don't like or want to do, which makes us look silly and spoiled.

I feel as though I have had a right, proper revelation!


  1. I am also fascinated with myer-briggs personality typing. I am an ISTJ. I haven't met many people who are interested in the whole idea of personalities. Some people think it is bad because it puts people in categories. I think it is great because it helps me understand that I am naturally good at some things and why I struggle at others.

  2. Its amazing, just fantastic. It was like a whole veil was lifted off of my understanding of human nature. And I think I was fairly self aware and aware of others before. Imagine if everyone did it and we could actually understand each other.
    I always thought I was not trying hard enough to pay attention. I feel quite validated by knowing it is my programming, as it were.
    We need to spread the word!!!


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