Hi. I've been thinking a lot about my life and career goals lately and so I came across certain books that mentioned the personality types. I took the test several times.
The result was mostly ISTP, sometimes INTP and once, for some reason, ESTJ and ESTP.
E or I.
The personality type test almost always classified me as an introvert, so I decided to go with it.
However, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire repeatedly calls me an ambivert (A is sort of between E and I or 50/50) and sometimes even an extravert. Most I-people I know think I'm an E-person, but most E-people I know consider me to be an I-person. I'm not much into parties, but during my student years I enjoyed public speaking.
S or N.
This is the most actual question for me. On one hand, I'm a physical kind of person. I enjoy good food, I recognize and remember smells, I love massage, I have a sort of physical awareness - I'm very rarely clumsy, I don't run into people or furniture, etc. I get bored with theory. My fantasies always involve some kind of action. When I was a child, even though I'm a girl, I dreamed of becoming a policeman or a vampire hunter, the role model I admired was Xena the Warrior Queen.
On the other hand, I've never really done a lot of action. As a child, I wasn't very good at PE (except swimming, volleyball and long distance running), I tried dancing and figure skating and never really got into either. I wasn't on any kind of team. I've never even visited a gym. The idea of repeated exercising just bores me. I sometimes have fantasies about yachting or rock climbing but I can find a dozen reasons for myself why I don't actually do it.
My education had nothing to do with action either: Economics and Marketing. I got quickly disappointed with the 'sit in the office all day staring at the computer" idea, went through some freelancing, including web design (interesting but not sure I'm creative enough to do it for a long time), translating (booooring), etc. I now work for a search engine, analyzing the specifics of customer behaviour. Once again, a zero action boring job which I like only because I can work from home and choose my own working hours. (And work on a fantasy novel on the side, which is full of battles, heh).
Anyway, not trying to change it into a 'help me with my job' thread.
Just explaining my S - N confusion.
T or F.
I'm 90 percent sure on this one - T. I'm a cool-headed, analytical person, I was even told I tend to over-rationalize things.
P or J.
Leaning mostly towards P.
Some more stuff about me, just skip it if you are already bored.
It's mostly a more detailed look into what I said above.
I tend to be more introverted when it comes to personal interaction. I behave more like an extrovert when it's all about business or just something impersonal. At the same time, I'm not exactly shy, I sometimes talk to complete strangers, I have good social skills when I want to (though I can get bored easily). I tend to be rather straight-forward, for example, I'm not into flirting, even though it can be amusing when a man does that to me, I just reply directly, without word games. I find social networks boring, same goes for small talk. At the same time, just sitting at home talking to no one can get boring, too. I like internet communications partially because they let me choose the time without making plans, you either open your ICQ or you don't, on a whim. At the same time, I like going out for some good food and interesting conversation.
I tend to be very confident when it comes to my mind, but much less confident when it comes to my sports skills. It's like I value more being, say, athletic (which I'm not) than being smart. At the same time, I'm confident about things I do with my hands, like cooking (can't say I love it, but I'm a natural) or home made aromatherapy concoctions (I helped some friends with skin problems by making special lotions for them, even though I'm not a certified specialist, I learned it myself and experimented on myself). But, for example, tennis... when I think about trying it and being bad at it, I feel uncomfortable. Like everyone will laugh at me. But failing at a chem lab doesn't scare me the same way. Who cares, it's not important, I can do better next time.
I'm not an agressive person, but I'm also not a peacemaker or a pacifist. I tend to reason with rather than ask for, and if a conflict arises, I'm more likely to get bold than to try calming everyone down. I'm not actively trying to become a leader (too lazy for that), but sometimes I find myself taking charge, especially when a situation isn't to my liking. I get furious when people try to pressure me into something, I don't have a submissive bone in my body. I won't say "You are hurting my feelings", if I'm offended, I'm more likely to say "Apologize right now" or "Shut up!"
But in everyday life I'm a calm, rather easy-going person.
I keep a cool head in all kinds of situations, including some rather dangerous ones. On the other hand, I sometimes feel like I need to be more in touch with my emotions.
I like nature, I'm honest, thus I'm not evil, lol... but I'm more sentimental than kind. I can be sensitive about a few things that are important to me, but I often find myself to be more thick-skinned than people around me. I also have a tendency to carry grudges, if a person did something nasty to my or my friends, I'll never forget and never forgive.
I like hearing about new experiences or just getting interesting information, but I'm not the type who is learning things just for fun. I learned a foreign language because I thought I was going to use it in my work. I won't spend every evening reading nonfiction books. I'd prefer to talk about it to people who are doing the stuff. Or I'd read an article or two. Or one book, ok. Maybe.
In fact, even though studying wasn't difficult for me, I never liked too much being a student. Now when I think about changing a career, the idea of going back to uni for several years... urh, not really inspiring.
I'm curious by nature, but also careful. Probably because I tend to employ a realistic approach.
I like good food, clothes that feel good against the skin. I can't imagine how some people are able to eat without noticing or caring about the taste or they don't know whether they are cold or warm. I always know how my clothes fit. I can't say I'm crazy about fashion or looks, but I have a personal style, I know how I want to look and I know what to do to get there. At the same time, I'm too lazy for elaborate efforts like a full face makeup or white clothes. I can do it right, but I choose to do it only for special occasions.
I can be indecisive if there are too many possibilities, partially because I'm not good at analyzing them (projecting them into the future, thinking about long term), and partially because I can start feeling like I'm probably missing on a better thing by settling on a certain one. I like to keep my options open. I'd even say I have a bit of a commitment problem. I always want to know I can change my mind and make a different choice. I get bored easily by routine work. If I need to pay a lot of attention to small details during a long time, I'll get distracted.
I'm not a workaholic (not sure if it's because I'm not in love with my job, though), I like having free time. I feel frustrated when there is a routine demanding me to be busy with the same things for long periods of time, all day, every day.
So. This is where the conclusion starts.
I feel like ISTP is a sort of a person that I'd like to be. I'm reading the description and thinking, ah, it's so cool to be this doer, this policeman, pilot, firefighter, paramedic, steelworker who also loves skydiving and rally driving in the wilderness in her free time, and I'm this lazy girl who can't probably hitchhike for more than a day without wanting to get back to her soft bed and hot dinner.
But for being an INTP I seem to be not interested enough in the stuff that's supposed to be interesting. I don't feel satisfied.
So... am I an INTP who sort of dreams about being a different type, an ISTP who hasn't completely found herself yet, or something entirely different that has no idea what it is.
I'm asking here because I need an external opinion, and none of my friends have any idea about this system. I know you can't just type me by taking a look at this post, but maybe something will jump out at you, give you some ideas - and your thoughts, in turn, will make me look at this in a different light or get some new ideas, too.
Thanks in advance.