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    Not sure if I'm ENFP or ESFP (or something else entirely)

    My answers from personality tests have ranged from INTP, ISFP, ESFP, and ENFP, and I feel like getting advice from someone who truly understands the system and the various functions of the MBTI would be more helpful than another hard and fast computer test.

    Credit to Jinsei for the amazing questionnaire




    Your significant other just ended your 2 year relationship quite suddenly and with no apparent explanation. Up until this point you had both been talking about marriage and last week you even went to look at rings together. Now he/she won't even return your phone calls or texts. After talking with his/her family you find out that he/she has just been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 cancer.

    - Describe how this scenario would make you feel as well as what sort of influences and motivations lie behind those feelings. Why do you feel the way you do?

    - In this scenario what would you honestly say the primary focus of your feelings would be?

    The first feeling I'd have is utter betrayal. I feel like there must be a serious deficiency in communication if I believe the relationship will lead to marriage and he/she doesn't. I've found a common theme in failed relationships is a mismatch between what each person wants and how they view the relationship, hence the importance of communication.

    Knowing about the cancer diagnosis, I would again be offended that they didn't tell me firsthand, and that they didn't discuss the issue with me. In a serious relationship we should work as a team, and talk through any issues together, not shut each other out. I honestly don't know what my response would be if we were discussing the terminal diagnosis because it's such a horrible scenario, but I am bothered a lot more by the lack of communication in such a serious relationship.



    You are in college and this semester both you and your roommate end up in the same class together. You and your roommate get along fairly well and the living situation works but you aren't particularly close. You both typically do your own thing and are rather indifferent to each other. As the semester progresses you excel and become one of the top students in the class whereas your roommate is struggling significantly to grasp the material. The professor assigns a fairly challenging take home test that is a significant portion of your grade. He/she makes it clear that while it is open book, students are to work alone. Later your roommate comes to you begging for help after struggling with the test most of the weekend. You have already completed the assignment and he/she isn't asking to copy your answers, just to help tutor and mentor them as they struggle to complete the test, so there is no way your professor would ever know. However, this is the first time your room-mate has asked you for help this semester. He/she makes it clear that how they do on this test could mean the difference between passing and failing this class.

    - How do you respond to your roommate’s request and why?

    - What sort of things in this scenario stand out to you as far as having a strong influence on your decision making and why?

    - Describe the flow of your decision making process.

    I would be willing to help, as long as I knew the roommate well enough to trust that he honestly wanted help and wasn't looking to cheat. Without knowing their character, it's hard to make a judgment. I enjoy teaching, and finding ways to relate pieces of knowledge to others, especially if they work in a different field or struggle with the types of concept I'm explaining. I find it a really satisfying challenge to explain complicated concepts, and try to find metaphors and simple relationships that might trigger an intuitive understanding in them, rather than getting bogged down explaining things in order.

    I would be overjoyed for the opportunity to teach the student, as long as they weren't looking to cheat or earn something that they don't deserve. If they are struggling consistently through the subject, maybe the class isn't for them, and it wouldn't be right for them to pass when they haven't grasped the material fully, and didn't seem to care until the very end.

    The teacher also made it clear that students are to work alone. I draw a distinction between receiving tutoring and working on an assignment together, but it would enter the discussion as well.

    In a self-centred way, I almost want the opportunity to teach them more than I care about helping them by not letting them cheat. Kind of like the opposite of tough love.



    Your boss calls you into his/her office in order to assign you to a new project. He/she gives you a choice between two.

    Project 1 is a rather broad, expansive project covering multiple areas of company operations. It has the potential to have a very significant impact on company operations but it would require a collective effort and an extensive amount of group work where you would be logically thinking through the project together with the group of individuals your boss has also assigned to it.

    Project 2 has a much more specific and narrow focus and would require a significant amount of in depth individual analysis to work through the problem. You would be working alone and the completion of the project may or may not have much impact on company operations. However, after complete the process and problem you were working on will be streamlined and fundamentally understood.

    - Which project appeals to you the most, as it relates to the way you prefer to logically process information? Why?

    - What sort of things in this scenario, across either project, stood out to you as having a strong influence on your decision? Why?

    I don't know the way I logically process information well enough to explain, so this one might be a bit tricky. My interpersonal and feeling-based judgments are a lot easier to grasp. I think I prefer the first project, as it offers a greater reward, and I believe I could rise to the challenge. I love streamlining processes, finding more efficient ways to do things in almost all areas of my life, but if the end result is basically nonexistent, I don't care. I see logic in a very concrete, almost mathematical way. If I can enhance a process that occurs every day throughout the entire company, my net impact is high. If I focus intently on solving a single problem for my own satisfaction, my net impact is low.

    I don't mind group work, so long as the group is in tune with each other, reliable, and made up of effective communicators. I am energised by groups, and I enjoy taking on a leadership role. Though I'm not always the first to put myself forward, I am generally happy with the results.



    Your college professor has assigned you to a group project with 3 other individuals. All 3 of these individuals have a good strong work ethic and desire to contribute to the overall success of this project. You are at the first meeting of your group and the other members are tossing around valuable ideas as to the nature and direction of this project.

    - Describe your behavior in this situation as you process and think about the ideas they are presenting.

    - Describe what major influences drive this behavior.

    I would try to pick up on the other group members' energy and fill whatever void I felt was lacking. For instance, if the group was very vocal and creative, throwing up ideas constantly, but disorganised, I would take a pad and paper and do my best to restrain the group and act as moderator. If the group was struggling to generate ideas, I would try to think creatively and take on the opposite role. I see myself as a kind of chameleon, and enjoy taking on different roles and becoming inspired by different passions. It is an extremely core part of my identity, and I would love a workplace where I had the opportunity to perform such a role.



    It has been a very long week and you feel mentally and emotionally drained, but good news! It is Saturday and you have nothing significant that needs to be done. You FINALLY have some free time to yourself to recharge your batteries and do whatever you want.

    - Describe what sort of activities would help you to recharge. What would you enjoy doing after a long week and why?

    - What sort of things do you feel you draw non-physical energy from doing?

    I am completely ambivalent here, and my choice depends on my spur of the moment feelings. Some days I want nothing better than to binge watch TV, play a game for hours on end, cuddle in bed with a good book, or something else relaxed and easy going. Other times I prefer a social event, sports game, going out, anything social with the chance to talk to lots of different people. I tend to answer yes to invites, and unless I'm in an extreme mood, I'm happy to go with whatever my friends want.

    I've heard about the idea of introverts recharge by being alone and extraverts recharging being in groups, but I honestly identify with both, and I don't know which type I tend toward.



    You have a meeting with your college career counselor to discuss potential careers that interest you. He/she offers you a list of the following careers and asks you to pick your TOP 3. He/she asks you to take money out of the equation. Imagine all of these careers received equal compensation. Focus instead on where you would truly feel most happy and fulfilled.

    Artist, Scientist, Actor, Engineer, Musician, Lawyer, Counselor, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Manager, Psychologist, Computer Programmer / Analyst, Clergy, Child Care, Medical Doctor

    - What were your top 3 choices and what aspects of these careers appeal to you?

    - Was it difficult or easy to pick only 3 and why?

    - Prioritize the aspects of your career choices that influenced your decision, what things mattered most to you, where do you imagine finding the most fulfillment and why?

    3 Best: Scientist, Psychology, Medical Doctor

    I like scientist, because I feel it would be fairly relaxed, and would allow me to perform at my best in a comfortable environment around like-minded people.

    I like psychology, because it covers the same interpersonal skills as a counsellor or teacher, but with a scientific slant to it and a system of reasoning behind it.

    I like medical doctor, as I imagine each patient would be a puzzle, and the challenge would be to relate to the patient, and to your medical training, and try to find a comprise that utilises your skill and eliminates whatever issue they have.

    3 Worst: Artist, Engineer, Lawyer

    I dislike artist, even though I think of myself as creative, because I think the pressure to create would be far too draining and would destroy my ability to create. I'd much rather use art as a hobby on the side.

    I dislike engineer, as even though I describe myself as mathematical, I mean so in a creative, intuitive way, and not an abstract theoretical way. I don't think I would be good at routine calculations and memorisation. And I would rather relate to people than machines.

    I dislike lawyer because I can't stand dense technical documents


    Click on the image below and pay close attention to the things that jump out to you, objects, thoughts, feelings, impressions, ideas etc. What do you see?

    Short Effective Scenario Questionnaire 2.0 (Self-Type)-paintedcanyon1fb.jpg

    - Describe the main things that stand out to you in this picture.

    - Why do you think/feel you focused on those things?

    - Describe the strength with which this photo did or did not appeal to you and why?

    I think the image got lost in formatting somewhere, but these are my thoughts:

    1. I wonder whether the image was a digital render or a photograph. Somebody created this and I'm curious what their passion is, and how I could relate to them.
    2. The colours are very pleasing, muted, and dark. It produces a calming effect, and it's easy to look at.
    3. If the picture is a photograph, I feel they did a good job capturing the environment and the feeling of the location.
    4. If the picture is digital art, I feel underwhelmed by the composition and how the eye is guided through the painting.
    5. In my mind the difference between digital art and photography is that photography seeks to capture a mood or a moment in time, while digital art creates a moment in time, and should be more structured in terms of composition.

    *deep exhale*


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