ENFP? ISFP? ESTJ? Gobbledy gook?
stands for "Myers-Briggs Type Indicator" (Or "...Temperament
Index", Depending on how well misinformed whomever you're
talking to about it is.) Many of us have found this system to be "Empowering" in as far as it explains that not everybody can be a football or hockey hero because our personalities and attitudes, to a great extent, are "Hard-Wired" into us by psychological/physiological conditions in our minds, 'souls', brains, and bodies. Not everybody can become a sports star and not everyone can have a built in genius at passing Math tests, fixing broken cars or explaining digital recording to would-be television or radio personalities.
MBTI is a test which measures your personality traits or preferences
according to four polarities: (1) Extrovert vs. Introvert
(2) Sensing vs. iNtuitive (3) Thinking vs. Feeling
& (4) Judging vs. Perceiving. (They capitalized the 'N' in 'intuitive'
because that's the letter they use to indicate intuitive, rather
than complicating things and/or confusing psychologist/psychiatrist
types (as well as others...) with having the letter 'I' stand for
two different traits/preferences.
"ESTJ" would be a person with an Extroverted Sensing
Thinking Judging personality. An "INFP" would be an
Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiver. There are sixteen possible
combinations within these four polarities. And then, if somebody
scores right in the middle of a category/polarity, they would
get an "x" for their indicator. (An "INFx"
would be somebody who is definitely (or quite probably) an Introverted
iNtuitive Feeler who is so close to 50/50 in their Perceiving
vs Judging preference that they're on the line.
vs Introvert measures the way a person recharges (when low on
energy) or recovers from any kind of Trauma. Extroverts are recharged
by mingling with other people. Introverts like calm, quiet surroundings
to help them recover or recharge.
vs iNtuiting measures the difference between someone who needs
concrete facts and someone who can function in the realm of imagination.
(Concrete Vs imaginary / Preferring something you can touch and
hold Vs being comfortable with abstract concepts).
Vs Feeling measures the differences between people who would rather
make decisions by weighing all the facts they can gather (In whatever
subject area they need to make their decision in) versus someone
who bases their decisions on how they feel about something. (A
thinker might want to buy a house in a 'good neighbourhood' close
to highway on / off ramps with good schools and decent shopping/entertainment
. A 'feeler' spouse would probably drive the thinker to distraction
by arguing that he or she couldn't live with the view or can't
stand the architectural style because construction that uses a
lot of small bricks gives him or her a headache or too many white
houses give him or her the creeps.)
Vs Perceiving: Judging types need to plan ahead to feel comfortable.
Perceiving types like to be more in the moment. Judging types
would schedule sensible amounts of time to keep their home clean
and neat (especially if they were Sensing types as well) while
Perceivers do not suffer a mental meltdown if some last minute
mini-catastrophe causes them to change their plans.
plan to have scads of good links below, but you can also find
out a lot by typing "MBTI" in a google search engine
box (or you can use any other web searching tool you might prefer:)
you're interested you can take a free MBTI type test by clicking
on the following link: Free
Type Test .
- written up for us by dj otterson (INxx)
- 05 decembre, 2002
(E-Mail forum kind of things? Fun E-mail support groups:)
"Big List" : INFP
at Yahoo Groups (over 2100 Members)
More laid back and humourous, started by people who wanted to
get away from flame wars on other lists.
List dealing with INFP
Relationships love etc.
Photos for photographers and sensitive creative types.
MBTI Over 40 for those who want to discuss mature matters
without worrying about or weeding through the messages of thirteen to twenty somethings...