Typing test

I had to take a Meyer-Briggs-style cognition test earlier this semester for my Human Behavior class*. It told me that I was an ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging) when for years I've been an INTJ (Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging) personality. I've always been on the fence between the Thinking/Feeling aspect, but the change from iNtuitive to Sensing took me by surprise.

I took another version of the test yesterday and my result was ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging). So apparently it wasn't just the test - I have actually gone from being someone who trusts their intuition to someone who relies on what they can sense. It's very strange to me that I would change in this way, when I feel like I've gotten more emotional. Maybe I'm more emotional but don't trust those emotions.

Reading the ISFJ profile, I can see a lot of me in there.

"ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their "need to be needed.""

I think this is driving a lot of my career development - I've realized that I need to be in an environment where I can interact directly with the people I'm helping. HCI is not for me.

"Needless to say, ISFJs take infinite trouble over meals, gifts, celebrations, etc., for their loved ones--although strong Js may tend to focus more on what the recipient should want rather than what they do want."

You all had better want candy.

"One ISFJ trait that is easily misunderstood by those who haven't known them long is that they are often unable to either hide or articulate any distress they may be feeling. For instance, an ISFJ child may be reproved for "sulking," the actual cause of which is a combination of physical illness plus misguided "good manners." An adult ISFJ may drive a (later ashamed) friend or SO into a fit of temper over the ISFJ's unexplained moodiness, only afterwards to explain about a death in the family they "didn't want to burden anyone with." Those close to ISFJs should learn to watch for the warning signs in these situations and take the initiative themselves to uncover the problem."

Yeah, you do that. I can't articulate.

[test link via Aimzter]

* That's "MO 501: Human Behavior" as opposed to "SI 688: Fundamentals of Human Behavior"** or "SI 551: Information-Seeking Behavior," which I am also taking this semester.

** Sometimes abbreviated as Fun Human Behavior, which it isn't.***

*** Omigod, I have gone footnote-crazy.

srah - Monday, 14 February 2005 - 10:29 AM

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gravatar srah - February 14, 2005 - 10:36 AM -

Down at the bottom of the page, it lists famous fictional ISFJs, including...

Melanie in Gone With The Wind.


gravatar Jez - February 14, 2005 - 2:48 PM -


gravatar alfie - February 14, 2005 - 7:05 PM -

Gone footnote crazy?????

gravatar bobby - February 15, 2005 - 7:55 AM -

ooh - in my Organizational Problem Solving class last weekend, we got into a HEATED discussion if taking those tests was worthwhile. There was one test called INsights that gave you a color, or a combination of colors, for your personality. I tend to think they are EVIL because once people know that you're a blue, they will treat you like a blue. You will not develop into anything else. Someone who could be given the opportunity to explore other facets of their personality will be poo pooed on. "Oh, Mary simply can't manage that project! She is a blue, afterall!"

gravatar srah - February 15, 2005 - 8:09 AM -

Literally poo pooed on? :D

gravatar mommy - February 16, 2005 - 7:45 AM -

As we discussed this weekend, you are the least Melanie person I know. You are so Scarlett O'Hara.

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