When I was at Miami, we did a personality test as part of a team building exercise among the Student Managers at the Bookstore. (Yes, I worked at the Bookstore all four years of college.) We did Myers Briggs, and I was an ESFJ. While personality types don’t typically change too much throughout the course of one’s life, they can change slightly. I haven’t taken the test since then and assumed I was an ESFJ for life. Wrong.
Earlier this week, my Connect Group met for an extended time to get to know each other better. Part of the evening involved taking a couple of tests and discussing. Myers Briggs was one of them. I answered all of the questions assuming I already knew what the result would be, but I was surprised to find out that my type has changed since college. I tested as an ENFJ. It’s funny, because I think my working experiences are to “blame” for the shift. I’ve developed new skills and ways of thinking, and they are reflected in my results.
The thing that hasn’t changed? The strong “people focus” of this personality type. You can read all about both types in the links above, but I will share a few highlights that I think are particularly true of me. (I’m sure those of you who know me well will COMPLETELY agree.)
- People-focused…they understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. ENFJ’s main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others.
- Well-organized…they will work hard at maintaining structure and resolving ambiguity. They have a tendency to be fussy, especially with their home environments.
- At work…they do well in positions where they deal with people. They are naturals for the social committee.
- Relationships…they have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They’re very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship.
- Decision making…they may rely heavily on other people in decision-making processes.
We also took a test to determine which Love Language is our strongest. (If you’re not familiar with “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, you should read it!) No surprise my highest is Quality Time.
So, if you can handle some quality time with this well-organized, social committee president (who will likely request your input in all decisions), we are destined to be friends for life!