I was asked once to take the Kiersey Temperament Sorter by the director of our program. She feels that it is a great way for faculty and students to understand each other better and that it helps break down communication barriers. Since I know that these sorts of tests don't take into account the unpredictable nature of being raised in a, shall we say, less than normal environment, I wasn't thrilled about finding out my four-letter breakdown. I did it, however, because I do what I'm told (great job, mom and dad;)).
What really frustrated me was that the program director didn't believe the results. "No, you can't possibly be an INTJ--you are definitely and E". How on earth can you break down communication barriers if you refuse to believe the results?? If I was an extrovert, I would have more than eight-phone numbers in my cell phone: mom & dad, brother 1, brother 2, husband, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, friend 1.
Regardless, I thought this was funny:
"Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind's well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead...Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy."
I took the stupid thing again. Who knows, maybe I was in a funk when I took it the first time.
Apparently, now I'm an INFJ--note that I'm still an "I". I liked this better:
Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them. This "mind-reading" can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others' feelings so keenly. Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena and to have visions of human events, past, present, or future. What is known as ESP may well be exceptional intuitive ability-in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in the Counselor, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.
I'd rather have ESP than be a sociopath...I think.
Can you let me know which one you are, and then tell me what you do for a living and if you are considered "sane"? I want to figure out which one I'd rather be, and then act like that type. Post-hoc modifications are the best way to really throw them off.
By the way, if you've never watched Saved, you should. You will understand me a little bit more if you watch that movie.