Skip to main content

Do you know your MBTI?

MBTI = Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Wikipedia, as usual, has an excellent write-up, for those who want to know more.

I am an INFP tho my F vs T are pretty well balanced, such that I have also tested as INTP before. I think that's an interesting balance to have, since the T-hinking aspect involves analytical cause & effect reasoning with logical problem solving, while the other F-eeling aspect deals with empathy, personal values, and striving for harmony and positive actions. I believe that helps explain why I can always easily see and relate to other peoples' point of view, yet can "steel" myself to "do the right thing" anyway.

How did this topic come about? No, NOT due to the random word generator, LOL!

Well, a few days me & Rail were talking about Fung Shui and these 8 pillars thingy that can be determined by knowing one's birthdate and time of birth. She offered to look up my pillars for me, and I said why not, it's always interesting to read about all these personality descriptions from different cultures & perspectives.

We then moved on to similar topics about personality determining tests, and ended up talking about Myers-Briggs.

I knew I had this MBTI booklet easily reachable in my room, so I dug it up to email Rail the page about *her* type, and while I was at it, to refresh my memory about what "my" "type" is all about...

Some things resonated and jumped out at me from the booklet I was revisiting:
"INFPs recognise and honor the emotional and psychological needs of others, even when others may not have recognised or expressed their own needs"

"INFPs tend to work in bursts of energy and are capable of great concentration and output when fully engaged in a project ... ... but they can have difficulty performing routine work that has little meaning for them"

"INFPs are adaptable and flexible until something violates their inner values. Then they stop adapting. The resulting expression of value judgements can emerge with an intensity that is surprising to others"

"Under great stress, INFPs may begin seriously doubting their own competence and that of others, becoming overly critical and judgmental"

It seems that whether I am officially INFP or INTP, either way, I share my "type" with less than 4.5% of the (U.S.) population (INFP = 4.4%, INTP = 3.3%).

I was told that some of the best consultants are INFPs (I do know I could be an excellent consultant... but after having dealt with them on such an intimate basis for almost two years during my last years of work, I know I do not want to do that to myself!)...

It's interesting to see the Keirsey "enhancement" of the MBTI grid, where he added "Temperaments" based on the combination of N with F/T, and S with T/F.

So, "my" temperament is NF = IDEALIST, with what looks like a "calling" of HEALER.

... healer, eh? veeeery eeeeentereeeessssting :-)

Actually, I've been in limbo for a while, and I know I should identify and decide what I want to do once I do hit the "START" button on my life again (which should happen once I get back to the U.S. in the middle of this year); reviewing these various "insights" is a good step to reminding me of my strengths, areas for improvement, and things that make me go "oooh!"

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Noritta Samsudin: Case closed? WTF?

I was amazed to read that Datuk Mustapha Abdullah, the city police chief considers the Noritta Samsudin murder case closed. (Click here and here for some articles)

Background
In July 2004, one En Hanif Basree Abd Rahman was acquitted and discharged by the court on the murder of Noritta. Of course, the months leading up to that ruling made for gross reading in the local newspapers… Early on I decided to just not read the papers, as it was obvious that the murder victim, who seems to have been a high-class callgirl, was the one being judged. I’m certain I did the right thing, for as time went by, more and more people started complaining about the level of detail being reported by the papers. Details about tears in the vagina, and age thereof seemed to be the focus of the court, rather than on the clients. Then again, from early on it was rumoured that many VIPs were among the victim’s “customers”, hence the blinkered focus on the victim rather than her clients. And the clients who…

BOH Seri Songket flavored teas

For many a year, boxes of BOH's Seri Songket flavored tea have served as handy buah tangans for relatives and friends in Switzerland and the USA, providing exotic teas in an exquisite bit of packaging. I'd not tasted any of these teas for myself, though, so this time around on my trip to Malaysia I made it a point to get me a few boxes of my own.

I picked three: Earl Grey with Tangerine; Passion Fruit; and Lime & Ginger; and have tasted two out of the three so far. According to Moomykin, the unlikely Lychee Rose combination is surprisingly good, so I'll grab that next time. Other flavors available in theory are Cinnamon; Clove & Cardamom; Mango; and Vanilla.

Review of the Seri Songket Passion Fruit flavored tea:
I've had this twice so far.

When you open the sachet, the smell/flavor is rather overpowering. But it all disappears when the teabag is steeped in hot water.

The first time, I used one bag to make 4 cups of tea. It seemed a touch watery, and tasted j…

It's been a while...

It's been so long.

Here's what's been going on. I had one kid, then another. Thing One / Nova was my first ever exposure to a kid. I'd never changed a diaper until he came along, and even then I deferred to the hubs or the NICU nurses before I forced myself to overcome that ?fear?.

He is my first. So I always wondered during tough times, was it just me? Or was it also him?

Turns out, it was us both.


He starts First Grade this August. He's currently being (re-)evaluated for an IEP (Individualised Education Plan). ADHD. ODD. ASD. SPD. The journey to these labels was a long one. And still ongoing because I don't think we have it quite right yet. But the labels help. I fought against getting labels. But now I seek them. Anything to help understand. Never in a million years would I have foreseen me medicating my kids. Yet here I am, seeking new meds, getting him a genetic test that should help identify which medications should help him, since the usual suspects see…