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My June 14, 2006 Post titled, "The Keys To My Heart" was a frivolous, fun, fluff of a quiz, designed to help one determine what kind of person one was attracted to and what attracts them to other people. I say fluff, 'cause that's exactly what it was. The quiz came from, and is as credible and comprehensive a source as The National Enquirer spotting Elvis........again!!! I never took any of that seriously, it wasn't meant to be. I thought it a fun thing to post, as well as help to generate some discussion around that.
What I hadn't planned on was the amount of 'hits' and/or responses to that post! A couple of the comments received ranged from "...too bad i don't believe much in love these days" to "that's not me at all...but then this is an internet quiz." to "Dangerous topic Green Eyes - especially for people who have "been there / done that".
That was only from those who posted a comment. I had received not only a lot of hits on that post, especially the link to the quiz itself, but had received email from others about it too.
This had me start to wonder if people really believed that bubble-gum psychology, or if they were indeed curious about their own personality and how they connect, or don't connect, with others.
I think people's curiosity to this topic is what may have sparked so much interest.

With that being said, when I think of personalities, connections and assessments, I automatically think of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Myers-Briggs was developed around 50 or so years ago and was based upon some of the theories of Carl Jung, a Swiss Psychiatrist and the founder of Analytical Psychology. I know there are some criticisms to the validity of this test, as well as the qualifications of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, the founders and namesake of this assessment. Even with these criticisms, the Myers-Briggs is still widely used in a variety of situations; from team building in corporations, to training of employers and those in leadership roles, and even in Marriage Counseling, as well as individual development. The two consulting psychiatrists with whom I work closely with, also favor this assessment, in spite of some of the criticisms.

After reading some of the comments and the interest generated from my June 14th post, I thought it might be interesting to post an assessment that wasn't based in fluff and may very well have some merit to it. I automatically thought of the Myers-Briggs, but knew I would be in violation of a copyright law if I posted it here, as I may have the assessment, but not the authorization to post it. Not to be daunted by this, I set about finding a different way I could do this with out violating any copyright. (I find that last sentence quite amusing, due to that being part of my 'personality type' to begin with!!!) :)

I have found a link with a Rapid Assessment that has been based upon Myers-Briggs approach to personality. It's called The Jung Typology Test. Though it is slightly different from the assessment that I have, the results were the same as the original. Before going to the link and completing the test yourself, I wanted to preface this quiz with some info that may help you in understanding some of this theory and the basis around it:

The Myers-Briggs has four separate preferences to it, with each preferences consisting of two alternatives. Of these preferences, we each use both, but generally feel more comfortable using one more than another. (Think Right-handed vs Left-handed; you can use both, but prefer one over the other.)

BEFORE reading any further, please take the test, called the Jung Typology Test.
Click on the "Do It" button and take the test. You may want to bookmark the 'results' page. at least write down the four letters, representing your preferences, as well as the strength percentages. You will find the test HERE.

Have you finished the test and recorded your four letter Preferences? If so, please read on. If not, please do that before reading on.

For the sake of brevity and conciseness in typing, I'm taking the below info from Team Technology:

The first of these is How you direct your energy?
- If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with people, things, situations, or "the outer world", then your preference is for Extroversion. This is denoted by the letter "E".
- If you prefer to direct your energy to deal with ideas, information, explanations or beliefs, or "the inner world", then your preference is for Introversion. This is denoted by the letter "I".

The second preference is How you process information?
- If you prefer to deal with facts, what you know, to have clarity, or to describe what you see, then your preference is for Sensing. This is denoted by the letter "S".
- If you prefer to deal with ideas, look into the unknown, to generate new possibilities or to anticipate what isn't obvious, then your preference is for Intuition. This is denoted by the letter "N" (the letter I has already been used for Introversion).

The third preference is How do you prefer to make decisions?
- If you prefer to decide on the basis of objective logic, using an analytic and detached approach, then your preference is for Thinking. This is denoted by the letter "T".
- If you prefer to decide using values and/or personal beliefs, on the basis of what you believe is important or what you or others care about, then your preference is for Feeling. This is denoted by the letter "F".

And the fourth preference is How do you prefer to organize your life?
- If you prefer your life to be planned, stable and organised then your preference is for Judging (not to be confused with 'Judgemental', which is quite different). This is denoted by the letter "J".
- If you prefer to go with the flow, to maintain flexibility and respond to things as they arise, then your preference is for Perception. This is denoted by the letter "P".

My own Preferences are: E-N-F-J. And the strengths of the preference percentages are:
Extroverted - 33% Intuitive - 50% Feeling - 50% and Judging - 22%

I am hoping that all who take this test, would be willing to share their results in the comment section. If you do, please structure it like I have mine above, including the percentages for each.
As an fyi - generally, these four preferences do not change over the years. This is because our personality or character is something that is generally consistent over our life time, at least from adulthood on. I had first taken this test about 15 years ago, and again about 5 years ago. The results were for the most part the same. I think I've become a bit more introverted as I've gotten older, but....I'm still considered an Extrovert. The strength percentage was what had slightly decreased. I had again taken this test....this exact one that I've posted here, and STILL get the same results; so I'm thinking this variation of the Myers-Briggs might be just as similar to the original. (I'm hoping so, at least!) :)

So I bet you're wondering what this has to do with my original post on "The Keys To My Heart"??

A former colleague of mine had specialized only in Marital and Couple Therapy. As a result, she often subscribed to professional literature that dealt specifically with this. One of these publications was called "Marriage: The Celebration of Couples". She had given me one of those issues whose main focus was on the Myers-Briggs and how to Connect with your partner, using the four preferences. So, if people are interested, I can post parts of that magazine that gives ideas of how to cope, deal and enhance your relationship with others, if lets say you are a T or Thinker and he/she is an F or Feeler, or if You're generally an S or Sensing, and he/she is an N or intuition, and so on.
But I will only do that if there seems to be enough interest, as that's a lot of typing!!

Soooo, not only am I hoping there's enough interest generated from my original post on the blogthings fluff quiz, regarding relationships, this may also help you to know a bit more about yourself, and seeing that I'm all about Self-Awareness, this may help you in other areas as well.

~ ZZ

11 Reflections:

gwen 8:35 AM, June 28, 2006  

Your Type is
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
Strength of the preferences %
78 12 25 1

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:
very expressed introvert

slightly expressed intuitive personality

moderately expressed feeling personality

slightly expressed judging personality

The links above that I followed do seem very accurate. Sure blows those other idiot tests out of the water! lol :)

Thanks Greeneyezz that was interesting. :)

JQP 10:12 AM, June 28, 2006  

I am I S F P

Strength of preferences:

Introverted 67%
Sensing 12%
Feeling 25%
Perceiving 44%

The first time I took Myers-Briggs I was ISTP. I guess as I get older I have loosened up my clinical/logical mind and thought process, and drifted more towards a feeling/perception process. Go figure.

Another great topic for discussion over happy hour drinks. Too complex to try to blog (I think).

Kim 1:12 PM, June 28, 2006  

INTJ = Mastermind Rational

I = 11

N = 25

T = 25

J = 78

You are:

* slightly expressed introvert

* moderately expressed intuitive personality

* moderately expressed thinking personality

* very expressed judging personality

Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the contingency planning or entailment organizing role that reaches the highest development in Masterminds. Entailing or contingency planning is not an informative activity, rather it is a directive one in which the planner tells others what to do and in what order to do it. As the organizing capabilities the Masterminds increase so does their inclination to take charge of whatever is going on.

It is in their abilities that Masterminds differ from the other Rationals, while in most of their attitudes they are just like the others. However there is one attitude that sets them apart from other Rationals: they tend to be much more self-confident than the rest, having, for obscure reasons, developed a very strong will. They are rather rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population. Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or "entailers."

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. Once in charge, however, Masterminds are the supreme pragmatists, seeing reality as a crucible for refining their strategies for goal-directed action. In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity. To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. 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.

gabriel 11:14 PM, June 28, 2006  

Ok here goes... ISFJ

How you direct your energy - Introverted 44%.

How you process info - Sensing 38%.

How you prefer to make decisions - Feeling 38%.

How you prefer to organize your life - Judging 78%.

Very interesting to say the least.

Ant 7:49 AM, June 29, 2006  

is this what you thought of me. i have taken all these before as part of work.
always interesting to see

Your Type is

Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
Strength of the preferences %
67 38 25 78

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:
distinctively expressed extrovert

moderately expressed intuitive personality

moderately expressed feeling personality

very expressed judging personality

Mary 10:59 AM, June 29, 2006  

Your Type is
Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
33 1 1 22

ISTJ type description by D.Keirsey
ISTJ type description by J. Butt

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:

* moderately expressed introvert
* slightly expressed sensing personality
* slightly expressed thinking personality
* slightly expressed judging personality

I'm not sure this is a good thing. :-(

GreeneyeZZ 12:21 PM, June 29, 2006  

Mary -

"I'm not sure this is a good thing."

There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone has both wonderful and not so wonderful qualities about themselves. When we become stressed to a high level, we tend to respond more closely to what our preferences are,(according to this theory) as the little 'people friendly' niceties that we "learn" give way to our more basic traits. Knowing what ours are, as well as your significant other is, can very well be beneficial. Not a bad thing at all! I also think that your comfortableness with posting your answers here, says something positive about you. :)

Boo 12:43 PM, June 29, 2006  

I = 67

S = 12

F = 12

J = 11

distinctively expressed introvert

slightly expressed sensing personality

slightly expressed feeling personality

slightly expressed judging personality

GreeneyeZZ 8:26 PM, June 29, 2006  

FYI - there are 2 addtional links for your "Preference Profile" on the "results" page. You can also gain additional info about your "Preference Profile" here:

Gwen -


Kim -

StGabriel -

Ant -
(Ant - great to see you responded!)

Mary -

Boo -

I know that several others have taken the test, please feel free to post your results here. I'm hoping others feel as comfortable doing this.


Chopper 9:39 PM, August 08, 2007  

ENFJ = "The Portrait of the Teacher"

Extraverted = 44
Intuitive = 75
Feeling = 38
Judging = 56

You are:

* Moderately expressed extravert
* Distinctively expressed intuitive personality
* Moderately expressed feeling personality
* Moderately expressed judging personality

The Idealists called Teachers are abstract in their thought and speech, cooperative in their style of achieving goals, and directive and expressive in their interpersonal relations. Learning in the young has to be beckoned forth, teased out from its hiding place, or, as suggested by the word "education," it has to be "educed." by an individual with educative capabilities. Such a one is the eNFj, thus rightly called the educative mentor or Teacher for short. The Teacher is especially capable of educing or calling forth those inner potentials each learner possesses. Even as children the Teachers may attract a gathering of other children ready to follow their lead in play or work. And they lead without seeming to do so.

Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and this expectation, usually expressed as enthusiastic encouragement, motivates action in others and the desire to live up to their expectations. Teachers have the charming characteristic of taking for granted that their expectations will be met, their implicit commands obeyed, never doubting that people will want to do what they suggest. And, more often than not, people do, because this type has extraordinary charisma.

The Teachers are found in no more than 2 or 3 percent of the population. They like to have things settled and arranged. They prefer to plan both work and social engagements ahead of time and tend to be absolutely reliable in honoring these commitments. At the same time, Teachers are very much at home in complex situations which require the juggling of much data with little pre-planning. An experienced Teacher group leader can dream up, effortlessly, and almost endlessly, activities for groups to engage in, and stimulating roles for members of the group to play. In some Teachers, inspired by the responsiveness of their students or followers, this can amount to genius which other types find hard to emulate. Such ability to preside without planning reminds us somewhat of an Provider, but the latter acts more as a master of ceremonies than as a leader of groups. Providers are natural hosts and hostesses, making sure that each guest is well looked after at social gatherings, or that the right things are expressed on traditional occasions, such as weddings, funerals, graduations, and the like. In much the same way, Teachers value harmonious human relations about all else, can handle people with charm and concern, and are usually popular wherever they are. But Teachers are not so much social as educational leaders, interested primarily in the personal growth and development of others, and less in attending to their social needs.

Priya 1:34 PM, August 14, 2007  

Strength of the preferences %
1 50 50 1

Good stuff!!!

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