Saturday, December 29, 2007

Proof that people really do change

Looking over some old posts from my Diaryland account recently; I took a Myers-Briggs test in 2002 and was an ENTP (Extroverted-iNtuitive- Thinking-Perceiving). The one I took this year said I was an ESTJ (Extroverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging). I'll let my loyal readers decide which one is which (and which is more me):
1. E---s thrive on order and continuity. Being extroverted, their focus involves organization of people, which translates into supervision. While E---s enjoy organizing and mobilizing people according to their own theories and tactically based agendas, E---s are content to enforce "the rules," often dictated by tradition or handed down from a higher authority.

E---s are joiners. They seek out like-minded companions in clubs, civic groups, churches and other service organizations. The need for belonging is woven into the fiber of E---s. The family likewise is a central focus for E---s, and attendance at such events as weddings, funerals and family reunions is obligatory.

Tradition is important to the E---. Holidays, birthdays and other annual celebrations are remembered and observed often religiously by this type. The E--- is inclined to seek out his roots, to trace the family heritage back to honored ancestors both for a sense of family respectability and for a sense of security and belonging.

Service, the tangible expression of responsibility, is another key focus for E---s. They love to provide and to receive good service. The E--- merchant who provides dependable service has done much to enhance her self image.

E---s have an acute sense for orthodoxy. Much of their evaluation of persons and activities reflects their strong sense of what is "normal" and what isn't. E--- humor is frequently centered around something or someone being off center or behaving abnormally.

E---s promote the work ethic. Power, position and prestige should be worked for and earned. Laziness is rarely viewed with ambivalence nor benevolence by this type.

2. "Clever" is the word that perhaps describes E---s best. The professor who juggles half a dozen ideas for research papers and grant proposals in his mind while giving a highly entertaining lecture on an abstruse subject is a classic example of the type. So is the stand-up comedian whose lampoons are not only funny, but incisively accurate.

E---s are usually verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and generally love to argue -both for its own sake, and to show off their often-impressive skills. They tend to have a perverse sense of humor as well, and enjoy playing devil's advocate. They sometimes confuse, even inadvertently hurt, those who don't understand or accept the concept of argument as a sport.

E---s are as innovative and ingenious at problem-solving as they are at verbal gymnastics; on occasion, however, they manage to outsmart themselves. This can take the form of getting found out at "sharp practice;" E---s have been known to cut corners without regard to the rules if it's expedient -- or simply in the collapse of an over-ambitious juggling act. Both at work and at home, E---s are very fond of "toys" -physical or intellectual, the more sophisticated the better. They tend to tire of these quickly, however, and move on to new ones.

E---s are basically optimists, but in spite of this (perhaps because of it?), they tend to become extremely petulant about small setbacks and inconveniences. (Major setbacks they tend to regard as challenges, and tackle with determination.) E---s have little patience with those they consider wrongheaded or unintelligent, and show little restraint in demonstrating this. However, they do tend to be extremely genial, if not charming, when not being harassed by life in general.

In terms of their relationships with others, E---s are capable of bonding very closely and, initially, suddenly, with their loved ones. Some appear to be deceptively offhand with their nearest and dearest; others are so demonstrative that they succeed in shocking co-workers who've only seen their professional side. E---s are also good at acquiring friends who are as clever and entertaining as they are. Aside from those two areas, E---s tend to be oblivious of the rest of humanity, except as an audience - good, bad, or potential.

(No cheating on Google!)

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