Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A change of personality

So, after a year, my personality has changed from Extroverted iNtuitive Feeling Judgement (ENFJ) to Extroverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving (ENFP), with 100% Feeling.

Extroverted - I get energised by interacting with people and engaging with activities rather than being energised by internal world of ideas and emotions.
iNtuitive - I prefer to focus on imagination than facts and figures.
Feeling - Emotional and sentimental rather than objective and logical.
Perceiving - I prefer spontaneous and flexible lifestyle rather than a planned and organised life.

More about an ENFP - The Inspirer:

You have Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling.

ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of the ENFP's life, and because they are focused on keeping "centered", the ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.

An ENFP needs to focus on following through with their projects. This can be a problem area for some of these individuals. Unlike other Extraverted types, ENFPs need time alone to center themselves, and make sure they are moving in a direction which is in sync with their values. ENFPs who remain centered will usually be quite successful at their endeavors. Others may fall into the habit of dropping a project when they become excited about a new possibility, and thus they never achieve the great accomplishments which they are capable of achieving.

Most ENFPs have great people skills. They are genuinely warm and interested in people, and place great importance on their inter-personal relationships. ENFPs almost always have a strong need to be liked. However, once an ENFP has learned to balance their need to be true to themselves with their need for acceptance, they excel at bringing out the best in others, and are typically well-liked. They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.

Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and when they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP's family members.

An ENFP who has "gone wrong" may be quite manipulative - and very good it. Most ENFPs will not abuse their abilities, because that would not jive with their value systems.

ENFPs who have not learned to follow through may have a difficult time remaining happy in marital relationships. Always seeing the possibilities of what could be, they may become bored with what actually is. The strong sense of values will keep many ENFPs dedicated to their relationships. However, ENFPs like a little excitement in their lives, and are best matched with individuals who are comfortable with change and new experiences.

Having an ENFP parent can be a fun-filled experience, but may be stressful at times for children with strong Sensing or Thinking tendencies. Such children may see the ENFP parent as inconsistent and difficult to understand. But ENFPs are always consistent in their value systems, which they will impress on their children above all else, along with a basic joy of living.

ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they're doing.

Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.

ENFPs are charming, ingenuous, risk-taking, sensitive, people-oriented individuals with capabilities ranging across a broad spectrum. They have many gifts which they will use to fulfill themselves and those near them, if they are able to remain centered and master the ability of following through.

This is a result from the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Test Indicator). It is a test developed from famous psychologist Carl Jung. It divides people into 16 types, along dimensions which people are alike and different. The four main dimensions are how people are energised (Extroverted vs Introverted), what do people pay attention to (Sensing vs Intuitive), how people organise information (Feeling vs Thinking), and the lifestyle a person uptake (Judging vs Perceiving)


Blogger Nabeel K said...

You know, I feel I have made a similar transition - from being an introvert to an extrovert. Still haven't decided what is better though.

"Man is a social animal" - one argument why such a transition is deemed desirable and 'right'.

6:53 PM  
Blogger w a n x i n said...

hmm I don't think any trait has any advantage over the other. All traits have its good or bad sides. It depends on how it works in your life, and how is it beneficial to your mode of living.
Like for me, being a perceiving person is definitely not helping my university, as the preference for a flexible lifestyle has prompted me to stay up later and later!

2:43 AM  

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