My Myers-Briggs Personality Type:
ENFJ: Extrovert Intuitive Feeling Judging.
I remember when I first did the test, about ten years ago. It was during a class offered at the local job workforce center. One day you complete the test and the next day of class you see the results. I read over my type and a lot of it clicked and made perfect sense to me.
And then the teacher said okay think of several people in your family and write down where you think they fall, based on what you have learned. It was just an estimate, but it was shocking and amazing to me.
I saw how most of the people in my family of origin did not share any of the same characteristics that I had. Not only that, but I was able to realize that my family were rigid in their own type, even more so from having so many people in the family exactly like them, and were incapable of wanting to understand that other people are different and that different is okay. I recalled so many times when they judged and demeaned me because I was not like them, different.
Doing this type test allowed me to let go of that and their beliefs about me. It was not about me. It was about them. It was about being able to accept myself and to be connected to who I was intrinsically in my personality. It was about finding others who could accept me and see the unique personality I was in the midst of my personality type.
I am not just my personality type. I am not rigid about how that impacts my life or how other people’s personality types impacts theirs. We are more than our personality types. But it brings new understanding so long as I am flexible and accepting of myself and others.
I really love and accept my personality type. It brings me a lot of fun and joy. 🙂