It’s funny – I had forgotten all about this until Alberto reminded me.
I took the Keirsey Temperament Sorter at some point in the past and was identified as type INFP, or a “Healer.” I always thought that the profile of the Healer seemed a little more serene and inward-facing than I find myself to be, but I went with it, telling everyone I was INFP all these years.
But then recently, I redid the test for something work-related, and the result I was given at that time is ENFP – the “Champion.” In reading this profile I’ve found that it’s much more accurate. I am more extroverted than I was in the past, which could be related. Anyone who knows me well will see me in this profile, I think, as well as in this brief piece about Champions, also known as Advocates, and their roles in relationships. Certain phrases in particular really speak to me:
This strong drive to unveil current events can make them tireless in conversing with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out.
Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part of themselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience. Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in some danger of losing touch with their real feelings, which eNFps possess in a wide range and variety. In the same vein, eNFps strive toward a kind of spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to “be themselves” is usually communicated nonverbally to others….
Advocates can quite easily strain their relationships by reading too much into their loved ones’ behavior, by over-interpreting the hidden meanings in their loved ones’ words, and by overstating their own romantic views as apocalyptic revelations.
It’s something that’s on my mind a lot lately, as certain pressures and challenges in my job (especially in the past week or so) have caused me to really examine myself – my personality and the ways in which I respond to challenges, criticism, and general workplace insanity.
The Temperament Sorter can be found here. I believe it’s free to take it at that site. I’m really curious to know – what’s your type, and do you think it’s accurate?