What’s Your Type?

November 11, 2003

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?

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  • 1. Kruxy  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    That site only gives you the general temperament. The two middle letters. I got Idealist (NF), but they won't tell me what type of Idealist (Healer, Counselor, Champion, or Teacher) without purchasing the Temperament Report.

  • 2. Jon  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm


  • 3. mike  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    i came up idealist also. but the final personality description was way off. oh well. i've been a mystery to scientists ever since i ate that glowing banana back in second grade.

  • 4. candace  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    I have been twice now an ENTJ on Meyers-Briggs. I'm not sure how the two are related. But on this test that makes me a “Field Marshal” which doesn't seem to fit at all. I have no idea what broader category that is.

    However, I happen to have my test at hand (in a file, don't ask). The E and N parts are extreme, the others near the middle. I underlined “ENTJs love challenges and face problems head on…ENTJs often know a lot of people and enjoy making connections between unrelated parties to bring about change and improvement in their communities.” I also underlined “ENTJs can easily over run others” and “ENTJs run the risk of being all-business and not spending adequate time and energy on their personal lives.” I think most of this is still true, but I wonder if it would be different were I to take this test again. I represent 5% of the American population.

    I am sure you didn't want that much information but I can't sleep, so there you go. These things are always super interesting to me.

  • 5. ginger  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    I am a Guardian (SJ), and from the description, I think it is telling me that I am destined to be a janitor.

  • 6. MIssie  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    According to the Meyers Brigg Test I am an ENFJ, nice to meet you Miss ENFP. :)

  • 7. jen  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    I'm a Guardian (SJ), too. Whatever that means.

  • 8. ~A  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    A lot about me on update – entp.

  • 9. Kerry  |  January 11, 2005 at 11:32 pm

    Oh crap I am an NT( A Rational), nothing like the rest..oh the peer pressure. Well come to think of it I never cared about that before, so I guess I'll not start caring now. :) You every notice in the test itself the room for play in answering is quite a bit, especially as everyone doesn't always follow the same “route” for every decision. Or maybe that is just me?

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