Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Personalities

Last night at our small group we all took the Myers Brigg personality test, which I had never taken before. I had taken one back at CCK - the one that tells you whether your Melancholy, Sanguin, Phlegmatic & Choleric, but not this one.

I really enjoyed taking this test cause the results were really quite accurate. There are 4 separate categories and it will show your percentages in how you tested.

Like mine for example:

Between Extroverts or Introverts - I tested 100% Introvert.
Between Sensing or Intuition - I tested at 79% Sensing.
Between Thinking or Feeling - I tested at 79% Thinking.
Between Judging or Perceiving - I tested at 89% Judging.

SO my final result was listed as a ISTJ - The "Examiner" /Primary Function is Introverted Sensing/ 12% of the population

Jason's came out as:

Between Extrovert or Introvert - he tested 53% Introvert. (so really half & half)
Between Sensing or Intuition - he tested at 58% Sensing. (again almost half & half)
Between Thinking or Feeling - he tested at 95% Thinking. (no halfway there!)
Between Judging or Perceiving - he tested at 74% Perceiving. (here's where we're opposite)

SO Jason's final result was listed as a ISTP - The "Craftsman" /Primary Function is Introverted Thinking / 9% of the population

Then they gave us a profile of what these types of personalities look like. Some of you may be bored reading all this, but I think our families might find it quite interesting. As a matter of fact, I'd love it if anyone who reads this blog takes the test themselves and then posts thier results in the comments section!

You can take the test for free by creating an account and clicking here.

The "Examiner or Duty Fulfiller" - My personality profile:

"As an ISTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

ISTJs are quiet and reserved individuals who are interested in security and peaceful living. They have a strongly-felt internal sense of duty, which lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks. Organized and methodical in their approach, they can generally succeed at any task which they undertake.

ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity. They are "good citizens" who can be depended on to do the right thing for their families and communities. While they generally take things very seriously, they also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related gatherings.

ISTJs tend to believe in laws and traditions, and expect the same from others. They're not comfortable with breaking laws or going against the rules. If they are able to see a good reason for stepping outside of the established mode of doing things, the ISTJ will support that effort. However, ISTJs more often tend to believe that things should be done according to procedures and plans. If an ISTJ has not developed their Intuitive side sufficiently, they may become overly obsessed with structure, and insist on doing everything "by the book".

The ISTJ is extremely dependable on following through with things which he or she has promised. For this reason, they sometimes get more and more work piled on them. Because the ISTJ has such a strong sense of duty, they may have a difficult time saying "no" when they are given more work than they can reasonably handle. For this reason, the ISTJ often works long hours, and may be unwittingly taken advantage of.

The ISTJ will work for long periods of time and put tremendous amounts of energy into doing any task which they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they will resist putting energy into things which don't make sense to them, or for which they can't see a practical application. They prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when the situation demands it. They like to be accountable for their actions, and enjoy being in positions of authority. The ISTJ has little use for theory or abstract thinking, unless the practical application is clear.

ISTJs have tremendous respect for facts. They hold a tremendous store of facts within themselves, which they have gathered through their Sensing preference. They may have difficulty understanding a theory or idea which is different from their own perspective. However, if they are shown the importance or relevance of the idea to someone who they respect or care about, the idea becomes a fact, which the ISTJ will internalize and support. Once the ISTJ supports a cause or idea, he or she will stop at no lengths to ensure that they are doing their duty of giving support where support is needed.

The ISTJ is not naturally in tune with their own feelings and the feelings of others. They may have difficulty picking up on emotional needs immediately, as they are presented. Being perfectionists themselves, they have a tendency to take other people's efforts for granted, like they take their own efforts for granted. They need to remember to pat people on the back once in a while.

ISTJs are likely to be uncomfortable expressing affection and emotion to others. However, their strong sense of duty and the ability to see what needs to be done in any situation usually allows them to overcome their natural reservations, and they are usually quite supporting and caring individuals with the people that they love. Once the ISTJ realizes the emotional needs of those who are close to them, they put forth effort to meet those needs.

The ISTJ is extremely faithful and loyal. Traditional and family-minded, they will put forth great amounts of effort at making their homes and families running smoothly. They are responsible parents, taking their parenting roles seriously. They are usually good and generous providers to their families. They care deeply about those close to them, although they usually are not comfortable with expressing their love. The ISTJ is likely to express their affection through actions, rather than through words.

ISTJs have an excellent ability to take any task and define it, organize it, plan it, and implement it through to completion. They are very hard workers, who do not allow obstacles to get in the way of performing their duties. They do not usually give themselves enough credit for their achievements, seeing their accomplishments simply as the natural fulfillment of their obligations.

ISTJs usually have a great sense of space and function, and artistic appreciation. Their homes are likely to be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained. They are acutely aware of their senses, and want to be in surroundings which fit their need for structure, order, and beauty.

Under stress, ISTJs may fall into "catastrophe mode", where they see nothing but all of the possibilities of what could go wrong. They will berate themselves for things which they should have done differently, or duties which they failed to perform. They will lose their ability to see things calmly and reasonably, and will depress themselves with their visions of doom.

In general, the ISTJ has a tremendous amount of potential. Capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living, the ISTJ has what it takes to be highly effective at achieving their chosen goals - whatever they may be.

Famous ISTJs:
Thomas (Christ's disciple)
U.S. Presidents:
George Washington
Andrew Johnson
Benjamin Harrison
Herbert Hoover
George H. W. Bush

The "The Craftsman or Mechanic" - Jason's personality profile:

As an ISTP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.

ISTPs have a compelling drive to understand the way things work. They're good at logical analysis, and like to use it on practical concerns. They typically have strong powers of reasoning, although they're not interested in theories or concepts unless they can see a practical application. They like to take things apart and see the way they work.

ISTPs have an adventuresome spirit. They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless. ISTPs are fiercely independent, needing to have the space to make their own decisions about their next step. They do not believe in or follow rules and regulations, as this would prohibit their ability to "do their own thing". Their sense of adventure and desire for constant action makes ISTPs prone to becoming bored rather quickly.

ISTPs are loyal to their causes and beliefs, and are firm believers that people should be treated with equity and fairness. Although they do not respect the rules of the "System", they follow their own rules and guidelines for behavior faithfully. They will not take part in something which violates their personal laws. ISTPs are extremely loyal and faithful to their "brothers".

ISTPs like and need to spend time alone, because this is when they can sort things out in their minds most clearly. They absorb large quantities of impersonal facts from the external world, and sort through those facts, making judgments, when they are alone.

ISTPs are action-oriented people. They like to be up and about, doing things. They are not people to sit behind a desk all day and do long-range planning. Adaptable and spontaneous, they respond to what is immediately before them. They usually have strong technical skills, and can be effective technical leaders. They focus on details and practical things. They have an excellent sense of expediency and grasp of the details which enables them to make quick, effective decisions.

ISTPs avoid making judgments based on personal values - they feel that judgments and decisions should be made impartially, based on the fact. They are not naturally tuned in to how they are affecting others. They do not pay attention to their own feelings, and even distrust them and try to ignore them, because they have difficulty distinguishing between emotional reactions and value judgments. This may be a problem area for many ISTPs.

An ISTP who is over-stressed may exhibit rash emotional outbursts of anger, or on the other extreme may be overwhelmed by emotions and feelings which they feel compelled to share with people (often inappropriately). An ISTP who is down on themself will foray into the world of value judgments - a place which is not natural for the ISTP - and judge themself by their inability to perform some task. They will then approach the task in a grim emotional state, expecting the worst.

ISTPs are excellent in a crisis situations. They're usually good athletes, and have very good hand-eye coordination. They are good at following through with a project, and tying up loose ends. They usually don't have much trouble with school, because they are introverts who can think logically. They are usually patient individuals, although they may be prone to occasional emotional outbursts due to their inattention to their own feelings.

ISTPs have a lot of natural ability which makes them good at many different kinds of things. However, they are happiest when they are centered in action-oriented tasks which require detailed logical analysis and technical skill. They take pride in their ability to take the next correct step.

ISTPs are optimistic, full of good cheer, loyal to their equals, uncomplicated in their desires, generous, trusting and receptive people who want no part in confining commitments.

Famous ISTP's:
Charles Bronson
Tom Cruise
James Dean
Clint Eastwood
Burt Reynolds
Keith Richards
Charlie Yeager
Frank Zappa

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I have to teach Banks this!

I saw this video and only wish I could teach Banks how to do this!!

And a quick shout out to my parents -Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!!

I love you and miss you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Competition and Me Don't Mix

Those of you that know me well....know that I have a problem with competition. Or maybe I should put it this way, there are very few people brave enough to sit down and play a game of Monopoly with me. Here's the deal - I hate to lose. I grew up playing basketball and volleyball and I had a real issue with losing or performing badly. I expect that when I put my mind to something I should win. Therefore, when I do lose - I don't lose well and I really don't like the person I become or the way it makes me feel. So now for the most part I'm fairly non-competitive unless the stakes are hard to resist.

For example - I've been participating in a weight loss contest for the last 10 weeks. I had fooled myself to think that I was only participating and it was not a competition. It wasn't supposed to be about who lost the most weight or how fast, but rather we each had a goal of losing 10 pounds and then those who made their goal were entered into a series of drawings for cash prizes. Well I sit here now 10 weeks later, 10 pounds lighter and with zero cash prizes. Why do I feel like I lost a competition? It was after all, or at least supposedly, a random drawing. A lot of hard work, a lot of self-discipline and I'm not content knowing I've lost the weight, I did it to win. To win the prize. And instead what I receive is what all participants receive, whether they lost 2 pounds or 20 pounds we all get a freakin t-shirt. Sorry, but I'd rather have Park Place for $100 or Boardwalk for $500 - those were pretty awesome prizes.

So yea, I'm upset and I've taken it personal. And I'm remembering all the reasons why I've chosen to be a non-competitive person. I just can't handle it. If it was about losing the weight, I would have joined a club or taken out my pilates videos - but it was about the money, the wonderful little cash cards that would have given me a little freedom in being a little frivolous.

I think I'll go eat a donut now.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pictures From Jason's Birthday

Jason & I just before heading out to dinner at the Bonefish Grill.
He's reading the card I gave him.
Yes, I know - lame I wraped it in a blanket, but it was heavy and awkward!!
He likes it!!
Jason's very happy with his Eddie Bauer edition of a Horseshoe set.
Big kisses and then we're off to dinner!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!

Since I'm under strict orders not to make a big deal out of the fact that TODAY IS JASON'S 37TH BIRTHDAY, I'm going to attempt to get it out of my system on this blog!

Today my man turns 37!!! He has a wonderful relaxing day all planned out for himself. Starting the day early at 9am, he's meeting with his rep at BMI. Then he's off to a massage at 10. After his massage he's planning on spending a few hours on the golf course by himself to think, relax and unwind. At 2pm he has a chiropractic appointment and then after that he plans to soak in a nice hot bath at home. I'm planning to take off early from work and meet him for dinner around 5. We're going out tonight, since he has the night off and I've told him, he's supposed to choose where he'd like to go (but I think he still has yet to decide). I'm really excited that he has a wonderful day all planned for himself, he works so hard and very much deserves a "pamper-Jason-day". I'll try to remember to get a picture of us before dinner tonight!

Congrats sweetie and Happy Birthday! I love you!!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Some Strange Weather...

Last week the weather in Nashville went from 70 degrees one day to snow the very next!! You literally have to watch the forecast or you could end up dressed for the wrong kind of weather!
When it snowed last week, my friends from work and I decided we'd run outside and get some fun pictures - it doesn't snow very often here and when it does, it doesn't really stick around for very long. They turned out pretty cute - so I thought I would share ;-)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Two More Books!

I finished two more books this weekend -

1. Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough To Protect It
by Jerry B. Jenkins.

Jason and I received this book from Jason's parents as a gift and I just got around to reading it. It was great practical advice on how to form boundaries around your marriage in order to protect it. Practical examples were given on how to relate with others in the proper settings, physically, emotionally ect... I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to married couples of all ages!

2. Praying Hyde: Missionary to India
by Basil Miller
Mission books aren't typically what I enjoy reading - but I had been encouraged by Pastors Rick & Cindy Stone to read this when I was trying to understand more what it meant to be gifted with intercessory prayer. Even though the missions part was completely fascinating and inspiring, it was the details on his prayer life that I really connected to. It reawakened a desire to pray more - and not the loud crazy ranting & raving type prayer I'm used to - but personal, heart-seeking prayer-closet type prayer. I highly recommend this book and its actually a quick read, I finished it in two days.

Matthew 6: 1-8

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."

Monday, March 03, 2008

Awesome Pranks!

My mother-in-law Sherry Keith sent me a link to this video below where a group of over 200 people gathered at Grand Central Station in New York to pull off a 'frozen in place' act. This group's name is called Improv Everywhere and they stage these type of pranks all over New York City.

This video is crazy, check out the reactions from the unsuspecting onlookers! So cool!

You can click on this link to view more videos from Improv Everywhere.