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

9 comments:

Katrina Hope said...

That was really fun to read through!! I can definitely see both of those.

I totally laughed about Jason's where it mentioned being prone to "emotional outburtsts" as I thought of a few stories I've heard (the young kid in Seattle, or the infamous baseball game).

I think I'll go take that...sometime soon. But I'll probably post it on my blog, not here because they are long.

I love you!!

Kim & Jason said...

you could always just post the letters - like ISTJ :-) Then I could look it up myself!

Love you mean it!

Rachel Sarah said...

I took this test when I lived in India, working with YWAM. This is the first time I've seen it since. Of all the personality tests, I think this is the broadest, giving the most detail. And, you and I come out the same - ISTJ. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. :>) When I get some time, I think I'll go to your link and take the test again... since it has been 15 years and now I'm older and... hopefully, wiser. Love ya.

Rachel Sarah said...

Okay - I didn't wait but took the test right now. I always come out so extreme on these tests:
Introverted 95%
Sensing 100%
Thinking 83%
Judging 100%
I took the test based on my "natural bent" - not on how I find myself responding today at age 36. :>) Hopefully, by the Lord's grace, I'v learned to be a bit more balanced over the years. I'm sure my "very opposite from me" husband has helped! I should have him take this test. Could be enlightening. still love ya, Rach

Kim & Jason said...

Wow Rach! How crazy we're the same! I took mine based on my natural bent as well. What a trip.

Tina said...

Hi Kim!

So I took the test... Does this sound like me? I think it probably does but as you get older, especially with kids, I think you adjust some of these things because you have to. I tried to take it with my natural bent.

ESTP - the "Persuader"

ESTPs are action-loving, "here and now" realists with excellent people skills. Informal, risk-taking, fast-paced and adaptable, they are not always in agreeance with rules and regulations. They are tactical problem solvers that desire quick results. ESTPs, who present a friendly and enthusiastic face, are straightshooters that are able to handle criticism

"likes to lead, likes sports, risk taker, tends to dominate conversations, fearless, can handle criticism"

Famous People
James Buchanan - American President
Jacob (Israel) - Isaac's son, Abraham's grandson
Madonna - singer
Simon Peter - Disciple of Jesus
Michael J. Fox - actor (Back to the Future)

My best "match" they say is the one who is opposite me... ISTJ - introverted sensing- that explains our friendship... we are perfectly matched to complement each other.

Love you
tina

Skyler & Suzanne said...

ENTJ-"The Chief". Didn't really expect that. But once I read what it ment it made sense. Very interesting.

Rachel Sarah said...

Hi Kimmers - how do you get your cool backgrounds?!

Katrina Hope said...

I love your new set-up....very pretty! LOVE YOU!