I’m an ENFJ! What are you?


This seems to be the season for personality analysis tests, what with me getting multiple requests to take them and find out what I am 🙂

I started off the week by doing a test that told me what gender my brain was. Here’s a brief description of the test, from the page:

Some researchers say that men can have ‘women’s brains’ and that women can think more like men.
Find out more about ‘brain sex’ differences by taking the Sex ID test
:

  • Get a brain sex profile and find out if you think like a man or a woman.
  • See if you can gaze into someone’s eyes and know what they’re thinking.
  • Find out why scientists are interested in the length of your fingers.
  • See how your results relate to theories about brain sex.

The test has a series of logic-based puzzles, some face ‘n eye-gazing (to know how intuitive you are), some calculations and voila! Your brain sex profile is out. As I had suspected all along in my life ;-), the test told me that I had a mostly male brain – or think like a man.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that I need to have a sex change ;)… I think the whole assumption in the test is that “logical, mathematical” thinking is a typically male characteristic, while “intuitive, feeling-based” thinking is a typically female characteristic. I scored well on all of the logical/mathematical tests (not a surprise, considering my profession also validates my ability ;)), and since there were more of them than intuitive tests (where also I did score well), I was mapped to have a “more male” brain.

Mid-week, I got a suggestion from Raman Sir that I should attempt the Jung Typology Test to discover which of the Myers-Briggs personality types I was. I did, and discovered that I am an ENFJ – Extroverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging Personality – also known as the Idealist/Teacher. If you’re left saying “Whaa…t??”, then here are some of the  (very flattering) descriptions to give you a general idea of what I am [*Halo on my head*] –

From Portrait of the Teacher Idealist:

The eNFj, rightly called the educative mentor or Teacher for short is especially capable of educing or calling forth those inner potentials each learner possesses. Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and this expectation, usually expressed as enthusiastic encouragement, motivates action in others and the desire to live up to their expectations. Teachers value harmonious human relations about all else, can handle people with charm and concern, and are usually popular wherever they are. They are found in no more than 2 or 3 percent of the population. 

From ENFJ Profile:

Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it’s usually not meant as manipulation — ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are. ENFJs are global learners. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability.

Whoa! Too much, I say ;)…Truthfully though, I was quite surprised to see the word “Teacher” in my profile, since that is something I enjoy doing the most.

Wait, I’m not done. Don’t you wanna know what type of blogger I am? Here it is from Bloginality:

As a weblogger, ENFJ’s enjoy the relationships with other bloggers because of their rich insights and people skills. Even while they enjoy journaling, they may still feel alone in their thoughts despite the number of people linking to them.

Hmmm, that could explain my title “Lonely In Space”… [*Contemplative*].

TeamTechnology tells me what type of a person I am in the team environment:

In a team environment, the ENFJ can contribute by:

  • promoting insight and common understanding amongst the team
  • facilitating discussions, encouraging contributions from all team members by asking questions in a structured way
  • seeking to arrive at consensus decisions
  • focusing on areas of agreement and building on others’ proposals
  • bringing discussions to positive conclusions

Sounds good. Now, I realize why I am so obsessed with structure, conclusions and consensus. Now, here’s the not-so-nice part (Just to bring me back to earth level from the clouds):

The potential ways in which an ENFJ can irritate others include:

  • talking too much
  • avoiding conflict and not giving criticism when it is needed
  • taking criticism personally

Ahem. Talking too much?… me?? 😀 I guess that’s a dead give-away considering that you can judge my verbal ability from the length of my blog posts. Yup, I need some cellotape on my mouth, sometimes.

And finally, here’s what I can be at home, from ENFJ – The Sage:

ENFJ’s are socially adept and make excellent companions and mates. They also are deeply devoted to their children, yet tend not to be domineering to either the children or mate. In fact, the ENFJ is so even-tempered that he or she can be victimized by a mate who might have become more and more demanding.

:O. Victim, huh? Well, that should teach me to keep an eye open for demanding mates ;-).

All in all, the personal profiling was fun. And the personality typing was amazing, because much of it fit the description I had in my head of my *best* self.

For those of you, who have some time on your hands, I would suggest that you attempt to find out your type too… who knows, it could be a real revelation!!

P.S. Similar Posts from my friends 🙂

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20 thoughts on “I’m an ENFJ! What are you?

  1. Pingback: Non Breaking Space » The type logic

  2. Nariyal Chutney: Field Marshal eh? You’re the second one I know, the first being the one who suggested I take this test :).

    “Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is marshalling or situational organizing role that reaches the highest development in Fieldmarshals. As this kind of role is practiced some contingency organizing is necessary, so that the second suit of the Fieldmarshal’s intellect is devising contingency plans. ”
    “Fieldmarshals will usually rise to positions of responsibility and enjoy being executives. They are tireless in their devotion to their jobs and can easily block out other areas of life for the sake of their work”

    Hmmm, looks like your MBA is being put to good use 🙂

  3. Raman Sir: Hehe :)..Have already looked some number of times to see whether your “Fieldmarshal” was up. I only wonder whether it will confirm most people’s impression about you or stun them 😉

  4. Raman Sir: Good one :). Open Intentions Initiative is a wonderful coinage. Only second to the title of your proposed book “Indian Language Motivation…” (you know the rest) ;)… *Chuckle*. Wl put up comments on your blog.

    Amit: ISFJ huh? – Protector Guardian – Ooomz (Umesh Gopinath) is a similar soul :). Can’t look for similarities btn the two of you thou, since you haven’t left a blog address, if any 🙂

  5. Cribananda: Heh :). Yup, this is extremely contagious. I’m all agog reading the personality classifications – Idealist, Artisan, Guardian and Rational… and have been doing some reading based on the comments for this post…Truly mind boggling info out there on this.

    Btw, Akismet just does not seem to be learning from experience that your comment is not spam. Had to rescue it again from the devilish clutches of Akismet … *Brandishing swords*…

  6. Nariyal: Looks like you’ve become powerful, mate ;). The contingency gyan is surely awaited…come out with it soon! As for your shady fundas, be prepared for either of these: MBAs baying for your blood or worshipping you with flowers 😀

  7. I started off the week by doing a test that told me what gender my brain was.

    With ref to the above statement:

    See a recent comment on the post on gender differences by Gounder Brownie.

    Have you read The Brownie? If you haven’t then I feel you should. Do it on a leisurely weekend.

  8. Hi there…
    I’m an INFP.
    I’m on a mission to find a soul-mate, or compatible person in my life.
    I have searched in so many places on the internet, but still no luck.
    I’m looking for an ENFJ, or ESFJ partner, but would love to share my life with an INFP too.
    I am a 27yr old Caucasian (white) Taurus male. I’m a software engineer and my sexual preference is: STRAIT.
    My skype name is: xorius.tribune

    Would love to chat with anyone concerned.
    Thanks for reading.
    Kind Regards
    Charl

  9. I have been a bit low and just swung off an amazing high weekend. Its amazing how much I can be in social circles but if the relationships don’t stimulate me enough I can still feel so alone. Its hard to find ENFJs, and feel like there are others that truly have deep passion for changing the world in extraordinary ways and. Want to go against the norm. Feeling sad and wanting to express myself to others who might understand.

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