I was assigned to take a personality test in an organizational behavior class for school. It was a very interesting test, only due to the depth of research that has gone into measuring personal choice and decision through perceptible activities or behaviors.
My personality type caused me to reflect upon my actual activities and contrast those to activities to related behaviors that they are trying to apply to my personality, which to me would cause me to believe a portion of the approach that they have taken to measuring, understanding and interpreting the personality trait leading to the behavior being demonstrated.
In the Jungian 16 personality test my results came back as ENFP – meaning that I am an extroverted (E), intuitive (N), feeling (F), perceiving (P) person.
ENFP. You’re people-oriented, creative, and highly optimistic. Possible career as a publicist, research assistant, playwright, restaurateur, columnist, conflict mediator.
Why would that combination of personality traits held by the personality test creator lead to a career as a publicist or playwright? That’s the real question, right? Is that my long lost career and life of joy and happiness just waiting to happen?
I will say, however, when comparing the suggested career position with what I am actively involved in as far as time spent working, it is close to the mark of what I excel at. It has been very interesting to me as I have taken personality tests for work as well.
These tests speak general enough, so as to hit really anyone that breathes and lives with a portion of similar personality traits, but then they will include specifics enough to really dig in a bit and give you some great personal insight into specifics about your life that definitely do apply.
So, as in many of these tests, it is interesting to weigh yourself differently to see how close you are to your alter ego (as I would label it in these types of tests) – or that other person that you are half of the time, since some of the questions you are asked, are literally weighted half and half.
I retook the self assessment, but this time weighing in heavier to my non-extroverted self (still quite extroverted), and did a comparison and came up with a different me, my alter ego – Var instead of Vartan….
Interestingly enough, this is what I came up with, I call it the thinking Var instead of the feeling Vartan (hehe):
ENTP. You’re innovative, individualistic, versatile, and entrepreneurial. Possible career as politician, strategic planner, literary agent, publicist, entrepreneur, investment broker, computer analyst, ad executive.
How did that happen? Politician!!!?
That was the last consideration, however the rest of the commentary is very interesting to me. So there must be the internal battle that I am constantly experiencing inside, that is pushing me to think, or pulling me away from thought to feel those around me more.
For those of you who know me, you will have to tell me what your thoughts are. Am I more feeling or thinking. The internal questions that this consideration poses are interesting to say the least.