Cult of Personality

So I can’t sleep, and for some reason my thoughts are kinda racing, so I figured I would both try to fill my daily blog allotment and try to get things out of my head at the same time. Earlier today (well, yesterday), I got the results from taking the MBTI test I took over the weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the test, it comes down to having one each out of two separate dichotomies in four categories – Extroverted vs. Introverted, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. These four categories combine into 16 separate types of personalities (for more information on this, you can find an explanation here).

While technically, the types don’t really have separate titles, I like websites that do give each personality type a title. When I originally took the test a long time ago (probably around 2000), my type was the INTP – Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceptive – and the title for that type is the Thinker. Essentially, it meant that I was more comfortable alone or around a small, close group of friends, and I didn’t like to lead or be in control of others. I lived in a world of theoretical possibility – something not uncommon with academics – and I valued knowledge above everything else. I didn’t really value decisions made on the basis of personal feelings – which made sense at the time, because I was largely out of touch with my emotions – and I was very concerned with expressing facts and ideas clearly. Looking back, that was a pretty accurate analysis, and a more long-winded interpretation can be found here.

Today, I got my new test back, and it wasn’t a huge change – almost everything was still the same. But I think in large part because of the strides I’ve made in the last 7-8 months, I went from an INTP to an INFP – also known as the Idealist. I went from primarily Thinking-based to primarily Feeling-based, though not by a huge margin (the version of the test I took, Type II, sub-divides each of the four categories into ten sub-categories, 5 for each side).  I’m getting pretty tired now, so I’ll just post the link to the type description – and as a bonus, a link to a list of careers and such that an INFP might enjoy (at this particular website, they also go into how each type is in relationships, but you can figure that out on your own). Also, if you’re interested in taking the test,  the official version generally costs money, but there are free online versions you can take that can be relatively close, if not as detailed, like the test at Humanmetrics

Also, just for kicks, you can find some themed charts around the internet – I find the Harry Potter chart and this My Little Pony chart pretty amusing. If you’re interesting, I fall under Luna Lovegood and a pony I don’t know the name of.

Is This Thing On?

No, I won’t be mentioning any more about the responses I get here, I just liked this title. Today, like many Thursdays, has been a busy day. I saw my vocational counselor, who is recommending that I retake the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality indicator. Last time I took it, I was rated as an INTP – Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceptive. I think the Introverted part certainly hasn’t changed, but the others may have in the last 8 months. I think it will be interesting to see.

I got some good news today, too, in the form of a friend who has been having a rough time saying that she feels better, as in not suicidal, for the first time in almost a month. That was pretty big news, and I was very glad to hear it. She’s been a good friend to me, and is a pretty cool person in general, and so hearing that she is feeling better, even if it is just a little bit, is music to my ears. 

The job hunt is still at the front of my parents’ mind, but I can see why that is; I don’t have a huge amount of structure in my life currently. I have a number of appointments that I have to make during the week, and I meet up with a number of friends, but there are large parts of my week that don’t have a lot in the way of structure. So I am looking now for someplace to work part-time while I can still continue the hunt for a more substantive job. I’m not sure where that will be, but I’ll be talking with my parents about it on Sunday. 

Finally, my birthday is coming up – it is this Saturday the 14th. I’ll be turning 34 on Saturday. Birthday wishes and presents are encouraged, but not mandatory. Though there better be cake. I like cake.