No Surprise Here

So, at the suggestion of my co-worker, I took a psychology temperament quiz. Yeah, there's definitely no surprises here, but it's nice to know that I am what I thought I was, if that makes sense...

Your Temperament is Idealist (NF)

Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self -- always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.

Idealists are sure that friendly cooperation is the best way for people to achieve their goals. Conflict and confrontation upset them because they seem to put up angry barriers between people. Idealists dream of creating harmonious, even caring personal relations, and they have a unique talent for helping people get along with each other and work together for the good of all. Such interpersonal harmony might be a romantic ideal, but then Idealists are incurable romantics who prefer to focus on what might be, rather than what is. The real, practical world is only a starting place for Idealists; they believe that life is filled with possibilities waiting to be realized, rich with meanings calling out to be understood. This idea of a mystical or spiritual dimension to life, the "not visible" or the "not yet" that can only be known through intuition or by a leap of faith, is far more important to Idealists than the world of material things.

Highly ethical in their actions, Idealists hold themselves to a strict standard of personal integrity. They must be true to themselves and to others, and they can be quite hard on themselves when they are dishonest, or when they are false or insincere. More often, however, Idealists are the very soul of kindness. Particularly in their personal relationships, Idealists are without question filled with love and good will. They believe in giving of themselves to help others; they cherish a few warm, sensitive friendships; they strive for a special rapport with their children; and in marriage they wish to find a "soulmate," someone with whom they can bond emotionally and spiritually, sharing their deepest feelings and their complex inner worlds.

Idealists are rare, making up between 20 and 25 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.

The Four types of Idealists are:

Healers (INFP) | Counselors (INFJ) | Champions (ENFP) | Teachers (ENFJ)

There is absolutely nothing in the paragraph that isn't me. You know how you read something and you're just nodding your head the entire time, yeah, that's what that was for me. I'm really happy to know that I'm going in the right direction with my life going into Social Work. I'm excited and look forward to the fulfilling work. My job now drains me right now because it's soo just not me, if that makes sense. It's not really the job from hell, even though I talk about it like it is sometimes. I love the people I work with, the hours are fairly flexible, the pay is reasonable, but I just hate what I'm doing every single day. It doesn't fulfill me or make me happy. I find myself very fortunate to know who I am and what I want out of life and hopefully going after it will fulfill my every dreams... okay, so I'm not that deluded of an idealist. I know it won't be heaven all the time working in my dream job and there will be hard times, etc., but I think I'll be able to get through it because I'll actually give a damn about my job. I'm the type of person that if I'm not passionate about something, I can't fake it and I can barely muster myself to care about it at all. It's definitely all or nothing for me. I know it's extreme, but that's me! See, the quiz proves it.

Izzz cool.


Elizabeth said...

Hi Sweetheart!!! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your thoughts! I missed you terribly, too!

When I read your description of "Idealist" I thought, well, that's me, too. Or is this like one of those newspaper horoscopes when you read all the different signs and any sign can be you?

So I did the test. Sure enough, I'm an "Idealist"! No wonder we're BFFs!

Brett Battles said...

I've taken the test many times over the years...i'm always INFP...


mai wen said...

Awesome, Elizabeth! I knew there was a reason we got along so well. :)

Brett, my co-worker has also taken the test over the years, that's a really cool idea and I think it's awesome that you've stayed the same temperament throughout! Man, Idealists are the COOLEST! I mean, two of my fave blog peeps are Idealists, I'm in pretty good company.

Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

Sandra Ruttan said...

I'm going to have to take this test now...But I guarantee not being an idealist!

mai wen said...

You'll have to let me know what you end up being, Sandra. I'm dying with curiosity!


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