Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Personality Tests

Thanks to Katy I took the Meyers-Briggs personality test again. After reading how she has grown and changed since then, and finding that her results were the same, I was intrigued as to how I have or have not changed.

In high school, I was an ENFP.
ENFPs are initiators of change who are keenly perceptive of possibilities, and who energize and stimulate through their contagious enthusiasm. They prefer the start-up phase of a project or relationship, and are tireless in the pursuit of new-found interests. ENFPs are able to anticipate the needs of others and to offer them needed help and appreciation. They bring zest, joy, liveliness, and fun to all aspects of their lives. They are at their best in situations that are fluid and changing, and that allow them to express their creativity and use their charisma.

Today, when I took the test, I have changed. I am now an ESFP, which is only one letter difference, but a pretty substantial difference.

ESFPs are friendly, outgoing, fun loving and naturally drawn to people. They are quite enthusiastic and exuberant, and are usually well liked by others. They are good at meeting people and helping them enjoy themselves. They are sympathetic toward people and generous with their time and money. At their best, they are able to realistically meet human and situational needs in a fun and lively way.

Part of me is really surprised at the change, as the description of an ENFP seems to fit me really well. Part of me is not surprised as I seem to fit the ESFP description as well.

2 comments:

cecile said...

Those tests are fun to do! I think that either one of the types fit you. It'll be fun to take the test in another 10 years and see where we stand. Are you comfortable with ESFP? Do you notice that shift in yourself?
Matt just took the test and he went from a previous INFP to INFJ, the same type as me. So weird! Also, you've been on fire with your blog posting lately.

Hannah Ruth said...

I am pretty comfortable with being ESFP, although I still feel pretty connected to the ENFP as well. I will have to pay attention to myself to see if there is much of a difference, because while I have grown and changed, I don't think I have noticed a big shift.
It is fun keeping a "running tally" so to speak of what is going on, a way to reference events and recipes, and keep in touch with people!