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Posted by Rick · January 10th, 2004 · 1 Comment

I guess I’m more into personal blog entries for the moment. (I know me. That will change.)

Well, I sorta know me. 😉

I have a belief about how minds come to be and how persons construct themselves such that I like taking tests to find out more about me. Humans are very complex critters. It’s not really possible, in my not-always-humble opinion, to know everything about oneself without outside input.

AdvisorTeam™ has several such tests. I found it while reading Sara Donati’s weblog, which I found as part of the most regular reading Martin lists at Sunpig (check the right-hand sidebar).

I haven’t broken down to buy the full results of the Kiersey temperament sorter — if I’m going to pay, I want more than 50 or 60 questions and I want to know it’s a reputable source (I’m not saying AdvisorTeam™ isn’t; I just don’t know) — but the “mini-results” of my test state:

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 25 and 30 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)

You’d never guess that from reading this blog now, would you? 😉

Previously, tests I’ve done have shown me to be an ENTJ or an INTP and others which have told me my inner child is six-years-old even though somehow I’m a goddess who happens to be pyrokinetic like my doppelgänger, Jean Luc Picard — there was independent validation on that one, I think, when I learned that I belong in Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

Maybe now you see why I don’t pay for these things. I still enjoy them. I just wish you could find some you could trust.

Categories: Personal Life


1 response so far ↓

  • 1 martin // Jan 11, 2004 at 1:45 pm

    Unfortunately, real self-knowledge is much harder to come by. Still, they do give occasional nuggets of insight, and, perhaps more inportantly, a few laughs along the way 🙂

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