ENFP - Rediscovered Myers Briggs

Rebecca Blood is considered, by many, to be one of the most prolific, knowledgeable bloggers around. She's been maintaining her site for years and years and it shows.  Tonight I just noticed that in the navigation bar reads a simple entry: "temperament: INFJ" and a link over to the personality page website. It's exciting to be re-reminded of something you've once enjoyed reading about.

During my junior year in high school, our Latin teacher introduced me to more than mere Latin - which I struggled to comprehend. She also shared thoughts about the interpretation of dream symbols, and the Myers Briggs personality indicator. That was the first time I discovered that I could be classified as "an ENFP." Now what this means is laid out for you in a page with the header: "Portrait of an ENFP - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving (Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling)" I find I'm just as intrigued by what I read as in high school, again in the orientation for my freshman year of college, and again sometime I can't quite remember again. Maybe when I returned to college after several years, to "do it right this time."

Skimming through the description tonight my attention stopped at this quote:

ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they're doing.

Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.

How interesting that something that was laid out so long ago can nail it so closely. The armchair psychologist in me just eats this stuff up. Especially when I can draw correlations between what I perceive as reality and the written assertions of others.

Okay, enough about me...