March 28, 2011

The Reason for This Post is ESTP, I Think

So often I feel like I have absolutely nothing to blog about. Yet the minute someone walks into the same room with me, I'm all "Hey, you look like you need to hear my opinion on something." Why, I wondered, is there such disparity?

Then I remembered that over the last 25 years, I've consistently tested out in Myers-Briggs as an ESTP, a class of personalities that make up only 4-10% of the population, including Ernest Hemingway, JFK, Madonna, and Doris Day. I figured maybe revisiting how my personality works might give me ideas for getting past my bloggy constipation. So let's see, being an ESTP means I'm:

E = Extroverted (vs Introverted)
ESTPs are hands-on learners who often feel motivated by their interaction with people and enjoy a wide circle of acquaintances. They gain energy in social situations.

Truer words were never spoken (except for that time I called my ex a jerk-off). I practically bounce off the walls when I know I'm about to see friends. If I had a tail, it would wag all the time. I admit to having fetched in the past for no more than a buttery nipple shot.
S = Sensing (vs Intuition)
ESTPs tend to be more concrete than abstract and focus their attention on the details rather than the big picture.
Whatevs. I'm a problem solver. I prefer to have facts before diving into a big project, which apparently includes teeny-weeny blog posts. True this:  if I don't know where I'll end up, I rarely devote energy to it. That makes me sound lazy, but (yawn, stretch) I'm totally not. Where is that remote?
T = Thinking (vs Feeling)
ESTPs tend to rely on objective criteria. When making decisions, ESTPs generally give more weight to logic, and they seem to enjoy arguments.
Just call me Spock. I'm good with cause-effect or if-then arguments and universal rules or truths. Raise your hand if you think the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one? I'm also particularly good with the concepts of attraction and gravity, especially when it concerns two people with saggy stuff. And that last descriptor about arguments? Totally open for debate.
P = Perceiving (vs Judging)
ESTPs tend to withhold judgment and delay important decisions, preferring to "keep their options open" should circumstances change.
Heh, sounds like my dating philosophy. I do like spontaneity, and I admit to a degree of fickleness. But I'm just being flexible (that's what HE said) and open to opportunities. Of course, this means I'm subject to working under pressure to meet deadlines. Like blog posts, if I had any deadlines, which I don't.
So basically, I'm a fickle, tail-wagging opportunist named Spock. But, again, that's open for debate, and I'm not sure this revisiting has helped. Whaddaya think?

Have you taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test? What's your personality type?
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43 comments:

Zella said...

Thanks for the hint -- slow blogging day here as well, so will do the test right away :)

slommler said...

Huh? Yawn!! Where you talking to me?
Hugs
SueAnn

daisyfae said...

ENTP here. The Mad Scientist. Famous ENTPs include Robert Oppenheimer, Dr. Jeckyll and the guy who invented Post-it notes...

Gaston Studio said...

Am going to have to take that test because I'm definitely not an ESTP as I totally fail on the thinking vs feeling. Drats!

ellen abbott said...

I did actually but it was so many years ago I've forgotten what I was. something about 'head in the clouds' I think.

Eva Gallant said...

I took the myers-briggs years ago, too. I can't remember much; I know I was extroverted, but I can't remember the rest!

Kristina P. said...

I think many, many years ago. I need to take it again. Whatever Angelina Jolie is, that's what I am. We are twins.

JoeinVegas said...

Hmm, haven't tried them with butter before. Sounds good

Liberality said...

I know mine starts with an I and ends with either a J or a P. A test that doesn't come up with the same results consistently means that that test is not measuring what it proposes to measure. Or maybe I just change my answers as I please ;~) I think I'm more of a feeling sensing person but I am sort of a loner and I definitely am introverted. Thank the Goddess for the internet to help us introverted people get out and about!

foxy said...

Well, at least the discussion of Mr. Myers and Mr. Briggs got a blog post outta you!

The Bug said...

ISTP here - so I'm just like you but I'd like everyone to just LEAVE ME ALONE please. Thank you. Heh.

SuzRocks said...

I remember taking one of those tests a long time ago, but I can't remember for the life of me what I am. I just remember that every question they ask, I can't answer because I think it totally depends on the situation.

Red Shoes said...

I will do this... that would be fun... it's been a while...

It would be interesting to see how fukt up I can possibly be... :oD

~shoes~

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

My license plate reads MS INTJ. I'm an off-the-charts introvert, meaning that even when I'm with people I love, I will need alone time to recover my energy. I used to work with several "P" people, and as a "J" I just wanted to get a reasonable choice made and get on with it. Great post!

meleah rebeccah said...

No, I have NOT taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test, but NOW I really want to!

blueviolet said...

I'm not sure what my Briggs-Stratton is, but I did take another kind last week and I was shocked that it was spot on!

injaynesworld said...

I've never taken that test. I have test anxiety. What if I fail and have no personality at all?

Linda Medrano said...

I'm scared to take any test. So I'll read about other people's results, but I don't want to find out my own. I dont' even like a TB test.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Definitely a slow blog day.

Will someone please join the Fragrant Liar's follower list and give her 500?

secret agent woman said...

I've taken it a few times with variable results because I'm close to the middle on 2 or 3 of the dimensions. Personally, I think people are more complex than can be captured in a short code.

Missy said...

I have done the test several times and each time the results were different. LOL
Wonder what that says about me?

Watercolor said...

Interesting. I am INFJ. Supposedly, I'm a rare breed. ha. Highly intuitive. Stubborn. Yep.
http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html

The Empress said...

I did take that test and I 100% disagreed with it.

xo

Brian Miller said...

nice...i use to administer this...i can not remember what i am though....

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Sounds fascinating. I guess I need to figure out whether I qualify or not!

DangGina said...

I've taken it, but can't remember what I am. Where did I even put that information? Maybe I'll have to take it again.

I recently took another personality test, one that not very many people have heard of, but DANG, it describes me to a T! I kind of like personality tests.

I thought this post was entertaining, so yeah, I totally say that revisiting your personality was worthwhile. :)

Captain Dumbass said...

Hmm, I'll have to take that if for no other reason than a good excuse for not posting.

Midlife Mama said...

Me? I'm an INFJ (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging) ... apparently the total opposite to you! hehe :)

MAFW said...

I've taken that test before and they didn't even have a category for me...

formerlyonlyamovie said...

INFP, every damn time. xo

Bella said...

i will need chocolate.

mac said...

I put ESTP in my bike before a really hard ride ;-)

I took the test a while back. As it turns out, I am an ISTP, whatever that means.

Hilary said...

Nope .. never took it. Think I should? ;)

Fred Miller said...

I think you can totally put an I = Irresistible on yours.

Fred Miller said...

I meant to make that boldface, not italics.

San Diego Momma said...

Dear Spock:

Gotta go take that test! It might explain some things...

Lisa said...

I think I'm an ENFP or a WTF. I can never remember.

Juli said...

I am INFJ. Nobody is INFJ. You should go google ESTP motivational posters. Right now! So much stuff will suddenly make sense to you. You will feel understood in ways that you never have before.

Jimmy said...

My test results came back as very positive. I'm positive that I'm a mean Glaswegian drunk.

Julie said...

Just catching up!

Come see my new blog layout when you have time! :)

Kathleen said...

ENFJ. I was off the charts E for a while, but I can't imagine that I'd score that high again. The NF is rock solid. And i think I was close to the midline on the J. But I do like like things DONE and not considered forever. Ever taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder? Pretty interesting, actually.

Jason, as himself said...

Interesting. . . I've never taken this test. I should give it a try. I can't help but think that your personality type is probably the most productive. . . good luck on getting your computer situation resolved! I'd be dying.

Sarah Lulu said...

I always come out INFJ ...
me and .. Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt.