I didn't know about the MBTI until I took Psychology 101. I took the test not long afterwards. The results largely reflected my self-concept, but the studies associated with the MBTI have been most helpful in my ability to communicate with others.
The first time I took an MBTI test I was 16 and came out INFX.
Took it again in college came out INFJ
Have taken it a few times in the last few years coming out INFJ and/or INTJ
Have never taken it 'professionally'
I liked it much better than the four temperament system with Sanguine/Phlegmatic/Chloreric/Melancholy business.
The first man to raise a fist is the man who's run out of ideas. H.G. WELLS
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. FEYNMAN If this is monkey pee, you're on your own.SCULLY
Yes, that's the same pattern I follow, whether it is interests or creative outlets. I do one thing for awhile (e.g., drawing, composing music, writing, reading, etc.) obsessively, then become bored and have to move onto one of the other things. Eventually I cycle through them all and start over again, at least in terms of creative output.
I used to be frustrated that I just couldn't do one thing consistently, but I am learning to accept this about myself. The never-ending cycle is just part of how I work.
This is what I do also. I heard it said that creativity is like that because it's like a field of corn that must lie fallow for a season. That is the way the earth is renewed so that when the next crop is planted, it will have all the nutrients it needs. We are the same way in our creative output.
People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
US cartoonist (1958 - )