WARNING: Holy Wall of Text Batman!
Ok you have been warned.
"This is my first exposure to personality tests so I have no clue what an ENFP is but they tell me I am one. A friend suggested that it would be very interesting if I wrote a self analysis of myself and then read the description of what an ENFP is so here it goes, I hope someone finds this usefull and not just a waste of valuable bandwidth."
Well, I said this earlier but here I go again; I am a first year medical student (hoping to save the world as a family practice physician), and my program decided it would be a good idea to give us this personality test based on Meyers-Brigg/Jung. I personally have never heard of this exam in my life (yeah, I know, I guess I have been living under a rock) but everyone else seems to have taken it before. Anyway, after doing a 250 question survey prepared by the department of psychology at our university, and then answering questions for half an hour about my behavior to three of our new psychiatry residents. They gave me a folder with a sticker of my name on the front and four letters printed on it.
The folder stated in bold ENFP. I was intrigued by this but didn’t care too much because I saw the name of this girl I had a crush on as next in the pile of folders and the letters INFJ written on it. I quickly jotted those letters down on my PDA (my hand and a pen, so what, I’m poor) and then kept that in my mind for later. Anyway that is neither here or there. One of the psychiatry residents provided me with a quick debriefing after-words and the results of that meeting went as follows:
Resident: Um… well you seem quite different than the general population of our class.
Me: Go on…
Resident: Well, out of the 70 students in the class you are the only one with your personality type.
Resident: Well you are an extreme ENFP, scoring over 80% on all your category preferences.
Me: Anyway doc… what are you getting at? Do I have cancer or something?
Resident: All we are getting at is that your personality type does not really do well in area’s that require lots of commitment and hard work.
Me: (Choking, trying to hold back a laugh) I could have told you that Dr.
Resident: Well Angry Ayrab, I recommend you read up on the profile and meet with us tomorrow for a detailed discussion.
Me: No problem, thanks doc… um… can I get that paper from you that tells Dr. Hamilton that I finished all this stuff?
Resident: Oh yeah, here you go, just read your profile please and you will see why I am a little intrigued at how you made it here.
Me: Sounds great (holy crap this guy is weird and offensive is all I can think).
Anyway, now that the conversation is over and I spent half the day reading everything I could find about INFJ’s I decided to write an un-adultered analysis of what my personality type is before reading any ENFP personality profiles which may make my analysis of myself even more bias than it already is.
Sorry for the rambling but here I go:
Hmm… Well first off, I am very people oriented, and extremely social. That is why I chose the medical field. This sounds crazy, but give me five minutes with almost anyone and I can tell where they are coming from. I think this ability has developed over the years as a child that used to have his feelings hurt by insensitive people. I decided that I would be very keen of the emotions of others and take care of them as best as I could (sounds gay for a dude, so what, bite me). This was the first aspect of my development that I remember.
Anyway, when I got to high school, I found out that I was really good at making friends and had a pretty witty sense of humor. This was good and bad at the same time. For instance it was good because I believe it is what allowed my strong social skills that I possess now to develop. Bad in the sense that during those years I was very immature and acted like a maniac. Anything stupid/funny you could think of I would do. I made people laugh a lot and was very good at it, but I eventually realized that I wanted more than just making people laugh. Even though I was happy making people happy, I realized that no one took me seriously. This second piece of social development lead me to my third.
I realized that more than anything I wanted people to like me for who I am and not for what I do. Sure making people laugh and having fun was great, but it was not fulfilling. I needed to learn things that would make me more interesting to people so they would want to like me (please note that I am still in high school and very immature at this phase in life). So I started picking up hobbies like a maniac, I learned a crap load of programming and became really good at C++ then got bored with it, I got decently good at chess then got bored with that. I made websites and did photoshop and eventually got bored with that. I got into computer repair, and then car repair, then guitar, then piano, then magic and performing, then extreme sports and then shooting and gunsmithing, and the list goes on and on. As you can see here, I tend to get bored very easily with stuff, 6 months to one year in hobby and then I just calm down about it. I did learn fairly quickly though so I was decent at all of these things but never mastered them.
Even though I never mastered anything, all these hobbies made me into a very well rounded individual by the time I got to college. I was able to chat it up with the philosophy majors and duke it out with the best of them. I was also able to program like a nerd (mind you all this stuff was with other freshman/sophomores) and I was able to discuss most things with anyone. I guess my third piece of development was eventually recognizing that I was very good at learning things and pretty creative, but not really good at sticking with things. I call this my lack of commitment and it drives me mad in other ways that I will explain as the story goes on.
Anyway, before I continue is this interesting to anyone or should I just shut up? If it is, I will continue, but if not I will save my energy and go read more about INFJ’s. Let me know? The story is one fourth done.