What’s Your Personality Type?

For the past couple of years, I have been taking these “personality tests” available online.  These tests were part of the “MyPersonality” app through facebook.  When this first came about, I was in my late 20’s and I had just joined facebook.  I thought it was pretty cool at the time.  These tests made me remember my high school and college years, first learning about “personality tests” and learning about oneself.  Throughout my 20’s, I was no different than any other person.

I didn’t know who I was yet.  As I spent time in school and life beyond, I had several different relationships and many different friendships.  I lived in a few different cities in a few different states.  I had a number of different experiences.  This continued into my thirties.  In my mid-thirties, I began thinking more about the “big picture.”  I got involved in the corporate world and began climbing the corporate ladder.  I continued taking these “personality tests” as I grew into the world of management.

For me, this was perfect.  As I worked into management, I found I could solve problems.  I was put into a position in order to “find solutions.”  I felt needed.  I felt as though I was a part of something bigger.  I was on a team.  I began dealing with cool things like contracts, negotiations, payroll and invoicing.  I was involved in team-building and recruiting and read all kinds of books about “leadership” and “being effective.”  Part of this included “personality tests” as well.  Awesome.

Over the past five years, I have remained with the same company and am blessed to have had many experiences throughout the country, finally landing a job in San Diego County, California and residing in the “North County” area of San Diego.  As you may read this…you may be wondering where the hell I’m going with all of this.  Believe me, as I’m writing this…I’m certainly wondering the same.  Part of my writing is really much like my character.  There’s a lot of rambling, but somehow I believe I always return to center and can tie it all together.

As you’re reading this, I’d like you to pause and watch a short video (less than three minutes) by Jon Acuff about his new book, Start.  Check it out at this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xb-hMKl3Rs.  I saw this video on facebook recently via Dave Ramsey and thought it was very appropriate in many different ways and on many different levels.  This is one of the reasons driving this very blog post, so do your self a favor and check the video out.  I just bought his book and will begin reading it this afternoon.

Now I’m in my mid-thirties and much like Jon Acuff states, I have “…entered this land of editing. I did these hundred things, and these are the 10 that matter to me most.”  I started “editing my relationships” and especially lately, I am realizing that “I can’t be best friends with everybody.”  But that’s another topic for another blog post spawned from thought processes that I’d like to cover at another time.  Having recently taken an 8-month hiatus from facebook and recently re-joining, I received an email reminder for the “MyPersonality” app through facebook last night.

This morning, I reviewed the email and was flooded with thoughts and memories, some of which were captured and shared in the post thus far.  At any rate, I decided to follow the link contained in the email.  Over the past few years, I had gotten in a habit of doing these tests every three to six months, and reviewing the results.  Yes, it is official I am a complete nerd on so many different levels.  There are even people that go so far as to say I am crazy and have gone off the deep end since moving out here to California.

Either way, after waking up early this Sunday morning, I decided to take a few moments and follow up on that email and would take the test.  These questions through the “MyPersonality” app are 100 questions and appear to be based on a “Myers-Briggs” style of personality test.  Last year in June was the last time I took one of these tests.  I scored as an “INTJ” or Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging.  Reflecting on life situations and circumstances at the time, I believe this to be pretty accurate.  You can read more about an INTJ personality here.

This morning, I took the test via the email link.  Like any other time in the past, I took the test and answered the questions.  This time around, I tested out as an ESTJ, or Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging.  You can read more about the ESTJ personality here.  I read the two personality descriptions and began thinking about the comparison.  I thought that it was strange that I would test out as an ESTJ, especially after the last 10 months of my life.  If anything, I thought I would come up as more INTJ at this time.

Not being satisfied with the results, I decided to take another test.  I did a bit of research and found myself at the following site:  http://www.keirsey.com/default.aspx.  I took the The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) assessment.  The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™, published in the best selling books, Please Understand Me® and Please Understand Me II, by Dr. David Keirsey.

ARTISAN GUARDIAN RATIONAL IDEALIST
Promoter
(ESTP)
Supervisor
(ESTJ)
Fieldmarshal
(ENTJ)
Teacher
(ENFJ)
Crafter
(ISTP)
Inspector
(ISTJ)
Mastermind
(INTJ)
Counselor
(INFJ)
Performer
(ESFP)
Provider
(ESFJ)
Inventor
(ENTP)
Champion
(ENFP)
Composer
(ISFP)
Protector
(ISFJ)
Architect
(INTP)
Healer
(INFP)

The questions in the KTS®-II are designed to sort between four dichotomous pairs of preferences, leading to results which reveal a person’s temperament and character type. The four preference scales measure a respondent’s preference for the following:

TECHNICAL TERMS MEANING TECHNICAL TERMS MEANING
(E)
Extroversion
Expressive vs. (I)
Introversion
Attentive
(S)
Sensing
Observant vs. (N)
Intuiting
Introspective
(T)
Thinking
Tough-Minded vs. (F)
Feeling
Friendly
(J)
Judging
Scheduled vs. (P)
Perceiving
Probing

After taking this 70 question test, this results showed me as being a ISTJ, or Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging.  So far, I am on board with this analysis.  So far, I’ve linked to descriptions from “www.mypersonalitypage.com” – and will do the same again.  You can read more about ISTJ Personality Types here.  However, this assessment of ISTJ personality type was given from the KTS-II test, so it’s only fair to provide their description of ISTJ personality types as well.  Here’s a link to the KTS-II result of the ISTJ Personality Type.

If write this because I find myself reflecting again on a Sunday morning before breakfast.  I write this because I believe reflection is good practice.  Part of my reflection includes periodically reviewing my personality type and how/why it differs from the last time I reviewed it.  After all of this, I have less faith in the “MyPersonality” app tests via facebook and believe the The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) assessment to be more accurate.

So, that’s about all I have to say about this.  I sincerely hope that this information is helpful to you as you make a similar journey through life reflecting on all the wonder that life experiences are.  Life is interesting.  For whatever reason, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.  I’ll conclude this blog post by simply wishing you well and posting the prayer below.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

Stay tuned.

The Practice of Living – Part 3

Last pomodoro, I ended with writing about how the book, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations had been a part of my life for over 15 years.  I remember purchasing this book in my college years as I explored spirituality, religion  and reflection.  Taoism holds a special place in my heart and I have held on to this book to this day and read from it whenever I can.

Today’s reading is below:

 

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We all must walk our own path.  As we walk this path we encounter many different people, places and experiences.  I find it important to take time to reflect on these events.  At times, I can be more introspective than others.  It is all part of the ebb and flow of life and the way that we live it.

Reflecting on life and what it all means is very important to me.  Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.  I believe this to be true as well.  The only constant in life is change.  I find myself wanting to wax philosophical in many ways as I write today, but also realize that this is likely the last pomodoro of writing for the time being as I need to focus on other things today and get caught up on life stuff as a result of the big marathon weekend.

I began writing and reflecting because of an article about “Making Running a Practice.”  I set out to begin writing with the idea that I was going to perform an “analysis” of Danny Dreyer’s article.  On my third pomodoro of writing, I have glanced back to his original blog post which served as inspiration for my writings today and find that I haven’t even touched on the second paragraph of what he wrote.

Just a couple sentences from his article led to almost 1.5 hours of writing on my part.  This is just a sample of the way my mind operates and functions sometimes.  Writing seems to be a good way to try and take a “snapshot” of this sometimes, but often times…the words on the written page make up content that is likely a little difficult to contain and make sense of.  While I may not be the most proficient writer, I try.

Trying and acting brings me back to the article and “practice.”  Danny Dryer goes on to write a few paragraphs about how he developed the techniques he utilizes in the teaching of Chi Running.  I stumbled upon Chi Running after deciding to run a marathon.  My marathon training led me to learn more about efficient running and focusing on my form.  I began reflecting on all of this as I read the article, “Making Running a Practice.”

The successful completion of the marathon is simply the result of approaching life as “a practice.”  If the definition of a practice is “repeated performance of an activity in order to learn or perfect a skill” – why is it that we do not spend more time reflecting on the lives that we lead in order to perfect our lives?  Yes, these timeless questions are great and very often are part of the intricate web of life in which we all are a part of.

Danny Dryer ends the article by writing, “A practice is something you do indefinitely. It may change form or emphasis, but you sustain your practice nonetheless. Treat it as a regular event, but try to not let it become mechanical. There’s a reason why it’s called a practice: because it is process-oriented instead of goal-oriented, which makes every run more interesting, challenging and enjoyable. ”

Like running, life is regular event.   Never let life become mechanical.  The potential that we all have as human beings is limitless if only we allow ourselves to set goals.  For only then can we provide ourselves the opportunity to achieve and exceed those goals.  This is the practice of living.

 

Pomodoro up.

Stay tuned.

The Practice of Living – Part 2

I ended the last post writing about the challenges that I sometimes encounter when attempting to communicate with the general populous.   This often times stems from the fact that the reality is society is simply “dumbed down” and most people choose not to allow their brains to fully engage.  This may seem like a harsh thing to say and I’ll likely offend several people that take the time to read this.  C’est la vie.

Before you go and accuse me of being arrogant, high and mighty, I’ll be the first to admit that for a long time, I also chose not to allow my brain to fully engage.  I ate food that wasn’t pure.  I watched too much television.   I drank too much alcohol.  I smoked too many cigarettes.   Too much.  Too many.  The particular vice is irrelevant, the important thing here is that we all recognize our imperfections.

We all have a particular vice or flaw.  None of us are perfect.  I write these words not to judge you for what you do, but to reflect on what I do and the positive changes I’ve made in my life.  I hope and pray that the things that resonate with me may resonate with someone else and facilitate similar change.  It is not my objective to offend, but life is best reflected upon with pure and unbiased perspective.

At any rate, back to the article, it began by providing the definition of the word “Practice.”  I began ranting about “dumbed down” people and their inability to communicate in part to people simply being ignorant of the very argument that they are trying to make.  So frequently, we allow our emotion to take over and dominate the conversation that we are involved in.  We quickly lose sight of the message we are trying to convey.  During these times, it is good to bring the conversation full circle and re-establish exactly what we are even talking about.

Danny Dreyer, the author of the article, Making Running a Practice establishes the “topic of conversation” by providing the definition of “Practice” in the very beginning of his article.  Moreover, he referenced a book by Deng Ming-Dao titled “The Daily Tao.”  I find this ironic because I have a book by the same author titled, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations.  I mention this because this book has been a consistent source of reference in my life for over 15 years.

Pomodoro up.

Stay tuned.

The Practice of Living – Part 1

Today is Monday, April 8 2013.  I took the day off work today.

I planned to use this day as a recovery day after running my first marathon yesterday.  The San Luis Obispo Marathon was a wonderful event for my first marathon.  What a beautiful area!  I am glad I decided to take the day off.  While not as sore as I expected, I am very grateful I’m able to spend the day relaxing.

After making a nice breakfast of bacon and eggs, I spent some time on the computer and facebook.  After an 8 month hiatus, I re-joined a week or two ago.  This has been on the increasing list of items to write about…but like many other of these topics, it will be tabled for the time being.

During the downtime this morning, one of the things I came across on facebook was the following photo:

Photo: "A practice is something you do indefinitely." Learn how to make running a practice.  http://ow.ly/gUjPO

“A practice is something you do indefinitely.” Learn how to make running a practice. http://ow.ly/gUjPO

Like a good facebook user, I shared the photo with a brief comment that read, “I love this. I love the subsequent article even more. Enjoy.”  I took the time to read the article.  Since the article online was linked to facebook, I “shared” that article and wrote, “This connects with me on so many different levels. I share with you because I suspect it will resonate with you as well. Stay tuned for subsequent blog posts about “practice” in our daily lives.”  These words that you are reading are the “subsequent blog posts.”

This article that the above photo had linked to in the caption was titled, Make Running a Practice and was featured on the Chi Walking website.  I would suggest checking out everything that I link to if you have the time.  As I read the article and like I posted on the facebook, there was so much there that resonated with me.  Due to this, I felt the need to bang out a few pomodoro writing sessions on this slow day of recovery.

Because so much resonated with me, I find myself wanting to “break down” the article and share exactly how this resonates with me.  Many of my friends and family are complimenting me on the completion of this marathon and asking me how I did it.  I set a goal and worked towards it.  I held myself accountable.  Pretty simple.  However, much of my “training” for the marathon is simply one of many different steps taken during the process of making significant life changes, but I digress.

Getting back to the article, it began by providing the definition of the word “Practice.”  Immediately, this resonated with me, because often times, I find myself trying to communicate with someone, but am challenged.  This seems to be happening more and more frequently as I get older for reasons I’ll have to consider when I return…

Pomodoro up.

Stay tuned.