I was catching up on my favorite blogs when I came across Typealyzer thanks to Jeffro2pt0. Typealyzer (Beta) scans your blog posts and identifies the personality type of the writer. I’m a sucker for things like this (and majored in Psychology) so I went, entered my blog URL for kicks and here are my results:
ESFP – The Performers
[ESFP] The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and donÂ´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.
They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
Like most results of assessments like these, some points were right on and others… not so much. I’m friendly, but I know many people who are far more entertaining then I am. I also like to plan ahead, I actually have a little notebook where I do just that! As for the “risk of exhausting themselves”… I wouldn’t have agreed with that a year ago but I’m in the middle of just that right now – exhausted! I just want to do so much! So I agree with that and the part about helping others out, that’s one of the main reasons I chose the health profession I want to get into. I also dislike drama so the confrontation thing is somewhat correct. However during the past few years I have learned to communicate better so when the time is right, I don’t keep quiet anymore 😉
What does ESFP stand for? It’s one of the 16 personality types of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. ESFP is the Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perception personality type. The 16 personality types are: ISTJ, ISFJ, INFJ, INTJ, ISTP, ISFP, INFP, INTP, ESTP, ESFP, ENFP, ENTP, ESTJ, ESFJ, ENFJ, and ENTJ.
So what does this all mean? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is supposed to measure how a person views the world and makes decisions. There are 4 factors taken into account and each individual differs on their preference between 4 pairs of characteristics.
Extraversion vs. Introversion
The first factor is how a person focuses their attention or gains energy.
Extraversion: These people gain energy from action: they tend to act, then reflect, then act further. When inactive, their level of energy and motivation tend to decline. The Extravert’s attention is directed outward towards people and objects.
Introversion: These people prefer to reflect, then act, then reflect again. They become less energized as they act and instead need to take time out to reflect in order to rebuild energy. The Introvert’s attention is directed inward toward concepts and ideas.
Sensing vs. iNtuition
The second factor is how a person takes in and understands information.
Sensing: These people are more likely to trust information that is in the present, tangible and concrete: that is, information that can be understood by the five senses. They prefer to look for details and facts while distrusting hunches that seem to come out of nowhere.
iNtuition: These people are more likely to trust information that is more abstract, theoretical, or that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities and tend to trust those flashes of insight that seem to bubble up from the unconscious mind.
Thinking vs. Feeling
The third factor is how a person prefers to make decisions based on the information they have gathered.
Thinking: People in this category tend to decide things from a more detached standpoint, measuring the decision by what seems reasonable, logical, causal, consistent and matching a given set of rules.
Feeling: People in this category tend to come to decisions by associating or empathizing with the situation, looking at it ‘from the inside’ and weighing the situation to achieve, on balance, the greatest harmony, consensus and fit, considering the needs of the people involved.
Judgment vs. Perception
How a person relates themselves to the outside world.
Judging: These people prefer to have matters settled and show the world their judging function (thinking or feeling). So Thinking-Judgment (TJ) types tend to appear logical while Feeling-Judgment (FJ) types appear to the world as empathetic.
Perception: These people prefer to keep decisions open and show the world their perceiving function (Sensing or iNtuition). So Sensing-Perception (SP) types appear concrete and iNtuition-Perception (NP) types are viewed as abstract.
Note that a preference for a particular personality characteristic, for example Judging, doesn’t mean that one person is more “judgmental” and less “perceptive” then another person. It’s just a preference, not a measurement. Sorry I know this might seem confusing but trust me I am making this as simple as possible, for more details check out the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator on Wikipedia.
So apparently ESFPs go with another personality type: the Performer Artisan role variant in the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. I won’t even go into that but I looked more into my supposed personality type and here’s some info I found (for a more complete characteristic description of ESFPs click here).
It says ESFPs live in the moment, love to be surrounded by people and what not. I’m honestly not as outgoing as people seem to think. When I do go out I have a great time though. Here is something I completely agreed with though:
ESFPs take a hands-on approach in most things. Because they learn more by doing than by studying or reading, they tend to rush into things, learning by interacting with their environment. They usually dislike theory and written explanations. Traditional schools can be difficult for ESFPs, although they tend to do well when the subject of study interests them, or when they see the relevance of a subject and are allowed to interact with people.
Those who know me know that I stopped taking classes after my first year in college because I felt it was pointless since it just wasn’t interesting to me. I didn’t want to go to college just to be able to say that “I’m going to college”… I wanted to be genuinely interested in what I was studying. It wasn’t until I learned about myself and discovered what I was interested in that I went back and got my degrees. So I totally agree with that!
It also says I’m empathetic, good at mobilizing people to deal with crises, optimistic, and often play the role of the peacemaker. What can I say? I have been playing the role of peacemaker my whole life.
But enough about me, I’m curious to see what results my friends have gotten from Typealyzer. Let me know by commenting or email or direct message, whatever!