Friday, March 10, 2006

trying a little understanding


I took a little test the other day - a Myers/Briggs - which boiled me down to a few little indicators and stamped me eNFp. Y'know what that means? I'm a Champion Idealist, folks. What a giggle and a half that is.

I took a look at the description of my personality type (first paragraph bloc below), and couldn't help but think that they were glossing over a few points. So, in the interests of clearer understanding between my core personality and you, dear reader, I have taken a moment to edit the content of the description, shown last.

Champion Idealist: Official Description

The Champion Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in accomplishing their aims, and informative and extraverted when relating with others. For Champions, nothing occurs which does not have some deep ethical significance, and this, coupled with their uncanny sense of the motivations of others, gives them a talent for seeing life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil. This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population, but they have great influence because of their extraordinary impact on others.


Champions are inclined to go everywhere and look into everything that has to do with the advance of good and the retreat of evil in the world. They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives. And then they are eager to relate the stories they've uncovered, hoping to disclose the "truth" of people and issues, and to advocate causes. This strong drive to unveil current events can make them tireless in conversing with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out.


Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part of themselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience. Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in some danger of losing touch with their real feelings, which Champions possess in a wide range and variety.


In the same vein, Champions strive toward a kind of spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to "be themselves" is usually communicated nonverbally to others, who find it quite attractive. All too often, however, Champions fall short in their efforts to be authentic, and they tend to heap coals of fire on themselves, berating themselves for the slightest self-conscious role-playing.



Champion Idealist: Anti-Bullshit Edit

The Champion Idealists are completely daft, astonishingly codependent, and extraordinarily difficult to shut the fuck up. For Champions, nothing occurs which does not have some deep significance; and this, coupled with the awesome power of their nosiness, equates a tendency to overthink, eggagerate the importance of piddling little things, and fuss endlessly. This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population – thank fucking god, because if there were more of them it’s fairly certain no one would be safe from the runaway train of their social behaviour. Champions are always running the line between “endearingly engaged” and “completely fucking insufferable”.


They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, every goddamn thing. And they’re planning to take you with them, whether or not you’re a willing participant in their madness. And then they’re gonna talk your fucking ear off.


Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, putting aside all logic and human decency to be certain they’re not ever, ever sidelined. Watching a Champion deal with the world is like watching a puppy in a room full of bouncing tennis balls: it’s almost as exhausting to watch as it is for the puppy to be in there.


Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in some danger of losing touch with their “real feelings,” which are splattered all over the map. In the same vein, Champions strive to “keep it real,” though what’s “real” for a Champion changes pretty much fortnightly, which makes it pretty problematic to keep up with. The most maddening aspect of this, interestingly, is that none of it’s faked.

4 comments:

vv said...

I'm an INFJ, "The Protector," supposedly only 1% of the population, which thank fucking god (as you so eloquently put it) because I think we put the n, e, u, r, o, t, i, AND c in neurotic and, though we're "gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals," we're also royal pains in the ass.

Sarah said...

For me this speaks to the times when we've deepened our friendship. I liked you immediately but it took a few weeks to see that your bubbliness and enthuziasm is real and honest and completely contagious! For me the moment I was able to wrap my head around it I was looking for the person to pay so I could climb on board for the ride. You are as idealistic as me - which is scary in and of itself but you see beauty in the things others dismiss - another trait we share. But your energy and boldness is what makes me see you in awe.

I have to take one of them there tests someday.

Rhee said...

You crazy. But you sexy as hell too. So it balances out, no? ;-)

(P.S. You also hella fun! Holla!)

Saber said...

The Scientist or Mastermind for me the INTJ (to the extreme!). I took the test waaay back in high school and I think it is just as true for me today as it was then. A combination of Newton and Machiavelli...take that as you will.

As for your results, I'm going to have to second sarah's comments. Add some analogy about looking both ways and speeding.