Hat tip to KC for a link to prayers for each specific Meyers-Brigg’s personality. Turns out, that’s the blog of none other than John Holzman of Sonlight Curriculum. A wonderful company and a very nice man. (I had the chance to exchange emails with him and he couldn’t have been more gracious and understanding.) If you don’t know which Meyers-Briggs personality you are, he has a link at the end of his post for a quick test to take.
This week I am an ISFJ – Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging. I say “this week” because my type changes according to my mood. The very first time I took the test, it was the real paper and pen version that was analyzed and returned to me a day or two later. Most of the test had questions that started off – “Would you rather x or y?” Well, I answered how I’d rather be, instead of how I really am. For example, in a party situation what I really do is keep to myself and wonder when we can go home. What I’d rather do is walk in, start talking to people I don’t know and circulate around easily. It’s the difference between an extrovert and an introvert. I am an introvert. I’d rather be an extrovert.
Philip was surprised when I came home and told him my type. We looked over the test together and I realized how I misunderstood the question. The next time I took the test I was correctly labeled as in introvert.
Anyway, I followed a couple of links after taking the test today and found this description of me: ISFJ Profile
It was kind of scary in its accuracy. I liked this paragraph:
[ISFJs] prove over and over that they can be relied on for their loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take them for granted–even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes aggravated by the ISFJs themselves; for instance, they are notoriously bad at delegating (“If you want it done right, do it yourself”).
And this one:
They are capable of forming strong loyalties, but these are personal rather than institutional loyalties; if someone they’ve bonded with in this way leaves the company, the ISFJ will leave with them, if given the option.
This one had me laughing out loud. It’s me all over:
ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical support at a moment’s notice. (However, like most Fs they hate confrontation; if you get into a fight, don’t expect them to jump in after you. You can count on them, however, run and get the nearest authority figure.)
But the best part was the list of potential careers:
Traditional careers for an ISFJ include: teaching, social work, most religious work, nursing, medicine (general practice only), clerical and and secretarial work of any kind, and some kinds of administrative careers.
Now tell me that’s not what I do every single day.
As for the prayer for my personality type…
“Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.”