GETTING TO KNOW MYSELF BETTER

Wednesday, January 18, 2017



I don't know about you, but I bloody love a quiz. Anything where I can have my personality or general self rinsed on the topics of 'what animal represents you emotionally?' or 'can we guess your relationship status by the last thing you ate?' (it was a massive jacket potato followed by pasta, so single yet satisfied in my stomach).

Basically, I love knowing who and what I am and getting a stamp on it with detailed explanation underneath bullet-pointing each factor of why I got that result. So exciting.

A few weeks ago someone left a comment on my Instagram noting their personality letter-combo, and it inspired me to retake the 16Personalities test because I'm pretty sure I'd changed/forgotten mine and, hey, IT'S A TEST. At the time, I was feeling a bit wobbly and uncertain with what the heck I was doing with myself and how I was approaching things, so it gave me clarity in some sense.

It turns out I'm an ISFJ-T aka The Defender - Introverted, Sensing, Feeling and Judging which I have to say is bang on (if you know me, even on the surface, this is off the bat) but the uniqueness of ISFJ is that with a majority of introversion, there are well-developed people skills as well as analytical perspectives in a mainly sensing environment, and again judging what you see and know with experience but being open to the new and changing, which I like.

I won't list the traits in full (you can read that here and take the test yourself) but there's very clear signs I'm someone who likes to go above and beyond, takes things personally and will protect those with whom I have a connection with dearly. I'm also in the same category as Beyonce (she's an ISFJ) so bloody get me in formation ASAP.

If anything, it's made me worry less and focus on my strengths, taking this test; at the end of the day, it's chemical programming mixed with environmental upbringing that shapes us, but understanding how it makes us work can help us play to our strengths - something that helped fix my wobble was the passage stating 'Home is where the heart is...and in no other area of their lives do they strive with such dedication to create the harmony and beauty they wish to see in the world. The trouble is, these are the benefits of an established long-term relationship, and ISFJs’ unbearable shyness means it can take a long time to reach this point...and only enter into relationships that have a real chance of lasting a lifetime.' - in a moment of rare honesty, I will admit I have certain guards and barriers with people, even those I'm closest to, and wish often to be given a chance to say everything and be heard, but I can't, because the need for value and reciprocation is something I need.

Then again, it may just be me searching for an explanation, something outside myself to validate a feeling (but with a J letter meaning 'I'll believe it when I see it', I think we can maybe disregard that) - it's an interesting way to recognise and deal with strengths and weaknesses that may creep in and steer you in ways that feel out of control. The letters don't have to define you (but my Ravenclaw sorting will do, BLUE RAVENCLAWS FOREVER) but you can give yourself a good personality rinsing and get back to kicking ass at the day knowing that blip is easily solved because you're someone who puts 110% in daily - you go pal!

Now if you don't mind me, I have a few more tests to run including 'which biscuit represents your star sign?' and 'how old are you emotionally?' (I got 82 FYI).

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