Edison Van Jay’s Personal Account of
Personality Type ENFP
Edison Van Jay, Bachelor of Education
Faculty of Behavioral Sciences,
Theories of Personality (Section B) (12S)
Jamie A. Dyce, Ph.D., R. Psych
July 23, 2010
The Myer-Briggs type indicator is a self-report questionnaire designed to help individuals identify their personality characteristics. Practical implications of the questionnaire may include assistance for individuals in terms of career choices, personal growth, discovery and development, education and inter-personal relationships. This essay contains a personal account of an individual characterized as ENFP, the Inspirer.
The Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) (Myers & McCaulley, 1985) is a 166-item self-report inventory based on various psychological principles for Jung. The questionnaire was designed to help individuals identify their personality characteristics. The MBTI measures four, bi-polar dimensions of personality and indicates a individual’s psychological preference for how he or she views the world (Rushton, Morgan & Richard, 2007). Each of the four scales is continuous in nature. The scales are designed to indicate an individual’s preference for a particular index. The four scales are: Extraversion versus Introversion, Sensing versus Intuition, Thinking versus Feeling, and Judging versus Perceiving (Rushton, Morgan & Richard, 2007). Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I). Extraverted individuals are individuals who tend to get their information about the world externally. Extraverts are the types of active individuals who tend to enjoy meeting new people. Extraverts usually have a lot of friends and acquaintances. They also sometimes engage in thinking aloud or talking to themselves. Introversion types on the other hand, tend to think before they speak. Introverts often introspect and look inward as the source for of ideas and concepts. Introverts tend to have a small number of very close friends. (Rushton, Morgan & Richard, 2007). Sensing (S) and Intuition (N). The sensing and intuition domain is concerned with how an individual makes sense of external information. Individuals that are considered sensing types tend to be are more aware of their senses in relation to their environment. Sensing types tend to focus on facts, practical concrete problems, and often believe that if something works, it is best left alone. Individuals who have a tendency to understand the world through an Intuitive process prefer to live in a world of possibilities and options and they often looking toward the future. They also tend to focus on complicated abstract problems, seeing the big picture, sometimes at the expense of the details (Rushton, Morgan & Richard, 2007). Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) are considered the “rational processes” by which we come to certain conclusions and judgments regarding the information collected. Thinking types (T) prefer to focus on making decisions based on objective positions that are not personal. Feeling types (F) have a tendency to respond well and easily to people's values and are skilled at assessing the human impact of decisions. Judging (J) and Perceiving (P) relates to how we “live our outward life”. Judging types prefer to live a structured, organized life. They also tend to be self-disciplined, enjoy making decisions, and thrive on order. Perceiving types prefer to live a lifestyle that is more flexible and adaptable. They tend to thrive on spontaneity, prefer to leave things open, require more information in order to make decisions, and often get things done at the last minute (Rushton, Morgan & Richard, 2007). According to the similarminds.com website, my four letter code is ENFP and I am therefore entitled “The Inspirer”. As an ENFP, my primary mode of living is focused externally, and I tend to take information in primarily through my intuition....