MHR 3110 – MBTI Reflection Essay
September 3, 2013
My dad attended the Chicago Music Conservatory as a piano proficiency major. Needless to say he is a great piano teacher and taught all of his own kids at an early age. My sister and brother could read sheet music very well. I was a different pupil. For three or four months I had faked my way through song after song without my dad knowing I was not reading the music. When I started taking lessons around the age of five I found that I could remember what the song was supposed to sound like after hearing just one or two times. I can remember getting so bored looking at those weird white sheets of paper with funny black markings in between rows of lines. My dad was an extremely patient teacher but I was not a patient student. I wanted to make music and not talk about it. I thought to myself, “If I know what it is supposed to sound like or even how to make it sound better why do I need to know all of this theory stuff?” That pretty much sums up my Myers-Briggs type.
I had taken the MBTI once before but was not allowed time to explore and digest the findings. After going through the MBTI this last time and taking the time to dive deeper into my type I have been equally encouraged and enlightened as to who I am and how I approach life situations. My type is ENFP with a slight pull toward ENTP. ENFP types are extraverted with intuition and feeling. As I have read through the many different books, booklets, and handouts explaining types I could not agree more with the description of my type. In Introduction to Type in Organizations, Hirsh and Kummerow define ENFP as being, “…enthusiastic, insightful, innovative, versatile, and tireless in pursuit of new possibilities. They enjoy working on teams to bring about change related to making things better for people.” I have always been an extravert and was not surprised how strongly I preferred extravert to introvert in my MBTI. I was very