Today’s Challenge: Take this short personality test and respond to your results. (at the end, find the detailed profile of your personality account – click “click to view” under “You” and “self awareness and personal growth.” You can even Google your type and find more info on it!)
Being educated in both Psychology and Counseling, you would think these types of personality and type tests wouldn’t surprise me anymore, as I’ve taken most of them and administered them numerous times. That being said, I was genuinely surprised at how accurate this test was, as was my outcome: ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging). The results stat that ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their “need to be needed.” This couldn’t be more true in my life. I am constantly trying to do things for, or help others, and I just can’t help myself. A hindrance or a help…it’s me.
“ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically, because they 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 although they’re hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they’re getting, it’s somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself). (And as low-profile Is, their actions don’t call attention to themselves as with charismatic Es.) Because of all of this, ISFJs are often overworked, and as a result may suffer from psychosomatic illnesses.”
I felt like I was reading my life story in this paragraph. I always feel I need to have the house perfectly cleaned, a variety of groceries to choose from in the cabinet, spend an adequate amount of time (but not too much!) with friends and various family members, as well as time with my husband, and heck, even my dog! Extreme bouts of guilt come over me in any one of these situations when I feel that I’m not living up to my full potential or expectations that have been set by no one but myself. It’s exhausting! It’s also highly difficult to change. At work, with family or friends, or in my personal life, I always wait to feel this sense of accomplishment, or acknowledgement from others, but rarely get it…or do I? After reading this, I’m realizing I just may be getting it and not absorbing it, or allowing it to really sink in. Will anything every be good enough for this ISFJ?
The career options that they offer for ISFJs also fits into my previous, current, and future job prospects as well. I have worked in an administrative/secretarial role in an office for five years, and strive to be a counselor, both which are jobs listed in this description of an ISFJ. Helping people, but still flying under the radar is a funny thing. You want to be noticed for your accomplishments, your speed, your goals and dreams, and yet you don’t want confrontation, criticism, or any big changes, lest you freak out at the thought of something different. This is all me!
This is probably my favorite Blogtember writing challenge thus far. It requires self-reflection, thought, openness and honesty, which can be hard to push yourself to do in writing. What profile did you get?