So, I'm big on MBTI. I have been for almost a year now. I use it on the admin-side to better communicate with fellow staffers. In fact, it's one of our requirements for becoming an admin. It's not restrictive in the sense that only certain types are welcome or anything-- it just lets us draw some conclusions about what each admin is interested in, in general, and where some of their strengths may lie.
I am an ENFJ. It stands for Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging.
If you are familiar with MBTI, you know what I mean. If you are not, you may not be very clear on what that means and the Judging part especially might be misleading. It does not mean I'm Judgemental. It means (generally) that given the choice between making a decision (regardless of how much information I have) and postponing making a decision while I gather more and more information, I prefer to make decisions. This can sometimes lead to foreclosing on decisions early! A weakness that I am now aware of and can potentially mitigate or look out for, because I have an awareness of my personality type.
DISCLAIMER: This is not for everyone. Some people are not going to be interested in this, or will feel like they are being put in a box. I understand and empathize with your point of view. Feel free to not contribute to this thread! Nothing wrong with that.
Also, this is for typing YOU, not your character. There should be or will be at some point a thread for IC personality types and discussion.
Over the last year I've drawn some conclusions about role play and personality type. I find it a fascinating study and Sindome is ripe with potential for investigating the psychological and sociological implications of personality type both in a real world setting and a fictional world. And how they relate!
If you want to post your personality type (and percentages) this is a free test that you can take!
My results (I take the test at different times and with different levels of sobriety)
Sober 20 hours, Sept 14th, 2014: E(78%) N(62%) F(62%) J(33%)
Somewhat stoned, Midnight, December 3rd, 2014: E(56%) N(62%) F(50%) J(22%)
Somewhat stoned, 11:30PM, December 15th, 2014: E(67%) N(62%) F(75%) J(33%)
I'd love to discuss with anyone who's interested and so inclined, the various implications of personality type on RP. Also, at some point I may create an [IC] version of this thread so people can take the test as their characters. Note, that this is an OOC thread, and you should take the test as yourself, if you are so inclined.
Some of you probably already know your personality type and you can definitely post it here without taking the test, though I do think the percentages are just as important as the letters.
I will go over the basics of MBTI now, but if you want more information:
Also, if you want to know more about my personality type or others a good place to start is 'Portrait of an ENFJ' or 'Portrait of an INTJ' or whatever. Usually the first result is a good place to read up.
There are 16 personality types. Each type is represented by 4 letters. Each slot (for a letter) has two options.
E/I Extrovert or Introvert
N/S iNtuitive or Sensing
F/T Feeling or Thinking
J/P Judging or Perceiving
E/I is straight forward.
N's take in information through a 'sixth sense'. Like if you have ever walked into a room and just known there was tension.
S's take in information through their 5 senses in a very literal fashion.
F's are 66% female usually and make choices / come to conclusions based on how they FEEL about things, generally.
T's are 66% male and usually make choices / come to conlusions based on logic.
^ I believe this male/female divide may be where traditional gender roles developed, but that's just a personal thought on it.
J's prefer to come to conclusions and make choices and plan longer term
P's prefer to be more spontaneous and tend to adopt a wait and see attitude
Each type has a functional stack, which is like an order of operations for your personality.
ENFJ functional stack:
Primary: Extroverted Feeling
Auxiliary: Introverted iNtuition
Tertiary: Extroverted Sensing
Inferior: Introverted Thinking
Your primary develops early in life. If you are Introverted it will be introverted. If you are extroverted, it will be extroverted.
Your secondary develops in your late teens to early 20s.
Your Tertiary develops in your 30s usually.
And you develop your inferior later in life.
There are also 4 shadow functions which come out when you are stressed but that's a another topic.
Your middle two letters are your temperament. People with similar temperaments have certain things in common.
More info available here: http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/overview_temperaments.asp
You can also think of each letter you have in common with someone as a bridge of communication. The more letters the (generally) less effort you need to expend to effectively communicate with a person.
Consider that we all (at least most people I know) grew up with 'do unto others as others do unto you' being a big staple of how you treat others. And that is great!
However, that means that we tend to communicate with others how we want to be communicated with. And that leaves us ripe for misinterpretations.
I will give a brief example based on my own experiences on Sindome that actually led me to pick up MBTI and really embrace it.
I spent 4-5 hours working on some admin documentation and about 5 minutes working on the styles for it (to match the website style guide Johnny has us use). I shared the doc with Johnny.
Instead of telling me great job, wow, you really put hard work into this, he started picking it apart. He was very critical of aspects of it that I hadn't put much time into (like the styles) and kept nit picking things.
And I am sitting there like, "FUUUUUUCCCKKKKKK YOOOOOOOOUUUUUUU" because I just put in like 4 fucking hours on a Saturday writing documentation for new admin WITHOUT BEING ASKED.
Later that week I was shown a book on Personality Type by a friend. We were skimming through the book when I got to Johnny's personality type (I wont mention it here because if he wants to post it he can). In the book, the example that was used about how his personality type could be misunderstood was:
A person of this personality type believes that one of their biggest resources is their own time and input. If a person of this personality type finds an idea does not have merit they will just tend to ignore that idea or be very unenthusiastic about it.
However, if they find an idea has merit, they will begin to pick it apart, to break it down, to offer their thoughts on it and how it could be improved. This is one of the biggest compliments they can give something. Their own time and thought and contributions to it.
It took me aback. I consider myself VERY in tune with other people and what message they are trying to give and this was a COMPLETELY different take on the interaction. It went from me feeling disheartened that Johnny didn't appreciate my contribution, to me feeling like he had really given me a compliment by wanting to improve my work.
So, without further ado-- I open this up to players who want to discuss MBTI, Jung, Personality Type in general, and specifically as how it relates to RP.
ENFJ is considered 'The Giver' but it's also considered 'The Cult Leader'. A title that makes me smile because on Sindome, In Character, I have done just that. What are all of you? I'm dying to know!