Sunday, April 15, 2012

Right on the money

My son is doing AP Psychology this year in high school.

He had our family all take the Jung Typology Test at the following web site:

Read each of the 72 questions and pick an answer quickly without thinking/pondering each answer in depth.

After taking the test you get a description of your personality type, find out what "famous" folks share your type and also get to look at the Jung Career Indicator to see if your type matches your chosen career.

I'm an ESFJ (Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging); a Provider.

My chosen career seems to fit:

The Guardian type known as the Provider (ESFJ) is sometimes known as the "Santa Claus" personality since they are generally well-liked and notice whenever situations become "naughty or nice." They provide for the welfare of many and usually show well-developed social skills. They are happiest in positions where they need to deal with people. It is not uncommon to find them in health care, as a physician, nurse, or respiratory therapist. They also can be attracted to the field of education, social service, or religion. In business they may be a retail owner, receptionist, real estate agent, or sales representative. The common theme is their service to others.

For some reason, my wife and kids got a kick out of part of the description for an ESFJ that follows (actually, I've got to admit that I do like to be appreciated):

Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate themselves, they need to be loved in return. In fact, Providers can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given ample appreciation both for themselves personally and for the tireless service they give to others.

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