Okay. So it all started in Freshman year of High School. My friend Cindy had found this personality test that can match you to the personalities of fictional characters (There is more to it, of course, but that’s why I was taking it). The Myers & Briggs test has obviously become more popular since then. After reading a post by Mostly Morgan in my senior year, I decided to take it again. Needless to say, I had changed a lot.
I mean, I knew this already, but it was cool to see it in a quantitative way. I’ll go more into this later, but basically, I went from an ISTJ to an ENTJ. Here is what that means.
//What This Actually Means
Here’s what the website has to say about ISTJs
“Architect: Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything”
“Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.”
Here’s what they have to say about ENTJs
“Executive: Excellent administrators , unsurpassed at managing things or people.”
“Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.”
I think both those descriptions describe me perfectly. I am very organized and enjoy planning and setting goals. Since my freshman year of high school, I have become more comfortable taking on leadership roles. I love learning new things and passing that knowledge over to others. Overall, I think I grew a lot in high school. Let me go into this a bit further.
(Disclaimer: The quotes describing each letter come from this link)
//Introvert → Extrovert
“Introverted individuals prefer solitary activities and get exhausted by social interaction. They tend to be quite sensitive to external stimulation (e.g. sound, sight or smell) in general.”
“Extraverted individuals prefer group activities and get energized by social interaction. They tend to be more enthusiastic and more easily excited than introverts.”
This isn’t a “you’re either one or the other” sort of thing. When I checked the percentages the second time I took the test, it said I was 60% extrovert and 40% introvert. That seems to describe me well enough.
I sort of wish I could’ve taken this test in Elementary School, simply because I was so introverted back then. It would be interesting to see how much I’ve changed. In the four years of high school, I became so much more comfortable going up to and talking to a stranger. I became more willing to take charge of a situation and actually talk. That was my biggest transition in middle school because that really was when I came out of my shell. I just grew on that in high school.
“Observant individuals are highly practical, pragmatic and down-to-earth. They tend to have strong habits and focus on what is happening or has already happened.”
“Intuitive individuals are very imaginative, open-minded and curious. They prefer novelty over stability and focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities.”
I think I have become more intuitive in the past few years. I am not too focused on logic anymore and do find hidden meanings in random things (I am a big believer in lucky pennies). I have come to realize how creative I am. If any of you remember the 39 Clues series, I was sorted into the Janus group. I was surprised and didn’t believe it because I really didn’t think I was all that creative.
I am still a very practical person and I do value stability. I just look for those things when I consider future possibilities. Once my friend said I was an “optimistic pessimist,” which I then responded by saying that what she said was an oxymoron. I simply consider myself a happy realist.
//Thinking → Thinking
“Thinking individuals focus on objectivity and rationality, prioritizing logic over emotions. They tend to hide their feelings and see efficiency as more important than cooperation.”
“Feeling individuals are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are more empathic and less competitive than Thinking types, and focus on social harmony and cooperation.”
This part hasn’t changed, unsurprisingly. I do think I have started following my feelings more. I am much more open-minded in terms of romantic love. I used to try to logic my way through it, but I realized that doesn’t work. I also cry more now. I actually hadn’t cried in years, then one day I just exploded. Now, it just keeps happening. Sometimes when I’m extremely frustrated I start crying. I don’t understand why, but it just happens. It’s annoying but healthy.
//Judging → Judging
“Judging individuals are decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability, and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity.”
“Prospecting individuals are very good at improvising and spotting opportunities. They tend to be flexible, relaxed nonconformists who prefer keeping their options open.”
I really do prefer structure and planning. I have always been that way. I actually think I am more prone to that now than when I was at 14. I am really good at improvising when it comes to snarky jokes, though. I don’t do it on purpose, but apparently, I am a very funny person. I think if I was a YouTuber instead of a blogger, it would come out more, but I don’t plan on being a YouTuber (Editing videos stresses me out).
Well…I guess that’s that. This post basically proves that I have turned into a huge b****. I’m not using that as an insult at all. We were having a conversation in my Religious Studies class about how religions have passed on a lot of their expectations of women. Women are expected to be more passive and quiet. They can be somewhat assertive, but once they become too assertive, they are considered a female dog.
I honestly am proud of this. Before, when I was just some nerdy girl with no friends who stood on the sidelines wasn’t noticed at all. I was bullied and teased. Once I came out of that shell and became more extroverted, there were people that didn’t like me. Who cares? Because I have friends who like who I am and enjoy my company. No one remotely interesting is universally well liked. How you grow and change really shouldn’t affect anyone but you.
Well, that’s my rant for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed.
What is your Meyers & Briggs personality type? In what ways did you grow in high school?