For those of you that don't know me, I'm a bit of a Hamlet. Not in terms of having a life goal to avenge my father's murder, but in terms of being one of the most introspective bastards around. I spend a lot of my time thinking. Mainly, thinking about either the universe's conception or my place within it. So, as well as keeping me awake at night, that means that I put an absurd amount of energy into contemplating how I work. What makes me angry and why it makes me angry. Whether I'm an introvert, an extrovert or a mix of the two. Why I'm so incapable of working on uni group projects without having a near mental break down. That sorta thing.
So when I was introduced to the wonder of the Myers-Briggs personality test, my mind was mildly blown. "Wait, so these aren't just the kinds of things that you find in the back of tween magazines?!" It's not like I need an excuse to think more about my personality, but this gave me one and I'm pretty damn happy about it.
But seriously, I think learning to recognise your strengths and weaknesses is important. If you know that you're not good at the whole team work thing, then you know that you might need to focus on your breathing a bit more when you're doing a group project at work. You can learn to make the world work to your advantage, and what's not to love about that? So whilst this is a totally self-indulgent post in which I do my favourite thing (talk about me), I do find it genuinely amazing how accurate and helpful this little quiz can be.
Apparently, I'm type ENFJ-T, which sounds very scientific indeed, so I obviously innately trust it.
ENFJ-T Personality Types Weaknesses:
Too Selfless: Although selflessness might not seem like a weakness, it is mentally exhausting. I find it hard to just focus on my shit sometimes because I'm too concerned with making sure that everybody else is happy. I know that it's impossible to help others if I don't help myself first, so I'm working on it. I'm just not there quite yet.
Too Sensitive: I might seem like a gangsta, but your girl cries over stupid stuff. A lot. I 100% think it's important to be in touch with your emotions and to be honest I am reluctant to admit that I sometimes get too in touch with them. I'm a blogger, though. I leave myself open to criticism and I do need to learn to let it not get me down.
Fluctuating self-esteem: Oh ho ho, this one hit home. One minute I'll be strutting down the street like I'm on the Chanel catwalk and the next I'll be wondering whether the people that comment on my blog are actually being really sarcastic and I'm an utter laughing stock.
Note to self: Work on that.
Struggles to make tough decisions: Don't tell my boyfriend this, because my inability to make decisions drives him insane. Of all my weaknesses, I think this is the biggest. I just had to pick my third-year modules and, honestly, it felt like I was deciding which member of my family never to see again. I completely freeze when I have to make a choice that is even slightly important.
ENFJ-T Personality Type Strengths:
Tolerant: I have no problem hearing the opinions of other people, even when they're not the same as mine. In fact, I kind of thrive on it. Living in a society that is full of different kinds of people, who have had different experiences and, as such, have different world views sounds like a dream.
Reliable: I like to think that this is true. I have endless energy to help my friends when they're in need and if I say that I'm going to do something, I will do it. Even if it kills me.
Charismatic: I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but I believe I'm quite a likeable person (and super modest as well, apparently). I feel like I give off good vibes and that people are receptive to that.
Altruistic: So, basically, a nicer way of saying "too selfless". It's important to know that your weaknesses can also be used as strengths, though. It all depends on the situation, my chums.
Natural leaders: In the words of Beyoncé, "I'm not bossy, I am the boss".
You can do the full quiz here and be sure to let me know what you got and whether you think it's accurate!