As you may or may not already know about me, I am very interested in the introversion vs. extraversion spectrum of our personalities. Mostly, because it took me a while myself until I knew “what I was”. And when I found out, it changed my world.
People are usually a bit skeptical about personality tests – and for good reason – but there is one that really did click with me. It’s on 16personalities.com and it uses – among other theories – the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI). You fill in a questionnaire and ta-da! It hands you your own personality type.
My Personality Type is called ISFJ-T; also known as the “Defender”. I’ll tell you what the letters stand for: I stands for Introversion (vs. Extraversion). The S stands for obServant (vs. iNtuitive). The F stands for Feeling (vs. Thinking) and the J stands for Judging (vs. Prospecting). The T at the end stands for Turbulent (vs. Assertive).
When I read the full description of this personality type, for the most part, I felt like they were exactly describing me. In addition to the general personality type description, it connects the personality type also to Roles & Strategies. My attributed role is called the Sentinel, which stems from the combination of the S and J in my personality type. People with the I and the T in their personality type belong to a strategic group called the “Constant Improvers”. Again – something that really resonated with me.
Yet there was another realization that came to me when I read through the descriptions: here I thought I was out-of-the-ordinary, somewhat weird even maybe, experiencing struggles that nobody else does. But apparently there are more of me, in fact, there is a whole description written about people like me. The website even gives a few examples of who else has your personality type. In my case it’s Queen Elizabeth, Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Anne Hathaway, Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones and Dr. Watson from Sherlock. Not a bad list to belong to, I’d say.
Introverts, among which the ISFJ-T personality type, usually are a group that is overshadowed easily by others. Not intentionally, but simply because it’s not in our nature to self-promote, force our opinion or simply be loud, especially in group settings. Perhaps us ISFJ’s should team up and be a bit more vocal about our skills. I mean, Beyoncé was able to do it by creating a second personality for herself called Sasha Fierce. I say, we should all release our inner Sasha Fierces!
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