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Friday, December 11, 2009

Gaurdian and Protector!

Whew, I have been so busy lately. No time to blog. Thought I would post about taking the Meyer's-Briggs test. This test identifies your personality type and helps employers, therapists etc. learn more about who you are as a person. There is an online version here that is very accurate. It nailed my personality exactly. Turns out, I am an ESFJ (extroverted, sensing, feeling and judging). The emphasis was on feeling and sensing.

According to the test, I am a Guardian and Provider! People like me "take it upon themselves to insure the health and welfare of those in their care, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions such as schools, churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Providers are very likely more than ten percent of the population, and this is fortunate for the rest of us, because friendly social service is a key to their nature.

Wherever they go, Providers happily give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success. Highly cooperative themselves, Providers are skilled in maintaining teamwork among their helpers, and are also tireless in their attention to the details of furnishing goods and services. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of dances, banquets, class reunions, charity fund-raisers, and the like. They are without peer as masters of ceremonies, able to speak publicly with ease and confidence. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, knowing everyone by name, and seemingly aware of what everyone's been doing. Providers love to entertain, and are always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to make sure that all are involved and provided for.

Friendly, outgoing, neighborly - in a word, Providers are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to Providers, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries. In addition, Providers show a delightful fascination with news of their friends and neighbors. If we wish to know what's been going on in the local community, school, or church, they're happy to fill us in on all the details. Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types.

I'd love to hear about others who have taken this test. I find personality types so interesting! I guess that's why I'm a therapist.

(the print above is by Sparklehen on ETSY)


  1. Here's my scores, I think it was pretty spot on.
    Strength of the preferences %
    Introverted 78
    Sensing 38
    Feeling 62
    Judging 44

  2. I was an ISFJ. Interesting...in college, I was an ESFJ. Both times with emphasis on Feeling and Judging. I blogged about it here and linked back to you!


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