Thursday, July 31, 2008

ENFP, Take 2

Yesterday we had our staff retreat, where we received the results of our Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. As with two years ago, I came up as an ENFP, which generally means:

"Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency."

My specific reults say that I have "extraverted intuition with introverted feeling," since my dominant function is Intuition (or N) on the Sensing-Intuition (S-N) scale. Extraversion (E) is pretty high, as well.

So, at my best:

"For people with ENFP preferences, life is a creative adventure full of exciting possibilities. ENFPs are keenly perceptive about people and insightful about the present and future. They experience a wide range of feelings and intense emotions. They need affirmation from others and readily give appreciation and support. ENFPs are good at understanding how people and groups work and are persuasive and compelling in pursuing what is important to them. They are adaptable, blooming where they are planted. Their energy and enthusiasm encourage others to bloom as well."

But all is not always rosy:

"ENFPs hate routine, schedules, and structure and usually manage to avoid them. They are normally verbally fluent, even in extemporaneous situations; however, when their deepest values need expression, they may suddenly be awkward and express their judgments with uncharacteristic intensity."


"If ENFPs do not find a place where they can use their gifts and be appreciated for their contributions, they usually feel frustrated and may
  • Become scattered, have trouble focusing, be easily distracted
  • Fail to follow through on decisions
  • Become rebellious, excessively nonconforming
  • Ignore deadlines and procedures"

I read that last part to my new boss...!

Generally, though, there's more positive than negative:

"ENFPs are innovators, initiating projects and directing great energy into getting them under way. Using intuition primarily externally, they are stimulated by new people, ideas, and experiences. They find meaning and significance readily and see connections that others don't. They are likely to be

  • Curious, creative, and imaginative
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and spontaneous

ENFPs value harmony and goodwill. They like to please others and will adapt to others' needs and wishes when possible. ENFPs primarily use feeling internally, making decisions by applying personal values through identification and empathy with others. ENFPs are likely to be

  • Warm, friendly, and caring
  • Cooperative and supportive

ENFPs have exceptional insight into possibilities in others and the energy and motivation to help actualize them. They feel confident moving ahead based on their insights, and their enthusiasm tends to bring others along with them."

So there you have it: Simmons in a nutshell, verified by the assessment now twice over the last three years.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

1 comment:

Saul said...

Feel free to join the ENFPforum

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