Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Idealist Portrait of the Champion (ENFP)...

I was over at Kathy Van Kleeck's blog and read that she took a personality test. You can take it HERE. The funny thing is that I will randomly take these tests every couple of years and it seems like each time I take it, the result is different, but highly reflective of the state I'm in.

Here's what the D. Keirsey description said about me:

Like the other Idealists, Champions are rather rare, say two or three percent of the population, but even more than the others they consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life. Champions have a wide range and variety of emotions, and a great passion for novelty. They see life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil, and they want to experience all the meaningful events and fascinating people in the world. The most outgoing of the Idealists, Champions often can't wait to tell others of their extraordinary experiences. Champions can be tireless in talking with others, like fountains that bubble and splash (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of all the types.

Fiercely individualistic, Champions strive toward a kind of personal authenticity, and this intention always to be themselves is usually quite attractive to others. At the same time, Champions have outstanding intuitive powers and can tell what is going on inside of others, reading hidden emotions and giving special significance to words or actions. In fact, Champions are constantly scanning the social environment, and no intriguing character or silent motive is likely to escape their attention. Far more than the other Idealists, Champions are keen and probing observers of the people around them, and are capable of intense concentration on another individual. Their attention is rarely passive or casual. On the contrary, Champions tend to be extra sensitive and alert, always ready for emergencies, always on the lookout for what's possible.

Champions are good with people and usually have a wide range of personal relationships. They are warm and full of energy with their friends. They are likable and at ease with colleagues, and handle their employees or students with great skill. They are good in public and on the telephone, and are so spontaneous and dramatic that others love to be in their company. Champions are positive, exuberant people, and often their confidence in the goodness of life and of human nature makes good things happen.

7 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Well I think that D.Kiersey nailed it right on the head with you Andrew! I like doing these as well...so I went out and took it and I was an ENFP too! But I took this years ago, and I am still the same as I was then. THanks for sharing! Enjoy the day, fellow ENFP-er!
Erin

Marsha Neal Studio said...

I'm an ESFJ...
Thanks for sharing these with us Andrew! Quite interesting...

kvk said...

I used to be an INTJ. Very glad to have switched over to the Feeling camp. One thing never changes - I'm a diehard introvert!
Good luck with your de-stashing. Even through all our moves - 22 times in 29 years - there's some things I'll always keep. No sense getting carried away.....

Andrew Thornton said...

Isn't it strange to be summed up in a couple of paragraphs? It is always interesting to see how these personality tests turn out. How your moods and how you want to view yourself become very transparent.

This was definitely helpful.

Patti C. said...

I've taken these before and usually fall in the same category -- INTJ, according to Kiersey, I'm a rational mastermind. Better than being an irrational mastermind! But it definitely fits. Good luck on your destashing. I did that when I moved from Colorado -- I agree with the comment above: "Don't get carried away." I didn't miss anything immediately that I got rid of, but now, more than 10 years down the road, once in a while, I wish I'd have come up with a storage system -- put some things in those clear plastic boxes, label, and forget for a while, but still keep! Best, Patti

Azure Islands Designs said...

I've also taken a few of these before...this one says I'm a Councilor...took it yesterday so I forgot the letters but it sounds like me!

Cheers

Jean Campbell said...

When I started dating my husband in the 80s, his family kept urging me to "take the test! take the test!" I guess his mom was one of the first certified Myers/Briggs testers in the U.S., so it was a big deal at their house, but I was worried I would flunk! Anyway, this test has been a big part of our relationship ever since and has proved useful time and again to promote understanding. I was always an INFP but as I've grown older, taking on different roles (like needing to be the decider in a family of undeciders), my type has shifted to ENFJ...though still an Idealist like you, my friend!