Right Brain or Left Brain…Extrovert or Introvert…Type A or Type B…
Have you ever been like me and wondered why you’re the way you are? Why you’d rather stay home and read a book than go to a party? Or why it drains you being around tons of people but you have friends who thrive around tons of people? Why you could live the rest of your life without ever visiting another theme park and sincerely be perfectly okay with it? Why?
Recently I’ve become quite enamored with taking personality tests. Don’t ask me why. I’m not really sure. But it’s just so fun to see yourself spelled out, so-to-speak, in the answers. That’s so dorky.
It all began with marble counter tops.
Well, a post from Edie at Life in Grace about Carrera Marble Countertops. In her post, Edie talks about the Myers-Briggs personality test and whether or not you’d be a good candidate for Carrera Marble.
I Googled Myers-Briggs. Couldn’t help myself.
I was fascinated. By the test as well as the results and the descriptions in those results. According to Myers-Briggs I am a ISFJ – Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging, “The Nurturer”. I have to admit I took the test more than once over the past few months. I am also an ISTJ – Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging, The Duty Fulfiller. At first I thought how can I take this test and get 2 different answers? Until I read that most people don’t fall strictly into one category. I relate to at least three of the different personalities.
Fuzzy phone pic of Me and My Girls
The biggest thrill was seeing myself in the descriptions. I know. Doesn’t take much. The biggest surprise was finding I’m 100% an introvert. Before I read about these tests I would NEVER have considered myself an introvert. I’m not shy. Doesn’t matter. I’m an introvert and once I read more it’s like, Yep! That’s me.
There were a few abnormalities like … “the ISFJ has an exceptional memory…may remember conversations in precise detail…” Memory is not my strong suit. And entire conversations? Doesn’t happen. “…When down on themselves or under great stress, the ISFJ begins to imagine all of the things that can go critically wrong in their life. They have strong feelings of inadequacy and became convince that “everything is all wrong” or I can’t do anything right.” Thankfully, this is not me. I have my blue moments and plenty of “How on earth am I going to get all this done?” moments but I’m not easily discouraged. In fact I probably have a bit too much of the “Oh, sure! We can still do this” mentality. “…I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12
Dead on hits… “ISFJs learn best by doing… Want to believe the best of people… Value harmony and cooperation… Have a very clear view of the way things should be… I especially liked this next one ...The ISFJ has an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they’re likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes. They make extremely good interior decorators.
On a just-in-case-you’re-interested side note, as a ISFJ…Edie says she’s “on the fence” as to whether I’d be a good candidate for Carrera Marble. As an ISTJ I can’t have it.
Random kids and covered bridge pics from the Bob White Covered Bridge in Virginia. (random pics not random kids)
Cousins including one spouse and a soon-to-be spouse
Speaking of Introverts
“How to Avoid a People Hangover”. When I saw this title it immediately caught my attention. Like the author, I truly enjoy people and being around them. For me, it isn’t so much about “avoiding” as it is about recognizing and acknowledging what is happening to me. I don’t avoid “large gatherings” (what movie is that from?) but I now understand why I’m so drained afterwards. I’m having a People Hangover.
Another fuzzy phone pic…Me and My Brothers and Sisters
When I read this article we were in North Carolina at the time getting ready for a wedding. When I told my family about the People Hangover we had to laugh. So many of us related! Courtney even wrote a post about this phenomenon herself.
Here’s another great article I came across you might enjoy, Introverted Like Me. I haven’t read the book the author mentions but the article itself was very interesting.
Since this post is running so long we’ll save Left Brain/Right Brain for another day. My husband is fond of saying that ONLY left handed people are right brained. I beg to differ.
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs test? Are you an Introvert? Extrovert? Let me know if you take the test. I’d love to hear your thoughts!