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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

light_floodlightMy daughter Shannon recently took a form of the test most of us call “Myers-Briggs.” Shannon is persuasive, so of course the rest of the family was invited into the quest.

I last took the test three years ago. You can take it now for free.

Three years ago I scored an ISFJ nicknamed Protectors. I liked the idea of being a “protector.”

Protector, it sounds noble and compassionate. I’d like to be a protector.

“Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type. They are not as outgoing and talkative … and their shyness is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.”

That was then, this is now.


Over the years I’ve taken several similar Myers-Briggs” tests.

Of course, as has happened in the past, my results changed.

I have been tested both an (E)xtrovert and an (I)ntrovert.
I have been both i(N)tuition and (S)ensing.
I have been both (T)hinking and (F)eeling.
The one constant is I have always tested (J)udgment never (P)erception.

So, this time when I tested INTJ I was not stunned.

After all (insert trumpet-playing here) INTJ are nicknamed “Masterminds.” Sorry, had to do it; my pride and intellect is happy with such a self-aggrandizing title, but “protector” still sounds much more noble.

Masterminds have “original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.”

Though I miss identifying with the compassionate features of the “protector”, I do resonate with the strengths of the “masterminds.”

#mysilentscream: If you took the test, how do you feel about your results?

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