Sunday, March 3, 2013

ISFJ

Personalities can be a tricky thing. I mean, it is hard enough to know, appreciate, and monitor your own. For instance, (according to a recent Myers Briggs online test) I am an ISFJ. Some of these qualities have changed since I was in college. Until today, I would have told you that I was a Thinker, not a Feeler. I have always teetered on the line of Extrovert/Introvert as well.

It's just plain complicated. Knowing yourself, how you act, think, feel, function, and live day by day can become quite like a labyrinth.

Then throw another person in the mix: a co-worker, friend, relative, or spouse. Then watch the fireworks fly! If you think knowing yourself is a struggle, try combining knowing yourself with trying to get a handle on the other person! Complete mystery.

Even though it can be a struggle, it is also one of the greatest gifts: knowing yourself and being known by others.

People all across the earth crave this very thing. They want to be known. Truly. Honestly. Genuinely.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting these thoughts out here. You bring up such an interesting topic. For me, I actually like and marvel at the fact that there are so many aspects of myself that I have yet to reveal- as you said, bring in external factors (people, situations) and sit back for the fireworks. We are dynamic creatures.. I think I desire less to be "known," - more to be accepted, understood...just comfortable in my own skin. We are such mysteries- even to ourselves!

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  2. It's a lifetime journey, I think....how accurate to describe it as a labyrinth.

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  3. A recent evening with our son and his wife, our daughter and my husband and I we started discussing our personalities. I was the only one who hadn't taken the Disc test. I took it, Eyeopening!

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  4. Why am I not surprised you are thinking about this? :) Of course, I would throw in that as we grow into and through different stages in life, we are continually being shaped by people, circumstances, etc. That makes knowing yourself harder, but a lot more intriguing to think about!

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