The Universe and Me

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Jung Typology Test

Some of my profile from Humanmetrics:
The primary desire of the Protector Guardian is to be of service, not so much furnishing others with the necessities of life, as guarding others against life’s pitfalls and perils, seeing to their safety and security. They go about their task of caretaking modestly, unassumingly, and because of this their efforts are not sometimes fully appreciated. They are not outgoing and talkative except with close friends and relatives. With these they can chat tirelessly. However, their shyness with strangers is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth these Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need. Their quietness ought to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose. The least hedonic of all types, Protectors are willing to work long, long hours doing all the thankless jobs. With their extraordinary commitment to security, and with their unusual talent for executing routines, Protectors do well in careers: curators, private secretaries, librarians, middle-managers, and especially general medical practitioners.

ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically, because they prove over and over that they can be relied on for their loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take them for granted--even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes aggravated by themselves; for instance, they are notoriously bad at delegating. And although they're hurt by being treated like doormats, they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more credit than they're getting, it's somehow wrong to want any sort of reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself).

In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often with very good memories and unexpected analytic abilities; they are also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with others. ISFJs make pleasant and reliable co-workers and exemplary employees, but tend to be uncomfortable in supervisory roles. They are capable of forming strong loyalties, but these are personal rather than institutional.

While their work ethic is high on the priority list, their families are the centers of their lives. ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical support at a moment's notice. However, they hate confrontation. One trait easily misunderstood by those who haven't known them long is that they are often unable to hide or articulate distress they may be feeling. An ISFJ may drive a friend into a temper over unexplained moodiness, only afterwards to explain about a death in the family they "didn't want to burden anyone with."


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