My Personality Type
Have you ever wondered about the varying personality types? We each lean into one of the sixteen types: ISTJ, ISTP, ISFP, ISFP, INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP, ESTP, ESTJ, ESFP, ESFJ, ENFP, ENFJ, ENTP, AND ENTJ. I am an ISTP. Also known as the analyzer, crafter, artisan, pragmatist and virtuoso, the term ISTP stands for introverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving. Making up 5% of the general population, the personality type is uncommon and is more uncommon among women than men.
When I’m around people, I feel as though my energy is being drained. I am comfortable with being alone because I can quietly observe, refresh my mind, and recharge. I don’t mind being around a small group of people that I know well, but I value the time I get to spend with myself much more. Getting put on the spot makes me anxious, and for that reason, I despise being in the spotlight. Confrontation makes me feel flustered but I am not afraid to argue or debate with people that I’m comfortable with. Because I loathe talking about myself, I prefer silence over small talk. Working on projects individually allows me to do what needs to be done exactly how I want it to be. Moreover, I like to focus on the small details to make the big picture, in my eyes, satisfactory. When I’m in solitude, it gives me the opportunity to visualize and express all of my ideas without getting told what to do. Furthermore, working in a quiet environment lets my creativity and thoughts flow.
When it comes to gathering information, I use both my senses and intuition to guide me. Staying organized whilst gathering information is important to me. Making my notes neat allows my brain to process information properly and keeps my thoughts in order. During learning sessions, I tend to connect what I am perceiving at that moment with what I already know. I would much rather learn about things I don’t already know about rather than relearning concepts that I understand fully.
I use both logic and my feelings to make decisions. To elaborate on the previous point, I try my best to not let my decisions be influenced by my bias, but occasionally, my decisions are formed because of my personal viewpoints. I understand and recognize that other people have opinions just as important as mine, but I have a preference for individually figuring matters out because, in my opinion, nobody knows me better than I know myself. I’ve taken notice that I am often seen as insensitive due to the fact that I have a tendency of not taking into account how my decisions affect others and I instead aim for making fair resolutions. It is hard to change my mind unless I am presented with factual, convincing evidence.
As much as I am open to new information, I am also quite stubborn. I am able to take on projects with flexibility, but if someone tries to change my mind using criticism, I will end up being irritated. I am prone to getting bored easily then quickly moving onto more interesting objectives, but when I get to do something in which I am passionate about, I have a hard time putting it down. Depending on the situation, I am able to switch my mindset to better fit the circumstance. I enjoy having the freedom to do whatever it is I want to do. I enjoy spontaneous and challenging projects that allow me to think outside the box. These types of projects keep my mind occupied and keep me sane. When I am forced to do repetitive work in a short time frame, I get frustrated and will lose focus often, thus having to do the work for longer periods.
Everyone has their own unique personality with strengths and weaknesses. We should learn how to enhance our strengths to reinforce our weaknesses. Each individual has different ways of thinking, perceiving, decision-making, and acting. With this in mind, and the fact that there are several personality types, we lose focus on the point that we are all similar to each other in one way or another. We should appreciate and celebrate our differences because, without the differences in the various personalities, our community would be bland.