>the cooper family: myers-briggs.

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>i went to my parents’ house tonight for dinner and to help anna with her pre-calc. after we’d finished her homework and i’d helped her all i could, we (my mom, dad, anna and i) got into a conversation about the myers-briggs personality test. apparently my family had just taken the test recently or something cause my mom already had all the results listed out except for mine. i already knew mine too, but i retook it when i got home just to confirm.

here are my 5 family members’ results:

dad – ESTJ – implementer supervisor “Because they naturally devise systems, procedures, and schedules, others rely on ESTJ s to take charge and get things done. Others may also find them overpowering at times because ESTJ s are so certain about how things should be. Because they are clear and straightforward in their communication, people seldom have to wonder where they stand.”

mom – ISTJ – planner inspector“ISTJs are sociable when comfortable in the roles they are playing; however, they generally do not share their wealth of rich Sensing observations and memories except with close friends. Others see ISTJ standards and judgments, their desire for structure and schedules, but they may not see their individual, sometimes humorous, private reactions.”

holly – ESFJfacilitator caretaker “ESFJs are energized by interaction with others and genuinely interested in others’ lives and concerns. They feel most comfortable in structured situations and enjoy creating order, structure and schedules. They prefer to do things the traditional and accepted way.”

anna – ENFJenvisoner mentor “ENFJ s are energetic, enthusiastic, and very aware of others. Their genuine interest can usually draw out and involve even the most reserved person. They listen to and support others, but also have a very definite values and opinions of their own, which they will express clearly. ENFJs are energized by people and are socially adept; however, they also have a strong need for authentic, intimate relationships.”

adam – ENTPexplorer inventor – “ENTP s are spontaneous and adaptable. They find schedules and standard operating procedures confining and work around them whenever possible. They are remarkably insightful about the attitudes of others, and their enthusiasm and energy can mobilize people to support their vision.”

all 5 different, but i think all 5 are spot on in their descriptions. i think it’s really cool how unique my family is separate from each other, but when we all get together we seem to mesh so well. the 5 combinations all seem to interweave somewhat…actually, in order to further illustrate my point, i’m going to create a diagram. for all you visual learners out there.

easily the coolest diagram i’ve made in the last 48 hours. maybe even 72. just threw it together in paintbrush (the mac version of the paint program for windows…i’ll admit, not as good.)

anyway. it’s a cool visualization i think. it’s neat to see that – with the exception of my mom being the only introvert and my being the only perceiver – we all share all our traits with at least one other person around the circle. 4 of the traits are shared by at least three people. 2 of the traits (extrovert and judging) are shared by everyone buy one person (my mom and me respectively). it’s fun to see the differences and similarities. i encourage you all to look into this with your family(s); if only to see what each other is. it’s really fun.

i just wish we’d done this as a family years ago, it would have made family vacations so much less of a burden.

-ap.

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