So, we’ve already established that I’m obsessed with Myers Briggs, though at present I’m a little confused over what my type is. I was so so sure I was an INTP but then I thought, no, I’m probably more of an E than an I, so I must be an ENTP, but then Shaine was like, you are not a T, you’re an F. So now I’m all confused…Is it possible I’m an ENFP? All these years I’ve thought of myself of an introverted thinker, but is possible I’m actually an extroverted feeler? Could the sun set in the middle of the night and the sky be pink? Maybe friends, maybe.
Thrillingly, for this huge nerd right here, there are many more personality type thingys (that is their Latin name) out there in the university of Google. Such as!!! Enneagrams! And Temperments! Woo Hoo!
Not that I would ever obsess over anything, least of all myself (lies lies lies), I may be a personality type junky. I can’t help it! They are far from an exact science and I seem to change my mind about which type I am every week or so, but for some reason I’m hooked. I’m a Cabo San Lucas Grouper and the Personality Tests are a boatful of drunk tourists. Get me?
Ok, I know you’re all dying of suspense, so I’ll just tell you: I think I may be a 7 on the Enneagram, which would mesh perfectly with being an ENTP. I thought for sure I was a 5 which would mesh with an INTP but all the tests I’ve taken say, no, you’re not a 5. I think the thing that trips me up about all this is I must view myself as a shy, reserved, deep thinker (i.e., 5, INTP) but I’m actually an obnoxious, pleasure seeking lush (i.e., 7, ENTP). This is reflected perfectly in a conversation I had with someone who knows a lot about Enneagrams:
“So, what’d you score?”
“Well, I thought I’d be a 5 but I scored 7.”
“Hmm, what degree did you get in college? That should tell you something about your personality.”
“Oh, I dropped out of community college after about a year.”
So, I guess I’m that terrible kind of person that thinks they’re much smarter than they really are? But, on the plus side, maybe I’m also more likable than I ever thought I was? I don’t know. Does it matter? No, probably not. Ok, I just heard the whole blogging world sigh in unison so I’m moving on.
To the Temperments! (You didn’t think I was done talking about the tests, did you? Neva) The Temperments are much easier, in my opinion, to figure out as there are only four so their descriptions are much broader and I don’t feel the need to flip-flop every time I have indigestion or don’t get enough sleep.
Part of this obsession with typing comes from wanting to understand my children (it’s not all about me, I promise!) so I think I’ll describe the four types through them:
Jo – Sanguine/Choleric. The most active of all the types (hold me, Jesus). Sanguine types are fun loving, pleasure seeking extroverts. Cholerics are quick tempered, strong willed types. This is the type of child that will tie FOUR ropes of varying materials from your bannister (see above) so she can continue moving even while watching TV. Jo’s main goal in life is to make people laugh, though, if she can’t pull that off, she’s also content with making people cry. Whatevs.
(I did not make the above picture Godzilla gigantic and this pic small as a mouse on purpose. I just have no idea what I am doing)
Anna – Melancholic/Phlegmatic. Melancholics are sensitive, quiet, introverted thinking types. Phlegmatics are calm peacemakers. This combo is interesting as the two instincts are at a bit of a variance with each other. Anna is the type of child who cries over something her sister has said to her, yet begs you not to be upset with the offending sister, and cries even harder if said sister is punished in any way.
If you can’t tell, Anna and Jo are complete opposites, which has the potential to create conflict, but actually has been a huge blessing in many ways. Jo, left to herself, is a savage barbarian that belongs in a Roman colosseum while Anna is so prim she shrieks if an ant crawls over her toe. In short, they NEED each other. Jo brings loads of fun into Anna’s otherwise neat and tidy world while Anna makes Jo a bit more aware of ridiculous things such as manners and closing the door while you go the bathroom. God knows what He’s doing, it seems.
Ruby – Phlegmatic/Sanguine. Phlegmatics, as we’ve discussed, just want everybody to get along, and Sanguines want to have lots of fun. I have no favorite among my children (no nope never), but Ruby is seriously so so easy. As any parent of multiple children will understand, a child who’s main goal in life is getting along with everybody is a GODSEND (hallelujah hands emoji). She also happens to think I’m pretty and awesome so, cheers to you, Rubes.
If your main hobby is not staring googley eyed at sleeping babies, then we can’t be friends.
Zoe- Choleric/Sanguine. Oh, Zoe. Zoe, Zoe, Zoe. Should I say it again? Okay: Zoe. I have never had an angry baby. I’ve seen angry babies, sure, being pushed around in strollers by other, less competent parents. But my children never acted in such a way. Last said by me, about twelve months and three weeks ago. This kid has such a temper! I used to blame it on teething, and the kid does have an obscene amount of teeth (what baby has her back molars before age 1?), but I’m starting to come out of denial and realize that, yes, she actually is trying to bite me. She seems to get over things quickly (thank you, friend Sanguine) but it can be a bit of a wild ride until she does.
How have I rambled on so far down the page about personality types?? I should probably be embarrassed by this, right? In case any of you are thinking, seriously, this is your Easter weekend blog post!? Let me remind you that I am Orthodox so Easter is still weeks and weeks away for me, so ha! I promise you, whilst I am shopping for deeply discounted Easter merch in the following weeks, I will be constructing something of a bit more depth to lay on ya’ll. Or, I’ll write about how much I love the show Parenthood. You’ll just have to wait and see!
P.S. In case you were wondering (you weren’t? what?) I am a Sanguine/Phlegmatic (No, Parris, I am not a Choleric. No!) and Shaine, sweet, blessed Shaine, is a Phlegmatic/Melancholic. I highly recommend marrying a Phlegmatic. They are thee best.
P.P.S. Yes, I am aware that I use an unwholesome amount of commas.
And, (not P.P.P.S., this is too big to be a P.S.) to all my non-Orthodox friends out there: Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!