Short stories from long runs

This blog about my run and training

Happy Tuesday. I’m a day late to the Jung personality test party as part of Blogtember, but it was too interesting to skip. So, while not entirely related to the usual around these parts, I thought I’d venture down the psychology* road for a quick minute.

First, have you ever taken one of these personality tests? They’re fascinating. At my last job, we took the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) assessment as part of our professional development and analyzed the results with experts to learn more about how we operate, how others work best, and how to manage our teams. I thought it had a tremendous value from a personal perspective and I really appreciated my company vouching for it’s value, as well.

The Jung/Myers-Briggs test isn’t the same, exactly, but suggested just as much about the way I perceive the world as the HBDI implied about my way of thinking and interacting.

So, who is an ISFP (Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perception)?

Their impulses yearn to be free, and are often loosed when others least expect it. The ISFP who continually represses these impulses feels dead inside and may eventually cut and run. Here

ISFPs may be quite charming and ingratiating on first acquaintance… but on other occasions, the same individual may be aloof and detached. [Aloof. Yikes.] Here

ISFPs are extremely perceptive and aware of others. They constantly gather specific information about people and seek to discover what it means. They are usually penetratingly accurate in their perceptions of others. Here

They genuinely care about people and are strongly service-oriented in their desire to please. Here

ISFPs have a strong affinity for aesthetics and beauty. [Especially when it comes to shoes, jackets, and book covers.] Here

There’s other stuff on there I don’t think describes me exactly, but for the most part it’s spot on.

The best part of these tests is that there’s nothing about it that asserts any of the traits are wrong. That’s a good thing, because if the general traits were an epiphany, the ISFP strengths and weaknesses were… alarming.


Let’s put it this way, I read each to Nik, afterwards inquiring, Do those sound like me? He answered, No, Jill. Not at all. Smart man, my [polar opposite] ESTJ.

*As an ISFP, one of my recommended career paths is as a psychologist. Who knew?