Personality

Now, I know why I’m so different — my results from  the Big Five CANOE OCEAN Personality Test and the [Carl] Jung Typology Test.  Check yours out at:

http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/bigfive.htm and http://www.humanmetrics.com

California Child Q-Set (CCQ) [find a test at http://www.personalitylab.org/tests/ccq_parent_choose.htm ]

The questionnaire you have just completed is the California Child Q-Set, or CCQ, an instrument developed by Jack and Jeanne Block (1980). The original goal of the CCQ was to provide psychologists with a tool for comprehensively describing the personalities of children and adolescents. Avshalom Caspi and colleagues (1992) reworded some of the CCQ items so that this measure can now be easily used by people who are not professional psychologists. Additionally, recent research has shown that the CCQ can be effectively used to describe the personalities of adults.

The Big Five

The “Big Five” is the most widely agreed-upon model of personality structure used by psychologists today. It proposes that the most basic dimensions of personality are captured by a set of five broad trait domains: Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness to Experience. Scores these five personality dimensions, as well as descriptions of people who score high and low on each of these traits, are presented in the table below.

Personality Scores and Descriptions

Score (0-100)

Personality Dimension

49

Extraversion
High scorers tend to be sociable and outgoing. They prefer to be around people most of the time. High Extraversion is associated with being seen as more popular and more socially competent, having more friends and dating partners, being accident-prone, taking more study breaks, engaging in thrill-seeking and delinquent behavior, better performance in sales and management jobs, higher job satisfaction, earning a higher salary, having more leadership roles, attending more parties, exercising more frequently, belonging to a fraternity, playing a sport, smoking cigarettes, consuming more alcohol, and preference for hip-hop, soul, funk, electronic, rock, and heavy metal music.

Low scorers tend to be reserved and serious. They often prefer to be alone or with a few close friends. Low Extraversion is associated with engaging in fewer risky behaviors.

71

Agreeableness
High scorers tend to be compassionate, good-natured, and eager to cooperate and avoid conflict. High Agreeableness is associated with being seen as more socially competent, with greater religiosity, greater willingness to help a stranger, and preference for pop, country, and religious music.

Low scorers tend to be hardheaded, skeptical, proud, and competitive. They tend to express their anger directly. Low Agreeableness is associated with having more dating partners, with smoking cigarettes, driving fast, and holding prejudicial views.

Agreeableness usually increases with age. Women tend to score higher on Agreeableness than do men.

65

Conscientiousness
High scorers tend to be responsible and well-organized. They have high standards and work hard to achieve their goals. High Conscientiousness is associated with earning higher grades, scoring higher on verbal intelligence tests, better school attendance, spending more time studying and completing household chores, sleeping more, being more religious, better performance in most jobs, and exercising more frequently.

Low scorers tend to act spontaneously rather than making plans. They may pay little attention to details, are not very well-organized, and can sometimes be careless. Low Conscientiousness is associated with risky behavior, disciplinary problems, being accident-prone, more job changes, consuming more alcohol, and receiving more traffic tickets.

Conscientiousness usually increases with age.

70

Neuroticism
High scorers tend to be sensitive, emotional, and prone to experience feelings that are upsetting. High Neuroticism is associated with exercising more frequently.

Low scorers tend to be secure, generally relaxed even under stressful conditions, and worry little. Low Neuroticism is associated with better physical and psychological health.

Neuroticism usually decreases with age. Women tend to score higher on Neuroticism than do men.

80

Openness to Experience
High scorers tend to be open to new experiences. They have broad interests and are imaginative. High Openness is associated with earning better grades, scoring higher on general intelligence tests, playing a musical instrument, holding liberal political opinions, and with preference for rock, heavy metal, classical, jazz, blues, and folk music.

Low scorers tend to be down-to-earth, practical, traditional, and pretty much set in their ways. Low Openness is related to earning a higher salary, holding conservative political opinions, and having prejudicial views of minority groups.

Jung Typology Test

Extroversion—expresses the creative ideas

Introversion—incubates the creative ideas

Intuition—perceives the creative ideas

Sensation—gives texture to the creative ideas

Thinking—tests the creative idea against objective standards

Feeling—gives inspiration to the creator

Perceiving –allows for the creative ideas to grow

Judging—knows when to harvest the creative ideas

Vanessa Dawne’s Type is:  INFJ  where Strength of preferences % are:

Introverted  89     Intuitive  25     Feeling  38     Judging  33

Qualitative analysis of INFJ:

  • very expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • moderately expressed judging personality

Idealist Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.

Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make every effort to help an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. They understand and use human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As employees or employers, Counselors are concerned with people’s feelings and are able to act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.

Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in their everyday language. Their great talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people in a personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another’s emotions or intentions – good or evil – even before that person is aware of them. Counselors themselves can seldom tell how they came to read others’ feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others could very well be the basis of the Counselor’s remarkable ability to experience a whole array of psychic phenomena.

Mohandas Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Emily Bronte, Sir Alec Guiness, Carl Jung, Mary Baker Eddy, Queen Noor are examples of the Counselor Idealist (INFJ).

Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging by Joe Butt Rev: 6 Mar 2005


Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists — INFJs gravitate toward such a role — are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ.

“There’s something rotten in Denmark.” Accurately suspicious about others’ motives, INFJs are not easily led. These are the people that you can rarely fool any of the time. Though affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words.

INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.  Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.

Functional Analysis:

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted intuitives, INFJs enjoy a greater clarity of perception of inner, unconscious processes than all but their INTJ cousins. Just as SP types commune with the object and “live in the here and now” of the physical world, INFJs readily grasp the hidden psychological stimuli behind the more observable dynamics of behavior and affect. Their amazing ability to deduce the inner workings of the mind, will and emotions of others gives INFJs their reputation as prophets and seers. Unlike the confining, routinizing nature of introverted sensing, introverted intuition frees this type to act insightfully and spontaneously as unique solutions arise on an event by event basis.

Extraverted Feeling

Extraverted feeling, the auxiliary deciding function, expresses a range of emotion and opinions of, for and about people. INFJs, like many other FJ types, find themselves caught between the desire to express their wealth of feelings and moral conclusions about the actions and attitudes of others, and the awareness of the consequences of unbridled candor. Some vent the attending emotions in private, to trusted allies. Such confidants are chosen with care, for INFJs are well aware of the treachery that can reside in the hearts of mortals. This particular combination of introverted intuition and extraverted feeling provides INFJs with the raw material from which perceptive counselors are shaped.

Introverted Thinking

The INFJ’s thinking is introverted, turned toward the subject. Perhaps it is when the INFJ’s thinking function is operative that he is most aloof. A comrade might surmise that such detachment signals a disillusionment, that she has also been found lacking by the sardonic eye of this one who plumbs the depths of the human spirit. Experience suggests that such distancing is merely an indication that the seer is hard at work and focusing energy into this less efficient tertiary function.

Extraverted Sensing

INFJs are twice blessed with clarity of vision, both internal and external. Just as they possess inner vision which is drawn to the forms of the unconscious, they also have external sensing perception which readily takes hold of worldly objects. Sensing, however, is the weakest of the INFJ’s arsenal and the most vulnerable. INFJs, like their fellow intuitives, may be so absorbed in intuitive perceiving that they become oblivious to physical reality. The INFJ under stress may fall prey to various forms of immediate gratification. Awareness of extraverted sensing is probably the source of the “SP wannabe” side of INFJs. Many yearn to live spontaneously; it’s not uncommon for INFJ actors to take on an SP (often ESTP) role.

Famous INFJs:

Nathan, prophet of Israel; Aristophanes; Chaucer; Goethe; Robert Burns, Scottish poet; U.S. Presidents, Martin Van Buren & James Earl “Jimmy” Carter; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Fanny Crosby, (blind) hymnist; Mother Teresa of Calcutta; Fred McMurray (My Three Sons); Shirley Temple Black, child actor, ambassador; Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, martyr; James Reston, newspaper reporter; Shirley MacLaine; Piers Anthony, author (“Xanth” series); Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie); Tom Selleck; John Katz, critic, author; Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary); U. S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL); Billy Crystal; Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury); Nelson Mandela; Mel Gibson; Carrie Fisher; ; Nicole Kidman; Jerry Seinfeld; Jamie Foxx; Sela Ward; Mark Harmon; Gary Dourdan; Marg Helgaberger; Evangeline Lilly; Tori May


Introverted iNtuiting Feeling Judging  by Marina Margaret Heiss

INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally “doers” as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.” While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent “givers.” As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood — particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.

Due in part to the unique perspective produced by this alternation between detachment and involvement in the lives of the people around them, INFJs may well have the clearest insights of all the types into the motivations of others, for good and for evil. The most important contributing factor to this uncanny gift, however, are the empathic abilities often found in Fs, which seem to be especially heightened in the INFJ type (possibly by the dominance of the introverted N function).

This empathy can serve as a classic example of the two-edged nature of certain INFJ talents, as it can be strong enough to cause discomfort or pain in negative or stressful situations. More explicit inner conflicts are also not uncommon in INFJs; it is possible to speculate that the causes for some of these may lie in the specific combinations of preferences which define this complex type. For instance, there can sometimes be a “tug-of-war” between NF vision and idealism and the J practicality that urges compromise for the sake of achieving the highest priority goals. And the I and J combination, while perhaps enhancing self-awareness, may make it difficult for INFJs to articulate their deepest and most convoluted feelings.

Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. Since in addition they often possess a strong personal charisma, INFJs are generally well-suited to the “inspirational” professions such as teaching (especially in higher education) and religious leadership. Psychology and counseling are other obvious choices, but overall, INFJs can be exceptionally difficult to pigeonhole by their career paths. Perhaps the best example of this occurs in the technical fields. Many INFJs perceive themselves at a disadvantage when dealing with the mystique and formality of “hard logic”, and in academic terms this may cause a tendency to gravitate towards the liberal arts rather than the sciences. However, the significant minority of INFJs who do pursue studies and careers in the latter areas tend to be as successful as their T counterparts, as it is *iNtuition* — the dominant function for the INFJ type — which governs the ability to understand abstract theory and implement it creatively.

In their own way, INFJs are just as much “systems builders” as are INTJs; the difference lies in that most INFJ “systems” are founded on human beings and human values, rather than information and technology. Their systems may for these reasons be conceptually “blurrier” than analogous NT ones, harder to measure in strict numerical terms, and easier to take for granted — yet it is these same underlying reasons which make the resulting contributions to society so vital and profound.

Copyright © 1996-2009 by Marina Margaret Heiss and Joe Butt
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