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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Kathy's Conundrums

  • I have always been interested in how other people perceive my personality. Recently I found out that I am a Griffin. I am a Snickerdoodle cookie. I am an ENTJ. What? To find out how others might perceive me I like taking those quizzes on Facebook that ask things like: What mythical creature are you? What type ...
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  •     I have always been interested in how other people perceive my personality.
        Recently I found out that I am a Griffin.  I am a Snickerdoodle  cookie. I am an ENTJ.
        What?
        To find out how others might perceive me I like taking those quizzes on Facebook that ask things like:  What mythical creature are you? What type of cookie are you?  What character on Friends are you?  What character on the Golden Girls are you.
        I am a Griffin. The quiz I took stated I was a Griffin. A Griffin is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.  The quiz also stated that I am very noble and brave.  I will not act without reason and that is what allows me to succeed.
        I am a Snickerdoodle cookie.  A Snickerdoodle cookie is a soft, sweet, tasty, cinnamon cookie.  The quiz described me as a person who gets along with everyone and everyone wants to get along with me. It goes on to say that if there is a party this weekend I am the one who is throwing it, but that isn’t saying that I don’t enjoy a good movie while curled up on the couch with a glass of wine.
        Those are fun, little quizzes....but I really don’t put much stock in them.
        Several years ago I was introduced to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  It is a personality inventory.  The theory behind the inventory is that seemingly random variations in behavior are actually quite orderly and consistent, due to the basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use perception and judgment.  Now, this I do put a lot of stock in. In fact, I was told that the MBTI was based on the same theory as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).
        Very, very basically the MBTI instrument, through a series of questions, identifies different personality types. The areas that are focused on are how a person perceives their world; how the person takes in information; how the person makes decisions and how a person deals with the outside world.
        Perceives their world:  Extravert (E) or introvert (I).  An extravert  prefers to focus on the outer world. An extravert is comfortable in a setting with a lot of people around because they draw energy from the outer world.  An introvert prefers to focus on the inner world.  An introvert is comfortable in a setting with few people around because they draw energy from within themselves.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Takes in information:  Sensing(S) or Intuition (N). A sensing person uses their five physical senses to take in information.  A sensing person prefers to focus on basic information. An intuitive person prefers to interpret information and add meaning to the information.
        Makes decisions:  Thinking (T) or Feeling (F). A thinking person prefers to make decisions based first and foremost on logic. A feeling person looks first and foremost on the people and special circumstances.
        Structure:  Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).  When dealing with the outside world a person who likes to get things decided is considered judging. A person who would prefer to stay open to new information and options is considered perceiving (P).
        From the MBTI there are 16 basic personality types.  
        My inventory results have consistently showed that I am an ENTJ.  I am an extravert.  I am intuitive. I am a thinking person.  I am a judging person.  Basically, I understand that I can draw energy from many people gathered together; I like to add meaning to information I get; I am a thinking person – I make my decisions based on logic, and I am a judging person – I like to get things decided.
        Wouldn’t life be a lot easier if we all knew each other’s personality types?  It is only reasonable that if we did we would be better able to understand a person’s interests, reactions, values, motivation and skills.
        I am an ENTJ.

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