Personality Roundup

UPDATE: I will do the final update on the list this evening (Tuesday, the 21st), so if you want to be included, put your type in the comments today.

Many of you have taken the personality quiz that’s been going around lately and have seen the lists of famous people with your personality type. I thought you might be interested in seeing lists of fellow bloggers and their personality types. Obviously, this isn’t a complete list, just a few of the bloggers in my bloghood who have recently posted their type.

Erin is conducting a poll at her site on personality types, so be sure to stop by her place and cast your vote.

The ENTJs should probably be at the top, The Chief or Field Marshal:
ENTJs are bound to lead others, and from an early age they can be observed taking command of groups.
Jeff Greathouse

Next the INTJs, The Strategist or Mastermind:
“INTJs apply the criterion “Does it work?” to everything.”
Me
Makeesha (another girl INTJ!)
Susan Barnes
Ronni
Jamie Arpin Ricci
Michael Kruse
Dan H.
Andy M.
Mike Clawson
John LaGrou
Patrick O.

Interesting FAQs:
Q. Is there a difference between male and female INTJs?
A. The only difference between male and female INTJs is that the females get more flack for their INTJ tendencies.
Q. Are female INTJs less feminine than women of other temperaments?
A. Female INTJs are just as feminine as they want to be. They can be as sweet as the next woman if they feel like it. They are just opinionated and don’t put up with stupidity for long.

Closely related, the INTP, The Engineer or Architect:

INTPs have the ability to analyze difficult problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations. They seek clarity in everything, and are therefore driven to build knowledge.
Brother Maynard
Joy

Next, an ENTP, The Originator or Inventor:
ENTPs are idea people. Their perceptive abilities cause them to see possibilities everywhere.
Leighton Tebay

A couple of my favorite ISTJs, The Examiner or Inspector:
ISTJs are responsible, loyal and hard working. They are dedicated to everything they do and are very dependable.
Mary
Cindy
Barb
Barry
Lauren C.

Similarly, the ESTJs, The Overseer or Supervisor:
ESTJs make sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically. They honor traditions and laws.
Malegra

Leading the polls so far, the INFPs, The Dreamer or Healer:
INFPs are introspective, private, creative and highly idealistic individuals that have a constant desire to be on a meaningful path. They often have a talent for language and writing. I’m glad that I know so many INFPs!
Bill Kinnon
Lyn
Sonya
Erin
Julie
Ron Cole
Barbara
Scott M.
Maria
Che Vachon
David Fisher
Jake Meador

A more outgoing version, ENFPs, The Advocate or Champion:

ENFPs function as catalysts. Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others’ contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers. This is the kind of leadership the church needs.
Robbymac
Randy McRoberts
Jeff Smith (If you don’t know Jeff, be sure to visit his blog.)
Steve Sensenig
Daisymarie
Alan Knox
Fr’nklin
Kathryn
Steve Cochenour
Jonathan Brink

The ENFJs, The Mentor or Teacher:

ENFJs are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get personal satisfaction from this.
My husband
BJ
Amber

A little quieter, the INFJs, The Confidant or Counselor:
INFJs are introspective, caring, sensitive, gentle and complex people that strive for peace and derive satisfaction from helping others.
Deirdre

In a class by herself, ESTP, The Persuader or Promoter:
Enthusiastic and excitable, ESTPs are doers who live in the world of action.
Heather

Next, an ISTP, The Craftsman:
ISTPs like to figure out how things work. They have great mechanical and technical skills.
Carrie

If you want, I will update the list and add you to it. Just let me know your type in the comments, or if you post your results, I will link to your test.

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65 thoughts on “Personality Roundup

  1. Thanks for the roundup, Grace. I was thinking of doing it, glad someone else did the legwork!

    Thanks for the link, too. The poll is a little buggy, sometimes people might have to reload a time or two to get it to show up. One of Blogger’s great beta ideas…

  2. It was interesting to see the roundup. I’m an INFP myself. The only one that’s somewhat borderline is the F. I think that’s the influence of the programmer and mathematician in me. The N and the P in particular are always off the charts.

  3. What’s interesting to me is that in the general population INFP is one of the least represented types (I’ve seen numbers that range from 2.5% to 4.4% of the population). I find it worth remarking on that we form such a large group in the bloghood. I guess I just wonder why that is more than anything else … one of those patterns I’m always seeing and wondering about ;-) OTOH maybe it’s just weird.

  4. Thanks for the roundup, Grace. I’m INFP, too.

    Sonja — I’m guessing we INFP’s find the world of blogging a safe place to dream our dreams out loud, and that’s why we’re somewhat overrepresented here.

  5. Interesting…

    “This is the kind of leadership the church needs.”

    Yet, it’s not the kind of leadership that churches want. If they’re non-charismatic, they want CEO’s to control everything. If they’re charismatic, they want Apostles to control everything.

    I’ve been much happier, healthier, and effective while functioning outside of any leadership roles in church. “Leading from the margins” as some have said.

    Sorry. I’m just having one of those days where the enormity of what’s wrong with churches seems a little overwhelming.

  6. Interesting little roundup, Grace. I often wish I were something other than INTJ, but from the looks of the company, maybe it’s not so bad. :)

  7. Too fun. Thanks for doing this.

    I wonder if there are a lot of us INFPs in the blogworld because we are introverts who are really passionate about stuff. We have a lot to say but are too reserved to say it in public.

  8. Here, I’ll throw a thought out…maybe the blogosphere appeals to INFP’s so much because of the dreamer/visionary aspect. After all, it’s kind of a world that is ‘other’, like a dream or fantasy. Like reading a book even. There is secondary sense to it, not so in your face, not so sensory overload. You can assimilate as much info and feedback as you can process, then turn it off and come back later.
    Maybe?

  9. Erin,
    I hope that your poll works. It seemed to be working fine when I was there.

    Scott,
    As you can see you’re in good company.

    All you INFPs,
    I wonder if the high percentage might be specific to the emerging conversation rather than to blogging in general. I think that the concepts of the emerging conversation would attract the idealism of the INFPs. What do you think?

    Dan and Jeff,
    As an INTJ, in relation to church, I find myself asking, “Does it work?” For the most part, the answer is, not really. I am assuming there is a similar analysis from an ENTJ.

    Also, it is no surprise that INTP, Brother Maynard is doing the heavy lifting in standardizing the definition and usage of the term missional.

    robby,
    That may be true of institutions, but you are already a leader in leading from the margins, which makes you a leader in leading the way as an example of leadership in the church (not just the institution), which isn’t CEO-style leadership, but the kind of empowering, catalyzing leadership that the church really needs.

  10. Grace, you said exactly what I was thinking – the emerging thing and the idealist in us INFP’s – probably makes us prone to complaining, lol – but we’re introverts so we don’t complain “out loud” in real life – we have our blogs for that.

  11. Just imagine the discussions, idea exploration, dreaming, and feedback that WOULDN’T happen if all of the introverts had to get together at the same time IRL! Perish the thought!

    I love that the blogosphere provides a relatively safe place for all of this to happen.

  12. I actually think there is a HUGE and perilous misunderstanding the introverts are always shy and don’t really share their thoughts or talk much. There are lots of us social introverts who you will find being the most talkative ones in a group. The larger the group, the more many of us will start to get overstimulated after awhile and the longer the conversation goes on, the more we will tend to get quiet over time but that’s so we can process what’s going on – -give it a bit more time and we’ll start talking again.

    So don’t assume that all introverts are active in blogs because we don’t outlet our thoughts in real life – – many of us have friends that get to hear all our stuff twice LOL

  13. yes, I’m opinionated ;) but my “type” of INTJ is only opinionated about what we believe we know. I’m strongly outspoken about those things which I have confidence…which is different from others who tend to have vocal opinions about everything.

    This also applies to my perfectionism. I’m only a perfectionist about things that matter. Things that improve efficiency for example. Which is how I can be a perfectionist but not have an immaculate house 24-7.

  14. Mak – I think what you said is true. An introvert isn’t a person who is shy, per se, but a person who a)needs time to thoroughly process their thoughts and feelings and b)is energized by this processing.

    As opposed to an extrovert who is more likely to think on the fly and be energized by being with people.

    I know all introverts have people who they talk with a great deal; and who are the “life of the party” or the most conversational one in a group setting. The difference is an innie will become emotionally and mentally exhausted much faster than an outie.

    And I thought I was the only perfectionist who didn’t have an immaculate house, LOL.

  15. All by myself :-(

    Very interesting! Thanks for posting it, Grace.

    And I am not a perfectionist, so I have every excuse to have a messy house. Now I need to convince my husband that it’s because of my personality type, not because I’m lazy…. :-D

  16. I took the test when you first posted your results, but never got around to sharing mine. ENFP, which probably doesn’t surprise people who have read my blog or who know me IRL.

    The multiple intelligences thing that’s on that page, too, is also quite accurate. As if there was any question that I tend toward musical… ;)

  17. erin,
    True, but I wouldn’t call it complaining. :)

    mary,
    I agree that for introverts especially, blogging provides the time, space, and sometimes solitude needed to process thoughts and ideas.

    makeesha,
    That is also true, and I think we have to be careful not to stereotype within the groups. For example, just with the aspect of introversion, there is a broad spectrum of how that is expressed in the individual.
    Even within our specific categories, we will find that each person is a unique expression of that personality type.
    INTJs tend to “know what they know” and as you said, those are the things upon which we would take a strong stance. And really, what would be the point of being opinionated about something we don’t “know.”

    erin,
    Sometimes perfectionism is a hindrance to house cleaning because if you don’t have time to do it “right”, why bother doing it at all. Not that I would know this. ;)

    Heather,
    I enjoyed reading about ESTPs. They are very “live in the moment” people. It made me wonder which other people I know IRL are ESTPs.

    Steve,
    ENFP makes sense for you. I believe my previous comments about ENFPs as a new type of leadership in the church would apply to you also.

  18. WOOOHOOOOOO I’m the first ISTP ;) This is always fun for me to take these…being bipolar it tends to change depending on my mood ;)

  19. Wow … I had a sex change and a name change and a whole lot more …

    I am only joking, the link you have for me; goes to someelse else … maybe that is part of my personality as well ..

    hmmmmm

  20. Carrie,
    I have you down as an ISTP. No changing your mind! ;)

    Jeff,
    Sorry about that. It’s fixed. Thanks for letting me know.

  21. hmm- on the “shy introverts” thing. I think there may be more of an issue for INFs than for others. Not only are we reserved, but we are very aware of the feelings of others (the whole NF empathy thing). We don’t want to offend, talk over people, or get into conflicts.

    anyway – I’m supposed to add my hubby to the list here. Mike (http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com) is an INTJ.

  22. Grace:

    You didn’t have to fix it; but thanks. I thought it was kinda funny when I clicked and it went elsewhere :)

    Have a good week.

  23. Being the quiet, shy, retiring type that I am…I’ve had to force myself to respond to this post. =8->

    But it was worth it.

  24. Julie,
    What I find interesting is realizing the different approaches each personality takes to the emerging conversation specifically.

    Jeff, No problem.

    Bill, dream on! :)

  25. I sincerely apologize if I’ve insinuated that introverts are shy wall flowers who have nothing to say.

    In my experience, when I’ve been around my other introverted friends in larger groups, we tend to say less because we’re thinking about the conversation and our own thoughts about it and then generally have less air time to share our thoughts. When a lot of introverts are there, there can be be a lot of gaps in conversation where it gets REALLY quiet as we process our thoughts.

    That being said, I used to be a wall flower, though I always had plenty to say in one-on-one conversations. In large groups, however, I was always about 10 minutes behind the conversation because of my internal processing, so it looked like I didn’t have opinions on anything.

    Again, I apologize.

  26. Mary – I hope none of us made you feel like we thought you were wrong…everything just just said is true, too. We’re all just making observations, here.

    Really what I guard against is the outies that want to label us innies as shy just because we aren’t AlWAYS outspoken – oh, except Makeesha, of course ;-)

    It’s so encouraging to me that there are others who understand.

  27. no need to apologize Mary :) I was just contributing to the conversation, not correcting you.

    There are actually lots of introverts who are much more quiet for the very reasons you commented on Mary. I just happen to not be one of them…as Erin so BLUNTLY put it ;) LOL

    This came to light for me again at a conference I attended recently. The emcee for the talk that night had everyone turn to another person and share what we were taking home with us – – I turned to the person sitting next to me (who I know) and said, “see, this is very difficult for us introverts, we need some time to process things like this – an impromptu ‘tell us what you think’ can be almost impossible”.

    But because I’m social and don’t mind being in the spotlight and have lots of “speaking” experience being a pastor/leader, I do ok in those situations. But ask me that same question after 15 minutes of silent reflection and I’ll have much more to say.

    I also have noticed that many of us social introverts can shut a conversation down. We’ll sit there and listen and process for awhile and then wax eloquent for 5 minutes and pretty much just say everything everyone else was going to say. It’s hard not to do that. hehe

  28. Thanks Erin and Makeesha,

    I appreciate your comments. I agree that it’s nice to have others who understand. I laughed at your conference example, Makeesha. I hate those say-what-you-think-NOW kind of situations. My mind goes blank and I feel the PRESSURE to have an immediate opinion.

  29. Wow, Grace this is really great,

    Thank you! This was so interesting! And thanks for the link. If anyone that reads here would like to check out my “Christian” blog they are welcome. I just don’t publicize it too much but would love to get to know some new bloggers and plan to check out some of the peeps you have listed here!

    Prodigal Daughter:
    http://barbara007.typepad.com/prodigal_daughter/

  30. Makeesha – You said it yourself…I was just affirming you, hehe.

    Anyhow, I totally love your examples, the conference and the social setting – they are so true. I do not think on the fly well…when put on the spot, I often end up either saying something stupid just to say something, or putting my foot in my mouth because I haven’t fully processed the information yet. This is why I love blogs and e-mail.

  31. Grace:

    My blog “got lost” because of my personality and some people not too happy about what was on my early rambling about the emergent.

    It came out of the heated Pastor / Emergent conference I attended in Nashville.

    Alright, some one join me up at the top :)

  32. I scored INTP with 100% on the I.

    I’ll have to come back later to read all these great comments. I’m on my way to Boy Scout event where I will probably only speak to my husband and children, although we have been with this troop for 4+ years and my husband is the Assistant Scout Master. Most of them don’t even know me. Talk about your I!

  33. One more thing.. an observation… Having spent quite a bit of time in the Meyers-Briggs text over the years, I tend to notice when bloggers list their temperament.

    According to the Meyers-Briggs text (“Please Understand Me”), the INTJ category applies to about 1% of the population. Yet among bloggers, especially “emerging” types, I’ve noticed a much larger sample of INTJs – perhaps 10% or more.

    Erin’s survey seems to validate my observations – with 13% so far. Not sure if this means anything :-)

  34. John, that was a real “wow” moment for me when I realized that us INTJ’s make up a very small percentage of the general population (probably why we are constantly frustrated with not being understood hehe) but I see INTJ bloggers all over the place.

  35. Thanks again for the kudos. I love this emerging community (to pile on more emergence).

    “This is the kind of leadership the church needs.”

    My first impression, like RobbyMac, is that this is not the kind of leadership the church wants. The church does not want (for whatever strange reason) true equippers. They want someone to faithfully spin the plates while they watch the show.

    The hope, amidst this dark IC cloud, is that God is faithfully growing his kingdom work despite our best attempts to control, quantify, and bottle his Spirit. Which is basically what he’s been doing for all history.

    :-) That’s the silver lining.

  36. wow I used to be an infp… but tested as an intp… which makes sense….

    and what you guys are saying about not being able to not put your foot in your mouth until you’ve thought about it… YES!!!!!!!!!

    wow. I don’t feel so alone anymore!!!

    (another girl INTP)

  37. What about the ENFJ? I border between the ENTJ and the ENFJ, but I didn’t see you even list the ENFJ category? Do I not even exist? Hmm…thanks for a reminder at the diversity of the body. Bless you!

  38. daisymarie,
    I think we do change over time. I am becoming more E as I get older.

    Alan,
    You join a great group of guys. I found it interesting that so many (not all) of my favorite male bloggers were in this category.

    Barbara,
    Thank you for the other link. I will add it to my blogroll.

    Mary, Makeesha, and Erin,
    Interesting conversation!

    jeff,
    That is one of the advantages of blogging anonymously.
    It looks like you’re going to have to rule the world alone. ;)

    steve,
    You’re in good company.

    joy,
    I was surprised at how extemely “I” many of the bloggers results were.

    barry,
    There are quite a few highly musical people in the results that I’ve seen.

    John,
    It’s nice to meet you. I recognize your name from the wikiklesia project. I am also surprised that there are so many INTJs represented. Also, the extreme percentage of N’s in comparison to S’s is interesting. I don’t know what that percentage is like in the general population.

    Jeff,
    I had this discussion with some friends tonight. It is a bit of a codependent relationship between leaders who want to control and believers who prefer to be passive.
    We have created the type of church we wanted. Now where was that silver lining?

    ronni,
    It’s nice to see a couple more INTPs added to the list today.

    BJ,
    As you can see, the ENFJ’s were added to the list today. I know this type well, since that is what my husband is.

    susan,
    Gotcha. It’s nice to meet you.

    Amber,
    I think this is a great personality type, and like the ENFP’s, I would consider it to be the kind of serving, empowering leadership that we should see in the church.

    In real life, my husband is always helping/teaching someone. When he was younger, he taught lots of kids how to ski. Over the years, he has helped quite a few people start their own business in our field (I wish we got royalties). These qualities are wonderful in parenting as he just naturally teaches, mentors, and encourages.

    In the church, there were times he was able to function in his gifting, particularly in teaching and ministry training. Sometimes though, he was stifled, devalued, and under-appreciated in this area.

  39. ACK!! It’s been blogged ~ my bipolar cannot override it ;) Thanks for posting me Grace, you’re a doll…I love reading about all the different people and then you go and read their blog and you can SEE that they fit their personality thingy…

  40. I truly hate personality tests. For what it’s worth, I’m an ENFP. Of course, I have some friends who would probably put some other letters in there to describe me!

    Did I overlook what you were? Hope all is well…peace. f

  41. Grace:

    Yah, with my name; my blog is anything but “private” and I have had numerous people take shots at me and fire emails to my sp and board about what i have wriitten ..

  42. I’m an INTJ.

    What’s interesting to me is that in one of the descriptions it notes INTJs are apt to reject religion. Seems there’s a few more than the 2.0% average represented here.

  43. An ENFP who struggles with shyness….that sounds a nonsense too, but is why blogging works so well. Lots of friends when I want them, people to energise me, to spark my ideas – but safely removed from face to face, so that I don’t have to be self conscious.
    Interestingly, it seems that in the UK the huge bulk of ministers are I -so always working outside their comfort zone to some extent. Explains alot…

  44. FOR INFO SAKE

    I think that the best book and almost a “must read” book to go with this test is a book called:

    Please Understand Me: Charachter & Temperment Types by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates

  45. I’m an INFJ – am I the only one out there ? I’m still working out what it means :)

    I’ve just recently started reading your blog. Thank you for your posts. I’ll be back :)

  46. Grace, I know I’m a little late, but if you’re updating your lists again, I would love to be added. I’m an ENFP and my wife is the complete opposite! She’s an ISTJ. We spent the morning wondering what we got ourselves into.
    My address is http://scochenour.wordpress.com
    and hers is
    http://mrscochenour.blogspot.com
    (sorry, I don’t know the code for the hyperlinking stuff.)

    great topic. it’s great to see how the body comes together.

    -steve

  47. Okay,
    I did final updates on Wednesday, but blogger ate them. So I did them again today.

    Malegra,
    It is interesting to see which types are more rare.

    Carrie,
    Yes you’re stuck! :)
    and
    Ronni,
    You are moved.

    Fr’nklin, Kathryn, and Steve,
    It is interesting that so many of the ENFP’s are or have been involved in ministry as pastors.

    Patrick,
    I wonder if there is a larger % of INTJ’s because the emerging conversation looks at how church and religion is working.

    Jeff,
    Thanks for the book recommend.

    Deirdre,
    Apparently that is the rarest type. You are special! Nice to meet you.

    Steve,
    So it must be true that opposites attract. That can be a good thing, especially when you’re aware of it.

    Jake,
    Nice to meet you. Good luck in seminary.

    Jonathan,
    You join a great group of ENFPs. I’ve been enjoying your blog.

    Anyone else, feel free to leave your results in the comments. There will be no further updates to the list.

  48. Hey Grace…I finally took it, too…and I’m an Advocate (forgot the initials already, lol…too lazy to look back at the page).

    I’ll post it this w/e.

  49. I see that the roundup ended before I discovered your post. In any case, I am an ISFJ and was surprised that there were no bloggers of that type on your list. Thanks for the link for this online personality test. It was better than most I’ve seen on the web. Here’s the link to my profile: eclexia.mypersonality.info

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