Monday, March 2, 2009

the guardian

painting by Macy Awad

Tim recently posted his personality type according to the Myers-Briggs test. I remember doing this on journalspace a few years back, so I tried it again.

I'm ESTJ, or Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging.

ESTJ, The Guardian

General traits:

ESTJs live in a world of facts and concrete needs. They live in the present, with their eye constantly scanning their personal environment to make sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically. They honor traditions and laws, and have a clear set of standards and beliefs. They expect the same of others, and have no patience or understanding of individuals who do not value these systems. They value competence and efficiency, and like to see quick results for their efforts.

ESTJs are take-charge people. They have such a clear vision of the way that things should be, that they naturally step into leadership roles. They are self-confident and aggressive. They are extremely talented at devising systems and plans for action, and at being able to see what steps need to be taken to complete a specific task. They can sometimes be very demanding and critical, because they have such strongly held beliefs, and are likely to express themselves without reserve if they feel someone isn't meeting their standards. But at least their expressions can be taken at face-value, because the ESTJ is extremely straight-forward and honest.

More on ESTJs:

- Natural leaders - they like to be in charge
- Value security and tradition
- Loyal
- Hard-working and dependable
- Athletic and wholesome
- Have a clear set of standards and beliefs which they live by
- No patience with incompetence or inefficiency
- Excellent organizational abilities
- Enjoy creating order and structure
- Very thorough
- Will follow projects through to completion
- Straight-forward and honest
- Driven to fulfill their duties

Possible Career Paths for the ESTJ:

- Military leaders
- Business Administrators and Managers
- Police / Detective work
- Judges
- Financial Officers
- Teachers
- Sales Representatives

ESTJs as Lovers

Sexually, the ESTJ is likely to be robust, enthusiastic, and athletic. They will tend to be traditional, and to expect sexual encounters on a relatively scheduled basis. They're likely to approach intimacy as a physical experience of closeness, rather than as an opportunity to express and receive expressions of love and affection. The ESTJ will probably have to work on remembering to express their feelings verbally, but their mate's appreciation will make it well worth it for those who do.

Some things to watch for

In many ways, ESTJs are Guardians and Protectors by nature. They enjoy shielding and protecting their families, and are usually quite good at it. Their partners will appreciate and enjoy the benefits of the ESTJ's efforts in this respect, but they may also resent the more controlling aspects of the ESTJ's personality, which goes along with their strong desire to shield their loved-ones. The ESTJ may consider it their duty to instruct their spouses how to behave or what attitude to take in certain situations, which may not be appreciated.

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Take your test here and post the results, if you like.

Happy Monday!


  1. Cool. That was interesting, I'll do it tonight when I get home. Time for the shower and get ready for work now. Ciao.

  2. This should be interesting!! I'm almost afraid to take it!

  3. I'll have to take a poke at it...

    We are like one little family aren't we?

    I mean all of us from Jayess.

  4. Weird, I saw some similarities in our traits as I read yours. I also didn't know there was a sexuality explanation part? And you found a free test? Wow!

    I had to pay for my test, which I took at a university and it had at least 200 questions and it took me over an hour to take. Then, they had to send it off to be scored. It took two weeks to get my score back.

  5. Ooh I need to do that sometime when I have a little more time. That painting of the tree is amazing.

    I hope you have a great week *hugs*

  6. I love this painting! In fact I'm just getting ready to take some more time off and do some of my own.

    Just got my new acrylics Saturday, and found my brushed in a small box in my storage closet, and have some new canvases waiting to be painted on!

  7. oops that's supposed to say "brushes" instead of brushed. sorry.

  8. Well I did the test, seems I am an 'INFJ'.
    I can see a lot in there that is me. A very interesting test to take. What it means? Who knows.

    Excellent use of colour in the painting. I love it.

  9. yup....another keeper. got it bookmarked and will take it tomorrow night. interesting, very interesting!:)

  10. Mum,

    I'm a ENFP: Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Percieving. AKA "the champion"

    General: ENFPs are both "idea"-people and "people"-people, who see everyone and everything as part of an often bizarre cosmic whole. They want to both help (at least, their own definition of "help") and be liked and admired by other people, on bo th an individual and a humanitarian level. They are interested in new ideas on principle, but ultimately discard most of them for one reason or another.

    Social/Personal Relationships: ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate them to the more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality. They are outgoing, fun, and genuinely like people. As SOs/mates they are warm, affectionate (l ots of PDA), and disconcertingly spontaneous. However, attention span in relationships can be short; ENFPs are easily intrigued and distracted by new friends and acquaintances, forgetting about the older ones for long stretches at a time. Less mature ENFPs may need to feel they are the center of attention all the time, to reassure them that everyone thinks they're a wonderful and fascinating person.

    ENFPs often have strong, if unconvential, convictions on various issues related to their Cosmic View. They usually try to use their social skills and contacts to persuade people gently of the rightness of these views; his sometimes results in their negle cting their nearest and dearest while flitting around trying to save the world.
    Work Environment: ENFPs are pleasant, easygoing, and usually fun to work with. They come up with great ideas, and are a major asset in brainstorming sessions. Followthrough tends to be a problem, however; they tend to get bored quickly, especially if a newer, more interesting project comes along. They also tend to be procrastinators, both about meeting hard deadlines and about performing any small, uninteresting tasks that they've been assigned. ENFPs are at their most useful when working in a group w ith a J or two to take up the slack.

    ENFPs hate bureaucracy, both in principle and in practice; they will always make a point of launching one of their crusades against some aspect of it.

  11. BTW love the new profile pic. You have a beautiful shaped face and chin.

  12. Yes, Kate, lovely picture. Very, well, delicious. Sorry, that's the only word that comes to mind. lol :)

  13. Thanks Lou!
    Shannon - it's fadcinating. I'd like to see what yours is due to your organiztional and people skills!

    Bobby - we're very much like a family!

    Tim - too bad you had to pay. I've seen these online for at least four years.

    Judy - I'd love to learn how to paint. Will you post yours?

    DD - interesting!

    Ramsey - I'll look for it.

    Jamie - that sounds like you! Love you.

    Christine - I sent you an email and still can't read you :(

    Thanks Lou! You too Tim. I like that one too - sorta mysterious, lol.