I'm a Dreamer Through and Through

Friday, October 17, 2008

Today I was reading Jennifer's blog, Pink Heels. What a great blog--I've been reading it ever since City Girl Lifestyle posted a link on her old beauty blog. Jennifer mentioned a well-known personality test. I haven't taken this test in about 15 years, and I decided to take it again. It is by Carl Jung, based on the research of the popular theorists Myers and Briggs.

15 years later, the results came out exactly the same: I am an INFP. I'm not surprised in the least. I know "me" very well and the results are really quite accurate:

INFP - The "Dreamer"

INFPs are introspective, private, creative and highly idealistic individuals that have a constant desire to be on a meaningful path. They are driven by their values and seek peace. Empathetic and compassionate, they want to help others and humanity as a whole. INFPs are imaginitive, artistic and often have a talent for language and writing. They can also be described as easygoing, selfless, guarded, adaptable, patient and loyal.



That basically sums me up in a nutshell. What I find interesting is that the two closest adults in my life--my mom and my husband are my complete opposites. They are not artistic and are very logical, methodical thinkers. They do very well with numbers and see things more as black or white, whereas when I think, it is as if my mind is jumping from idea to idea picturing everything in detail, and colorfully in my head. 

I am emotional. I make decisions based upon my feelings and intution, often without thinking things through logically on paper. That is why I drive Tom crazy sometimes. We might be sitting on the sofa and I will get some "silly" idea in my head that I just have to write down in my silly idea book...If I don't write it down, I am so scatterbrained that I just might forget that idea. I really am a dreamer, though. I believe in the possibilities and the wonders of our dreams.

 This test also brings me to the notion of being right brained vs. left brained. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this concept, there are 2 hemispheres of the brain which represent different ways of thinking. The left is more logical, mathematical, organized, scientific, etc. The right side is artistic, visual, intuitive, etc. When I was in 10th grade, I had a very difficult time with biology class. I struggled as I listened and tried to understand and take notes at the same time. I could hear the teacher talking, but couldn't grasp it. On the other hand, I was breezing through foreign languages, writing, music, and any subject where I could be artistic, creative, and colorful in general.

A wonderful teacher sat down with me because he knew I had the capacity to learn science, but that I needed to go about it differently. He did something called mind mapping and tested the way I learned. I was 70% right brained to 30% left brained. Sitting in class and listening to a teacher read from a book without colorful pictures or music or something "outside the norm" really hindered my ability to grasp the concepts. I was taught a different way of notetaking--using markers, drawing clouds and arrows, pictures, etc. to translate what was being said in class. All of a sudden I could visualize the concepts and understand them.


I know this is post is a bit off topic, but I am thinking many of us creative types have similar learning styles. I think that we are often drawn to someone who is our opposite because we need that logic and practicality to balance us out.

Take a few minutes and take the test...See what it says about you. Any surprises?

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