According to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, I am classified as an ESFJ—Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. I scored 56% on extravert—being outgoing, loud, non-secretive. I prefer to sense things rather than trusting my intuition by only 12%. I scored highest on the feeling over thinking category with 62% towards feeling. There was only an 11% difference between judging vs. perceiving. “Guardians of birthdays, holidays and celebrations, ESFJs are generous entertainers. They enjoy and joyfully observe traditions and are liberal in giving, especially where custom prescribes. All else being equal, ESFJs enjoy being in charge. They see problems clearly and delegate easily, work hard and play with zest. ESFJs, as do most SJs, bear strong allegiance to rights of seniority. They willingly provide service (which embodies life’s meaning) and expect the same from others.” (Joe Butt, Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging). I first heard about the test about a year ago when my sister had to take it for her work, so I had a decent guess of what my results would be, if I ever got the chance to take the test. I pegged myself pretty well. The only thing that really did surprise me though, were the numbers of how strong/weak I was in each field. After finishing the test, I reviewed the article about the most common careers for ESFJs. It states; “ESFJs often find themselves in occupations that either involve a lot of direct interaction with other people (e.g. clients, other staff members) or involve responsibility for critical tasks (e.g. require thorough attention or may have serious consequences), or both” (Career Choices For Your Life). Ever since I was little I have wanted to study zoology in college.
The description of an ESFJ’s career is somewhat accurate to my dream career of being a zoologist. I will not have direct interaction with people as much as I will with animals. One of the responsibilities of a zoologist is to assess the dietary needs of the animals—planning what a tiger eats for dinner is a critical task that could very well have serious and even fatal consequences. The results of my test fueled my drive to master zoology throughout my college career. These types of tests are always very interesting to me, I love learning new things about myself, and how I process information. The combined knowledge of the results of every test—personality, learning style, etc.—will help me to become more successful in life. Also, knowing how I learn and process information helps me understand that other people mightlearn differently than I do. Being able to comprehend my learning and personality styles at such an early age will give me more time to learn ways to teach, understand, and work with others who have a different style than I do. One of the most interesting things I learned by taking this test, was finding out the famous people who were ESFJs too, I had no clue that Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt were ESFJs! Knowing that these inspirational people understood things the same way that I do enlightens me to know that I too can be as big of an inspiration as they were.
Butt, Joe. “Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging.” 16 October 2009. typelogic.com. Article. 7 August 2013. “Career Choices For You.” n.d. www.humanmetrics.com. Article. 7 August 2013.