As stated in a previous post, I am spending winter term (January-March for those of you with normal college schedules) living at home, so without the need to study or take classes I have a lot of free time on my hands. And after taking classes for five terms in a row, free time is not something I’m accustomed to and I suspect I’m spending it ineffectively.
For instance, the other day I just laid in bed and watched the entire 18th season of Law and Order: SVU. Which is a complete waste of time because everyone knows the show went downhill after the Season 12 finale, the episode in which Detective Stabler makes his final appearance.
Recently I went up to Dartmouth for a job interview and my gut reaction is that my job prospects are full of ambiguity, much like a professor’s email or the future of our nation.
(I also have to mention here that the best thing about going to a small college is that if you only have 12 hours to see all of your friends, you can just visit the library at around 4pm during midterms — the most opportune location for friendly run-ins and long, procrastinate talks over objectively bad coffee.)
I still get a lot of questions about what, exactly, am I doing with my off-term. Surprise: I still don’t know. I feel like I’m in some kind of weird purgatory straight out of Dante’s Inferno. My confusion is also evidenced by the fact that I currently have so many tabs open in Google Chrome that I can’t even see what they are anymore. I’m trying to figure out my future and my brain is just a jumbled mess of open tabs.
But as my post title suggests, I DO know my Myers-Briggs Personality Type. In my mind, the great thing about knowing your own type is that it answers a lot of questions you probably didn’t even know you had; questions about the way you perceive others, make decisions, react to situations, etc. I remember taking the test sometime in high school and then again in college and being surprised by the change in my Type: life is such an emotional rollercoaster, friends.
And if you learn other people’s types, you can figure out the best way to relate to them. Just a different way to gain some perspective. (You should take the quiz yourself if you haven’t already. I like this website because it gives you an actual spectrum and in-depth description of your personality at the end.) There’s just something about the use of technology to conduct widespread categorization of human beings that really thrills me.
Obviously, not every description of your Type will match you perfectly, because there are infinite deviations of personality type (don’t look it up, I did the math) but there is also a lot of accuracy in Type. You want to feel like you don’t fit a particular mold, but sometimes the Myers-Briggs shoe fits and we have to live with the fact that we are a textbook-case, risk-prone, impatient, insensitive ESTP.
I could tell you that I’m very confused about where my life is going and personality tests are my only source of surety in the world, but I think that’s pretty obvious from the title.
tl;dr: my name is Emma, and I’m an ESTP — comment your Myers-Briggs Personality Type below so I can judge you, too!