Thursday, February 22, 2007

Before going away with SALT we did the MBTI personality test at orientation. I enjoy this kind of thing, but I usually take a long time filling them out and deciding on the answers. Which probably says a lot about me right there. I found the results of this test to be very accurate, and as it turns out I am quite clearly an INFP (Introvert iNtuitive Feeler Perceiver). Upon doing a little more research recently, I have discovered that the profiles very nearly descirbe me perfectly. And so I thought it would be fun to share what I learned about INFP's, and therefore myself.

*Tend to be idealistic and romantically-minded
*Value their privacy
*Need time and space for reflecting
*Must balance their need for privacy with their yearning for human connection
*Are quiet, creative, perceptive
*Often strike others as shy, reserved, even cold
*Are sometimes withdrawn and hard to get to know
*Those who do get to know them find them warm and gentle with a surprising sense of humour
*Have a rare capacity for deep caring and commitment to both the people and causes they idealize
*Others usually get along well with them, but may not know them intimately
*Are laid-back, felxible and adaptable to changes and new ideas
*Work well with others, being concious of other's feelings and ideas, relating well, though not always vocally
*Are good listeners
*Are non-conforming, resist being labeled, and sometimes feel driven to do things to shake the way others view them
*Tend to procrastinate
*Have high standards and are perfectionists
*Are often reserved about expressing their inner-most feelings, and keep them guarded and safe from attack and ridicule. Only a few close confidants are permitted entrance into this domain
*Do not care so much about how many friends they have, but rather about the quaility, authenticity and depth of their friendships
*Care deeply for those they consider special friends
*Appear to be tranquil and peaceful and to others, with simple desires, but internally, feel their life intensely
*Often have a subtle, tragic motif running through their lives - inner pain and unease which others seldom detect
*Are genuinely interested in understanding people
*Need to receive praise and positive affirmation
*Guide their behaviour by a strong inner sense of values, rather than by conventional logic and reason
*Know what is important to them
*Will go along with the crowd, even letting decisions be made for them, until someone violates their value system
*Have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything
*Work well alone and are faithful to their duties and obligations
*Enjoy variety in whatever they do
*Tend to take on too many things, starting them all but not always finishing
*Can be extremely patient with complicated issues, but may become impatient with routine and details
*Have a hard time criticizing others
*Are sensitive to others, sometimes at the cost of being direct
*Strive for harmony and dislike conflict
*Avoid dealing with conflict directly and would rather wait for others to work it out themselves
*Never seem to lose their sense of wonder. It is as if they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life
*Have a gift with language, and and are often talented writers
*May be uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Yesterday I bought myself my very own computer - a MacBook. While I'm not hugely into computers, I must say it's pretty exciting. It's all white and new and shiny. Also exciting is the fact that it has a built in camera, and these are some pictures I have taken while playing around with it.