I’m taking Spiritual Formation for Ministry this semester. One of the assignments for the course is to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Mandy has been dying for me to take the MBTI since I brought it home. I decided to take it tonight. I had taken the MBTI when I was a freshman in college. At that point I scored as an ESFJ – Extroverted Sensing Feeling Judging type.
I figured, given some of my experiences since my freshman year of college, that I would be different now. I was correct. After completing the instrument this evening I scored as an ENTJ – Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging type. Most interestingly I have switched from sensing to intuitive, and from feeling to thinking. This doesn’t surprise me too much, but I do find it interesting. Although I could never see myself as a corporate executive (the stereotypical career for ENTJs), I do see where I line up very well with the strengths and weaknesses of this type.
I also found something else that I find extremely interesting. You will, of course, remember that I have been wondering about my future, whether I should get a PhD, whether I am truly called, long term, to be a youth pastor, etc. So, what is the first thing that I do after reading the standard portrait for the ENTJ? I look at careers for my old type, ESFJ. Sure enough! One of the careers is “Clergy or other religious work.” Fascinating. So, I click over to the careers for my new type. Guess what! No clergy. But guess what is on the list? That’s right:
Now, I’m not planning on basing things on a personality test. There are all kinds of warnings, all over the test itself, and all the various websites, about making rash decisions based on a personality type. Nevertheless, I do find this extremely interesting.