Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

This test was brought to my attention by a blogger I follow and interestingly enough ties in with my previous post on self perceptions.  The Myers-Briggs type indicator test ” is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions” (Source Wikipedia)

There are sixteen possible outcomes for the test, and I happen to come out as and ESFJ.  This is called a Caregiver Guardian.  Here is a link to a description of what I am supposed to be like according to research.

According to Wikipedia (the source of all solid, completely truthful information) if I were an American the category I fall into is a rather popular one.  A brief overview gives the impression that I:

  • am a people person
  • take my responsibilities seriously
  • bring out the best in others and make them feel good about themselves
  • am hurt by indifference
  • require approval of my actions
  • gain great personal satisfaction from helping others
  • really care about other people
  • am strongly task orientated
  • want to control my external environment
  • am quite masculine, with a hidden sensitive side
  • am very good at reading people

All in all, I would say this is pretty much bang on.  There are inclinations to be a manipulator, and that is something I abhor so I do not identify with that title.  All in all, it is pretty accurate.  What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Why? Answers on a SAE to my blog or personal email.

I have an ex girlfriend who I used to call Angel. That was her name and I only called her that. In return she used to call me her Guardian. Years later it appears this little test agrees with her. How fascinating.


Dove Beauty Sketches and Love Yourself

This is incredible. It really makes you think about your own personal perceptions of yourself. I am not sure if this classes as body dysmorphia or not, but to me it certainly shows how people are harsher on themselves than need be.

Though this advert (and that is what this ultimately is, an advert with a moral behind it) does depict women, this is an issue which is applicable to men also. We are all harsher on ourselves than we should be. If we all loved ourselves a little more, we would probably love the world we live in just a little bit more.

We can blame the societal need to conform to magazine covers (have you seen how insanely ripped the men are on the cover of Mens Health). Or look at this recent shoot by David Gandy for Dolce and Gabbana

We can blame parents, we can blame stereotypes, we can blame mass media, we can assign the blame to too many places. Ultimately, it comes down to us. We must love ourselves unconditionally. I know today I will certainly be trying harder to love myself. I don’t always like who I see looking back at me in the mirror, but some things you cannot change, so you must accept, and love yourself for your “faults”. They make you the unique and incredible person you are.

Hope everyone has a lovely day. Here is some love from me to you. Take every hour on the hour to remind you that someone loves you, even if it is just some weirdo spouting off on his little blog in the vastness of the Internet.