ENFJ – the classic type for my profession.
In previous testing I’ve always been an extremely strong T … this time I’m an comparatively strong F. In previous years I’ve not found it difficult at all to speak my mind, gently disagreeing with people at great length, explaining rather than listening, not listening much, moving into high conflict work settings and reorganizing them for smooth “flywheel” flow, and fascinated with new ideas. Innovator/entrepreneur/CEO type. Lecture/teacher.
I’ve always had to try to appear more “F” than I am. Fake it till you make it, perhaps … and now I am “F”. Last night I experienced this as somewhat of a loss of my younger identity … while coming to agree that it feels like the truth now.
Wondering if this would be due to a variety of factors … a hellacious year during COVID, upcoming retirement, concern over health issues, stress, and some emotional trials and tribulations. Perhaps this has caused my emotional self to step up and deal with my stress.
The DISC seems to agree … “I” – where did all these emotions come from?
Connection to writing: while I have written 5 novels, most of my writing and teaching is Learner/Strategic – helpful pieces of nonfiction to solve problems in the lives of readers. A variety of book length projects, but it also easily lends itself to blogging (TLDR/TLDW)
So I’m buckling my seat belt – this will be quite a ride of discovery.
(I should say that I am very familiar with the Jungian types, loved and used them for decades.)
Becca Syme11 Days Ago
If it helps at all, it’s quite common for very high Strategic to test as “Feeling” on the Jungian scales because of the higher preference for jumping into things before there’s enough data to “prove” that the jumping in will work. Especially Learner/Strategic. Jump in now, figure things out as we go. That’s sort of a common Lea/Strat team. So if that’s what the Jung is picking up (the intuition of the Strategic, and the “everything’s connected” of Connectedness), then I would say, it might not be as much about “emotion” as it is about a level of capacity for feeling your way through things. With the Jung letters, it can be harder to tell, so I always look to Strengths for that answer. If it helps at all, we’re going to talk about a metaphor in a couple of lectures that I think will be really helpful for this (the snow globe). So let’s make some notes here, and then see how you feel in a few days, about those letters.
(Also, I’m high F and low Empathy. Lots of green, thinking Strengths, but definitely not a T in the Jung because I rarely need to objectively understand before I do things. Hence my constant, “wait and see” attitude. lol. Hopefully that helps!)
My wife is an extreme “F” so we had quite a giggle last night about my “coming over to the dark side.” Since our relationship began 10 years ago, we’ve often laughed about how I started “having feelings” once she came into my life. (Most typically, imagining throwing large pieces of furniture through large windows. Just in my imagination.) So it was great to let her know that I had apparently finally surrendered and become “tenderized.”
As the class continues, I guess I’ll develop a deeper understanding of how F relates to Learner/Strategic, and other nuances of the CS. For now it’s enough to allow me to accept that all the feelings I’ve been struggling with might be legitimate (reflecting the protests of my real self) rather than interference with my achieving my goals.
My oldest son was the valedictorian of his high school class – and an extremely strong S, T and J. (He’s now an investment banker.)
N can have a lot to do with big picture ideas and meaning. Symbols, metaphor, meaningful imagery. My son was literally unable to write a poem to pass his English class. He had to have his best friend to write one for him.
Just a story, of course. But it’s helped me with these preferences.
MY STRATEGY: (Application)
What gets my attention?
Do I understand the need or problem?
Do I understand the potential solution?
Do I understand how to apply that strategy?
What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?
Who needs to hear this?
What do I do next?
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