Wednesday, February 6, 2008

More About My Personality

So I was looking around the internet for more information about these personality types. Specifically, I was looking for information about my husband's since he did the little quiz too. It seems that even the personality quiz thinks we are complete opposites. What I found, however, didn't help me in the least. I couldn't understand anything it said about him and his way of thinking...it was just as confusing as living with him can be. It just goes to show how opposite we are when I can't even understand something that is suppose to be explaining him to me.

What I found on my own ENFP personality made me laugh though. Anyone who knows me, especially my husband, will understand how completely true this quote is:

They come up with great ideas, and are a major asset in brainstorming sessions. Followthrough tends to be a problem, however; they tend to get bored quickly, especially if a newer, more interesting project comes along. They also tend to be procrastinators, both about meeting hard deadlines and about performing any small, uninteresting tasks that they've been assigned


I'm surrounded by unfinished projects! I could design a tour of my home around unfinished projects. I've found that if I can't finish a larger project within 3 days, it just isn't going to get done. This is true whether it is painting a room, organizing and decluttering a space, or crocheting an afghan. Because of this, you can almost view my tendency to hyperfocus as a positive thing. Yes, I may neglect everything else in my life while I'm hyperfocusing, but at least the substained, focused attention to my project at hand gives it a chance at being finished within in the time limit set by my ability to maintain interest in the project.

I know this about myself and I'm trying to get myself to finish projects. I see this or that lying around undone and I feel bad about it. I see a pile of clutter sitting here or there, the result of a larger project, and I hate it. I want that project done. I want the pile, the mess, the clutter cleared out. But, for me, it isn't as easy to do as some people may think. "Just do it," I've been told. Once my interest is gone, just doing it is torture. My mind has moved on to other more interesting things and I can't move with it; I'm stuck doing this boring, awful, miserable, hateful, tedious thing. I'd rather compute the distance to the sun in binary code, by hand, than finish the project! (Not really.)

Oh, an those small, uninteresting tasks they've been assigned? Those have names in my life. They are called washing dishes, laundry, making beds, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, etc.


2 comments:

Mo said...

You do have a lot on your plate with having three kids and homeschooling two of them. I think not getting chores done all the time is very understandable. On days where I have three kids in my house, nothing gets done at all, so you definitely handle it better than me simply because you try and I don't.

Scott said...

I don't think you know binary.

But yes, as far as the personality types, the paragraph you included sums you up nearly perfectly. As for me, well, I'm easy: check out http://www.personalitypage.com/ISTP.html

And for anyone wondering, we do actually talk sometimes...she's just not here....at Taekwondo class.