Hello lovelies! Recently I watched a TED Talks videos entitled “The Psychology of Your Future Self”. I found the video interesting, but I didn’t think it had any profound impact on me until I got thinking about how much I actually have changed and developed over the past few years. If you’d like to watch the video before I continue, then here it is:
After watching this video I went and re-did a personality test online, which I last filled out three-to-four years ago whilst I was in high school. The website I used for this is 16personalities.com, which has adapted the original test by Myers and Briggs to make the questions more flexible to answers and the results more accurate.
After taking the test, I was shocked to discover that my personality type has changed exponentially since the last time I had taken it. This shocked me because, although I have changed, I’m still the same person… or so I thought. In high school, my personality type was ENTJ (which stands for Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging), which I was happy with. I remember completely identifying with the characteristics of that personality type at the time.
Now, my personality type is ENFP (Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling and Prospecting). That’s a change of two out of the four letters, which means that the younger version of myself, and me now, handle and view things far differently. It took me a while to fully grasp the extent of this change. After all, in the space of a few short years I’ve managed to go from a “commander” to a “campaigner”.
When I was reading through the description of my new personality type, this sentence in particular made me laugh; “Their sensitivity may make it too challenging to play with more critical and argumentative personalities, such as strongly expressed Thinking (T) and Judging (J) types”. So, although my core personality traits are the same – being an extroverted and intuitive people’s person – I have become a far more caring, compassionate and understanding person. Even now, reading over the description of an ENTJ, I can tell that I am no longer that person anymore and I’m completely okay with that. I suppose it’s true that experiences and people can shape who you are as a person.
I suppose I just wanted to share this with you all because I find the concept of personality changes very interesting. Why don’t you guys take the personality test and let me know if you agree with the type you get? Also, do you think you’ve changed over the years, as I have?