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Writing about things I know. Well, at least am interested in.  I really appreciated the gentle suggestion by a Redroom member, to just write what I like and not focus soley on writing topics or current events.  Just write naturally and see what comes up.  I am someone who can be very hard on myself.  One thing I like to do is assign Myers-Briggs personality profiles to my characters.  I try to show this with dialogue and behavior.  I am definately no expert.  I was introduced to the test during my Bachelors in Nursing.  My first studies were in liberal arts, with a degree in Fine Arts Painting.  A few years later I went back to school a technical school for an associates Registered Nurse, and while a working, I finished my bachelors.  The director of the nursing program was doing her Ph.D. on nurses, and the Myers-Briggs.  I really didn't pay attention to her thesis topic exactly.  So, I am guessing that basically everyone during that time got tested.  I loved it. 

My typology is ENTP.  The letters stand for, Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceptive.   I was cautioned that people with my personality type often left nursing.  She actually laughed, and said that it was exceedingly rare that an ENTP retired as a nurse. She called me an environmental nurse.  Opportunity meets need, a temporary occupation;  perhaps done for aulturistic or other reasons, not a natural fit.   The woman who tested me actually took the time to introduce me to another nurse ENTP, who was getting her Ph.D. in sociology.  She told me that ENTP's often like complexity and will take on grand long term projects, and see them through.  I think the title for them is "The Inventor".  I took a facebook test and got F for feeling once.  I have also have tested ENTJ or ENFJ and was told that I was on the border of P and J when I took the test for the first time.  I tend to trust the first test score I had back in nursing school around 1995ish. I think online tests are fine and accurate.  The only other woman in the class who was a P also I felt I had a lot in common with. She also eventually went into the social work part of nursing, like I did.  She told me that the teacher told her that people on the border of P and J often had issues with feeling comfortable with themselves.  I have always tested EN, that has never changed.  Personally I think I am a slight T, hence testing F sometimes, while a moderate E and N.  Since the J and P are right down the middle that is variable.  

First, I will explain a little about the test, and than second I will go into more details about my results.  Alors, (that is french, for so)  The history of the Myers-Briggs is available on wiki.  From what I remember it is a mother daughter team.  The mother was well connected in Washington and her husband invented the wind tunnel, which translates into funding and government connections. So her work was widely used during the 1960's to test personalities in government offices.  Later it was regulated as how it was used in employment.  The inventor  noticed her son-in-law had such a markedly different personality than her, her husband, and daughter, it inspired her test.  During this same time Dr. Carl Jung published a book about this same topic, and they eventually corresponded amicably.  The daughter continued her work.  The test is about 100 questions long.  The questions are something like, Why do you play cards?  You like the competititon?  You like the social part?  You like the strategy?  You don't like cards.  Or along these lines of questions.  

There are eight categories in pairs of two, so four pairs.  E/I,N/S,T/F,P/J or Extrovert/Introvert, Intuitive/Sensory, Thinking/Feeling, Perspetive/Judgement. Since there are two I's for both Introverted and Intuitive, intuition is referred to as N.  A person is assigned one from each pair.  So using my typology of ENTP, you can see how this looks.   Each typology has a title, for instance my husband is INTJ, and I think his is the "Field Marshall", it has been so long I have forgotten really.  We all carry all the traits its just like dominant handedness, one is stronger than the other.  So, like a parent to a child, the dominant characteristic makes the decisions although the lesser characteristic has input.  I liken it to a parent and child talking about were to eat lunch.  The mother suggests a small pasta and vegetable and the child suggests a Happy meal, sometimes the less dominant voice prevails, most times not. 

When I write I am always aware of the Myers-Briggs, thanks for giving me that test way back when by the way.  Ah, in general, society values extroverts and so teens often pretend to be extroverted while young and stop as they are not so peer pressured as the get older.  Eighty percent of men are thinking and eighty percent of women are feeling.  Thinking is also highly prized in society.  So many women pretend to be thinking in certain situations. Thinking is very strongly associated with being a man.  Also that it is considered an indicator or intelligence.   Clinton was a feeling man.  Feeling men often struggle with masculinity issues and vice versa for thinking women with femininity issues.  

Especially during adolecence thinking women will pretend to be feeling although they don't have a friggin clue.  They are kinda like guys who don't have a sex drive for women.   Also introverts do better on standardized tests.  The majority of doctors are introverts as the testing is so rigourous for doctors.  The classic nurse profile is E/I plus SFJ with slight variations.  I missed the mark on most of those being an ENTP.  Thinking women compensate by sourrounding themselves with feeling women as it is such a social expectation that they fret about it.  A lot are loners.  They can really be confusing for their feeling women friends.  Although that is not the only way we communicate.

The majority of women are feeling dominant.  Being thinking is not an indication of being attracted to women, although it is so strongly associated with men, when seen in women the two are confused.  My friend who I wrote my first blog about was an INTP or INFP I would guess.  The more compatible personality characteristics we have in common, the easier it is to communicate.  Two similar characteristics is good, three excellent.  The classic divide is between thinking and feeling communications styles.  I have trouble telling if people are sensory or intuitive, the others are fairly apparent.  

Let's see, a little bit about each character trait in general as I see it.  Introverts tend to look within when asking questions while Extroverts take a straw poll and ask five people and decide outwardly.  Also introverts become exhausted by people and need to hide out to recharge while extroverts seem to get energy by being around people. Although the online tests are fine a lot of clever people game them.  For whatever reason since feeling is so denegraded by society although it has nothing to do with intelligence, it is unrightfully connected.  So, some people want to be thinking.  Being a true thinking woman, I am a bit sceptical when women test thinking who have a lot of issues around success in male dominated areas.  When to me they are obviously feeling.  Believe me there are a lot of very dumb thinking people in the world and highly intelligent feeling people.  For whatever reason Erica Jung comes to mind as a very clever feeling person.

Judgement does not mean you are judgemental.  It is a way of categorizing things in a heirarchy and seeing things very black and white.  While P is more seeing things in a shade of grey. The majority of nurses are F and J.  While the majority of doctors are T and P. To me this leads to a lot of communication troubles.  I having some P tendencies understand the looking at the string unwind sort of method, always waiting for more string.  While the J says its finished.  Sensory people make great nurses, they are deft at starting IV's and drawing blood, they like the physical evidence.  Intuitive is the only characteristic they can not measure by any normal testing standard.   You will often hear feeling people say they listen to their stomach, and say things like I feel, I feel.  While thinking people will say I think I think and look in the distance.  Feeling men often hide it just like thinking women do.  Always keep in mind we carry all the traits yet the dominant trait drives the car.  In conclusion once you find out your profile one can google it.  There are clubs and elaborate descriptions for each type.  I love to Myers-Briggs type my favorite characters from literature.  For instance Jo March is likely and ENTP like me or possibly the author.  While Jane Eyre is definately an ISFJ.  Probally like Charolotte Bronte.