Sunday, October 19, 2014

Discovery | Interests and Passions

Interests and Passions

What are some of the things you enjoy doing/being? Just spit out the words as they come to mind.

Writing, Blogging, Internet (HTML/CSS), Reading Non Fiction, Reading Fiction, Study, Learning, Reading anything I get my hands on. Gardening. Soda. Cheeseburgers. Cooking. Discovery Channel. Science Fiction. Prophecy (End Times). Addiction/Recovery Topics. Finances. Personal Growth. Calling and Purpose.

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Discovery | Exploring My Experiences




Discuss ONE experience for each of the following:


A Rewarding Ministry Experience.

Once, when leading a group for the Christian Club on Campus, at College of the Desert, I (and the group) laid hands on a young lady, and she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other tongues. That was the first moment I saw that something bigger than me was possible. God really could use me. And it frightened me, as much as it thrilled me.


A Gratifying Personal Achievement. 

Publishing Banking Basics for Believers. A woman I didn't know, was informed by a friend of mine to read it. I gave her a copy, my gift. She said that it helped her personally and professionally understand money in a new way. She was doing the job I had been doing when I started writing it. She felt that it should be mandatory reading. What an amazing circle of experience.


A Touching Relationship Experience.

Hearing my wife (to be at the time) pray in tongues for the first time. It was the first time I found out that it still existed. Before her, I thought it had either died centuries ago, or was happening in some remote monastery. When I heard her, my world opened wider than ever before. I knew I needed more of whatever she had.


A Tremendously Difficult Life Experience.

My Pastor-Father came out as an Alcoholic Atheist, later turned Crack Addict, then Psychologist. Parents Divorced. World crashed down. I struggled with identity for those first few years. But as I look back now... I struggled with identity for years before too. As a child I'd seen Jesus with my own eyes, and a demon too. Yet I grew up in this frozen-chosen religious traditional church, full of people who wouldn't know God if he walked up and said hello. There were precious few born again people in those churches. So I was always torn between the life of the supernatural I experienced around me, and the dead religiosity of the people around me. So as I look back... it wasn't an event that changed me... it was an event that crystallized the difference, and forced me to choose which world I would live in: Spiritual or Natural.




















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Discovery | Uniquely You Spiritual Gifts



UniquelyYou.Org | Spiritual Gifts Assessment


Primary Spiritual Gifts

  • Teaching (40/40)
  • Prophecy / Perceiving (38/40)
  • Leadership (38/40)
  • Encouraging / Exhorting (38/40)

Good Fit Opportunities

  • Coaching
  • Deacons / Deaconesses
  • Discipleship
  • Elders
  • Men's Women's Ministries
  • Scripture Reader
  • Trustees

Your Primary Spiritual Gifts Descriptions

Spiritual Gifts are supernatural motivations given to every believer. Everyone doesn't receive the same gift. Just as many parts of the human body work together as one, so Spiritual Gifts are given to the Body of Christ to serve as one.

Their purpose is to encourage and mature Christians for more effective ministry. These gifts are featured based upon their functional and practical use.
Teaching
Christians with the Gift of Teaching prefer explaining why things are true. While the prophet declares truth, the teacher explains the reasons why it is true. Interested in research, those with the Gift of Teaching like to dig into seemingly insignificant details. They enjoy presenting what they discover. Often negligent of the needs of others, they press toward a deeper understanding. They love to study. Searching patiently and persistently, they may miss the obvious. They stretch the limits of learning, setting high standards of education.
In a word: In-depth
Overuse: Digs too deep
Goal: Reveal truth, don't exhaust it
Scripture: Rom. 12:6,7b; Col. 3:16; Jam. 3:1; 2; 2 Tim. 2:2

Prophecy / Perceiving
Prophets today are not exactly like prophets of old. Old Testament Prophets spoke the literal Word of God. Today people with the Gift of Prophecy seem to have the same seriousness and straight forward attitude toward truth. They like to share truth, regardless of what anyone thinks. Prophets today are motivated to confront anyone with what they believe is right. When controlled by the Holy Spirit, the Gift of Prophecy is a powerful tool to reprove, rebuke and exhort others. Prophets often find themselves pointing the way, declaring specific truth or standing up for something significant.
In a word: Bold
Overuse: Fighter
Goal: Declare truth, don't divide Christians
Scripture: ph. 4:7,11; 1 Cor. 14:1,3; 2 Pet 1:19-21

Leadership
The Gift of Leadership, much like the Gift of Administration / Ruling, is evident in those who demonstrate an unusual ability to influence others. They seem to have an independent determination to challenge and direct others toward a specific goal. They stand out and take stands. Those with the Gift of Leadership tend to be multi-talented excelling with their people and tasks skills. Often result-oriented and driven, they need to guard their strengths. They also need to be more sensitive and patient with those who don't respond as well or positive as they. They are great motivators.
In a word: Dreamer
Overuse: Too demanding and impatient
Goal: Lead by example and willingness to be a servant
Scripture: Rom. 12:6,8c; John 13:13-17; Heb. 13:17

Encouraging / Exhorting
Christians with the Gift of Encouraging find themselves exhorting others. They are compelled to give advice. As counselors, they seem to often have steps of action. While Prophets declare truth and Teachers clarify truth, Encouragers / Exhorters like to tell you what to do with truth. They bless others with a strong sense of concern. Often looking to encourage others, they are sought out as counselors. People find Encouragers friendly, understanding and practical. They enjoy using their communication skills to share specific insights.
In a word: Encourager
Overuse: Talks too much
Goal: Apply truth, don't create expectations
Scripture: Rom. 12:6,8; Acts 11:23-24; Heb. 10:24-25


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Discovery | D.I.S.C


In the D.I.S.C inventory: I am a C -Conscientiousness.

Take the DISC assessment here. The disc assessment divides the personality traits into Outgoing (D/I) and Reserved (S/C) and then divides again into People Driven (I/S) and Task Driven (D/C). All people will likely score some in each of the four quadrants. The test then shows "The Real You" and the "The way you behave".

I show a strong preference toward the C in both inward tendencies, and outward behaviors. I also show some leaning in the D/S, but VERY little in the I.

People with the C style place an emphasis on working conscientiously within existing circumstances to ensure quality and accuracy.

People with the D style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results.

People with the S style place an emphasis on cooperating with others within existing circumstances to carry out the task..

People with the i style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.

Another test showed me High in C on both graphs, and higher in I internally than D or S. Huh?! See bottom.



What do the letters mean?

D Dominance
Person places emphasis on accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
Behaviors
- Sees the big picture
- Can be blunt
- Accepts challenges
- Gets straight to the point
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I Influence
Person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, relationships
Behaviors
- Shows enthusiasm
- Is optimistic
- Likes to collaborate
- Dislikes being ignored
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S Steadiness
Person places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, dependability
Behaviors
- Doesn't like to be rushed
- Calm manner
- Calm approach
- Supportive actions
- Humility
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C Conscientiousness
Person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, competency
Behaviors
- Enjoys independence
- Objective reasoning
- Wants the details
- Fears being wrong
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I tested highest on the C, by a long shot, second highest was D for my internal, S medium, I VERY LOW.


DiSC Conscientiousness (C) Profile Overview

Conscientiousness (C)DiSC profiles explained: C is for Conscientiousness

If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having a C style means for you. But this can be a useful page to link to and have others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.

People with the C style place an emphasis on working conscientiously within existing circumstances to ensure quality and accuracy.

A person with a C style
  • is motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge, showing their expertise, and quality work.
  • prioritizes ensuring accuracy, maintaining stability, and challenging assumptions.
  • is described as careful, cautious, systematic, diplomatic, accurate and tactful.
  • may be limited by being overcritical, overanalyzing and isolating themselves.
  • may fear criticism and being wrong.
  • values quality and accuracy
Goals:
  • unique accomplishments
  • correctness
  • stability
  • predictable accomplishments
  • personal growth
Will need to expend more energy to:
  • let go of and delegate tasks
  • compromise for the good of the team
  • join in social events and celebrations
  • make quick decisions
When communicating with the C style individual, focus on facts and details; minimize "pep talk" or emotional language; be patient, persistent and diplomatic.

DiSC Classic Patterns: Objective Thinker, Perfectionist, Practitioner

Leadership styles: Deliberate, Humble, Resolute

From our blog: Understanding our C-style colleagues and friends

From our Pinterest site: DiSC C style



DiSC Dominance (D) Profile Overview

DiSC profiles explained: D is for Dominance

D-(2).pngIf you've recently taken the DiSC® profile test, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having a D style means for you than what is presented here. But this can be a handy page to link to and let others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.

People with the D style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results.

A person with a D style
  • is motivated by winning, competition and success.
  • prioritizes accepting challenge, taking action and achieving immediate results.
  • is described as direct, demanding, forceful, strong willed, driven, and determined, fast-paced, and self-confident.
  • may be limited by lack of concern for others, impatience and open skepticism.
  • may fear being seen as vulnerable or being taken advantage of.
  • values competency, action, concrete results, personal freedom, challenges.
Goals:
  • unique accomplishments
  • new opportunities
  • control of audience
  • independence
Will need to expend more energy to:
  • show patience
  • display sensitivity
  • get into the details
  • allow deliberation
When communicating with the D style individuals, give them the bottom line, be brief, focus your discussion narrowly, avoid making generalizations, refrain from repeating yourself, and focus on solutions rather than problems.

DiSC Classic Patterns: Developer, Results Orientated, Inspirational and Creative

Leadership styles: Commanding, Resolute, Pioneering

From our blog: Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

From our Pinterest site: DiSC D style

Interested in taking the test yourself?

Much more is available to someone who has completed a DiSC profile.  Popular DiSC tests include:
    DiSC Classic 2.0
    Everything DiSC Workplace
    Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
    Everything DiSC Management
    Everything DiSC Sales

What about the other DiSC styles?



DiSC Steadiness (S) Profile Overview

DiSC profiles explained: S is for Steadiness

If you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having an S style means for you than what is presented here. You are welcome to link to this page to share this information with others. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.

People with the S style place an emphasis on cooperating with others within existing circumstances to carry out the task..
A person with an S style
  • is motivated by cooperation, opportunities to help and sincere appreciation
  • prioritizes giving support, collaboration and maintaining stability
  • is described as calm, patient, predictable, deliberate, stable and consistent.
  • may be limited by being indecisive, overly accommodating and tendency to avoid change
  • may fear change, loss of stability and offending others.
  • values loyalty, helping others and security
Goals:
  • personal accomplishments
  • group acceptance
  • power through formal roles and positions of authority
  • maintenance of status quo and controlled environment

Will need to expend more energy to:
  • quickly adapt to change or unclear expectations
  • multitask
  • promote themselves
  • confront others
When communicating with the S style individuals, be personal and amiable, express your interest in them and what you expect from them, take time to provide clarification, be polite, and avoid being confrontational, overly aggressive or rude.

DiSC Classic Patterns: Specialist, Achiever, Agent, Investigator

Leadership styles: Inclusive, Humble, Affirming

From our blog: Understanding our S-style colleagues and friends

From our Pinterest site: DiSC S style



DiSC Influence (i) Profile Overview

DiSC profiles explained: i is for Influence

I.pngIf you've recently taken the DiSC® profile, your report has a more personalized explanation of what having an i style means for you than what is presented here. But this can be a fun page to link to and have others learn a bit more about you. Or you can use it to better understand someone you work or live with.

People with the i style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others.

A person with an i style
  • may be limited by being impulsive and disorganized and having lack of follow-through
  • is described as convincing, magnetic, enthusiastic, warm, trusting and optimistic
  • prioritizes taking action, collaboration, and expressing enthusiasm
  • is motivated by social recognition, group activities, and relationships
  • may fear loss of influence, disapproval and being ignored
  • values coaching and counseling, freedom of expression and democratic relationships
Goals
  • victory with flair
  • friendship and happiness
  • authority and prestige status symbols
  • popularity
Will need to expend more energy to:
  • follow-through completely
  • research all the facts
  • speak directly and candidly
  • stay focused for long periods
When communicating with the i style individual, share your experiences, allow the i style person time to ask questions and talk themselves, focus on the positives, avoid overloading them with details, and don't interrupt them.

DiSC Classic Patterns: Promoter, Persuader, Counselor, Appraiser

Leadership styles: Energizing, Pioneering, Affirming

From our blog: Understanding our i-style colleagues and friends

From our Pinterest site: DiSC i style

Interested in taking the test yourself?

Much more is available to someone who has completed a DiSC profile.  Popular DiSC tests include:
    DiSC Classic 2.0
    Everything DiSC Workplace
    Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
    Everything DiSC Management
    Everything DiSC Sales

What about the other DiSC styles?



darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "D"Tendencies seem to be:
Convinced, Cocky, Industrious, Hard working, Outspoken, Opinionated, Zealous, Eager
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "I"Tendencies seem to be:
Talkative, Verbal
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "S"Tendencies seem to be:
Kind, Nice, Caring, Loyal, True Blue, Considerate, Thoughtful
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "C"Tendencies seem to be:
Careful, Cautious, Right, Correct, Contemplative, Thinker, Pondering, Wondering, Guarded, Masked, Protective, Preparing, Researching, Inquisitive, Questioning, Original, Creative
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "D"Tendencies are not very:
Demanding, Asserting, Decisive, Sure, Certain, Risk-taking, Courageous, Persistent, Restless, Relentless, Winner, Competitive, Controlling, Taking charge, Direct, To the point, Bottom line, Straight-forward
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "I"Tendencies are not very:
Hyper, Energetic, Joyful, Jovial, Merry, Cheerful, Peppy, Playful
darrell@darrellwolfe.com's "S"Tendencies are not very:
Gentle, Soft, Humble, Contented, Satisfied, Shy, Mild, Sweet, Tender, Compassionate, Timid, Soft-spoken, Tolerant, Patient, Hospitable, Enjoys company


When Both Graphs 1 & 2 Are Generally Different

Your Uniquely You Personality Profile contains basic insights on how you tend to think, feel, and act from a DISC temperament type perspective. If your graphs are generally different, you are simply revealing something contrasting about your behavior. You may be saying that you think people want you to behave one way in public, but you sometimes feel you should respond a different way in private. In other words, if you have a specific high type in Graph 1 and the same type low in Graph 2, you believe that people expect you to be one way in public, but not that way in private.
You may also be revealing that you feel that people expect you to behave one way among fellow employees and associates at work or publicly outside your more personal and familiar environments (Graph 1), than you tend to behave either at home under pressure among your closest friends and relatives or in more familiar environments (Graph 2). Keep in mind that Graph 1 is the behavior "expected of you" when you have your guard up and mask on (usually your place of employment or in casual environments). Graph 2 is "the real you" when you let your hair down, drop your guard, or take your mask off (usually at home or among those you know best in more familiar environments).
When both graphs are different, you are either struggling with your motivations and feelings or you are aware of your challenges and perhaps handling them well. Having a different configuration in your two graphs is common and can be very enlightening. It may be a sign that you are mature and capable of controlling your inner feelings and natural thoughts. Or, it can mean that you are not even aware of the struggles within you.
Understanding and adjusting your thoughts, feelings, and actions using these insights can be very productive and wise. Review and study your two graphs, keeping in mind the similarities and differences. Then, learn how to control your motivations rather than letting them control you.

Your LOW "I" on Graph 1 and HIGH "I" on Graph 2

You have a Low "I" on Graph 1 and a High "I" on Graph 2. This usually means you think people expect you to be less influencing and impressing than what you really tend to be. It may indicate that you are more entertaining and enthusiastic than what you show and act publicly. This could explain why you can be more outgoing in private, but not as inspiring or talkative in public.
The degree to which you are outgoing is shown by how high or low your "I" is on Graphs 1 or 2. In other words, if your "I" is closer to the bottom of your graph, you will be less influential and impressing than when your "I" is closer to or higher than the midline. If your "I" is just below the midline, you will be a little less interested in people, but not as much as when your "I" is higher than the midline. The lower your "I," the less outgoing and involved you tend to be.
You think people want you to be less active and extroverted in groups, while privately with your closest friends, you may be more people-oriented. You are more expressive among dearest acquaintances than you are among those you don't know as well. This doesn't mean you are not friendly with others. It may indicate that you are more comfortable entertaining or impressing those closest to you than you are with strangers or those you don't know as well.
Your inspiring interest in people causes you to be very motivated to impress smaller and more intimate groups. At work or among those who are not your dearest friends and relatives, you may not be as expressive or excited. You seem to be quicker to speak in private when it is not expected of you, and slower to communicate when you are among strangers.
You are not as driven to look good in public, but you seem to be more talkative and more excited in private. This sometimes causes others to wonder why you are not so friendly outside your home or familiar environments. They may wonder why you tend to be more shy when in large groups or in public. You often give mixed or confusing messages. People sometimes think you don't like or care about them because you seem interested only in your closest acquaintances.
Be more interested in looking good in a crowd. Be as enthusiastic publicly as you can be privately. Learn to be just as friendly and encouraging among those who are not your close friends or relatives.
In summary, your low "I" in Graph 1 and high "I" in Graph 2 means you are more outgoing and friendly among close friends and relatives than you are at work or in unfamiliar environments.

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    Discovery | Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI)



    Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI)

    This can be explained in some detail here.

    The way I was taught this. There are three basic personality types. Pictographed as a triangle. These personality types are based on group and organizational behavior. In other words, as people interact, how might they behave within this setting?


    Blue - The Ambulance. Always seeking to be a help to others.
    • These people are often attracted to nursing, or aide positions. They are the helpers, and care takers of the group.
    Red - The Bulldozer. Rising up to lead - to win.
    • Natural leaders. If there is one red in the group, it's strongly likely that the red took charge. They have the goal in front of them, and they know how to delegate and get the job done. 

    Green - The Submarine. Quietly getting things done. Thing Excel.
    • Thinkers. Often accountants, or programmers. They are generally (but not always) the quite ones. They do the work others don't want to, or can't. Often highly skilled. 

    HUB - The Food Truck (not the original analogy, but I can't remember what it was). Organizers.Glue. This is me.
    • HUB personalities test in the center of these three. Displaying all equally. Rarest of the bunch, a HUB can become the missing link. Whichever side is most needed, the HUB will fill that gap. However, the one distinctive force, will be the HUB's drive for unity. HUB's know how all the others think and feel, instinctively, and HUB's will work to bring everyone together
    People can test all over the spectrum. You might be a Blue-Green with very little Red... etc. See below.

    More breakdowns can be found at this site: Excerpt -

    MOTIVATIONAL VALUE SYSTEMS™

    Relationship Awareness Theory identifies seven general themes or clusters of motives known as Motivational Value Systems (MVS). Each MVS can be traced through the work of Freud and Fromm.  Relationship Awareness describes them in terms of positive strivings for self-worth by adults in relationships.

    Blue MVSAltruistic–Nurturing (Blue): Concern for the protection, growth, and welfare of others



    Green MVSAnalytic–Autonomizing (Green): Concern for assurance that things have been properly thought out  and concern for meaningful order being established and maintained


    Red MVSAssertive–Directing (Red): Concern for task accomplishment and concern for organization of people, time, money and any other resources to achieve desired results


    Hub MVSFlexible–Cohering (Hub): Concern for flexibility… concern for the welfare of the group… concern for the members of the group and for belonging in the group


    Red-Blue MVSAssertive–Nurturing (Red-Blue Blend): Concern for the protection, growth, and welfare of others through task accomplishment and leadership


    Red-Green MVSJudicious–Competing (Red-Green Blend): Concern for intelligent assertiveness, justice, leadership, order, and fairness in competition


    Blue-Green MVSCautious–Supporting (Blue-Green Blend): Concern for affirming and developing self-sufficiency in self and others… concern for thoughtful helpfulness with regard for justice


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    Discovery | 16 Base Pairs


    The 16 Personality Types:


    I've grown as a person, able to provide more honest answers than my younger years. Early in life, I tested as an ENFP. However, I don't know if my personality changed in my older years, or if I'm just more honest about who I am now... but my results differed this time. And the descriptions for my results are nearly perfectly on target. Or, maybe I was more honest then? I came up with several. EVERYONE is a bit of all of these things. It's the balance of all potential human reactions to this test. This is about tendencies and preferences.

    The Theory of IE,NS, TF, JP

    Extrovert vs Introvert - Affects Human Interaction


    E -Extrovert: Tends to draw energy from human interactions, time alone leaves them feeling drained and in need of interaction.

    I - Introvert: Tends to draw energy from time alone, time with people tends to leave them feeling drained and in need of solitude.

    INtuitive vs ObServant (Sensing) - Affects how we perceive the world around us.



    N - Intuitive's gather their sense of the world from this intuition, have a passion for ideas and concepts, and theoretical, tend to think of what could be.

    S - Sensors (ObServants) gather their sense of the world from what they can use their senses to perceive, have a passion for facts and hard evidence, tend to think of what is or has been.

    Thinkers vs Feelers - How we make decisions, and cope with emotions

    T - Thinkers tend to follow their minds, focus on rational objective truths.

    F - Feelers tend to follow their hearts, focus on harmony and cooperation.



    Judging vs Prospecting - How we approach work, planning, and decision-making. .

    J - Judging individuals prefer clear guidelines, and deadlines, and seek closure and finality above all else.

    P - Prospecting individuals prefer flexible schedules, improvising, keeping options open, relaxed lifestyle, and freedom above all else.


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    I Tested:

     

     

     

    At HumanMetrics: -  INTJ Introvert 67% | Intuitive 88% | Thinking 12% | Judging 1%

    I have a strong emphasis in the IN, low emphasis in the T/F and J/P categories. I come up consistently in the J side of the J/P equation. The T/F is my coin toss.

    INFJ - Help Me Help You - (Who I am - Primary Profile)

    There are parts of this that are me, mostly not me. A lot of it sounds like Flavia though.

    I (Drawing energy from solititude, needs to recharge after time with people)
    N (Intuiting possibilities)
    F (carefree heart followers)
    J (clear guidelines, closure finality)

    The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats (NF), they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
    INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.
    INFJs indeed share a very unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

    INFJ personalityINFJs indeed share a very unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

    Egalitarianism (from French ├ęgal, meaning "equal")—or, rarely, equalitarianism or equalism—is a trend of thought that favors equality for all people. Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

    INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extroverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

    Really though, it is most important for INFJs to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when INFJs find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.

    To INFJs, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. INFJs just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.

    INFJ Strengths

    •     Creative - Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones. People with the INFJ personality type enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about, and this strength makes them excellent counselors and advisors.
    •     Insightful - Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
    •     Inspiring and Convincing - Speaking in human terms, not technical, INFJs have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience. INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
    •     Decisive - Their creativity, insight and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end. INFJs don’t just see the way things ought to be, they act on those insights.
    •     Determined and Passionate - When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard. INFJs will rock the boat if they have to, something not everyone likes to see, but their passion for their chosen cause is an inseparable part of their personality.
    •     Altruistic - These strengths are used for good. INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.

    INFJ Weaknesses

    •     Sensitive - When someone challenges or criticizes INFJs’ principles or values, they are likely to receive an alarmingly strong response. People with the INFJ personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict, and questioning their motives is the quickest way to their bad side.
    •     Extremely Private - INFJs tend to present themselves as the culmination of an idea. This is partly because they believe in this idea, but also because INFJs are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, using this image to keep themselves from having to truly open up, even to close friends. Trusting a new friend can be even more challenging for INFJs.
    •     Perfectionistic - INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not always possible – in politics, in business, in romance – and INFJs too often drop or ignore healthy and productive situations and relationships, always believing there might be a better option down the road.
    •     Always Need to Have a Cause - INFJs get so caught up in the passion of their pursuits that any of the cumbersome administrative or maintenance work that comes between them and the ideal they see on the horizon is deeply unwelcome. INFJs like to know that they are taking concrete steps towards their goals, and if routine tasks feel like they are getting in the way, or worse yet, there is no goal at all, they will feel restless and disappointed.
    •     Can Burn Out Easily - Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave INFJs with few options for letting off steam. People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living.

    INFJ relationshipsGetting to that point can sometimes be a challenge for potential partners, especially if they are the impatient type, as INFJs are often perfectionistic and picky. People with this personality type aren’t easily talked into something they don’t want, and if someone doesn’t pick up on that, it’s a trespass that is unlikely to be forgiven, particularly in the early stages of dating. Even worse is if a suitor tries to resort to manipulation or lying, as INFJs will see right through it, and if there’s anything they have a poor tolerance for in a relationship, it is inauthenticity.

    INFJs will go out of their way to seek out people who share their desire for authenticity, and out of their way to avoid those who don’t, especially when looking for a partner. All that being said, INFJs often have the advantage of desirability – they are warm, friendly, caring and insightful, seeing past facades and the obvious to understand others’ thoughts and emotions.

    There is a running theme with INFJs, and that is a yearning for authenticity and sincerity – in their activities, their romantic relationships, and their friendships. People with the INFJ personality type are unlikely to go for friendships of circumstance, like workplace social circles or chatting up their local baristas, where the only thing they really have in common is a day-to-day familiarity. Rather, INFJs seek out people who share their passions, interests and ideologies, people with whom they can explore philosophies and subjects that they believe are truly meaningful.

    INFJ friendsFrom the start, it can be a challenge to get to know INFJs, as they are very private, even enigmatic. INFJs don’t readily share their thoughts and feelings, not unless they are comfortable, and since those thoughts and feelings are the basis for INFJ friendships, it can take time and persistence to get to know them. Meanwhile, INFJs are very insightful and have a particular knack for seeing beyond others’ facades, interpreting intent and compatibility quickly and easily, and weeding out those who don’t share the depth of their idealism.

    INFJs are often perfectionistic, looking for ultimate compatibility, and yet also look for someone with whom they can grow and improve in tandem. Needless to say, this is a tall order, and INFJs should try to remember that they are a particularly rare personality type, and even if they find someone compatible in that sense, the odds that they will also share every interest are slim. If they don’t learn to meet others halfway and recognize that the kind of self-improvement and depth they demand is simply exhausting for many types, INFJs are likely end up abandoning healthy friendships in their infancy, in search of more perfect compatibilities.

    Further complicating things are INFJs’ eloquence and persuasiveness, which lead to a lot of (unwanted) attention and popularity. Their quiet, determined idealism and imaginative expression naturally draw influence, and if there’s anything INFJs avoid, it’s the accumulation of power over others – and the people who are drawn to that type of power. INFJs will find themselves more sought after than they’d ever care to be, making it even more difficult for them to find someone they truly have an affinity with. Really the only way to be counted among INFJs’ true friends is to be authentic, and to have that authenticity naturally reflect their own.

    Once a common thread is found though, people with the INFJ personality type make loyal and supportive companions, encouraging growth and life-enriching experiences with warmth, excitement and care. As trust grows, INFJs will share more of what lies beneath the surface, and if those ideas and motives are mutual, it’s the sort of friendship that will transcend time and distance, lasting a lifetime. INFJs don’t require a great deal of day-to-day attention – for them, quality trumps quantity every time, and over the years they will likely end up with just a few true friendships, built on a richness of mutual understanding that forges an indelible link between them.

    As their children grow, INFJs will likely try to project a great deal of their own qualities onto them, demanding the same sort of idealism and honesty that they demand from themselves, and maybe even manipulating them into this in their weaker moments. Despite this, INFJs will also push their children to think independently, make their own choices and establish their own beliefs.

    The highest goal for INFJ parents is for their child’s choices and beliefs to culminate in a cause that they are able to act on, contributing to the world around them.

    INFJs are likely to find that most corporate career paths are not designed for them, but for those focused on status and material gain. This doesn’t mean that people with the INFJ personality type struggle to see viable options though. In fact, they are likely to face the opposite problem – many INFJs struggle to begin a career early on because they see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else.

    First and foremost, INFJs need to find meaning in their work, to know that they are helping and connecting with people – an INFJ Ferrari salesperson is a non-sequitur. This desire to help and connect makes careers in healthcare, especially the more holistic varieties, very rewarding for INFJs – roles as counselors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches and spiritual guides are all attractive options.

    These needs are hard to meet in a corporate structure, where INFJs will be forced to manage someone else’s policies alongside their own. For this reason, people with the INFJ personality type are more likely to, despite their aversion to controlling others, establish their independence by either finding a leadership position, or simply starting their own practice. As independents, sole proprietors in the parlance of business, INFJs are free to follow their hearts, applying their personal touch, creativity and altruism to everything they do.

    This is the most rewarding option for INFJs, as they will step out of the overly humble supporting and noncompetitive roles they are often drawn to, and into positions where they can grow and make a difference. INFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays. Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality.

    Where INFJs fall flat is in work focusing on impersonal concerns, mundanity, and high-profile conflict. Accounting and auditing, data analysis and routine work will leave people with the INFJ personality type fidgety and unfulfilled, and they will simply wilt under the scrutiny, criticism and pressure of courtroom prosecution and defense, corporate politics and cold-call sales. INFJs are clever, and can function in any of these fields, but to be truly happy, they need to be able to exercise their insightfulness and independence, learn and grow alongside the people they are helping, and contribute to the well-being of humanity on a personal level.

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     My F/T categories are the closest call of the four. I may show a slight preference to INFJ, but only slight. INTP also rings VERY true. I see strong correlations in both catagores over all the other ones I read. 
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     INTJ - (Who I wish I was - My Secondary Profile)

    I (Drawing energy from solitude, needs to recharge after time with people)
    N (Intuiting possibilities)
    T (Thinking, requiring guidelines, deadlines, and closure) 
    J (clear guidelines, closure finality)







    It's lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs know this all too well. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population - it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

    With a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of "bookworm" as children. While this may be intended as an insult by their peers, they more than likely identify with it and are even proud of it, greatly enjoying their broad and deep body of knowledge. INTJs enjoy sharing what they know as well, confident in their mastery of their chosen subjects, but owing to their Intuitive (N) and Judging (J) traits, they prefer to design and execute a brilliant plan within their field rather than share opinions on "uninteresting" distractions like gossip.

    INTJ personality With a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of "bookworm" as children. While this may be intended as an insult by their peers, they more than likely identify with it and are even proud of it, greatly enjoying their broad and deep body of knowledge. INTJs enjoy sharing what they know as well, confident in their mastery of their chosen subjects, but owing to their Intuitive (N) and Judging (J) traits, they prefer to design and execute a brilliant plan within their field rather than share opinions on "uninteresting" distractions like gossip.

    A paradox to most observers, INTJs are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense - at least from a purely rational perspective. For example, INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict. But this is because INTJ types tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results. Yet that cynical view of reality is unlikely to stop an interested INTJ from achieving a result they believe to be relevant.

    INTJs are brilliant and confident in bodies of knowledge they have taken the time to understand, but unfortunately the social contract is unlikely to be one of those subjects. White lies and small talk are hard enough as it is for a type that craves truth and depth, but INTJs may go so far as to see many social conventions as downright stupid. Ironically, it is often best for them to remain where they are comfortable - out of the spotlight - where the natural confidence prevalent in INTJs as they work with the familiar can serve as its own beacon, attracting people, romantically or otherwise, of similar temperament and interests.

    INTJ Strengths

    •     Quick, Imaginative and Strategic Mind - INTJs pride themselves on their minds, taking every opportunity to improve their knowledge, and this shows in the strength and flexibility of their strategic thinking. Insatiably curious and always up for an intellectual challenge, INTJs can see things from many perspectives. INTJs use their creativity and imagination not so much for artistry, but for planning contingencies and courses of action for all possible scenarios.
    •     High Self-Confidence - INTJs trust their rationalism above all else, so when they come to a conclusion, they have no reason to doubt their findings. This creates an honest, direct style of communication that isn't held back by perceived social roles or expectations. When INTJs are right, they're right, and no amount of politicking or hand-holding is going to change that fact - whether it's correcting a person, a process, or themselves, they'd have it no other way.
    •     Independent and Decisive - This creativity, logic and confidence come together to form individuals who stand on their own and take responsibility for their own actions. Authority figures do not impress INTJs, nor do social conventions or tradition, and no matter how popular something is, if they have a better idea, INTJs will stand against anyone they have to in a bid to have it changed. Either an idea is the most rational or it's wrong, and INTJs will apply this to their arguments as well as their own behavior, staying calm and detached from these sometimes emotionally charged conflicts. INTJs will only be swayed by those who follow suit.
    •     Hard-working and determined - If something piques their interest, INTJs can be astonishingly dedicated to their work, putting in long hours and intense effort to see an idea through. INTJs are incredibly efficient, and if tasks meet the criteria of furthering a goal, they will find a way to consolidate and accomplish those tasks. However, this drive for efficiency can also lead to a sort of elaborate laziness, wherein INTJs find ways to bypass seeming redundancies which don't seem to require a great deal of thought - this can be risky, as sometimes double-checking one's work is the standard for a reason.
    •     Open-minded - All this rationalism leads to a very intellectually receptive personality type, as INTJs stay open to new ideas, supported by logic, even if (and sometimes especially if) they prove INTJs' previous conceptions wrong. When presented with unfamiliar territory, such as alternate lifestyles, INTJs tend to apply their receptiveness and independence, and aversion to rules and traditions, to these new ideas as well, resulting in fairly liberal social senses.
    •     Jacks-of-all-Trades - INTJs' open-mindedness, determination, independence, confidence and strategic abilities create individuals who are capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Excelling at analyzing anything life throws their way, INTJs are able to reverse-engineer the underlying methodology of most any system and apply the concepts that are exposed wherever needed. INTJs tend to have their pick of professions, from IT architects to political masterminds.

    INTJ Weaknesses

    •     Arrogant - INTJs are perfectly capable of carrying their confidence too far, falsely believing that they've resolved all the pertinent issues of a matter and closing themselves off to the opinions of those they believe to be intellectually inferior. Combined with their irreverence for social conventions, INTJs can be brutally insensitive in making their opinions of others all too clear.
    •     Judgmental - INTJs tend to have complete confidence in their thought process, because rational arguments are almost by definition correct - at least in theory. In practice, emotional considerations and history are hugely influential, and a weak point for INTJs is that they brand these factors and those who embrace them as illogical, dismissing them and considering their proponents to be stuck in some baser mode of thought, making it all but impossible to be heard.
    •     Overly analytical - A recurring theme with INTJs is their analytical prowess, but this strength can fall painfully short where logic doesn't rule - such as with human relationships. When their critical minds and sometimes neurotic level of perfectionism (often the case with Turbulent INTJs) are applied to other people, all but the steadiest of friends will likely need to make some distance, too often permanently.
    •     Loathe highly structured environments - Blindly following precedents and rules without understanding them is distasteful to INTJs, and they disdain even more authority figures who blindly uphold those laws and rules without understanding their intent. Anyone who prefers the status quo for its own sake, or who values stability and safety over self-determination, is likely to clash with INTJ personality types. Whether it's the law of the land or simple social convention, this aversion applies equally, often making life more difficult than it needs to be.
    •     Clueless in romance - This antipathy to rules and tendency to over-analyze and be judgmental, even arrogant, all adds up to a personality type that is often clueless in dating. Having a new relationship last long enough for INTJs to apply the full force of their analysis on their potential partner's thought processes and behaviors can be challenging. Trying harder in the ways that INTJs know best can only make things worse, and it's unfortunately common for them to simply give up the search. Ironically, this is when they're at their best, and most likely to attract a partner.

    Emotions

    This is a challenging paradigm for INTJs to manage, especially younger and more Turbulent types who are already less confident than they would like to appear. These feelings are contrary to INTJs' idea of themselves as paragons of logic and knowledge, and they may go so far as to claim they have no emotions at all. This does not mean that people with the INTJ personality type should be seen as, nor should they aspire to be, cold-blooded and insensitive geniuses living by the mantra that emotions are for the weak. INTJs must understand that this isn't the case, and isn't ever going to be.

    In this way, emotions are not INTJs' way of addressing a decision, but rather an indication that a decision needs to be addressed. INTJ personalities' Thinking (T) trait acts as a protective big brother to their Feeling (F) trait - seeing that something has upset the less able sibling, it steps in to take action, letting logic do the talking and resolving the condition rather than complaining about its consequences.

    There comes a time though, when logic is simply the wrong tool for the job, when there just isn't a rational solution to a problem, and it is in these situations that INTJs must use their Feeling (F) trait most clearly. INTJs would do well to practice this from time to time, or at least be aware of it, because however they may try, it is impossible to truly separate emotion from the decision-making process. The fact is that INTJs do feel, and deeply, and this makes them better, not worse.

    In romance, people with the INTJ personality type approach things the way they do with most situations: they compose a series of calculated actions with a predicted and desirable end goal - a healthy long-term relationship. Rather than falling head over heels in a whirlwind of passion and romance, INTJs identify potential partners who meet a certain range of pre-determined criteria, break the dating process down into a series of measurable milestones, then proceed to execute the plan with clinical precision.

    In a purely rational world, this is a fool-proof methodology - but in reality, it ignores significant details that INTJs are likely to dismiss prematurely, such as human nature. INTJs are brilliantly intellectual, developing a world in their heads that is more perfect than reality. People entering this world need to fit this fantasy, and it can be incredibly difficult for INTJs to find someone up to the task. Needless to say, finding a compatible partner is the most significant challenge most INTJs will face in life.

    Sentiment, tradition, and emotion are INTJs' Achilles Heel. Social standards like chivalry are viewed by INTJs as silly, even demeaning. The problem is, these standards have developed as a means of smoothing introductions and developing rapport, of managing expectations, the basis of personal relationships. INTJs' propensity for frank honesty in word and action tends to violate this social contract, making dating especially difficult for them.

    The positive side of INTJs' “giving up” is that they are most attractive when they aren't trying to be attractive, working in a familiar environment where their confidence and intelligence can be seen in action. Allowing others to come to them is often INTJs' best strategy, and if they perceive a potential to the relationship, they will spare no effort in developing and maintaining stability and long-term satisfaction.

    As their relationships develop, INTJs' partners will find an imaginative and enthusiastic companion, who will share their world and at the same time grant a huge degree of independence and trust. While INTJs may never be fully comfortable expressing their feelings, and may spend more time theorizing about intimacy than engaging in it, they can always be relied upon to think out a mutually beneficial solution to any situation.

    But when it comes to emotional satisfaction, INTJs are simply out of their element. Not every partner has the sort of fun INTJs do in addressing conflicts and emotional needs as puzzles to be analyzed and solved. Sometimes emotions need to be expressed for their own sake, and putting every outburst under the microscope isn't always helpful. If this becomes habit, or INTJs think it may, they are capable of simply ending the relationship, rather than dragging things out.

    INTJs are bewilderingly deep and intelligent people, bringing stability and insight into their romantic relationships. They prize honest, open communication, and all factors of the relationship are open to discussion and change, but this must be reciprocated. INTJs do what they think is right, and sometimes that comes across as cold - it's important to know that INTJs don't make these decisions lightly. They spend a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to understand why and how things go wrong, especially if they've devoted themselves to the relationship, and they certainly hurt deeply when things fall apart.

    Professional competence is often the area in which INTJs shine most brilliantly. Their capacity for digesting difficult and complex theories and principles and converting them into clear and actionable ideas and strategies is unmatched by any other type. INTJs are able to filter out the noise of a situation, identifying the core thread that needs to be pulled in order to unravel others' messes so that they can be rewoven into something at once beautifully intricate and stunningly simple in its function.

    The real challenge for INTJs is that in order for their innovative (and to less insightful individuals, seemingly counter-intuitive) ideas to be heard, they need to have a friendly ear to bend, and developing an amiable rapport with authority figures is not exactly in INTJs' list of core strengths. In their early careers, INTJs will often have to suffer through menial tasks and repeated rejections as they develop their abilities into a skillset that speaks for itself.

    INTJs tend to prefer to work alone, or at most in small groups, where they can maximize their creativity and focus without repeated interruptions from questioning colleagues and meetings-happy supervisors. For this reason INTJs are unlikely to be found in strictly administrative roles or anything that requires constant dialogue and heavy teamwork. Rather, INTJs prefer more "lone wolf" positions as mechanical or software engineers, lawyers or freelance consultants, only accepting competent leadership that helps in these goals, and rejecting the authority of those who hold them back.

    Their independent attitude and tireless demand for competence mean that INTJs absolutely loathe those who get ahead by seemingly less meritocratic means like social prowess and political connections. INTJs have exceptionally high standards, and if they view a colleague or supervisor as incompetent or ineffective, respect will be lost instantly and permanently. INTJs value personal initiative, determination, insight and dedication, and believe that everyone should complete their work to the highest possible standards – if a schmoozing shill breezes through without carrying their own weight, they may find INTJs' inventiveness and determination used in a whole new capacity as the winds turn against them.

    As their careers progress further and their reputation grows, so will the complexity of INTJs' tasks and projects. INTJs demand progress and evolution, new challenges and theories, and they often accomplish this by pushing into more active strategic positions. While they don't care for the spotlight, INTJs do enjoy controlling their ideas, and will often expand into low-profile but influential roles as project managers, system engineers, marketing strategists, systems analysts, and military strategists.

    Above all else, INTJs want to be able to tackle intellectually interesting work with minimal outside interference, no more, no less. Time-consuming management techniques like trust-building getaways, progress meetings, and drawn-out, sandwiched criticisms are only going to annoy INTJs - all they need, be they subordinate, colleague, or manager, is to meet their goals with the highest standard of technical excellence and to be surrounded by, if anyone at all, people who share those values.

    On paper this makes them appear to be exemplary employees, and in many ways they are, but there are many types, especially those with a combination of the Observant (S) and Feeling (F) traits, who will find a work (or any other) relationship with INTJs extremely challenging. INTJs have a fairly strict code of conduct when it comes to their work, and if they see coworkers valuing social activities and "good enough" workmanship over absolute excellence, it will be a turbulent environment. For this reason, INTJs tend to prefer to work in tight, like-minded groups - a group of one, if necessary.

    Though they may be surprised to hear it, INTJs make natural leaders, and this shows in their management style. INTJs value innovation and effectiveness more than just about any other quality, and they will gladly cast aside hierarchy, protocol and even their own beliefs if they are presented with rational arguments about why things should change. INTJs promote freedom and flexibility in the workplace, preferring to engage their subordinates as equals, respecting and rewarding initiative and adopting an attitude of "to the best mind go the responsibilities", directing strategy while more capable hands manage the day-to-day tactics.

    But this sort of freedom isn't just granted, it's required - those who are accustomed to just being told what to do, who are unable to direct themselves and challenge existing notions, will have a hard time meeting INTJs' extremely high standards. Efficiency and results are king to INTJs, and behaviors that undermine these conditions are quashed mercilessly. If subordinates try to compensate for their weakness in these areas by trying to build a social relationship with their INTJ managers, on their heads be it - office gossip and schmoozing are not the way into INTJs' hearts - only bold competence will do.

    Few personality types are as mysterious and controversial as INTJs. Possessing intellect and strategic thinking that allow them to overcome many challenging obstacles, INTJs have the ability to both develop and implement a plan for everything, including their own personal growth.

    Yet INTJs can be easily tripped up in areas where careful and rational thinking is more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner, making friends, reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder or adapting to the unpredictable, INTJs need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.

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    Discovery | Strengths Finders - Top Five


    Top 5 Strengths Finder Results:

    • Intellection
      •  Introspective Thinker who enjoys a good intellectual conversation.
      • Write Journal
    • Learner 
      • Constant satisfaction in learning new facts, skills, and beginning a new area of study. No topic is off limits, and the process of learning, rather than the result, is the only aim.
      • Embrace new technologies and opportunities to learn something new.
    • Ideation
      •  Derive energy from a new concept of idea. I revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so people can view it from a strangely enlightening angle.
      • Write Journal, process ideas into clear thoughts before communicating them to others. 
    • Achiever
      •  I take immense satisfaction in being productive and accomplishing things. The day must not end, without accomplishing something. 
      • I must learn to take breaks, and enjoy the success of a job well done.
    • Input
      • I take joy in knowing more... about anything and everything. I am a sponge for new, interesting, curious, or even strange information. 
      • I will journal, write, and store this information to pull up and use another day.

    Top Five Summaries:


    INTELLECTION

    PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE INTELLECTION THEME ARE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY. THEY ARE INTROSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATE INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSIONS.

    People with strong Intellection talents like to think. They like mental activity. They like to exercise the “muscles” of their brain, stretching them in multiple directions.People with strong Intellection talents are introspective. This introspection gives them time to reflect and ponder. Wherever it leads them, their mental hum is a constant in their lives.

    Suggestion: Write and Journal, take time alone to think and process.



    LEARNER

    PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE LEARNER THEME HAVE A GREAT DESIRE TO LEARN AND WANT TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE. THE PROCESS OF LEARNING, RATHER THAN THE OUTCOME, EXCITES THEM.

    People with strong Learner talents constantly strive to learn and improve. The process of learning is as important to them as the knowledge they gain. Learners are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. They are excited by the thrill of learning new facts, beginning a new subject, and mastering an important skill. Learning builds their confidence.

    Suggestion: Be an early adopter of new technologies, and seldom used systems. Be a catalyst for change.


    IDEATION


    PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE IDEATION THEME ARE FASCINATED BY IDEAS. THEY ARE ABLE TO FIND CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SEEMINGLY DISPARATE PHENOMENA.

    People with strong Ideation talents are creative and appreciate originality. They relish free-thinking experiences such as brainstorming and discussion groups. They have a natural capacity to consider issues from multiple perspectives. They revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so people can view it from a strangely enlightening angle. They think outside the box. They are fascinated by new ideas and concepts, which come to them easily. They love ideas because they can be profound, they can be novel, they can be clarifying, they can be contrary, and they can be bizarre. For all these reasons they derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to them.

    Suggestion: Take time to think through ideas before communicating them, others will not be able to connect the dots you have connected. Also, you get bored easy, play mental games with the world around you (silently so you don't disturb others). Write and Journal your ideas.


    ACHIEVER


    PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE ACHIEVER THEME WORK HARD AND POSSESS A GREAT DEAL OF STAMINA. THEY TAKE IMMENSE SATISFACTION IN BEING BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE.

    Achievers have a constant need for attainment. They have an internal fire burning inside them. It pushes them to do more, to achieve more. People with strong Achiever talents feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day they must accomplish something meaningful to feel good about themselves. And “every day” means every single day — workdays, weekends, holidays, and even vacations. If the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, Achievers feel dissatisfied. Upon finishing a challenging project, they rarely seek to be rewarded with a rest or an easy assignment. While they appreciate recognition for past achievements, their motivation lies in striving toward the next goal on the horizon.

    Suggestion: Take breaks, limit your commitments to reasonable goals, preferably a few important tasks, rather than many less important ones. Try setting goals within the home and non-work environments, it will help you engage in these aspects of your life, and feel more satisfaction from participating in them.



    INPUT


    PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE INPUT THEME HAVE A CRAVING TO KNOW MORE. OFTEN THEY LIKE TO COLLECT AND ARCHIVE ALL KINDS OF INFORMATION.

    People with strong Input talents are inquisitive. They always want to know more. They crave information. They like to collect certain things, such as ideas, books, memorabilia, quotations, or facts. Whatever they collect, they do it because it interests them. They find many things interesting and have a natural curiosity. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. A few minutes of surfing the Internet may turn into hours once their curiosity takes off. They constantly acquire, compile, and file things away. Their pursuits keep their minds fresh. And they know that one day some of the information or things they have gathered will prove valuable.

    Suggestion: Embrace this aspect of your personality by reading, even things like the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia (or Wikipedia). Devise systems for storing and accessing this knowledge Accept that you will never feel as though you know enough.


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    Discovery | Career MAPP Results


    In the process of self discovery...MAPP - Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential.

    Career MAPP - Summary of what stood out to me most.


    My mind is a world of ideas; where each idea triggers other ideas. As an author by nature, creative writer by preference; I enjoy exploring abstract and theoretical concepts and idea, as I seek to alleviate the pain points of the disenfranchised, providing them the concepts they need to grow and gain traction in their walk with God. I see the universe as a giant puzzle. Each fact found, each piece of information,  interesting on it's own, but fascinating as it relates to the whole.



    Expounded - Summary

    Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential


    I am an Author, with a strong preference for language and writing, especially creative writing. Ideas trigger more ideas.Influential communication of ideas is a primary way of achieving the self-accepted calling to the cause of good, growth, and gain in the lives of others. I especially regard current pain, hurts, needs, and problems in the lives of those who are disenfranchised. Those closest to me will often be expected to be contributors with me to the benevolence, and not be direct objects of it. Darrell feels both privilege and responsibility to use communication (including persuasion) to voluntarily provide beneficial information to others.

    Math, science and philosophy will have their strongest emphasis for me in the area of abstract concepts, and theoretical applications. I have a strong preference for ideas, concepts, aesthetics, and meaning. I am the artist who stands below his work, as spectator with the rest upon it's completion. I am merely the tool, not the craftsman. I tend toward Syntheses: putting two or more things together to form a whole; the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole; the operation by which divided parts are united (Webster). I am motivated by seeing the big picture so much so that I attempt to see all parts of the picture in that larger context, then see all parts relative to each other, but still within that larger context of the whole. 


    Career MAPP - Test Results


    Interest in Job (Tasks you want to preform)

    Darrell is conscious of existence, meaning, purpose, potential and destiny of humankind, people, and self. Darrell is motivated by a self-felt, self-accepted calling to the cause of good, growth, and gain in the lives of others. Influential communication of ideas is a primary way of achieving those objectives. Perception and thinking tend to be holistic and conceptual; i.e., seeing the big picture. It is important to see which of the other traits are interactive with this trait because there can be many interesting combinations. This is a major trait in cultural, intellectual, academic, and creative activities. It includes ideas, concepts, theory, ethics, and values.


    Temperament for Job (Preferences)


    Darrell is most likely benevolent, voluntarily giving of self to help others, especially regarding current pain, hurts, stress, needs, and problems. This means empathetic, sympathetic, intentional, personal involvement in the personal lives of others to give help, sacrificially if necessary, and to subjectively gain personal satisfaction from providing personal service. (NOTE: emphasis is on the word "personal." This is a heart trait and is totally self-motivated and voluntary. It is one of the most strongly motivated traits in determining vocational dedication. The word "others" is important in the context of benevolence) Darrell is probably more benevolent toward persons not intimately, formally, or organizationally related. (NOTE: Benevolence expects those in close relationships to join in the giving rather than being a priority recipient.) Nonetheless, Darrell probably exhibits benevolence toward all persons. But benevolence does have priorities about eligibility of persons for help.


    Aptitude for the Job (Expression in performance)

    Darrell's preferences, more often than not, are motivated by such things as sensing and seeing aesthetics, essence, philosophical and psychological meaning, and effect of color. Darrell probably doesn't consider the saying, "Beauty is more than skin deep" as a cliche. Further, Darrell considers pattern, texture, and spatial measure: size, shape, distance, dimension, perspective, relationship, etc. with the same regard. This includes abstract dimensions and patterns, graphics, layouts, etc. (NOTE: That higher artistic sense is the source of abstract art, animated films, computer graphics, fractal geometry, new clothing designs and styles, modern architecture, etc.) Darrell would probably make a permanent mental note of the quote from Carl Jung, "The artist is essentially the instrument, and he stands below his work, for which reason we should never expect from him an interpretation of his own work. He achieved his highest with his composition."


    People (Relational Preferences)


    Darrell feels both privilege and responsibility to use communication (including persuasion) to voluntarily provide beneficial information to others. This includes strongly motivated benevolent and literary traits. Self-satisfaction comes almost exclusively from the subjective realization that the information, voluntarily given, has been helpful to other persons. Darrell is further motivated to learn and understand the other person(s) needs wishes and listening preferences. Non-persuasive service communication can become persuasive and persistent when expressed in the interest of someone needing Darrell to stand up for them.


    Things (Relate to Things)

    Given the option to participate where an aptitude for manual labor or basic labor activities is required Darrell's preferences for participation is moderate. This type of activity involves easily used craft tools, repetitious activity, recognizable detail, outdoor physical exposure, and minor problem solving. It is most often a helper position that can be handled with minimum skill, training, instruction, or supervision. Please note the word "aptitude" which means ability to do something, with no mention or inference about whether the person wants to do it or gains satisfaction from it. It is, therefore, necessary to see other traits to determine if Darrell has supportive motivational levels for such work to be satisfying on a steady basis.



    Data (Relate to Data)

    "Synthesize: putting two or more things together to form a whole; the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole; the operation by which divided parts are united" (Webster). Darrell is motivated by seeing the big picture so much so that (s)he, attempts to see all parts of the picture in that larger context, then sees all parts relative to each other, but still within that larger context. Perception and thinking are therefore holistic and conceptual. Philosophical and intuitive processes are involved. Scientific, managerial, and/or literary preferences may also be involved. Other mental factors in this section are subordinate, secondary, or complementary to this primary motivational attribute. This is an overview and scanning activity that includes ideas, concepts, theory, fiction, hypothesis and assessment. (Note that words in the last sentence are unrelated to logic that Webster defines as "the science of the operations of the understanding subservient to the estimation of evidence.") For Darrell, preferences for this sort of synthesis will allow it to get no further toward logic than estimating.

    Reasoning (Relate to Reasoning)

    Darrell is strongly motivated to apply thinking to the big picture through holistic ideas, concepts, options, and strategies. This does not mean, suggest, or imply that thinking is kept only in a holistic context but it does mean that the first and constant priority or preference for consideration and focus are on the big picture. (Example: Darrell more likely prefers to be an executive rather than a manager, and more inclined to be a manager rather than a supervisor.) Considering how pieces of the picture are brought in to the big picture stimulates motivation for the activity.

    Mathematics (Relate to Math Concepts)


    Darrell prefers to consider math extending more toward theory, abstract concepts, experimental applications, etc. Because of the moderate motivational level for this theoretical activity, it is not likely that it would be satisfying as a primary vocation or have too heavy an emphasis. However, it remains a valuable asset that extends normal capability beyond usual activities.

    Language (Relate to language and word concepts)


    Darrell is highly motivated to consider creative writing and communicating at professional levels. Preferences are holistic, conceptual, imaginative, and creative. "Ideas trigger more ideas" can probably be said about Darrell. High motivational levels for this worker trait indicate an interactive combination of literary and philosophical traits. As Dean W. R. Inge said, "Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art." That probably makes a great deal of sense to Darrell. Motivation at this level indicate preferences that probably include writing fiction, poetry, scripts for movies or television, advertising copy, marketing copy, teaching creative writing, etc.


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    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    The Kingdom of God is an oven. | You are a chocolate chip cookie.

    Making Cookies Step 19, by Rex Roof | Chocolate Chip Cookies In The Oven
    Making Cookies Step 19, by Rex Roof


    *Thanks to "Freedom Ministry #3 Kingdom of God" for this analogy*


    The Kingdom of God is like an oven (A Parable).


    Imagine you are a round lump of cookie dough. You are standing there, on the counter, minding your own business. All you've ever wanted to be was a cookie. You are made of the same stuff the cookies are. But sadly, you are not a cookie. In fact, you've been standing around waiting to become a cookie so long, you've gotten a little dry around the edges.

    You try so hard to be a cookie. You want it badly. You think cookie thoughts, you go to the cookie conventions, you read all the best cookie books... You just don't understand why you aren't a cookie yet!

    What could the missing ingredient be? 


    One day, you stand near the edge, just a bit too far over the edge, and you fall. You plummet down, and you find your landing on a large tray. The tray is in motion, and you are swept away with that motion.

    Then the motion carries you into "The Oven". You find The Oven to be a large scary place, and the atmosphere is so foreign to you. There is something terrifying and exciting about it, all at once. As the atmosphere of that oven gets on you and around you, it begins to make you uncomfortable. It starts making changes in you, that you are not certain that you are ready for. These are chemical changes that cannot be undone.

    Eventually you get used to the atmosphere of the oven, and you like it here. You find something exciting is happening in you and around you. Others are in the atmosphere with you, and they too are going through this same atmosphere, and experiencing these same changes, and you are feeling community for the first time.

    Finally, you exit the oven and go back to your old home on the counter, but you have changed. You are no longer a lump of cookie dough, you are a cookie. Others notice the change and remark about it. Some think you are arrogant for becoming a cookie, after all, everyone in your family is just a cookie dough, what makes you so special.

    Others though, precious other cookie dough lumps come to you, and they ask you about the changes you've experienced, and they beg you for the secret... How did you become a cookie? What is hard? Was it a lot of work... and you think back to your experience. You realize that all the WORK you did before entering the oven was pointless, worthless, effort. The only thing a cookie dough needs, in order to become a cookie, is to allow themselves to be placed on the tray, carried with the motion, and expose themselves long enough to the atmosphere of The Oven.


    Become A Cookie Too



    The only thing a cookie dough needs, in order to become a cookie:
    • Allow yourself to be placed on the tray
      • YOU don't jump on the tray, you must be placed there.
      • Ask the baker to be placed on the tray. 
      • (Die to self, Ask Jesus to take your life in exchange for His)

    • Yield to be carried with the motion
      • Ask the Holy Spirit into your heart and life. 
      • Be Spirit Led, yield to His Voice and His Leading. 

    • Expose themselves long enough to the atmosphere of The Oven. 
      • Expose yourself to the presence of God often enough, and long enough, that you are changed into his image. The only thing the atmosphere of God's presence can do, is make you more like Him.

    When you enter the atmosphere of the King, the power of His presence is applied to you by your merely being there and you are changed.  You don't become more like Jesus by knowing more... the pharisees tried that. Saul was killing Christians when he knew the Hebrew Bible better than most of Christians. It wasn't until he was subjected to The Presence that he was changed into something new.

    The purpose of prayer and worship isn't so that we can check off that we did it, like a religious exercise. The purpose of prayer and worship is so that we can enter His Presence, and be exposed to His Atmosphere, and be changed.

    CookieDough can't try to become a cookie; except by yielding to prolonged exposure to the atmosphere of the oven. Tweet That!

    The big difference between you and the cookie is that in the case of the cookie, too much exposure can ruin the cookie, and no amount of time or atmosphere outside of the oven will change this one back into a cookie dough.

    We humans are always in flux. Ever changing to be more full of self, or more like Him. We must continually apply the atmosphere, over and over, in order to effect and preserve the change we look for. Until the day we are sealed forever in His Presence, we must seek it regularly. Only then will we become and continue to be the cookie we desire to be. More time in The Oven, just enhances our cookie-ness. The less time we spend in The Oven, the more dough like we re-become.

    Spend some time in the oven this week.


    In other words... will I #BeStillBeLed?


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    And now I leave you with a question:

    What do you think about Grace?

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