What animal personality best suits you?
It’s no accident that human beings exhibit personalities that resemble animals and vice versa. People tend to relate better with those whose animal personalities share their ranges. For example, the water personality of the dolphin has a great deal in common with the aquatic sea lion and otter, while the pastoral nature of the sheep makes for an ideal mate with a grazing deer. Conversely, animal personalities that live in markedly different environments tend to avoid each other. Birds choose to distance themselves from the land mammal personalities and the unencumbered sea dwellers are awkward mates for complex land creatures. On the other hand, the semi-aquatic beaver is capable of forming relationships with both water-going and land-based animal personalities. Similarly, extroverts with high energy usually seek out like-minded people and introverted quiet types do the same.
When studying psychology in college, one part that always intrigued me was the different personality types and profiles.
One personality profile test is the Myers-Briggs Indicator. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an expansion of Carl Jung’s ideas about personality types, expressed in one of sixteen four-letter acronyms that express your dominant traits. (Sources: http://www.myersbriggs.org/ and www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp)
The four letters in the Myers Briggs test represent your tendencies when it comes to social behavior, decision-making, and lifestyle. Those dichotomies are:
Worldview: Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I) – i.e. would you rather play with your pals or hang out at home with a book?
Information: Sensing (S) or Intuition (N) – i.e. when taking in something new, do you prefer to take it simply at face value or interpret / add meaning based on your gut?
Decisions: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) – i.e. when making up your mind about something, do you primarily rely on logic and structure, or do you gravitate towards emotion and empathy?
Structure: Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) – i.e. would you rather things in your life to be decided and set, or do you like to stay open to whatever options might come along?
You are the expert to best identify your own type – but for the sake of this column and quick analysis, just choose from the above questions what best suits you and string together those letters for your type. Then, find the species of animal that corresponds listed below and see if you can relate. (This month, I will feature 6 personality profiles and the animals it closely resembles.)
I took the test and my results are INFJ – (I)Introvert, (N)Intuition, (F)Feeling, (J)Judging – the animal that corresponds with this personality profile is the Wolf:
INFJs are value-driven individuals who tend to remain mysterious and complex even after you’ve become close to one. They are often creative and inspired individuals. They are good at perceiving emotions and are sensitive to the feelings of others, but they are not very prone to revealing much of themselves until they trust someone completely. That said, they are intensely interested in the well-being of others and are often seen as protectors as well as natural leaders.
If your results are – ESFJ – Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging – the animal that corresponds would be the Elephant:
ESFJs are genuine and authentic, and they care deeply about those around them. These are the kind of individuals who bring out the best in those around them, and they are serious about loyalty and responsibility to their families, friends, and co-workers. They are generous and they love to bring joy to others, but they are also sensitive and easily hurt. ESFJs are often blind to the flaws of those they love and they are incredibly trusting and full of love.
If your results are INTP – Introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving – the animal that corresponds would be the Owl:
INTPs are analytical and thoughtful individuals who prefer to work alone and who are often ill at ease in social situations. They are impatient with hierarchies and politics and would prefer that leaders prove their worth with merit, rather than with charisma and influence. Although they are not particularly social, they do have razor sharp wit (and claws), and are often surprised to learn that people do enjoy their company.
If your results are ESTP – Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving – the animal that corresponds would be the Fox:
ESTPs are dramatic, charismatic, and influential individuals who seek the best in life and want to share it with their friends. They are active, spontaneous, fun, and foxy. They are the most adept of any of the personality types at influencing and manipulating people, and they make great salesman and can be wonderful friends if you’re looking for a good time.
If your results are ISFP – Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving – the animal that corresponds would be the Sloth:
ISFPs are peaceful and easy-going, take things at their own pace and live moment to moment. They are considerate, pleasant, caring, and mellow. Their values are important to them, but they are not ones who particularly care about defending or debating their views publicly. Don’t call them lazy — maybe they are just more relaxed than the rest of us.
If your results are ENTJ – Extrovert, Intuition, Thinking, Judging – the animal that corresponds would be the Lion:
ENTJs are independent and logical thinkers who are also persuasive leaders. They are business-minded and ambitious. They refuse to allow any subjective emotion to enter into their decision-making process, and as a result they can be seen as callous and cold. But these fierce individuals tend to be highly effective, successful, and incredibly powerful. They are truly the kings of the proverbial jungle.
Stay tuned and look for my column in the November issue for more animal-type personalities!
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