The Kiersey Temperament Test revealed that I was (or am) an Idealist (http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/idealist_overview.asp).
Idealists (NFs), as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self — always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.
All Idealists share the following core characteristics:
- Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
- Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
- Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
- Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.
Idealists are sure that friendly cooperation is the best way for people to achieve their goals. Conflict and confrontation upset them because they seem to put up angry barriers between people. Idealists dream of creating harmonious, even caring personal relations, and they have a unique talent for helping people get along with each other and work together for the good of all. Such interpersonal harmony might be a romantic ideal, but then Idealists are incurable romantics who prefer to focus on what might be, rather than what is. The real, practical world is only a starting place for Idealists; they believe that life is filled with possibilities waiting to be realized, rich with meanings calling out to be understood. This idea of a mystical or spiritual dimension to life, the “not visible” or the “not yet” that can only be known through intuition or by a leap of faith, is far more important to Idealists than the world of material things.
Highly ethical in their actions, Idealists hold themselves to a strict standard of personal integrity. They must be true to themselves and to others, and they can be quite hard on themselves when they are dishonest, or when they are false or insincere. More often, however, Idealists are the very soul of kindness. Particularly in their personal relationships, Idealists are without question filled with love and good will. They believe in giving of themselves to help others; they cherish a few warm, sensitive friendships; they strive for a special rapport with their children; and in marriage they wish to find a “soulmate,” someone with whom they can bond emotionally and spiritually, sharing their deepest feelings and their complex inner worlds.
Idealists are relatively rare, making up no more than 15 to 20 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.
Arts & Entertainment/Sports/
- Oprah Winfrey (Teacher)
- Jane Fonda (Teacher)
- Margaret Mead (Teacher)
- John Wooden (Teacher)
- Shirley MacLaine
- Richard Gere (Healer)
- Mia Farrow (Healer)
- Pearl S. Buck
- Charles Dickens (Champion)
- Joan Baez (Champion)
- Charlotte Bronte (Champion)
- Emily Bronte (Counselor)
- Sidney Poitier (Counselor)
- Emily Dickenson (Counselor)
- George Orwell (Healer)
- Aldous Huxley (Healer)
- Herman Hesse
- Albert Camus
- James Joyce
- Leo Tolstoy (Champion)
- Ann Morrow Lindbergh (Healer)
- Oliver Stone (Champion)
- Erica Jong (Champion)
- Paul Robeson (Champion)
- Upton Sinclair (Champion)
- Mohandas Gandhi (Counselor)
- Eleanor Roosevelt (Counselor)
- Nelson Mandela (Champion)
- Queen Noor (Counselor)
- Leon Trotsky (Champion)
- Vladimir Lenin (Teacher)
- Mikhail Gorbachev (Teacher)
- Ralph Nader (Teacher)
- Thomas Paine (Champion)
- Alexander Hamilton (Champion)
- Molly Brown “The Unsinkable” (Champion)
- Princess Diana (Healer)
- Lord Alfred Russel Wallace
- Siddhartha [Buddha]
- Albert Schweitzer (Healer)
- Karen Armstrong (Healer)
- Carl Rogers (Champion)
- Pope John Paul II (Teacher)
- Jane Addams (Teacher)
- Abraham Maslow
- Isabel Myers (Healer)
- Carl Jung (Counselor)
- Jane Goodall (Counselor)
- Mary Baker Eddy (Counselor)
- Soren Kierkegaard
I took another Personality Test today at iPersonic and turns out I am an Idealist still — Spontaneous Idealist, accdg to iPersonic that is.. ;D
Based on the description, I’d say very TRUE (about 88% of a hundred)….. COOL. ;D
Spontaneous Idealists like you are creative, lively and open-minded persons. You are humorous and dispose of a contagious zest for life. Your enthusiasm and sparkling energy inspires others and sweeps them along. You enjoy being together with other people and often have an uncanny intuition for their motivations and potential. Spontaneous Idealists are masters of communication and very amusing and gifted entertainers. Fun and variety are guaranteed when you are around. However, you are sometimes somewhat too impulsive in dealing with others and can hurt people without really meaning to do so, due to your direct and sometimes critical nature.
You are a keen and alert observer; you miss nothing which is going on around you. In extreme cases, you tend to be oversensitive and exaggeratedly alert and you are inwardly always ready to jump. Life for you is an exciting drama full of emotionality. However, you quickly become bored when things repeat themselves and too much detailed work and care is required. Your creativity, your imaginativeness and your originality become most noticeable when developing new projects and ideas – you then leave the meticulous implementation of the whole to others. On the whole, Spontaneous Idealists attach great value to their inner and outward independence and do not like accepting a subordinate role. You therefore have problems with hierarchies and authorities.
As a Spontaneous Idealist you are one of the extroverted personality types. You enjoy working in a colorfully diverse group of people who interest and inspire you. Working in a “secluded room” is not your thing. Your sense for the motivation of others is almost eerie. You constantly observe that which happens around you and have no problems noticing all sorts of things simultaneously or communicating with several people at the same time.
Your enthusiasm is contagious to others and that is why your colleagues and friends all appreciate you as an important member of your team. Your articulateness and your sensitive ear for nuances in conversations with others obviously play a role. For you, this team-oriented environment is very important because you need to receive positive feedback and recognition like other people need air to breathe. It would be practically impossible for you to contribute everything you need to maintain your high ideals, by yourself.
Variety, challenges and fun are important ingredients of your area of responsibility. You appreciate receiving new stimulation, meeting new people, and continuously collecting unique experiences. However, too much routine, too much detail work and the necessity to stick with one project for a very long time is not your thing. Your strength are creative problem solutions, discovering new ways and opportunities, the conceptualization of new ideas on one hand, but not so much their concrete implementation on the other. Ideally, you have a staff of capable colleagues that takes over your concepts and runs with them.
Here’s another personality and multiple intelligence test I took right after the one from iPersonic
ENFPs (The Advocate)
ENFPs are introspective, values-oriented, inspiring, social and extremely expressive. They actively send their thoughts and ideas out into the world as a way to bring attention to what they feel to be important, which often has to do with ethics and current events. ENFPs are natural advocates, attracting people to themselves and their cause with excellent people skills, warmth, energy and positivity. ENFPs are described as creative, resourceful, assertive, spontaneous, life-loving, charismatic, passionate and experimental.
They can’t bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives.”- The Portrait of the Champion Idealist (Keirsey)
“ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.”- Portrait of an ENFP (The Personality Page)
“Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their end of the relationship, sometimes being victimized by less caring individuals. ENFPs are energized by being around people. Some have realdifficulty being alone, especially on a regular basis.”- ENFP Profile (TypeLogic)
“outgoing, social, disorganized, easily talked into doing silly things, spontaneous, wild and crazy, acts without thinking…”- ENFP Jung Type Descriptions (similarminds.com)
“ENFPs are energetic and enthusiastic leaders who are likely to take charge when a new endeavor needs a visionary spokesperson. ENFPs are values-oriented people who become champions of causes and services relating to human needs and dreams. Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others’ contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers. ENFPs are oftencharismatic leaders who are able to help people see thepossibilities beyond themselves and their current realities. They function as catalysts.”- ENFP – The Visionary (Lifexplore)
“Ranked 1st of all 16 types in using social and emotional coping resources and 2nd in using cognitive resources. “- ENFP Facts (discoveryourpersonality.com)
There are so many potential ENFP careers that it is difficult to list everything in one short article – however, we hope that the below details will help some ENFPs in their search for the ideal job. This is one of the most universal personality types, jack of all trades and master of some – as long as the ENFP does not get into a career path that is definitely unsuitable for them, they are likely to do well in any role. Your comments and suggestions would be much appreciated – please do not hesitate to leave us a message below if you can think of any other careers that could interest ENFPs.
To begin with, ENFPs have excellent social skills and are astonishingly perceptive. This personality type is unsurpassed when it comes to networking and finding out what makes people tick – this is a great skill in any career. Furthermore, ENFPs have a unique ability to communicate with others on their own level – this allows them to create strong and lasting relationships. Due to these traits, typical ENFP careers involve a lot of personal interaction and require good people skills – for instance, ENFPs can be excellent psychologists, teachers, counselors, diplomats or politicians.
Next, ENFPs tend to be very talented, energetic and future-oriented. They can easily compete with NT types in the career field when it comes to seeing the bigger picture or finding the underlying principle. Furthermore, despite being an F type, ENFPs excel at using their logic, forming a very potent combination of intuition and rationality – they can focus on the main goal and then put together the plan to achieve that goal. There are many potential careers that make good use of these ENFP traits – people with this personality type tend to be brilliant system analysts, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. This is where ENFPs can truly shine – for instance, scientists and engineers with great networking and people skills are extraordinarily rare. The same can be said about other ENFP careers, but this is an excellent example of how chillingly effective ENFPs can be in certain jobs.
Finally, people with this personality type have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. ENFPs can also be truly inspiring leaders in many careers, but they do not try or enjoy controlling other people. However, there are several weak spots in their armor. Firstly, ENFPs need to feel appreciated by their colleagues and superiors – this can threaten their emotional stability in certain cases or careers. Secondly, ENFPs get bored quite quickly and consequently tend to jump from project to project looking for some new and exciting ideas. Thirdly, ENFPs dislike dealing with monotonous tasks and are likely to do everything to avoid them. These traits may hinder their progress in certain careers – however, some ENFPs turn them into strengths. For instance, ENFPs do very well in careers such as writing, journalism, acting or TV reporting – such jobs can ensure that the ENFP never runs out of interesting ideas and have a big audience to keep them going for a long time.
Dating or being in a relationship with an ENFP can be an eye-opening experience – people with this personality type are very imaginative, flexible and enthusiastic, always coming up with new plans and ideas. ENFPs tend to be passionate and enthusiastic partners, trying really hard to make sure that the other person is happy and showering them with affection. ENFPs also love hearing compliments, often asking for them indirectly.The ENFP’s partner will appreciate and enjoy the warmth and excitement that this personality type brings into the relationship. ENFPs are mysterious, idealistic and deeply emotional – these traits not only tend to attract potential dating partners, but also keep the flame of their relationship burning for many years to come. People with the ENFP personality type are willing and able to enliven their romantic relationships in unusual and exciting ways, often surprising even their long-term partners. If an ENFP decides to commit to the relationship, their devotedness will be unshakeableENFPs are very emotional individuals and this affects their romantic relationships in many ways. Some of the ENFPs’ emotions run quite close to the surface and are easily noticeable, but some are hidden very deep within their minds. This trait may surprise or even shock their partners who may have thought that they had figured everything out – ENFPs tend to be bewilderingly deep and intense individuals, and that intensity is not always apparent.ENFP personalities are likely to be cheerful, sincere and open-minded friends. They rarely have any difficulties understanding other personality types and interacting with them in their “language”. This is a very rare and valuable trait – even though some of the ENFP’s friends may be unable to reciprocate, they will certainly recognize and appreciate the ENFP’s efforts. People with this personality type are usually able to draw even the most reserved friend out of their shell.
ENFP personalities are likely to be creative, enthusiastic and warm parents. People with this personality type are known for their playfulness and their approach to parenting is a reflection of this – ENFP parents love watching their kids play, experiment and learn. ENFPs dislike environments that are too stable and predictable, and consequently are unlikely to try to create something like this for their children.
ENFP parents tend to be intensely emotional and observant – they will easily notice if their child is not feeling well, either physically or emotionally. However, this affection may also be somewhat overbearing and the ENFP’s children are likely to try to distance themselves from the ENFP a little bit, especially during the teenage years.
People with the ENFP personality type will be very dedicated parents, doing their best to be both their child’s best friend and a respected authority figure. ENFPs will also give their children plenty of freedom and teach them how to have fun without compromising their values and ideals.
- Observant. ENFP personalities believe that there are no irrelevant details or actions – they try to notice everything, seeing all events as part of a big mysterious puzzle called life.
- Very popular and friendly. ENFPs are altruistic and cooperative, doing their best to be empathic and friendly in every situation. They can get along with nearly everyone and usually have a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
- Energetic and enthusiastic. ENFPs are always eager to share their ideas with other people and get their opinions in return. Their enthusiasm is contagious and very inspiring at the same time.
- Know how to relax. People with this personality type know how to switch off and have fun, simply experiencing life and everything it has to offer. Their wild bursts of enthusiastic energy can often surprise even their closest friends.
- Excellent communicators. ENFPs tend to have great people skills and they instantly know how to present their ideas in a convincing way. They can handle both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, although the ENFP’s definition of small talk may be somewhat unusual – they will steer the conversation towards ideas rather than weather, gossip etc.
- Curious. ENFPs are very imaginative and open-minded. They enjoy trying out new things and do not hesitate to go outside their comfort zone if necessary.
- Highly emotional. ENFP personalities tend to have very intense emotions, seeing them as an inseparable part of their identity. This may often cause the ENFP to react strongly to criticism, conflicts or tension.
- May have poor practical skills. ENFPs are brilliant when it comes to solving problems, creating processes or initiating projects (especially if they involve other people) – however, they are likely to find it difficult to follow through and deal with the practical, administrative side of things.
- Overthink things. ENFPs always look for hidden motives and tend to overthink even the simplest things, constantly asking themselves why someone did what they did and what that might mean.
- Get stressed easily. ENFPs are very sensitive and care deeply about other people’s feelings – this can cause them a lot of stress sometimes as people often look toward them for guidance and encouragement, and the ENFP cannot always say “yes”.
- Find it difficult to focus. People with the ENFP personality type lose interest quickly if their project shifts towards routine, administrative matters – they may not be able to stop their mind from wandering off.
- Very independent. ENFPs loathe being micromanaged or restrained by rules and guidelines. They want to be seen as highly independent individuals, masters of their own fate.~ http://www.16personalities.com/enfp-strengths-and-weaknessesFamous ENFPs
- Franz Joseph Haydn
Alicia SilverstoneHappy to find out I didn’t score an intelligence type below 50%… which means I’m pretty flexible and well rounded…making it good overall, I believe.****And another one…
Here are a few links to articles that you, other idealists out there, may want to read: