Personality Psychology - Jung's Theory & the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

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Fill out the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, and then write an essay about how well the picture provided by the Keirsey and the interpretative materials matches your view of yourself. Include some discussion of the degree to which the test's interpretative materials include undiscriminating "Barnum statements".


Last year, when I was panning what to do in my summer holiday (as people told me to do so), I faced troubles. There were so many activities for me to choose from! If I make up my mind too early, I may miss some other better, more interesting, more inspiring activities! Also, as I was leaving for the US soon, my friends were calling me out for farewells. It was neither easy to say yes nor say no, because being in a large group makes me uncomfortable (I don't know how to listen to 10 people at a time and respond to them individually); but then it would be sad if I turn down their invitations or to disappoint them.

Therefore, I pushed back my "deadlines" and confirm my schedule in the last minute. Why not? Things will go on well. I was just trying to be as flexible as I can.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which is based on Jung's theory, says I am an ENFP, an intuitive-feeling-perceiving extravert (Keirsey Temperament Sorter, p.11). Accordingly, I should be quite outgoing, imaginative, sympathetic and pending. However, I would consider myself as an introvert, an orientation which Jung says is inborn and hard to change. For other dimensions, I agree with the Keirsey descriptions very much. The typical me I described above is valid evidence to show that I am an INFP person.

I would consider myself as an introvert. I need a lot of time to be alone every...