I will start by saying HI to all and it's great to read all your thoughts. I am an ESFP and LOVE learning about personality types, I think because I don't understand why people do what they do sometimes. Why aren't they as empathetic as me? Why don't they want to join in conversations? Why won't they open up?
Learning about personality types gives me a book on how to relate to these people, helps me understand the way they think and perceive the world. I am married to an ESTJ ! which is where a lot of interest in personalities came into play for me. We were so different and always arguing about most things, which was very stressful for me as I like harmony and to have a good ol' laugh. Being with a TJ has definitely changed me and my perspectives on things. As mine has also allowed him to exercise the weaker facets of his personality.
It's weird but having lived with an ESTJ for 10 years I feel like an ESFP is a much weaker personality. Once upon a time I thought that being optimistic and being able to adapt easily would have been a plus for anyone but I feel like I have been beaten down. I now see my 'F' as a weakness and not being able to rationalize my emotions as a negative. I have an ENTJ as a Mother-in-law as well ! I only see her once a year, but it takes me weeks to put myself back together after she spends a week tearing me down with all her 'advice'.
I am now looking after my 14 yr old sister ( I am 34 yrs old), and she is an INTP. We come from different planets I am sure but I am trying to learn more about her as she is so introverted and different in her thinking it's hard to be a good parent/guardian to her. Her detachment is hard for me to understand. It would be nice to see her desire something that is good for her but alas she is quite happy to sit on the computer all day and only communicate in a virtual world ! Any advice??
What did INTP's do before Ipod's and IM'ing.?? at least I have her going to school now.
Anyway that's a glimpse into my story.