My name is Philip. My type is ENFJ, or the “Teacher.”
My greatest joy in life comes from maximizing the potential of those around me—to see the good in someone, and then spur them on to developing that good into something great. I believe God has created all people with a treasure inside—a gift if you will—that when identified can be cultivated, allowing that person to fulfill the purpose God intended for their lives.
The MBTI has been an outstanding tool in my life in the process of learning and accepting others. However, it has its limitations, like any theory, and my goal has never been to put people into a box. It has always been to understand them and help them live a life of maximum realization.
I have been told by others that I have an uncanny ability to type others with little effort. I must admit, I have done hours upon hours of research, but this ability is not primarily the result of my booking. It largely is the result of observing those around me. I grew up in a large family where each of the four major categories are represented: two SP’s, three NF’s, two NT’s, and one SJ, thus giving me a unique perspective.
In my life, I have been surrounded by many different types of people, and I carefully observe each person’s habits, interests, intellectual pursuits, reactions to stress…the list goes on and on. Some of you may say, “How very ENFJ of you.” Others of you might be skeptical, to which I say, “How very INTP of you.”
That said, I do not meet someone and instantly run over to a book I own, flip through the pages, and try to pinpoint what type they are (though admittedly I have done this before for some of the more complex people I’ve met.) I simply observe and compare. You may disagree with some of my typing, and I welcome that. My goal is to give careful reasoning behind my choices, and I encourage both questions, comments, and even challenges.