So Long Insecurity, Hello Me

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I am reading Beth Moore’s newest book, So Long Insecurity…You’ve been a bad friend to us.

Wow, has God been using this book to touch my heart and thunk (may have just made up another word) on the head about some things. One of them is embracing who I am, who He made me to be rather than being so worried about how others perceive who I am, if I come on too strong, if I talk too much, etc. I am just me.
I re-took the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator test because I wanted to know who I am today. I had taken it many times as a young adult (because my grandmother is certified to administer the test) and in college but I know that I have changed and grown over the last ten years.
Here are my results:
Idealist Portrait of the Teacher (ENFJ)

Even more than the other Idealists, Teachers have a natural talent for leading students or trainees toward learning, or as Idealists like to think of it, they are capable of calling forth each learner’s potentials. Teachers (around two percent of the population) are able – effortlessly, it seems, and almost endlessly-to dream up fascinating learning activities for their students to engage in. In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible.

In whatever field they choose, Teachers consider people their highest priority, and they instinctively communicate personal concern and a willingness to become involved. Warmly outgoing, and perhaps the most expressive of all the types, Teachers are remarkably good with language, especially when communicating in speech, face to face. And they do not hesitate to speak out and let their feelings be known. Bubbling with enthusiasm, Teachers will voice their passions with dramatic flourish, and can, with practice, become charismatic public speakers. This verbal ability gives Teachers a good deal of influence in groups, and they are often asked to take a leadership role.

Teachers like things settled and organized, and will schedule their work hours and social engagements well ahead of time-and they are absolutely trustworthy in honoring these commitments. Valuing as they do interpersonal cooperation and harmonious relations, Teachers are extraordinarily tolerant of others, are easy to get along with, and are usually popular wherever they are.

Teachers are highly sensitive to others, which is to say their intuition tends to be well developed. Certainly their insight into themselves and others is unparalleled. Without a doubt, they know what is going on inside themselves, and they can read other people with uncanny accuracy. Teachers also identify with others quite easily, and will actually find themselves picking up the characteristics, emotions, and beliefs of those around them. Because they slip almost unconsciously into other people’s skin in this way, Teachers feel closely connected with those around them, and thus show a sincere interest in the joys and problems of their employees, colleagues, students, clients, and loved ones.

My thoughts: God has a sense of humor, doesn’t he? The one thing I keep telling Him He picked the wrong girl to do (teach/speak) is the title of my personality profile. Hardy har har, God.

And I was right, my personality has changed…just a bit from when I was younger. I used to be an ENFP. I can totally see how the J (judging) part has become more prominent in my personality, I think molded by experiences and maturity.

So, today I am unwrapping the gift of me. Who God created and molded me to be and being completely okay with it (or on the way to being okay with it ;))
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  1. Oh my Melissa! I knew all along God had chosen the perfect woman to encourage others through speaking and blogging. You are an amazing witness to those around you! And now? Now I head over to Lifeway to buy Beth Moore’s book. 🙂

  2. glad to hear you've enjoyed this book. i so need to read it! i think personality tests are helpful… although it's strange because everytime i've ever taken one i get a different result! maybe i have a personality dysfuntcion. ha!

    • personality tests are subjective to a certain degree regarding your mood at
      the moment, life circumstances, etc. I also find that the older I get the
      more consistent the results are. Thanks for stopping by today =)

  3. swilkes3 says:

    Thanks for sharing. We are all unique and as we are for a purpose. I need to take that again too….forgot what I was!!!!!!!! Sounds funny.

  4. I've heard that was a great book…I think my sis has it, must go borrowing! Great post.

  5. What a wonderful gift to unwrap! Sounds like this is a book I need to read.

  6. I'd love to take the Meyers Briggs again!

    And I'm reading So Long, Insecurity also! Just started yesterday and love it so far.

  7. Hey sweet! I actually re-took the Myers Briggs today because it was mentioned on Jo-Lynne's blog. Too funny … I'm INTJ.

  8. I am working on this book right now, too. Can't seem to ever go wrong with Beth Moore. I always learn so much.

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