Would You Like Kitty Treats With That?

Okay, I confess, it’s late. I’ve just come back from a shift at the petstore, and any moment now will be settling down with Holmes and Watson to help them solve “The Sign of Four.” So most of this entry won’t be my own writing. It’ll be stolen from Do What You Are, 4th Edition (Paule Tieger and Barbara Barron, Little, Brown, & Company: New York, 2007).

The first edition came out in 1992, and I’ve read it several times over the years in one employment counseling office or another. It’s based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test. After answering 3.5 zillion preference questions, one ends up with a set of four letters.

You are either:

  • E or I — Extroverted or Introverted;
  • S or N — Sensing or iNtuitive;
  • T or F — Thinking or Feeling; and
  • J or P — Judging or Perceptive.

Well, I’m an INFP — a solitary, indecisive, emotional mess. Oh wait, that’s not a quote from the book. What is a quote is the following list of 10 things that spell career satisfaction for me. I’d like you to think about how true they sound to you. Then I’m going to leave you with the one-sentence conclusion I gave E.g. when I read this list at the bookstore this morning.

As An INFP, career satisfaction means doing work that:

  1. Is in harmony with my own personal values and beliefs and allows me to express my vision through my work;
  2. Gives me time to develop substantial depth to my ideas and maintain control over the process and product;
  3. Is done autonomously; with a private work space and plenty of uninterrupted time, but with periodic opportunities to bounce my ideas off people I feel respect me.
  4. Is done within a flexible structure, with a minimum of rules or regulations, letting me work on projects when I feel inspired.
  5. Is done with other creative and caring individuals in a cooperative environment free from tension and interpersonal strife.
  6. Lets me express my originality and in which personal growth is encouraged and rewarded.
  7. Does not require me to present my work frequently in front of groups of people or be called upon to share before it is completed to my satisfaction.
  8. Allows me to help others grow and develop and realize their full potential.
  9. Involves understanding people and discovering what makes them tick; allows me to develop deep one-to-one relationships with others.
  10. Allows me to work toward fulfilling my ideals and not be limited by political, financial, or other obstacles.
  • (pp 159-60)

I showed the list to E.g. and said, “No wonder I love blogging.”

PS A big thank you to Alyson, of “Laugh in the Sun”, who passed along a Kind Blogger Award to me on Saturday! (See # 3, 5, & 6 above. )

8 Responses to Would You Like Kitty Treats With That?

  1. jamesviscosi says:

    I remember that test. I think we all took it back in college in one or the other of our psych classes. I don’t recall for sure what I came out as but believe I was an INTJ.

  2. livingisdetail says:

    Blogging fits that pretty well. It is uncanny actually. I am not a fan of those tests but I love the sound of that work environment.

  3. Shelley says:

    Interesting that all these “introverts” are prolific bloggers, isn’t it? says the ISFJ 🙂

    Is there any chance you can scan and email me what it says for me?

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, guys! Thanks for your comments; I’m working my responses into the next blog entry. Stay tuned…

  5. […] into this entry most of what I originally put in my response to the first three comments on “Would You Like Kitty Treats With That?”, and filled in around the […]

  6. goodbear says:

    i want to take the test!

  7. Alyson says:

    Right back at ya!

  8. lavenderbay says:

    Eeeeeeeeeeek! Brainless, brainless! First I spelled “Keirsey” wrong, then I realized that it wasn’t the test I meant at all!!!! You’ll want to google “Myers-Briggs” for a Type Indicator test (abbreviated to MBTI) . There are various free online versions of the test out there.
    Entries have been edited. I should have known I was calling it the wrong thing, because I know that the test I wanted was developed by two women psychologists — and therefore the test has a hyphenated name. Duh.
    Lemme know what you find out, Goodbear and Alyson!

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