Have you ever had your personality type tested? Mine was identified by psych researchers studying pot-luck roommates during my freshman year of college. You can do a mini-version of that test online here. Here's what that Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (aka. Jung typology) test page says about my personality type in reference to career path:
ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things that interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values.
It's hard to believe there are only 16 personality types out there, but ENFP gets me so spot on that I must agree I'm one of the 16. Here's the flip side of having all those "skills and talents":
Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivious to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP's family members.
Ha, sorry dear.
This next statement rings true in some ways for me as a parent, and I hope Vivi will forgive whatever flaws I have as a result of my personality type:
Having an ENFP parent can be a fun-filled experience, but may be stressful at times for children with strong Sensing or Judging tendencies. Such children may see the ENFP parent as inconsistent and difficult to understand, as the children are pulled along in the whirlwind life of the ENFP. Sometimes the ENFP will want to be their child's best friend, and at other times they will play the parental authoritarian. But ENFPs are always consistent in their value systems, which they will impress on their children above all else, along with a basic joy of living.
And here's probably why I enjoy staying at home and why I have a love-hate relationship with blogging sometimes:
They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled.
Ultimately, I don't think a MBTI score has to lock you into any one method of being, but I do think it's good to analyze and predict what might come to be. I'm sure that's also an ENFP trait...