Engl 8800 – ENFP Assessment
Dr. John J. McKenna
January 29, 2008
Temperament II Sorter (KTS-II) identified me as an Idealist Champion, and by
all accounts, I must agree with the relative accuracy of its assessment. I have always been an intensely passionate
person, both in my interpersonal relationships and in my interests. I have a heartfelt desire to pursue the
meaning of existence, and I value my relationships with other in proportion to
which I feel they are genuine, honest people; to emotional phonies, I concede
no quarter. I have made it my mission
to give my son everything in life: nurturing, love, understanding, and
unconditional acceptance to pursue whatever passion he finds in his life.
I am a very idealistic person and a romantic at heart.
My favorite movie is Titanic, and I have always believed that this world can be a better
place if we simply all agree to disagree and love one another. Real fantasy! I have always been an activist at my jobs, and have attempted
recently to organize my part-time job until the CWA branch of the AFL/CIO
informed me they will not be assisting in our effort.
I have lost or quit jobs over issues of idealism and
honesty. Being true to myself, I have
even fought against others close to me to pursue my advanced degree, ignoring
the short-term personal cost.
In fact, at
most of my jobs over the years, I have found the work so mundane as to be
mind-numbingly depressing. In jobs
where I have discovered some semblance of meaning or purpose, there has usually
been a strong component where satisfying the needs of other people have been
critical to my success. Any place where
I can help others improve – whether it is communicating the value of one retail
purchase decision over another or whether it’s directing and guiding students
in reaching their full potential, I am most happy with my work when I am
helping others self-actualize.
admit, though, that I felt some of the aspects of the “Teacher” better fit my
personality. I love to help, and seeing
others learn and be successful is a dynamic feeling for me.
I garner great satisfaction from creating
entertaining, interactive lessons, both in my collegiate teaching and when I
was a corporate trainer. Also, I am
very intuitive and rely heavily upon my intuition although I am not,
admittedly, as organized or well-prepared as the Teacher states.
Of course, I am certainly
“Healer,” as I am usually unable to present a calmer face to the world and am
more extrovert than introvert or shy. I
love to help others, but I am considerably more outspoken than Healers would
As far as “Counselors”
go, I share
their desire to see others self-actualize, however (Dr. McKenna’s favorite
transitional word), I am very apt to express my inmost personal feelings and
idealizations to others, particularly when they are remotely open to
sharing. I hate – no, no, that’s not
the right word . . . abhor – no, wait, that’s too gentle . . . loathe –
authority and institutions, too – for I have discovered over the years that
organizations seek goals at the expense of minimizing and ultimately
suffocating our humanity - and that further detracts from the likelihood that I
would be a Counselor. Still, I do have
an intuitive feel for the twisted ambitions of others and have been successful
in anticipating when others, whether peers or supervisors (and occasionally
subordinates), are likely to use me then toss me to the proverbial side.
I am an intensely emotional person who loves to communicate all I have learned
and discovered in life, so the “Champion” subtype is likely the best fit.