Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Parenting May Have Ruined My Mind

Last night I took one of those online Myers Briggs quizzes. Have you ever taken a Myers Briggs personality inventory? I always think these types of things are interesting, especially if you can print out five pages of results, hand them to your spouse and demand he immediately read and provide relevant feedback.

What I found especially interesting is that my profile has changed over time. Although I realize this was an online mini thing and not as comprehensive as the tests I’ve taken during all those team building exercises employers like to make people endure in the name of forced fun, still…

The last time I participated in a Myers Briggs team building exercise, it was 2005. The little letters that were supposed to tell everyone everything they need to know about me were INTP. The T stands for “Thinking”

When I took the test last night, my “T” is now an “F” which stands for “Feeling”.

I started banging my head, wondering out loud, what has happened in the last four years that would change me from being a rational, logical thinking kind of person into an emotional, babbling touchy feely person? And then it hit me. MOTHERHOOD, which has eradicated all hope of me ever being a rational, logical woman EVER again. Period.

Consider this…

PREVIOUSLY: The INTP has no understanding or value for decisions made on the basis of personal subjectivity or feelings. They strive constantly to achieve logical conclusions to problems, and don’t understand the importance or relevance of applying subjective emotional considerations to decisions. For this reason, INTPs are usually not in-tune with how people are feeling, and are not naturally well-equipped to meet the emotional needs of others.

CURRENTLY: Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.

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8 comments to Parenting May Have Ruined My Mind

  • donna

    You see you have been fibbing yourself all along, I have always known that you were an INFP.
    It took you long enough to figure it out. Finally you have come to your true realization instead of the hard ass that you have always tried to be. Funny that it took a little kid to bring it out in you.

  • Ts are great in the business world, but you have to be a little F to be a good parent.
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  • Jan

    Parenthood tends to do that to ALL of us.

    LOL @ Smalltown Mom. You are SO right.
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  • I change on those things from year to year. We do a lot of them in schools with the kids and I always go along and take the test too.
    Pseudo´s last blog ..Friday Foto: Slice of Morning My ComLuv Profile

  • i think being a mom does alter us. i love taking those tests.
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  • The last time I took this I was a leg-shaving, office working, processed food eating, single gal — wonder how I have changed!
    Amy @ Six Flower Mom´s last blog ..Wordful/Wordless Wednesday – Red and Spiky! My ComLuv Profile

  • Be

    Getting old – ok, more mature – does this to us. At 16 I knew everything, but I find that the older I get the less certain I become. Don’t get me wrong I know what I like and believe in and I will probably grow into a crotchety old son of a bear, but I certainly “feel” that it is interesting and helpful to understand how other people think and believe. I am right for me but not for everyone. Learning how others think is just damn fascinating (albeit sometimes damn frightening). Or is that just empathy or the morbid fascination of an old goat?

  • well the thing about MBTI analysis is 1.)each of the four types is a measurement on a continuum rather than a yes/no, black/white kind of thing, so its not a matter of you thinking or feeling, it could be that you focus slightly more on one than the other – and 2.) each of the types is valid. There is no bad type. I’ve worked in places where everyone wanted a team full of Es, Introversion was considered to be a handicap to overcome. But really, a good manager wants a little of everything on their team.

    Adapting to your environment and what is needed of you, while staying essentially you, is the mark of an evolved mind, not a ruined brain :)
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