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General Description of Traits: Your choices are governed by a strong internal sense of what is right and you seek to perform to a very high standard. You will go to great lengths to maintain sufficient autonomy to direct your actions in ways that are consistent with your beliefs. Much of your mental energy is focused on the welfare of people you love and furthering causes you believe in. In fact, you are unlikely to give a project much effort if it doesn't further one of your cherished causes. Your tendency to focus on your general impressions rather than on hard facts can lead you to unrealistic expectations. You faithfully fulfill your obligations and will make personal sacrifices to assure outcomes important to you. This can lead to self-effacing behavior at times, and you would be well served to cultivate the gumption to say "no" and to say that you disagree when you do. You've cultivated a calm, reserved, and pleasant demeanor as a tool for smoothing the way for your ideas, and to protect your private self. Sensitivity and empathy characterize your approach to others, and you may be surprised to find that others often see you as cold and reserved. You are patient with people and with complications to your plans, but you balk at following routines. This and your tendency to skip over details can hamper your effectiveness. Also, your propensity to go along with almost anything unless your non-negotiable values are violated can cause you to get off track.
You tend to be independent, but thrive in a collaborative relationship with someone you trust and respect. You can be remarkably easy going about some things and very insistent about the values you hold dear, giving you some surprisingly rigid boundaries within a generally flexible approach to life. Being impulsive and filled with ideas, you tend to accumulate a trail of unfinished projects, and will tidy up for guests more than for yourself or your family. Sympathetic and sensitive to others' feelings, you are conciliatory mate and will stretch yourself trying to please everyone in your family. Criticism and conflict wound you, so you do what you can to avoid them both. Though you are prone to pleasing others you have mixed feelings about your own pleasure, because you tend to expect some pain to come along and balance the joy of the moment.
Parenthood: Above all, you tend to focus on the development of your children's values, and seek to raise ethical beings who understand the implications of their actions. As an empathetic parent who naturally seeks to be helpful, you have to exert extra effort to let them learn their own lessons, and deal with their own disappointments. Make sure they know you love them regardless of what they do. As nurturing as your attentions to them may be, your high standards may be intimidating and your poor relationship with routine can leave your children in need of more consistency in household rules and daily scheduling. Your sense of guilt comes from your ability to see possibilities as if they were real, and you need to just let go of the things you wish you'd done differently. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When reading books about the Myers Briggs temperament, look up INFP. That temperament is the closest match for your temperament as assessed by this test. *ÂŠ*Continue
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