ISP Training Week 5

This week’s training was a quite interesting.

Because all ISP teams are composed of individuals who were strangers just a few months ago, the MOB office wants to know that at the end of every day, we can lay down any differences we might all have and be able to love each other as Christ loves us. Thus, every single ISP participant had to take the Myers-Briggs test.

For those who do not know what Myers-Briggs is, it a survey of sorts that is supposed to categorize you into a certain group, and should be able to tell you and others about your personality. It consists of 70 questions, and at the end everything is added up and it gives you your 4-letter combination.

There are four groups of two letters. These are the letters:

  • Category 1: E–Extrovert
    I–Introvert
  • Category 2:  S–Sensory
    N–Intuitive
  • Category 3: T–Thinking
    F–Feeling
  • Category 4: J–Judging
    P–Perceiving

Based on how you answer the 70 questions, you get a result that consists of one letter from each of the four categories.

My combination was ISFJ, which means I am introverted (this surprised me!), sensory, feeling, and judging. My four-letter result is classified as the “protector.” This did NOT surprise me at all!

Here is a definition of what ISFJ is supposed to look like:

Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Work devotedly to meet their obligations. Lend stability to any project or group. Thorough, painstaking, accurate. Their interests are usually not technical. Can be patient with necessary details. Loyal, considerate, perceptive, concerned with how other people feel.

Does that sound like me? 🙂

I struggled a little bit with this test. I always have trouble answering questions when I only have two possible choices. I am so much of a grey-area person, I am not black and white. I have always prided myself on being able to see things from both ends of the spectrum, and always landing somewhere in the middle.

My struggles continued as I sat through the training session. A married couple who are truly opposites explained every single letter and how it represents each person. As they explained what each letter means, I resolved myself to the fact that I am simply a middle person. I found myself able to relate to every single letter, which means that this test just confirmed everything I already knew about myself. I am a middle person. That is simply the way God made me!

I am happy to be able to say that I know who I am. I feel blessed by this because I know it is rare to know yourself at a young age. But, God knows what He is doing!

I loved this training session! It reminded me to keep in mind that everyone is different, and even though scientists and psychologists have curiously tried for years to categorize people, it simply cannot be done. God made each and every person on Earth to be unique. There are no two people exactly alike! That is so cool to know! Just one more thing to marvel at! Everyone is a miracle!

My prayer for my team this week is that we each remember that we are different, but our differences are meant to bring us together, not drive us apart. Ever.

God bless 🙂

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