Wednesday, 21 October 2015

10 Struggles of an ENFP

Blogosphere, I greet you once more! Sorry for the horrendous delay, things have been a little hectic lately. Exciting news, I spent the most recent holidays in New York which was amazing (and which I totally plan on bragging all about in future posts), and now I'm back at school, I've officially started Year 12, how crazy is that? I don't even know what is happening. Anyway, to effectively push that as far out of my mind as possible, today I bring you a post based on the fairly recent '16 Personalities' test that has been flooding the internet. It's kind of scarily accurate, and after taking the test, I got ENFP. Apparently I'm called 'The Campaigner', and according to my acronym, I'm Extroverted, Intuitive, a Thinker, Prospective and Assertive. Is that good? I have no idea, but I think it pretty much sums me up. To add to the fun, based on these personality types there is a whole explanation of different traits, so inspired by a post by Thought Catalog, I've decided to list some of the struggles that I share with my fellow ENFP's. So without further ado, here they all are . . .

1. Getting really Pumped from Socialising but Hating Superficial Conversations

Don't get me wrong, I seriously love social interaction the majority of the time, but sometimes I just can't be bothered. Talking to people gets me super hyped up and energised, but when conversations turn meaningless and superficial, it just takes so much effort to be apart of them. I mean, why can't I talk about the meaning of life and express my philosophical musings while doing some hardcore karaoke?

2. Being Motivated to Do Things but Also Wanting to Stay Home and Do Nothing

Like seriously, there are times when I get ridiculously psyched to go out and do stuff with my life and ponder becoming Prime Minister or something, but then there's Netflix. Enough said. 

3. Having so many Amazing Ideas that will Forever Remain Half Finished

I have written half a musical, 75% of 3 novels, started to create 4 of my own businesses, and planned about 15 extravagant events that have never come to be. Why? Because I need to let my creativity out in some way, otherwise it gets weird in here. 

4. Contradicting Yourself because you legit see Different Sides of the Same Situation

I have so many conflicting ideas, because truth be told, I can see most situations from lots of different people's perspectives and don't know which one is most correct or which one to adopt for myself. So basically there's just a constant internal debate going on inside my mind, and believe me when I say it gets strange in here. 

5. Being Super Creative and Productive the Day Something is Due

The prospect of work is never fun, however ENFP's will often find something to get excited about and start freaking out over it. However, this spark of creativity is most likely to hit you the day your assessment is due, which means you have at least a good hour of solid, productive work before you have to hand it in. 

6. Having People Think You're Stupid Because You're Super Optimistic and Upbeat

For some reason, being happy and excited leads people to think that you were born without an inch of intelligence, which I can say first hand is pretty annoying. But never fear, just wait for your exam results and all will be revealed. 

7. Taking on More Than you Can Probably Handle and Then Making Sure you Can out of Stubbornness

I don't know about you, but I know that I constantly take on heaps of responsibilities, and then when people say that perhaps it's a bit much, I get super stubborn and determined to prove them wrong, which I inevitably do. Is this a good quality? Honestly, no idea. 

8. Needing to Spend Way More Time Alone Than other Extroverts

People and socialisation is great and everything, but I really do need time to just go home, hide in my own personal cave, do some blogging, watch some Netflix, and hide myself from the world. Maybe it's because I'm an only child, maybe it's just a me thing, but in the words of that wise, young Mexican girl, por que no los dos? 

9. Seeming Shallow Because You Change Topics at Lightening Speed

I'm not even going to begin to understand the inner workings of my mind, but I do know it gets a little hectic in there. I have so many different ideas happening at once, and when I'm in a conversation, I feel the need to get through as many of them as I can, especially if I'm confined to a 45 minute lunch break. But really, I promise you I'm not shallow, in fact I care about everything way more than I probably should. I'm just trying to burn through as many topics as I can in record speed. 

10. Being a Total Contradiction 100% of the Time

As I say, I have a bunch of conflicting views which definitely spill over into the way I act. I'm an extrovert but love some alone time, I'm lazy in theory but hella motivated in practice and I'm bubbly and excitable but still not a total idiot. Honestly, I don't even know, but I enjoy being me.

So there you have it, a list of all the strange little idiosyncrasies us ENFP's share. If you have to endure any of these struggles, welcome to the club, and if you don't, well I'm sure you have some (lamer) struggles of your own. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I suggest you go and take the test for yourself, because it's pretty spot on. Til' next time . . .

Annabel xx

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