“Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self — always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.”
- Self-discovery sounds correct.
- “Naturally drawn to working with other people” is… perhaps less correct. I value the relationships I have, but I’m not exactly a social butterfly type. I prefer small groups or individual work a lot of the time.
“Idealists are sure that friendly cooperation is the best way for people to achieve their goals. Conflict and confrontation upset them because they seem to put up angry barriers between people. Idealists dream of creating harmonious, even caring personal relations, and they have a unique talent for helping people get along with each other and work together for the good of all. Such interpersonal harmony might be a romantic ideal, but then Idealists are incurable romantics who prefer to focus on what might be, rather than what is. The real, practical world is only a starting place for Idealists; they believe that life is filled with possibilities waiting to be realized, rich with meanings calling out to be understood. This idea of a mystical or spiritual dimension to life, the “not visible” or the “not yet” that can only be known through intuition or by a leap of faith, is far more important to Idealists than the world of material things.”
- I do like cooperating with people in relevant situations, because conflict does make me uncomfortable. And I suppose I do have a tendency to bring people together regarding my friends.
- I am… definitely not an incurable romantic, though. This is why tests like this vary a lot for me; I type somewhat “romantic” or “sentimental” when asked some questions because of how I relate to people that are in my life, but I don’t exactly crave that sort of interaction or feeling with strangers.
- I like what might be insofar as possibilities, but not insofar as impracticalities. I like to dream, I suppose, but I don’t necessarily need it to be magical or “not visible.” I like to dream of potential things that may not be visible yet, but could be.
“Highly ethical in their actions, Idealists hold themselves to a strict standard of personal integrity. They must be true to themselves and to others, and they can be quite hard on themselves when they are dishonest, or when they are false or insincere. More often, however, Idealists are the very soul of kindness. Particularly in their personal relationships, Idealists are without question filled with love and good will. They believe in giving of themselves to help others; they cherish a few warm, sensitive friendships; they strive for a special rapport with their children; and in marriage they wish to find a “soulmate,” someone with whom they can bond emotionally and spiritually, sharing their deepest feelings and their complex inner worlds.”
- I definitely do go hard on myself, though. Harder on myself than others. I’m willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t necessarily do that for myself, which I’m working on.
- “A few warm, sensitive friendships” sounds right. And I search for soulmates in every regard, not just romantic relationships; I believe that soulmates don’t have to be romantic, and that a person can have more than one. Not always, but possibly.
“Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. They are naturally drawn to working with people and are gifted with helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potential both on, and off, the job.”
- This little paragraph largely paraphrases the first, and again, I acknowledge that I am not “naturally drawn” to group work, but I do strive for personal development.
“Your beliefs are the arbiter of your actions, even if you cannot articulate those beliefs specifically. You hold a strong, clear sense of the way the universe works, what’s “right” and what’s “wrong,” and what your purpose is in the overall scheme of things. In your ideal job, you can embody those beliefs in your relationships with other people. Because you likely have a talent for de-escalating situations and can almost always find just the “right words”, you often significantly improve the morale of organizations to which you belong.”
- Mostly, yes. I know what’s “right” and “wrong” for me; I don’t presume to think that the same things are “right” and “wrong” for everyone in every situation. Obviously some things are universal, but there are shades of gray. Shades of gray might be why I sometimes type out this way, though I sometimes approach them in a decidedly not-Idealist way.
- I also don’t know what my purpose is yet. I’m trying to figure that out.
- But I’d like to think I’m good with finding the “right words.”
“Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.”
- Sometimes, sometimes, not usually, yes, yes, yes.
“Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.”
- Priding myself on said things sounds sort of arrogant, but I strive to be those things if I can.
“Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.”
- Yes, sometimes, sometimes, yes.
“Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.”
- N/A, N/A, N/(often)/A.
When I’ve Myers-Briggs tested before, I usually end up INFJ, ISFJ, INTJ, or sometimes ISTJ. I really do vary on those middle letters. Idealists apparently can type INFJ, which is reasonable, though I have yet to read a set of results for any of these tests that sounds completely like me. The Keirsey is close, and I think it makes a lot of valid points about how I relate to other people, particularly in a professional context, but it’s not 100% on the individual, which isn’t of issue right now anyway.