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Izell Robinson

Hello, yes, this is Izell Robinson, inmate #210006, Minnesota inmate confined in the quadrilaterals of systemic injustice, fighting to be heard and effect positive change. Yet, in order to do that, I need you the listeners to hear me and act. So I’m only asking to be heard.

Today, I wanted to talk about something we did in this Transitions class, because I’m close to being released here from the prison within a couple of months, and you work on different job and housing placement-type skills. But they had us do this personality test that’s supposed to tell your personality and help figure out what type of jobs you may qualify [for]. So it was called, like, a Myers-Briggs personality test from And they gave me a personality of a ENFJ, which they called a “giver”: extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging. And a overview of the ENFJ personality type I was going to go over.

It says: also known as the giver, protagonist. Personality is one of 16 different personality types identified by the Myer[s]-Briggs Type Indicator. People with ENFJ personality type are often described as warm, outgoing, loyal, and sensitive. Of all the personality types, the ENFJ is often perceived as being the strongest people person. They are capable of forging friendships with all personality types, even the more introverted or reticent individuals. It says because of their ability to sense what others feel and affect how people behave, they do have the ability to influence and even manipulate others. This is balanced by their strong value system and desire to help other people be the best they can be.

ENFJ is the opposite of the ISTP personality type. Psychologist David Keirsey suggests that approximately 2% to 5% of all people have the ENFJ personality, so not a lot of people have this personality. It says key ENJF characteristics: ENFJs are strong extroverts and enjoy spending time with other people; ENFJs have great people skills and are often described as warm, affectionate, and supportive; ENFJs are great at encouraging other people and derive personal satisfaction from helping others; ENFJs are often so interested in devoting their time to others, they can neglect their own needs; ENFJs also have a tendency to be too hard on themselves, blaming themselves when things go wrong and not giving themselves enough credit when things go right. Because of this, it is important that people with this personality type regularly set aside some time to attend to their needs. ENFJs are good at bringing consequences among diverse people, or consensus. For this reason, they can be outstanding leaders and bring enthusiasm to a group that can be motivating and inspirational.

One common myth about the protagonist personality is that they are always sociable. While they love people, they do need time to be alone in order to assimilate and organize their thoughts. Some of the strengths was: outgoing and warm-hearted, empathetic, wide social circle, encouraging, organized, affectionate, and persuasive. While the weaknesses are approval-seeking, overly sensitive, indecisive, self-sacrificing, rigid, uncompromising, overprotective, manipulative at times. They say some of the famous people we may know that are also ENFJs are Abraham Maslow, the psychologist; Peyton Manning, the football player; Barack Obama, the former U.S. President; Bono, the musician; Elizabeth Bennet, the character in Pride and [Prejudice]. It says ENFJs value other people highly and are warm, nurturing, and supportive in personal relationships. At time, they can become very wrapped up in other people’s problems. They are altruistic and interested in helping others, which can sometimes come off as a bit overbearing. Despite this, they are usually very well-liked, and people appreciate their genuine concern and care.

Popular careers for ENFJs are counselors, teachers, psychologists, social workers, human resource managers, sales representatives, and managers. They say ENFJs often do the best in careers where they get to help other people and spend a great deal of time interacting with others. Because of their strong communication and organizational skills, ENFJs can make great leaders and managers. They are good at organizing activities, helping each group member achieve their potential, and resolving interpersonal conflict. They strive to create harmony in all situations, and always seem to know what to do to ease tension and minimize disagreements.

So I thought that was interesting. I think that a lot of that does reference the type of person I am and type of jobs that I tend to look out for, for my career path, because, you know, I’m amicable, persuasive, charismatic, determined, and outgoing. So I think that, you know, the Myer[s]-Briggs test for the personality test and linking with the jobs was pretty accurate, for the most part. So that’s why I wanted to share it and thank you for listening.

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