I’m an ITSJ, he’s an IFNP. 4 Weeks…

We had a pretty busy week. We continued on our wards (visit LLU Student Blog), attended our first med school lectures, signed up for anatomy and microscope lockers, attended a specialties panel (20 different types of doctors told us about the ins and outs of their specialty), met faculty at the freshmen-faculty dinner, and completed a personality workshop.

Yep, we now know our four-letter acronym. And, as you can see, we only matched up on one letter (I). I suppose we could be a case for opposites attract. Well, anyways here is the breakdown of our personalities.

Janna: So, I’m an ISTJ. That stands for Introvert-Thinker-Sensing-Judging. Very briefly put:

Introvert- I’m shy around new people

Sensing- Use my 5 senses

Thinking- Base decisions on facts, love listing out pros and cons

Judging- Prepare and organize my life

Here’s the official description: ISTJQuiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.

Anthony: I’m an IFNP which stands for Introvert-Feeling-iNtuition-Perceiving.

Introvert- Also shy

iNtuition- Janna would say I’m lost in my own world or the clouds

Feeling- Base decisions on how it affects others (I’d throw an ice cream party when I inform Little Leaguers they can’t play in the state championship… y’know, break some bad news with sugar)

Perceiving- Playful… procrastinator

Here’s the official description: INFP-Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to uMeeting new people :)nderstand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.

The LLU personality workshop was entertaining and informative. The two speakers played off of each others’ opposite personalities, and we learned through a variety of venues. What we thought would be a long, 4-hour session passed by quite quickly. We started off by taking the personality test. Then, we went over the different personalities (with the help of Calvin and Hobbes), and looked at the different specialties for the respective personalities. We were fed (that’s always a plus). We did the Little League exercise to show the difference between Feelers and Thinkers. Whereas the feelers would be worried about the cute, little kids that could be traumatized for life, the thinkers came back with batting averages and statistics to ensure the team would win. Lastly, we separated into our respective personality types and talked with facilitators that had gone through med school.

Through the workshop, we learned about our strengths and weaknesses, and how they applied to medical school. For example, organized people will do well scheduling study times, but may get too bogged down in the details (Apparently, it’s impossible to learn everything for med school. Just the important stuff, I guess?). One important thing to note is that we are not stuck or required to only be our designated letters. Even though we are both introverts, most doctors are required to talk to other people (at least their patients). So, the workshop simply showed us our natural tendencies. We can still decide who we want to be. In fact, the workshop helps us identify what areas we need to focus on to be who we want to be. Well, enough of that. If you want to read more about the different personalities, visit the official Myers & Briggs website.

By the way, tomorrow we dive in. :/ Looking at our endorphin level, you can see that one of us is getting cold feet. But, we’re going to push forward together.



One thought on “I’m an ITSJ, he’s an IFNP. 4 Weeks…

  1. Pingback: Relaxation and de-stress during post-test week. « Med School Survival

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