Personality Types, Tarot + Epicurus

Buttercups growing towards the sun

Like Tarot, being so well connected to Jung and archetypes, I’m all for a bit of Myer-Briggs. It’s a psychometric testing tool developed by a mother-daughter team (!!) for evaluating temperament, or what your personality has a tendency to be. Not cast in stone, quite dynamic, although an extreme extravert is unlikely to become and extreme introvert. But we can change. We do change, it’s inevitable.

I guess it’s about deciding to be heliotropic, like the buttercups growing towards the sun.

I’m doing a strengths and skills audit, leading up to a Learning Needs analysis. This will help me work out what I want to get from, and what I can offer, a professional placement.

Idealists

I have just tested, yet again, as an ENFP… an Idealist “Champion”. Also tend towards the ENFJ “Teacher”, having a fairly equal tendency towards perception + judgement (or perhaps we could say left brain / right brain).

“Idealists (NFs), 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 fulfil their potentials.”

Nothing too surprising there and sounds just right for the kind of work I am doing as a participatory artist + educator. Graeme my husband is an Idealist too. Many of our close friends are. But we need a balance in the world. Where would we be without the Guardians, Rationalists + Artisans?

  • “Idealists are… enthusiastic, intuitive, romantic, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
  • Loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
  • Giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
  • Intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.”

Of course it’s not all positive, and I can imagine (infact I KNOW) the shadow side of all this. But I’ll reflect on that in private ;-)… with input from trusted close friends + colleagues.

Champions

“… positive, exuberant people, and often their confidence in the goodness of life and of human nature makes good things happen.”

And here’s some good reasons for my Facebook / social media interest… and love of (transformative) conversation…

“Champions often can’t wait to tell others of their extraordinary experiences. Champions can be tireless in talking with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out. And usually this is not simple storytelling; Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions.

Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of all the types.”

I hear you Isabel + Katherine. Load and clear…

The test is now taken is now taken by more than two million people per year and is translated into 16 languages. From my experience, because it works.

Champions at Work

At this point, I can see this post becoming a gathering place for threads of thought and praxis. I really don’t imagine many (any?) people will read the whole thing. But it’s helpful for me to cut and paste and chat and construct it. Maybe one day we will speak, or you will leave comments and let me know what you think. Help me gaze at my own navel, or yours too if you like 😉

People naturally confide in the Champion (ENFP). That’s why they make such good mediators, counselors, teachers, consultants, and reporters.

Any position that outreaches to others can fit the Champion. They can be columnists, journalists, publicists, copy writers, advertising account executives. In the arts they can be character actors, cartoonists, art educators.

[I’ve done nearly all of these professionally or personally at some stage.]

If they choose jobs such as restaurateur, be sure that their business sites will be unique and designed for a particular type of customer. Don’t be surprised to see them as an inventor.

[eg. Metta Eggs?]

This type of personality wants to experience the whole of life and may change careers more often than many other types.

[Um… yep!]

Says Charles, “I’ve had a number of jobs and when there is nothing left to create, I move to something new.

I want my life to be spiced with newness, love, and joy.”

[Yep Yep Yep!]

What type are you?

So, it’s really working for me. Accurate, inspiring. Why not do the questionnaire and come back and let me know privately or via comments. Most importantly, look at what resonates, what you want to grow towards, like the sunflowers do.

You can do it for free here, then use the information on the Keirsey site. But I would pay the $15 and do the proper version on the Keirsey site. It’s widely used in human resources and personal development. Well worth trying and well researched. Not perfect, but nothing like this is.

queen of wands

Mythic Tarot + Epicurus

My favourite tarot deck, for many years, is the Mythic, connecting the C14th (or earlier) cards with Greek mythology, which so much of a our western culture and my own personal narrative is informed by. My mother’s family name Gargett can be traced back etymologically to Gargettus, the birthplace of Epicurus, just outside Athens. Who knows for sure, but as Epicurian philosophy of friendship, food and loyalty fits so well with my Gargett family culture, I’m willing to go with that one. Quite Pagan and Buddhist in some ways, so that’s bound to fit well. In The Garden, where they met…

“For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear—and aponia—the absence of pain—and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends.”

I’ve been using the Mythic Tarot a lot lately. As an intuitive person, it certainly helps me reflect and access truth and wisdom… or just to get another possible perspective. Even though I can be incredibly rational, I do find it quite spooky sometimes. Have been getting lots of Wands + Cups lately (creative quests + love).

The Queen of Wands keeps coming to visit. In inspiring, if slightly intimidating figure. So perfect for now… “Industrious, creative, versatile, strong-willed and talented… also self-contained and stable, for her fire is banked and becomes the warmth of the hearth-fire… The Queen of Wands does not go chasing after rainbows or trying to fly to Olympus… she holds her great strength and energy within, and devotes them to those few things to which she has given her heart. “…it is time…to develop these qualities of warmth, constancy, loyalty and creative sustaining of a vision… (as an) imaginative and magnetic woman full of warmth and life…”

Sounds like a Champion to me…

I would like to continue embracing these qualities and sustain our vision for spreading the love with Metta Eggs and other ventures.

But now I’m going let Metta (‘loving kindness’) start with me… go finish the packing and head off for a week’s skiing, eating, alpine-loving and art making in France! A long awaited holiday. Souls rest. But first, coincidentially,… a spanikopita I must make.

Ahh… ever in pursuit of The Good Life. (A nod to Aristotle too).

Main thing I can really feel in my bones right now is… I want to be in a team. So much to be gained from that. And I really want a placement at St Christophers in London… one of the best places for arts in palliative care. We shall see. A schlep, but a worth it schlep.

But back to that holiday-making Libby Loo…

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