Heterochromia and the ESPF personality type (+Lil Bub)
The title of this post makes it sound like there’s some sort of causality between those two things.
There’s not. At least, not that I know of. Maybe I’ll commission a research study on people who have both or either of these traits to find out. I’ll call it “Heterochromia and the ESPF personality type.” Genius!
See the part of my right (your left) iris that’s a different colour from the rest of it? The orangey bit. That’s called “sectoral heterochromia” and I recently learned that it’s not some sort of freak mutation exclusive to me and Kate Bostworth, but an actual thing that lots of people have.
It was more prominent when I was younger. People who get close enough to actually study my eyes are usually taken aback – almost afraid to ask about it. “Wait… are your eyes two different colours? Like, it’s cool… I mean… Yeah.”
They’re not exactly two different colours – I don’t have straight up Heterochromia Iridum, like a Husky – but over the years that little orange patch has grown to become the thing I like very most about the way I look. My eyes aren’t “pretty,” they’re COOL, and to me, that’s way better.
Old photo. I like it though. I was so healthy then. Ridiculously healthy, like, I could run for 5 hours and barely even needed to take vitamins. University, man… so much extra time. To cook. To work out. To sleep.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychometric questionnaire based on the work of Carl Jung. It’s designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions and yadda yadda yadda, says Wikipedia. It’s a long test, but can provide a person with loads of insight — especially when you’re looking for it.
The test said that I am an ESPF (The Entertainer), along with an estimated 8% of humans.
I didn’t think much of the results, but decided to click on the “ideal career choices for your personality type” link anyway. For curiosity’s sake. Not only was “reporter/journalist” on the list (bingo!), several other jobs I’ve had or considered were on the list too (Actor, comedian, advertising shill.)
My interest was piqued. If this test could predict my career so accurately, what else could it tell me about myself?
I got to Googling.
25 tabs later, I realized that I’d stumbled upon quite a bit of share-worthy material. So, instead of annoying all of my Twitter followers I decided to copypasta the few paragraphs that stood out to me on my blog, because really, it’s MY blog and it’s supposed to be about MEEEEEE right?
Take all of this as you will — with a grain of salt, preferably.
- “ESFPs love people, excitement, telling stories and having fun. The spontaneous, impulsive nature of this type is almost always entertaining. And ESFPs love to entertain — on stage, at work, and/or at home. Social gatherings are an energy boost to these “people” people.”
- “Several of my ESFP friends jump from thought to thought in mid-sentence, touching here or there in a manner that’s almost incoherent to the listener, but will eventually cover the waterfront by skipping on impulse from one piece of information to another. It’s really quite fascinating.”
- “New! ESFPs are attracted to new ideas, new fashions, new gadgets, new ______.”
- “ESFPs love to talk to people about people. Some of the most colorful storytellers are ESFPs. Their down-to-earth, often homespun wit reflects a mischievous benevolence.” (I don’t really know what that means, but it sounds great.)
- “Almost every ESFP loves to talk. Some can be identified by the twenty minute conversation required to ask or answer a simple factual question.”
- “ESFPs tend to avoid conflict and may have trouble being serious, preferring to move on with their active lives rather than have an uncomfortable discussion.”
- “ESFPs usually like to feel strongly bonded with other people, and have a connection with animals and small children that is not found in most other types. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the beauties of nature as well.”
- “ESFPs take a hands-on approach in most things. Because they learn more by doing than by studying or reading, they tend to rush into things, learning by interacting with their environment”
- “Traditional schools can be difficult for ESFPs, although they tend to do well when the subject of study interests them, or when they see the relevance of a subject and are allowed to interact with people.”
- “An ESFP is unfailingly warm and generous with their friends, and they generally treat everyone as a friend. However, once crosesed, an ESFP is likely to make a very strong and stubborn judgment against the person who crossed them. They are capable of deep dislike in such a situation.”
- “Generous, optimistic, and persuasive, they are good at interpersonal interactions. They often play the role of peacemaker due to their warm, sympathetic, and tactful nature.”
- “ESFPs love being around people and having new experiences. Living in the here-and-now, they often do not think about long term effects or the consequences of their actions. While very practical, they generally despise routines, instead desiring to ‘go with the flow.’ They are, in fact, very play minded.”
- “ESFPs get a lot of satisfaction out of life and are fun to be around. Their exuberance and enthusiasm draw others to them. They are flexible, adaptable, congenial, and easygoing. They seldom plan ahead, trusting their ability to respond in the moment and deal effectively with whatever presents itself. They dislike structure and routine and will generally find ways to bend the rules.”
- “They may have trouble accepting and meeting deadlines. They may also become hypersensitive, internalizing others’ actions and decisions.”
“They live in the moment and trust that tomorrow will take care of itself.”
“The potential ways in which an ESFP can irritate others include taking criticism personally and over-using humour.”
- “ESFPs have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent sense of space and function. If they have the means, they’re likely to have to have many beautiful possessions, and an artfully furnished home”
Eeeeenteresting stuff, but I don’t buy all of it. Sure, I like to entertain, but I’m not as much of a people person as this profile might indicate. I am, in fact, quite reclusive at times. I mean, sheet, it’s Saturday night on a long weekend and I chose to stay in… to rest up for tomorrow’s parties
I’ll be dancing on ShaSha Bread‘s PrideTO parade float for the first part of the day, and then it’s off to a white party at the Thompson. Happy Canada day! Happy Pride! Happy Caturday! Have you seen Lil Bub the toothless, extra-toed, most precious Dwarf cat ever yet? You really should. Brace thine heart, for it shall melt…