Just a short detour from all the ventings, some of you might find this amusing.
Anyone who has turned to alternative sources in seeking explanations for why people behave the way they do has likely come across this little something called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Many have come to the conclusion that it is but mere pseudoscience, and aye, it may very well be. Notwithstanding that its actual validity is highly questionable, I love the system and use it all the time in coming up with base personality profiles for my fictional characters.
To those who are not in the know, MBTI is like this sort of theoretical system that, through a questionnaire, would determine where you stand amongst its 16 personality types. It was created by a duo of mother and daughter, and largely based on Carl Jung’s personality types theory. In fact, each Myers-Briggs type is made up of a distinct configuration of all of C.J.’s personality types treated as mere cognitive functions.
According to the MBTI, a person is either:
Extraverted (E – predominantly concerned with the outside of self)
Introverted (I – predominantly concerned with inner life);
Obtains information in a manner that is:
Sensate (S – predominantly concerned with concrete details, and “what is”)
Intuitive (N – predominantly concerned with abstract details, and “what ifs”);
Makes most decisions governed by:
Thinking (T – logic and detachment, “object”)
Feeling (F – values and attachment, “subject”)
And finally, operates more comfortably in a style that is:
Judging (J – meets deadline, “deciding”)
Perceiving (P – anticipates deadline, “probing”)
And these make up the 4-letter combination which results in a Myers-Briggs personality type.
Before I cut to the chase, I just want to say a couple of things:
- that there is really no “best” or “smartest” or “master race” type (“thinking” does not necessarily equate to “smart”, and “feeling” does not necessarily equate to “wuss”, “judging” does not necessarily equate to “responsible” and “perceiving” does not necessarily equate to “procrastinator”)
- you can put one hundred people of the same type inside a room and you get 100 very different people anyway. So while it fails as an effective tool to understand why psychos be the way they are, I think it shines as a medium for a more generalized understanding of people; and, generalization, albeit a poor practice in most situations, is a good tool to be used to evaluate entire populations.
That said, I present to you, the ESFP (Extraverted Sensing-Feeling Perceiver).
Personalitypage.com begins to describe the ESFP thus:
“As an ESFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
ESFPs live in the world of people possibilties. They love people and new experiences. They are lively and fun, and enjoy being the center of attention. They live in the here-and-now, and relish excitement and drama in their lives.”
A very good site that says it like it is and is based on actual survey is Similarminds.com. Here’s the stuff they put together about the ESFP:
“outgoing, social, group oriented, dislikes science fiction, does not like to be alone, feels at ease around others, conventional, talkative, modest, does not like to be alone, good at getting people to have fun, values relationships and family over intellectual pursuits, open, likes to dance, spontaneous, underachieving, at times unprepared, emotional, values organized religion, suggestible, at times easy to impress, not analytical, disorganized, prone to crying, likes to be center of attention, happy, trusts others, can be influenced more by others than self, can be touchy feely, feels the emotions of others, likes teamwork, guided by moods”
I think that, generally, ESFP describes the Filipino very well, no? Especially the negative traits. And thus, the bane of the civilized world is born: the Extremely Shitty Filipino Punkass.
“Extrovert Privileges” run rampant in this country like you wouldn’t believe. Sometimes, all it takes for Filipinos to regard you as “intelligent”, or “strong”, is that you “speak up” (with, ideally, as loud a voice as you can manage and as little thinking you have done prior), and be damn sure to say the things they want to hear. The measure of your resolve is determined by, ironically, the amount of un-thinking you do (plus the volume of your voice, like i said) because considering that the bigger problems in life are often multi-layered and complex, the Filipino mind simply cannot take them on the way they are. As it is often the case with the wild species often found in elementary classrooms, Filipinos prefer a “race you to the end of a minefield” as opposed to a “sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up and think” approach to life. Easy explanations are highly valued.
Those of you who use your heads while you live your lives, may find that, if you truly think about it, there have been a few moments in your existence when you found that a spade is not necessarily always a spade, because there are more abstract things to consider, and values to be weighed against logic when coming up with decisions, if we are to not regret them eventually. A spade is ALWAYS a spade in this country, because the Kapusos and the Kapamilyas say one thing and that makes it automatically explain everything. This principle also explains why the batshit obsession with religion, because the bibles easily explain away that the world is built from magic and sorcery (and dragons for all we know, there have been certain scriptures that were omitted, right?) and we know better than to question the plots of High Fantasy novels. Nobody ever questioned how Gandalf could have been reborn into a more powerful wizard when he died fighting the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. Of course we would suspend our disbelief the same way for the death of Jesus.
(No hate to the proper theists on here, but the fact stands that to scrutinize religion is the lesser evil when trying to figure out just exactly what the fuck is wrong with this country.)
When you, however, say something that is backed by some measure of substantial thinking (especially if it deals with the ugly truth), AND in a loud voice, then you are simply “bastos”. But here’s where it gets interesting. If they like you enough (in other words, deem you their master and protector and benefactor, for the moment, at least), the Punkasses would simply agree and tailor their ways around that intelligent bit that they allowed themselves to pick up from you so that you would like them back. Yep, it’s all for appearances, as that intelligent bit was the byproduct of your very own mental gears, nuts and bolts; and that intelligent bit, as a foreign object in another’s brain (in this case, a Filipino’s brain), is completely wasted unless truly milked and processed. Such processing is a distinct IMPOSSIBILITY for a mind that has no capacity to break through the bed of ice which is the Filipino brand of reasoning.
Well, shit, it’s on now; you can forget about that damn detour. I really have nothing against extroverts (on a global scale) save for the fact that I don’t think they try to understand introverts as much as we try to understand them. But the ESFP-Filipino quality that really gets on my nerves and baffles me to no end is the disrespect for individuality. And the fact that they would steamroll you with canned emotional responses when you challenge them with… anything, really, says a lot about our character as a people. Flippo ESFPs only want to have fun and you had better do it their way or else you are a weirdo. Some user named Jalex on the INTJforum said it best when he enumerated the reasons why he thinks that the Philippines is the most ESFP country in the world:
talkative and loud
always make excuses
always hang out in groups
refusal to say anything directly
like to appeal to emotions / guilt / pity
refusal to take accountability for their words
nobody is allowed to stand out as individuals
everyone is expected to conform to the group
full of shopping malls where people waste their time
extremely sensitive to criticisms and take them personally”
+1 for the “shopping mall, wasting time” bit. That is a damn good observation.
An ESFP is not necessarily a shitty individual. But since the Filipino ESFP’s primary mode of living is largely reliant on what is in the present moment and not much else, AND with their being oriented to extraversion at that, means that they would rather seek amusement and/or generally wallow in shitbaggery, again, in the present moment, because here in the Philippines, the present moment means that you don’t take initiative for any possibility of a better life and worldview, because, in the present moment, “possibility” does not exist. Of course it doesn’t! Believe me; I’ve checked underneath the bed! I’ve checked in me arse!
Well, if you are an NT (Rational) or an NF (Idealist) type living in the Philippines, you are playing on Artificial Difficulty and you had best believe that. If you would like to find any halfway-sensible people to bond/associate/form true fellowships with, I am sorry but you would have to dig very, very deep. You may luck out yet, however, for amidst the poser metalheads and übernerds and artsy-fartists you meet in the subcultural scene, there will be intelligent people of similar temperaments as you, and they rage the same way. Speaking of subculture, maybe in a future post I would write about “The Matrix” in the Philippines and the misadventures of us, the “Redpills”.
I hope you had fun reading this thinly-veiled pseudo-scientific rant that went nowhere. Respectfully, one who scored INFP.Published in