Getting to Know You


Nearly three years ago, writing-starved and delirious at 1 in the morning, I sent Kevin a rambling e-mail asking if he’d consider having me write a few guest posts here at Country Universe. He graciously took me in as a staff writer, and I’ve since had the privilege of sharing my passion for country music –wacky and irrational though it may be– with all of you.

But this blog hasn’t just scratched my writing itch and strengthened my relationship with the genre; it’s introduced me to a family of writers who I can’t quite imagine my life without. Dan once wrote that blogs aren’t about regular people posing as high-and-mighty critics, but about word-of-mouth. They’re the internet equivalent of a trusted friend.

To be sure, “friend” is a questionable term in this digital era, thrown around more carelessly than it’s ever been. But I’d like to think that at Country Universe and in the larger country music blogosphere, it has a richer meaning. This a community in which critics, bloggers, readers, listeners and even artists are all cut from the same cloth, whether we choose to recognize it or not.

Within our own Country Universe family, some of us have met in person, but most of us haven’t. As a team-building activity of sorts for the expanded staff, we recently took a Jung / Briggs Meyers personality test to get to know each other on a more personal level. Accurate or not, the below results are a fun window to the part of life in which we don’t get to interact.  In some cases, they also provide interesting insight to the way we approach, dissect and appreciate music on this blog.

Which brings me to you – the readers, who are as much a part of this blog as the music itself.  We want you to get to know us a little better, but more importantly, if you’re comfortable doing so, we’d love for you to share your own personality test results or a tidbit about your life. Sound off below, and thanks as always for being part of the Country Universe family.

Noah Eaton & Dan Milliken – ENFP (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving)

ENFPs are both “idea”-people and “people”-people, who see everyone and everything as part of a cosmic whole. They want to both help and to be liked and admired by other people, on both an individual and a humanitarian level. This is rarely a problem for the ENFP, as they are outgoing and warm, and genuinely like people. Some ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate them to more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality.

ENFPs often have strong, if sometimes surprising, values and viewpoints. They tend to try to use their social skills and contacts to persuade others gently (though enthusiastically) of the rightness of these views; this sometimes results in the ENFP neglecting their nearest and dearest while caught up their efforts to change the world.

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Ben Foster & Leeann Ward – ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging)

ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their “need to be needed.” In extreme cases, this need is so strong that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy themselves within the framework of a normal life. (Since ISFJs, like all SJs, are very much bound by the prevailing social conventions, their form of “service” is likely to exclude any elements of moral or political controversy; they specialize in the local, the personal, and the practical.)

ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically, because they prove over and over that they can be relied on for their loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take them for granted–even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem is sometimes aggravated by the ISFJs themselves; for instance, they are notoriously bad at delegating (“If you want it done right, do it yourself”).

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Jonathan Keefe – ENFJ (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)

ENFJs are the benevolent ‘pedagogues’ of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it’s usually not meant as manipulation — ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability. ENFJs are organized in the arena of interpersonal affairs. Their offices may or may not be cluttered, but their conclusions (reached through feelings) about people and motives are drawn much more quickly and are more resilient than those of their NFP counterparts.

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Sam Gazdziak – ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging )

ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. The secretary, clerk, or business(wo)man by whom others set their clocks is likely to be an ISTJ.

As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss. ISTJs are most at home with “just the facts, Ma’am.” They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach.

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Tara Seetharam & Kevin John Coyne – INFJ (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)

INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally “doers” as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.”

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  1. The Friends logo made me smile :)

    Thanks for organizing this, Tara. It was a lot of fun. Plus that was a nice and accurate description of the camaraderie we have going on in the blogosphere. Even though most of us haven’t met in person, we do share a common passion for great country music, and we always get to share our favorite music with each other, so it’s still easy to see why we become important parts of each other’s lives.

  2. I line up with Leeann and Ben. Some parts of it I can see in myself, others not so much.

    Anyway, I am a long time reader here and do value the opinions on this site. I don’t always agree, probably even disagree more often than not, BUT the tone of the site is what keeps me coming back. It is refreshing in this age of anonymity that the reviews, comments, etc. are for the most part respectful of both the artists and other posters. No drama, just thoughtful posts.

  3. Interesting to see where different people fall on the spectrum. I’ve been an INTJ every time I’ve ever taken one of these tests, with introversion and judgment always expressed most strongly.

    TypeLogic informs me I’m a lot like Mr. Darcy and/or Hannibal Lecter. Uh oh.

  4. I’m always an INFJ. I’m not shocked to see Tara and Kevin in that group as well; I tend to agree with their view points.

    I don’t comment very often, but I check this blog almost daily. (I’m deciding to ‘blame’ my lack of commenting on being an introvert. Haha.)

  5. Every time I take one of those tests I’m an ISTJ. That’s probably at least partially why I usually enjoy Sam’s writing.

  6. That’s pretty neat. I came in as INTJ, so along with CM, i’ve got some evil in me. Though it was interesting to see that not only is Hannibal Lecter INTJ, but Clarice is as well. Hmmm.

  7. I got INTJ, with the Introverted and Judging being very strong, and the other two qualities were pretty moderate. I normally think these things are really general and inaccurate but that description really was spot on for me.

    You really can detect some of these attributes in people’s writing too, the closer you look.

  8. agree with this one ” This a community in which critics, bloggers, readers, listeners and even artists are all cut from the same cloth, whether we choose to recognize it or not”.

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