How Layers Of Bacon Shaped My Personality

I like layers.  I genuinely, until about this lunchtime, couldn’t think of a time where layers were bad.

Layered clothing is a reason why winter is better than summer.  The now healing o-zone layer stops us from burning.  The “hot new trend” of painting nails with over 100 layers of nail varnish is highly amusing (and intriguing – why stop at 116>).  Trifle – no need to say more.  And, before this lunchtime, I thought that anything was made better by a layer of bacon.

Think about it.  Pancakes are amazing on their own, but better with bacon.  Burgers – better with bacon.  Fry-ups simply don’t happen without bacon.  My favourite fries at Almost Famous come with layers of bacon mayo and “bacon rain”.  Then I discovered these:

Peanuts coated with a layer of bacon “something”.  And, oh my word, are they awful.  For the first time in my life I’ve been querying, doubting the amazingness of bacon and I feel like I’ve let pigs down.  It was like layers of my personality had been unravelled by putting 69p worth of covered nuts in my mouth.  (I’m sure there was more innuendo there but I couldn’t find the link, sorry.)

In my need to rebuild, I took a personality test.  Actually, I took about 4 just to see if they came out the same.  Turns out I do have a personality, it does have layers but it probably doesn’t relate so much to bacon.

Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I’m an ENFJ.  Translated, this means:

  • Extraversion, in that I prefer to look at the outer world rather than my own.
  • I like to use my intution to work through theories and add meaning to patterns rather than using my senses.  Aspects of this one I doubted, so many this is where the bacon lies.
  • I’m a feeling person and like to take in to account their opinions and what will happen to them, rather than just making logical, mechanical decisions.
  • To the outside world, I like to make decisions (judging) and be planned, rather then being spontaneous.  I can be spontaneous where bacon is concerned.

According to 16 Personalities, this makes me “The Protagonist” along with Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack and Batman / Daredevil At The Same Time (alright, two difference franchises, I know) Ben Affleck.

To start quoting some of 16 Personalities, ENFJs are firm believers in people.  This can be good, in bringing people together and leading them in to a brighter future, but can also work to the detriment of the ENFJ because they will sometimes get to involved and place too much trust in people who don’t deserve it.

ENFJs are tolerant, reliable, charismatic, altruistic and natural leaders.  Unfortunately they’re also idealistic, too selfless, too sensitive, have fluctuating self-esteem and sometimes have difficulty with tough decisions (e.g. bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches, or BLT?).

Romantically, an ENFJ feels “most at home when they are in a relationship” and makes commitments for the long term.

ENFJs don’t need much to be happy, just to know that their partner is happy, and for their partner to express that happiness through visible affection. Making others’ goals come to fruition is often the chiefest concern of ENFJs, and they will spare no effort in helping their partner to live the dream. If they aren’t careful though, ENFJs’ quest for their partners’ satisfaction can leave them neglecting their own needs, and it’s important for them to remember to express those needs on occasion, especially early on.

If ENFJs have a failed relationship, they will feel guilt and betrayal.

ENFJs seek genuine connections in their friendships.  They don’t just let something slip away.  They want to be the best friend possible and will do anything to lend a hand.  Some personality types, though, won’t be able to keep up with this especially if they are assertive and therefore see no need for self-improvement.

In a career, ENFJs obviously want to help people too.  Interestingly for this ENFJ with a Law degree, “careers demanding exceptional situational awareness, such as law enforcement, military service, and emergency response, will cause ENFJs to burn out quickly”.  No wonder I didn’t want to practise.

In the workplace, an ENFJ can underestimate themselves as subordinates but quickly make an impression to rise through the ranks.  As colleagues, the ENFJ is always willing to help, but it is as leaders that the ENFJ really excels.

Few personality types are as inspiring and charismatic as ENFJs. Their idealism and vision allow ENFJs to overcome many challenging obstacles, more often than not brightening the lives of those around them. ENFJs’ imagination is invaluable in many areas, including their own personal growth.

Yet ENFJs can be easily tripped up in areas where idealism and altruism are more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner, staying calm under pressure, reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder or making difficult decisions, ENFJs need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.

I’ve said before that I don’t like putting names to things and labelling them.  Obviously personalities have many layers but it was interesting for me to have so many lightbulb moments when finding all that out about my personality type.  It was also reassuring given what has gone on this year to date.

Maybe I’m actually a bit like bacon myself, in that I want to make things better?!

Have you ever done a personality test? What result did you get and how does it compare to the real thing?  Do you also have something in common with bacon?

When Madam Pompadour was on a ballroom floor,
Said all the gentlemen “Obviously”
“The madam has the cutest personality”.
And think of all the books about Du Barry’s looks.
What was it made her the toast of Paree?
She had a well-developed personality.

What did Romeo see in Juliet?
Or Figaro in Figarette? Or Jupiter in Juno?
You know, and when Salome danced
And had the boys entranced, no doubt
It must have been easy to see
That she knew how to use her personality.

A girl can learn to spell and take dictation well
And never sit on the boss’s left knee
Unless she’s got a perfect personality.
A girl can get somewhere in spite of stringy hair
Or even just a bit bowed at the knee
If she can show a faultless personality.

Why are certain girls offered certain things
Like sable coats and wedding rings?
By men who wear their spats right?
That’s right! So don’tcha say
“I’m smart and have the kindest heart”
Or “What a wonderful sister I’d be”.

Just tell me how you like my personality.

Baby, you’ve got the cutest personality!

Personality by Bing Crosby


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