Can you relate to your childhood MBTI description?
I can especially relate to:
I learned to despise math because of this. I would try to actually visualize this stuff so I could learn and had teachers make me stop. I figured out at a young age that I learn different than other kids. I HAD to have the theory, concept, why etc. of something before I could begin to grasp it. To force me to go through the details first was just downright unproductive.ENPs are not very concerned with their grades, or with doing their homework. They will resist doing assignments that they find tedious. They are far more interested in understanding the theory behind a problem than they are in actually doing the problem. They learn best by theory rather than by example. They need to understand the theory before they can do anything. Teachers should communicate the theory behind the practical application in order to get through to the ENP.
Let's use division as an example. Some children learn how to divide numbers best by doing it over and over again. They learn by example and repetition. Once they have done a lot of different division problems, they understand how it works and are comfortable with dividing numbers. ENPs learn division best by understanding the concepting of dividing a whole number into smaller parts. They see a circle with a line drawn down the middle, and understand that the whole has been cut in half, or "divided" in half. Once they understand the theory, they can apply this to their division problems and they are comfortable with dividing numbers.
I would try to do it my way but would get in trouble and be accused of being uncooperative. When in reality, it was them actually being uncooperative....I knew exactly what needed to be done. I learn by understanding, not remembering. As a child though, I had a hard time explaining it and thought I must just be stupid. I really withdrew in the classroom because of it.
People would get angry at me and tell me I was smart but just really lazy because I couldn't learn in repetitive detailed ways.
Because I don't care about grades or anything, mostly I just gave up trying to deal with them and prefered to just fail rather than do something I knew was futile.
I can also relate to the personality change that happens around 13. When I was 12 I went through a major shift in personality. I definately became more of a thinker at that point. My grades in school started to improve quite a bit too.
I was the kid that was, maybe a bit of a rebel but all in all, had her head on straight. [/url]