Hey, what do we know after several extended visits to Portland, Oregon? We’re going to go out on a limb and say that if Portland could take a personality test (the well-known Myers-Briggs), we think Portland would find its type to be Extroversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving.
Extroversion or Introversion? (E or I) The description of an extrovert fits Portland: “I like getting my energy from active involvement in events and having a lot of different activities…I like moving into action and making things happen. I generally feel at home in the world. I often understand a problem better when I can talk out loud about it….”
Sensing or Intuition? (S or I) We’re guessing that it’s intuition: “Paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information I get. ..I’m interested in new things and what might be possible, so that I think more about the future than the past.”
Thinking or Feeling? (T or F) No question to us that Portland is feeling: “I am concerned with values and what is the best for the people involved. In my relationships, I appear caring, warm, and tactful.”
Judging or Perceiving (J or P) Portland is very strong on the perceiving scale: “To others, I seem to prefer a flexible and spontaneous way of life, and I like to understand and adapt to the world rather than organize it. Others see me staying open to new experiences and information.
What do you think? Did we get it right? Portland’s been a great stop on our travels, and we’ll definitely be returning, and, with a new appreciation of its “personality,” we’ll know better how to relate to Portland.