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The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is fairly well known nowadays. In fact, many people are even using it on their online dating profiles. I may be late to the show, but I have recently taken the test on a site called 16personalities and received the INFP type.
The test follows four basic either/or questions about yourself, which are:
- Where do you prefer to spend the most time, in your own head or in the “real” world? If you like to stay in your own head, you’re considered an Introvert (I), but if you are more interested in living in the real world, you’re an Extrovert (E.)
- How do you react to information? Do you take in new ideas at face value, or do you interpret it on the spot and add your own ideas to it? If you take it at face value, you’re a “sensing” (S) person, but if you add your own meaning to it, you’re “intuitive.” (I)
- When you are faced with a decision, do you focus more on logic or do you consider who is involved and the circumstances surrounding the decision? If the former, you’re a “thinking” (T) person, but if the latter, you’re a “feeling” (F) type.
- Do you like to make decisions and get things done, or are you more inclined to take your time and wait for new information/options? If you’re a decision maker, you’re a “judging” (J) person (not a bad thing!) If you’re the type to stay open to new developments, then you’re a “perceiving” (P) type.
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
According to 16personalities, where I took my test, I fall under the INFP category. I’m the kind of person who relies mostly on her ideals and tries to see the good in people and situations. This is more or less true.
It’s important to notate here that I’ve fallen 50/50 in a few categories when taking the test. I’m on the “cusp” of extroversion, so I’m basically both. These details are important to consider when and if you decide to take the test, as well.
I’ve actually retaken the test in the middle of writing this and my results drastically changed. I am still an INFP, however. This is something myersbriggs.org even cautions us about. Something occurring in your life that is out of the ordinary may influence you to answer the questions differently.
This is normal.
Your personality can change, because human beings are adaptable and ever evolving creatures. For this reason, taking the test again every so often may help you better understand yourself and your needs as you grow throughout life.
Now, when I first received the news that I was an introvert, I was shocked. I go out and dance and invite people onto the dance floor if it’s empty – no way was I an introvert! But I am.
You see, at work I am perceived as calm, reserved, and maybe shy. I don’t like to play a game called “Office Tennis” – it’s basically dodgeball inside a room – with my coworkers. I don’t like to participate in any of the high energy activities in which they engage, actually.
I don’t even really talk to them.
And now I understand why. INFPs are only interested in relationships with substance. We have a powerful passion inside us and it only shows (in the real world) when we find people we can truly connect with on a deep level.
We’re only four freaking percent of the population, people! WHAT? But, thankfully, there’s a great type that fits us particularly well called the ENFJ personality (more on that later), so we aren’t limited only to other INFPs understanding us.
INFPs are also highly reliant on their values and principles. This is 100% truth for me. I cannot be around people who straight up violate my beliefs and moral compass. I can’t work for someone who violates my principles, either. This has constantly been an issue in my life and actually gets in the way of a steady income for myself, but I digress.
(Not So) Fun Fact
INFPs also tend to earn the least income out of all the types!
My money problems finally make sense.
We aren’t particularly fond of logic-based decisions, really, as we’re more interested in following our gut and what “feels” right. We aren’t practical in a lot of cases (probably another reason my finances are constantly in disarray) and excitement isn’t a strong motivator for us. INFPs need their downtime. It’s how we collect our energy to go out into the world and be awesome.
Rather than be deterred by possible consequences, we INFPs are more likely to follow our hearts and the “purity of our intent,” meaning that selfish or shady tasks are immediate turn-offs for us. For example, when working in sales I cannot sell a product that I feel will not offer benefit or value to the consumer – no matter how much money is on the table. (Seriously, send help. I should start a GoFundMe.)
We can (but sometimes possibly won’t) communicate deeply with others. This is true for me. The only time I have difficulty in communicating is when the feelings are complicated and I need time to work through them. But once I do, step back and expect a full paragraph of text.
I don’t know if it’s just me and has nothing to do with my Myers Briggs Indicator, but when it comes to heartfelt, emotionally charged conversation, I find it difficult to communicate face-to-face. I need a barrier between us to actually articulate and order my ideas clearly.
INFPs are also considered strong candidates for careers in creative professions such as acting, poetry, and – wait for it – writing! Hello, sweet validation! Most of our self-knowledge is discovered through these creative means, so we actually wind up putting ourselves into our work. How cool is that? We’re awesome as hell, y’all.
We’re supposed to be able to learn second (and third) languages with ease, as well, but I only know a few basic words and phrases in Japanese and Korean. Not sure if this applies to me or not. Maybe I’m just not that interested in learning a new language, though. We’re also strong advocates for harmony, wanting to bring everyone together. Well, I do tend to hijack people’s racist tweets a lot. (@LLynnevans, for those interested.)
INFPs are also the type to only have a few close friends, not wanting to have a hundred acquaintances with whom they’ve only built superficial bonds. Fair. The friends and family I have and hold dear barely get my attention, I’m so easily drained. I absolutely crave solitude.
This MBTI personality also probably avoids the news, because all the bad and ugly taking place out there can depress us terribly. We can’t fix it and it really upsets us. A lot of our time is spent in daydreaming and, left unchecked, we become total hermits that are completely out of touch with reality.
If this isn’t the truth, there is no truth. I have neglected eating, sleeping, and (this is a gross confession) even showering when I have a large block of time to sit and write my novels. It usually takes impending eviction to pull me out of it and send me back to work. I’m highly irresponsible, I know. I’m totally ashamed and I’m going to change. (Spoiler alert: No, I’m not.)
So, I’d say the Myers Briggs Indicator Type is pretty spot on when it comes to self-evaluation. Go take your test and leave your type in the comments! Are you an INFP like me? Let me know!