June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment
A while ago, I took a Briggs-Myers Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. This test was mentioned in my Social Psychology class, but didn’t go into depth. I do recall that it had 16 different personality profiles and was grateful I didn’t have to learn about it all; I hated the class and didn’t care. In the last few years, I’ve done much introspection and decided to take the test after my cousin took it, then took it again a year later with the same result:
I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INFJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extroverts gain energy).
N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INFJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
F – Feeling preferred to thinking: INFJs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic.
J – Judgment preferred to perception: INFJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability.
Additionally, it seems common for the INFJ to display Highly Sensitive and Empath traits. This is true for me. Many INFJ’s (not all), also identify as Old Souls, I do not. I read someplace that INFJs are the more extroverted of the Introvert group, which can be confusing for both sides, so I am basically an ambivert. Being in a small intimate group or one on one is best for me. Even better if it’s people I know and trust.
If you haven’t taken the MBTI test, you really should look into it. http://www.myersbriggs.org
My Pharmasister took it and is the opposit of me, ENFJ. I think it’s really interesting.
Today, I attended the online “INFJ Idea Party” (webinar) as did 30 other INFJs from around the world. It was an impulsive act signing up for it an hour prior to start time, but it was just what I needed today (keeping in mind that I cancelled a hair appointment for training at work and then decided this was more important). I don’t regret it one bit! It was amazing to see that questions posed by the hosts of Introvert Spring led to chat entries similar to mine on fill in the blank questions and how we would handle certain work and social issues as an INFJ. So many things rang true with me. There were prizes (BOOKS- Makes it even more fun!) and good ideas posed by everyone. It was nice to have others who appreciate and want the same things, like deep, meaningful conversations as opposed to chit chat or small talk. I work on a crew of introverts as opposed to the other crew that I was originally assigned to that mainly consist of extroverted personalities.
I loved the description that our secretary gave to a new agent, “You can’t describe Stephanie, you have to experience her”. She told me this with the love that she had in our friendship and I adore it, because it’s not the first time I have been ‘described’ this way to someone. 🙂