Yay, one of my favourite subjects to discuss! I did a couple of online tests that are based on the Isabel Myers Briggs/Carl Jung theory of the 16 different personality types.
Find the test here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
The personality types are made up of 4 letters and are categorised by –
- Extraversion – Introversion
- Sensing – Intuition
- Thinking – Feeling
Before doing the tests, I already knew that I was an introvert. I knew this because; a. I spend a lot of time in my head and b. I love being alone and prolonged socialising makes me feel drained of mental energy. These 2 things pretty much define introversion. I was also already aware that on many occasions I have just ‘known’ things. I pick up every minor detail of a person subconsciously, I sometimes have felt that I can ‘see right through’ people or I am able to accurately predict a person’s feelings or the likely outcome of an event. Although I’ve already been aware of that, I’ve never understood why. Until I done the test and then another one to confirm that I am in fact – INFJ – a personality type that only 1-3% of the population share. Wow! I knew I had always felt a bit different and now I feel I can better explain it and understand myself and my abilities.
As I have previously mentioned in my first blog post, I have an ability to be an eloquent writer but my mouth does not deliver eloquent speech. After further research, I’ve come to the conclusion that my personality type is the reason for this. Many others of INFJ personality type report feeling the exact same about that.
I have a passion for all things in relation to the mind and a real fascination with the ‘sixth sense’, although I find it difficult to fathom the idea of psychics. People throughout my life have always made known either an intrigue towards my intuitive abilities (how can I just ‘know’ things) or they run a mile from it, not being able to face up to the fact that I can see what they are not displaying about themselves.
An INFJ is constantly reading between the lines and can be viewed by others as ‘aloof’ or ‘a million miles away’. I always just described myself as ‘being in my head’ without any real insight as to why. According to the test, my dominant function is Introverted Intuition so that really does explain a lot. Second to that is Extraverted Feeling, which would explain why I always feel what other people are feeling and at times, take their problems on as my own. I want everyone to be the best and purest versions of themselves and I want to help them do that, even if I don’t know how to accomplish that for my own self. From what I’ve found, this is a huge INFJ trait. Always sussing other people and their needs out, but they feel as though they don’t truly know themselves and their own needs.
So, there’s no wonder I’ve always dreamt of being a writer/author or psychotherapist/counsellor. INFJ type is known as ‘The Counsellor’ or ‘The Confidant’ and are known for their writing and non-verbal story-telling abilities.
I honestly had no idea how much finding out my personality type would answer so many questions about myself. I feel validated and like I have a sense of belonging. Even if I may never meet another INFJ in person due to its rarity, my sister is INFP and I suppose that’s close enough as both types share many traits alongside many differences. Together, they are basically ying and yang, stepping in where the other falls short.
Have you taken this test before? Did you feel your personality type description resonated with you on a very personal level? I would love to know more so do leave a comment on your own experience with the test and the outcome. I should also add that I am aware that this test is based on a theory and results may differ depending on what you’re currently going through in life as you may answer questions differently to what you may normally think/feel. But, I personally feel that slapping the INFJ label upon my personality is a forward step in my personal development and I am better able to understand myself, my strength and my weaknesses and why I think the way I do. Share your own experience with me.
Thanks for reading!