Remember back when I was talking about the Briggs-Myers test and knowing your letters? When I was first introduced to the idea, I took the test multiple times and always got INTJ.
Well, recently I took the test again, because I’ve been thinking that I react emotionally to a lot of things, and being INTJ, that wasn’t ok. So I retook it and was very, very careful to answer according to what I actually do in life, rather than what I guessed I would do based on my preconceived notions of my personality. Make sense? I’ve always thought INTJ was best – even after saying how I appreciate all the others, blah blah blah…I was still happy to be INTJ.
But in reality, I’m INFJ. Not that big of a difference, but it definitely explains me much better. I found a great site that breaks down all the types, and honestly, this explains me to a ‘T.’ Let me show you…
“As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.”
- Very true. I put a good deal of stock in my value system which is based on my faith. I am most agitated when something I or someone else does directly affects that system.
“INFJs place great importance on having things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand.”
- Perhaps this is why I’m always Over-Planning and Dreaming Excessively? I love re-defining priorities, re-evaluating my career track and life goals, and generally altering my plans. But I also do intuitively know things, and most of the time I am right – this happens at school a lot, actually, which tends to make people think I’m smarter than I think I am.
“This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.”
- Yup. Yup. Always.
“INFJs are concerned for people’s feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.”
- This is so true it hurts. I react to conflict and criticism very poorly, and have always wondered why. During a particularly hard year, with relationship and work stress, I acquired some weird heart and muscle disorders that have all but disappeared now the sources of stress are gone. Go figure.
“INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves – there’s always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them.”
- No wonder I read so many self-help books.
I know this was long, and perhaps it was more for me to be able to explain to myself about me, but I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re also an INFJ, congrats. Or not, I don’t know. I’m just happy, because I think I’ve finally found my letters.
Taken from Personality Page.
(This site said this is the rarest type – I thought INTJ was, but I guess I was wrong…)