So…I changed. Is this normal?

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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.

otter.

Taken from Personality Page.

(This site said this is the rarest type – I thought INTJ was, but I guess I was wrong…)

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4 thoughts on “So…I changed. Is this normal?

  1. Hmm…I think there are flaws….but somehow…I can’t think of any…

    Well, at any rate, I’m not sure about my face being stamped on zucchini’s or carrots. Seems like I’d look pretty awful once they started to turn. But why not make one and take a picture? I can give you my verdict then.

    ;)

  2. Miss Otter,
    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!
    As a fellow INTJ I have a reason for your F to T transition. You’ve probably thought all the thoughts that have been thunk so, when you re-think the already thunk thoughts you do not necessarily use your logic skills as much during decision-making and resort to your intuition. Your intuition can be confused with feelings and emotions Hence, when re-re-re-re-taking the Myers-Briggs (don’t all INTJs take this as seriously as taxes?) your feelings tell you to make slightly different choices because, deep down, you’re looking for a life-altering change to your life.
    If the above sentence makes no sense…delete it.
    You better take the test again. Don’t you know God made us INTJs to rule the planet? Not overtly, of course. We’re the people who stand behind the President and tell him what to say next…and when to cough…when to raise the taxes.
    Even if you DO discover you’re an INFJ, could you please stay with the INTJs…at least until we control the world’s money supply. We’ll even put your image on the new nickels!
    We need female INTJs, especially Christian ones. (They’re so rare nowadays.)
    As I type, it’s pretty much you, Margaret Thatcher, and….well you get the point.

    • Jason,

      This made me laugh out loud. I think my friend who actually IS an INTJ wanted me to remain one as well…sorry guys. I’m not that happy about it either. But I don’t like suppressing what I do naturally just to adhere to my supposed “best” type. That’s counter-productive.

      I assure you though that this time it’s accurate. Thinking back, I probably self-consciously picked answers I knew would result in INTJ – some of the questions are obviously weighted one way or another, so it’s not difficult to “hack the system,” so to speak.

      I did understand that first sentence of yours, by the way, and it makes sense, but that’s not what I did. I talked to my INTJ friend after I re-took the test and she agrees with my new result. I mean, I don’t respond like her in the majority of situations, so that says something too, right? And honestly, the stuff that site was saying is dead right. Spot on. The shoe fits, so I’m wearing it.

      But I do sympathize. I mean, INTJs are rare, and female ones especially. But if there were more of them, the world would be dominated by them, Pinky and the Brain style, and I don’t think that world would actually be very nice…I can see us living in Equilibrium …(the movie, ya know.)

      So, in conclusion, I am an INFJ, and shall most likely remain one for the rest of my days, comfortably taking shelter in my own head while maintaining my messy desk and continuing to re-define my life every day. Cheers!

      But thanks for caring. And I still want my head on a nickel.

      • Miss Aonyx cinerea,
        (That’s an Oriental small-clawed otter.)
        This is sad news, but one must stay true to one’s calling in Life. If you’re an INFJ, then best be an INFJ and perform INFJ activities.
        You completely lost me concerning Pinky and the Brain. The last movie I saw was The Return of the Pink Panther…the Peter Sellars version. Umm…it’s been awhile…West Virginia you know.
        I must admit, once upon a time, during a lull in the midnight shift of a chemistry lab, while under the influence of Red Bulls and fluorescent lights, I scored as an ISTJ. I have never told this to anybody and will continue to do so…unless you become wildly famous and people read your blog like the New Yorker. (I hope they do.)
        We can put your head on the new nickels! We’re basing the new currency on something far more precious than gold and rarer than the rarest heavy metal isotope. Fresh vegetables! The theory, see, is people will horde celery and carrots until they stink. Next, they’ll be forced to eat the money standard, get healthy, with the end result being world peace. Does this sound like a plan?

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