Wednesday, July 06, 2011

I am an INFJ. What are you?

I took my first Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator when I was a junior in high school. I couldn't remember what the results were then, so I took it again about two weeks ago. According to the test-makers, I am an INFJ. I'll tell you what that means in a minute, but first, I'm going to share a Wikipedia excerpt with you:
The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. They began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time to identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be "most comfortable and effective."
Isn't that fascinating?

Now, onto me. :)

Here is a description of INFJs:

INFJs are conscientious and value-driven. They seek meaning in relationships, ideas, and events, with an eye toward better understanding themselves and others. Using their intuitive skills, they develop a clear and confident vision, which they then set out to execute, aiming to better the lives of others. Like their INTJ counterparts, INFJs regard problems as opportunities to design and implement creative solutions.

INFJs are quiet, private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Although very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and creative manner.

INFJs have a rich, vivid inner life, which they may be reluctant to share with those around them. Nevertheless, they are congenial in their interactions, and perceptive of the emotions of others. Generally well-liked by their peers, they may often be considered close friends and confidants by most other types. However, they are guarded in expressing their own feelings, especially to new people, and so tend to establish close relationships slowly. INFJs tend to be easily hurt, though they may not reveal this except to their closest companions. INFJs may "silently withdraw as a way of setting limits," rather than expressing their wounded feelings—a behavior that may leave others confused and upset.

INFJs tend to be sensitive, quiet leaders with a great depth of personality. They are intricately and deeply woven, mysterious, and highly complex, sometimes puzzling even to themselves. They have an orderly view toward the world, but are internally arranged in a complex way that only they can understand. Abstract in communicating, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. With a natural affinity for art, INFJs tend to be creative and easily inspired. Yet they may also do well in the sciences, aided by their intuition.

Do you want to know what you are? Take the test!
(Well, it's actually not the official test; that one costs money. This one is free.)

Thing I'm thankful for: chocolate milk before I go to bed


Blogger cardlady said...

Very interesting and revealing SARA! Love MOMMY

1:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

INTJ over here, yeah classic engineer personality type.

Also FYI the test doesn't say what you are but gives you the probability of what you are, you then use the descriptions to determine what you are. The idea is that these are what you are born with but overtime grow to develop the other side of each trait. The importance of knowing your type though is understanding what you fall back to when you are under stress.

You can also use an understanding of another's type to better work with them. For example J's generally take time to process new information and moan until it is processed, so when presenting information, like proposing the idea of going to to lunch with coworkers, you hit them with the idea and run rather than taking the time to listen to their moaning and having it demoralize you. P's on the other hand know better what they don't want then what they do want, so you whittle out what they don't want from the list of possibilities they generate and then make an executive decision.

Sorry for the ramblings, I've been hearing about this stuff starting around high school as my dad became a proctor for this job.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Keely & Joel said...

That's so funny, I'm an INFJ too! I've never met anyone else that had the same results. Miss you!

1:55 PM  

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