Writing Challenge ~ Day 20: MBTI, My Test Results

Day 20.  What is your MBTI (The Myers and Briggs Personality Test) personality, and what do you love/hate about it?

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INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging) is a four-letter code used to represent one of the 16 personality types identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This personality assessment was created by Isabel Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs in the 1940s based on the theories of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. People with INFJ personalities are creative, gentle and caring. According to David Keirsey, the INFJ type is one of the rarest with just one to three percent of the population exhibiting this personality type.

INFJ Characteristics

The MBTI identifies your personality type by looking at four main areas: 1) Extraversion vs Introversion, 2) Sensing vs Intuition, 3) Thinking vs Feeling and 4) Judging vs Perceiving.

On each of these four areas, the MBTI identifies which way your personality tends to lean for each dimension. As you can see, the INFJ personality leans toward Introversion, Intuiting, Feeling and Judging.

    • Introversion (I): INFJs tend to be reserved, quiet and have a small circle of close friends.
    • Intuition (N): INFJs are prefer abstract concepts and tend to focus on the big picture rather than concrete details.
    • Feeling (F): INFJs place a greater emphasis on personal concerns than objective facts when making decisions.
    • Judging (J): INFJs like to exert control by planning, organizing and making decisions as early as possible.

People with INFJ personalities tend to exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Idealistic
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Highly creative and artistic
  • Reserved
  • Focused on the future
  • Private
  • Values close, deep relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life

INFJs are driven by their strong values and seek out meaning in all areas of their lives including relationships and work. People with this type of personality are often described as deep and complex.

INFJs have an innate ability to understand other people’s feelings. While they are introverted, they sometimes seem extroverted at times due to their strong interest in people and society. INFJs are interested in helping others and making the world a better place. They tend to be excellent listeners and are good at interacting with people which whom they are emotionally close and connected. While they care deeply about others, INFJs tend to be very introverted and are only willing to share their “true selves” with a select few. After being in social situations, INFJs need time to themselves to “recharge.”

INFJs also have a talent for language and are usually quite good at expressing themselves on paper. They have a vivid inner life, but they are often hesitant to share this with others except for perhaps those closest to them. While they are quiet and sensitive, they can also be good leaders. Even when they don’t take on overt leadership roles, they often act as quiet influencers behind the scenes.

In school, INFJs are usually high achievers and get good grades. They can be perfectionists at times and tend to put a great deal of effort into their academic work. INFJs enjoy learning, particularly about people, society, literature and art. They tend to prefer studying subjects that involves abstract theories and ideas rather than concrete facts and information.

Because they are reserved and private, INFJs can be difficult to get to know. They place a high value on close, deep relationships and can be hurt easily, although they often hide these feelings from others.

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What do I love about these test results?  I pretty much am shocked that these test results came out quite accurate.  I do value deep relationships and I can be hurt easily and hide these feelings from others.  I feel as though I do have an innate ability to understand other people’s feelings. I am definitely more of an emotional thinker than a logical one.  I have learned over the years to put on the brakes before making decisions based on how I use to be.  Also, one of my best friends is a highly logical thinker and we’ve taught each other a thing or two.  I love these bullet points and think they describe my personality well.

  • Idealistic
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Highly creative and artistic
  • Reserved
  • Focused on the future
  • Private
  • Values close, deep relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life

What do I hate about these test results?  I don’t like that I can be closed off to getting to know new people and that I prefer to be alone.  I’m not completely anti-social, it’s just a stressful thing for me.  I’d prefer to stay home rather than to go to a party.  I’d like to lay in my bed under the covers on a Saturday night rather than go out.  I like to keep my inner circle SMALL.

 

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