Quite a while ago, I took a personality test to find out what my Myers-Briggs personality was. My result was INFJ. Out of curiosity, I took the test again today to see if my personality type had changed or not and guess what? It still gave me the result of INFJ which I was happy about because now I can be sure that this IS actually my personality type. Then I started reading up about INFJ’s and found most of what the website told me to be scarily accurate so I thought I would go through and evaluate everything to show you just how accurate Myers-Briggs personality tests are or can be.
What does INFJ mean?
- I – stands for introvert.
- N – stands for intuition (apparently that means I’m very imaginative, open-minded and curious)
- F – stands for feeling (meaning I’m sensitive, emotionally expressive and focus on social cooperation)
- J – stands for judging (meaning I’m highly organized and prefer structure and clarity)
- INFJ’s are described as being ‘advocates’.
- INFJ’s are very rare – making up less than 1% of the population!!
- Martin Luther King.
- Mother Teresa.
- Nelson Mandela.
Things about the INFJ personality type that are SCARILY accurate for me:
- “INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life…their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.” – I always like to try to help people as much as my experience and knowledge allows me too. When I was younger, I used to be very interested in the idea of doing charity work, I think due to Sports/Comic Relief and Children in Need but I always used to wonder why we just couldn’t go out to countries in need and just build them all houses and hospitals and schools and give them access to fresh water all at once instead of just doing it after the problem was ‘bad enough’ to warrant intervention.
- “though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in.” – I am definitely a soft-spoken person and I guess I am quite opinionated and like to stick to and back up my opinions a lot like, for example, in my sort of politics/rant-like posts on why politics should be taught in schools and why exams need to change.
- “INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge” – couldn’t be more true! Socialising tires me out some days…
- “enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about” – I like helping people…a lot.
- “INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.”
- “INFJs are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives” – I am definitely like this around people I know in real life but, I guess, not so much on the internet because it’s easier to communicate thoughts and emotions through blogging.
- “desire for authenticity”.
- “INFJs don’t readily share their thoughts and feelings, not unless they are comfortable, and since those thoughts and feelings are the basis for INFJ friendships, it can take time and persistence to get to know them.” – this is exactly me to be honest, that’s why I feel like most of my real life friends don’t know me as well as my internet friends.
- “sensitive and mysterious” – not sure if this should be taken as a compliment or not… I am probably more sensitive than I care to admit though.
Things that are not so accurate or that I can’t really relate to as much:
- “They are decisive and strong-willed” – I am extremely indecisive which is why I don’t really agree with this – I struggle even choosing what cereal to eat in the morning!! However, I *think* this is because, as the website said later on, INFJ’s “see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else” which, I guess, could be responsible for my indecisiveness as I don’t like abandoning the paths that I choose not to take.
- “INFJs find it easy to make connections with others” – not entirely true, I tend to find it quite hard to connect to people in real life. I guess because online you can already see people’s interests and see a little part of them that you can’t see when you’re stood in front of someone so it’s easier to connect over common interests and know where you stand.
- “INFJs are often perfectionistic and picky” – I’m not sure this is entirely true – I mean, sometimes I guess I can be a bit of a perfectionist, particularly when I’m doing arty things, but generally I’d say I’m not.
So, as you can see, there are more things that I can relate to than can’t when it comes to the INFJ personality type. I find it really interesting reading up about my personality as it makes me realise things about me that I wouldn’t have otherwise done and helps me to understand a bit more why I am who I am.
(All of these quotes/facts were taken from 16personalities.com)