As a psychology student I’ve always been very interested in personality. I actually took a personality psychology class last year and it was awesome! For this post I wanted to go into depth about my Myers-Briggs personality type. If you haven’t found yours before, I definitely suggest taking the test on 16Personalities! It doesn’t take too long and it gives you a great insight into your personality (plus it’s fun!).
My personality type is INFJ-T, which stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging, and turbulent. Apparently, INFJ is the least common personality type comprising about 1% of the population. It is also more common for women than men to have this type than men. I only know one person other person, that I have actually met, that has this personality type. However, I find that a lot of the people I follow on twitter are also INFJ.. I guess we just attract each other. All of the following information is from 16Personalities!
The 5 Personality Aspects:
This aspect describes how we interact with our surroundings. Introverts prefer solitary activities and social activity tires them, hence why I’m writing a blog post at home with my cat on a Friday night. Introverts also tend to be sensitive to external stimulation (so true, fireworks bring me to tears lol).
This aspect determines how we see the world and process information. If you’re intuitive you are imaginative, open-minded, and curious! These people focus on novelty rather than stability, focusing on hidden meanings and new possibilities.
This aspect determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. These people are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are empathetic and less competitive than the Thinking type. We focus on social harmony and cooperation (that sounds so nice wow).
This aspect reflects our approach to work, planning, and decision-making. Judging individuals are decisive, thorough, and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability, and closure, prefering structure and planning to spontaneity. I can’t start a project without having a list made of the order that things need to get done in, I even do this for cleaning my house.
This aspect shows how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. Turbulent people are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They are likely to experience a wide range of emotions and be success-driven, a perfectionist, and eager to improve.
The Type Groups:
Based on these aspects I have the role of Diplomat. Your role decides your goals and interests. This means that I focus on empathy and and cooperation. We are a cooperative and imaginative group of people, often playing the role of harmonizers. These traits make us warm and influential individuals but also causes issues when we need to rely on cold rationality to make decision.
There are also four strategies, which show our preferred way of doing things and achieving goals. My strategy is “Constant Improvement,” meaning that I am quiet and individualistic. We spend a lot of time that the results of our work is the best it can possibly be. We are high achieving individuals that are dedicated to their craft (my blog!!), but we tend to worry too much about our performance.
So… what does all of this mean?
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
INFJ Strengths: creative, insightful, inspiring, convincing, decisive, determined, passionate, altruistic.
INFJ Weaknesses: sensitive, extremely private, perfectionist, always need to have a cause, can burn out easily.
I feel like these are sooooo accurate, I’ve been noticing my weaknesses especially lately. I find that If I can’t find a reason for doing something I WILL NOT do it, which isn’t a great habit to get into.
INFJ’s aren’t usually into casual relationships, they look for depth and meaning. We find it important to establish a genuine connection with people we are about. We seek people who share our desire for authenticity. INFJ’s are enthusiastic in relationships, aren’t afraid to show love, and feel it unconditionally. We look for connections that are more than physical, looking for emotional and even spiritual connections.
We like to connect with people who share our interests and passions, and we’re unlikely to start a friendship just for the sake of having a friend. It can be difficult to get to know an INFJ as we are usually private people and only share our thoughts and feelings once we get comfortable. We are loyal and supportive friends, encouraging growth and life-enriching experiences. We don’t require daily attention, quality over quantity.
This section is interesting for me, as I’m not a parent yet and always wonder how I’ll actually be when I have kids. INFJ’s look at relationships with their children as opportunities to grow with someone they care about while working to raise an independent, responsible adult. Although at times we try to project our own qualities onto our children, we push them to think independently and develop their own ideas and beliefs.
Corporate career paths are not designed for INFJ’s. Many struggle to choose a career early on because they see many paths each with its own benefits. We need to find meaning in any work we do, wanting to make connections and help people. INFJ’s are well suited for healthcare, especially the holistic varieties – counsellors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches, and spiritual guides. We also crave creativity! INFJ’s often find roles in leadership or starting their own practice (I honestly do not enjoy working for people!!). We also often pursue careers in writing such as blogging (looks it’s me), writing stories, or screenplays. Music, design, photography, and art are also options.
That is all the information I’ve learned about my personality type so far and I’m so happy I did this research. I’ve been struggling to understand myself lately especially when it comes to the career path I want to take and I think this gave me a lot of insight and some good ideas. If you haven’t taken the test I absolutely suggest you do and definitely read all the information it gives you! Leave me a comment letting me know what your personality type is and anything that you learned about yourself/something that resonated with you! If you enjoyed this post please subscribe to be notified when I post in the future and feel free to share! Also check out my social media, I’d love to connect with you! All the links are in the sidebar!
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder