Have you ever had to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I have taken that or something claiming to be similar on a number of occasions as part of psychology classes or as part of work related workshops and in-service trainings. I have taken online. I have always had the same results — INFJ.That means that I am:
- Introverted. I am energized by alone time and quiet.
- iNtuitive. I see patterns and possibilities all around me.
- Feeling. I prioritize people and emotions.
- Judging. I prefer structure and order
Check, check, check and check. I am going to go with that.
Hey! I have made it into the 1%. Actually, that may not be true. I have read that INFJ is the rarest personality type of the 16 types identified by Myers-Briggs, only 1% of the population, but I have also read that is true for men while for women it is the third rarest and accounts for 2%.
The INFJ type is quite likely to be in a service oriented career since they feel a strong purpose in helping others. They are considered nurturers (another check) and are characterized as “protector,” “counselor,” and “advocate.” That did play out in my career as a special educator although I certainly cannot claim the level of success of some noted INFJ types — Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela.
I will claim some of the strengths attributed to my type: creativity, insight, decisiveness, determination, passion, altruism. I will claim ALL of the weaknesses: overly sensitive, extremely private, hard to get to know, and prone to burn out. I may be gentle and soft-spoken, but I do have my opinions. I can be so focused on dealing with things based on my feelings that I can short change thinking. I am not a detail person.
True to my type, I am always seeking personal growth. Spiritual growth, learning and helping others are my interests. My INFJ suit fits me far better than astrological sign or numerology or hand-writing analysis (although those things can sometimes be spookily accurate).
It’s not that I believe that I am the way I am and I will always be exactly the same. The growth thing really is a priority for me. It is an interesting lens to look through.
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