What’s Your Type?

I am sure most of you have heard of “Myers-Briggs” and if you haven’t, it’s one of the many personality type indicators tools out there that are designed to identify a person’s personality type, strengths and preferences. Most employers use it for their staff or certain teams in order for them to have a better understanding of one another. I think if used the information can be very useful in their relationships, but it has to be used in order to be effective. If you’re interested in seeing how accurate the test could be of your personality type, you can go on line and take it for free. However, you must be totally open and honest with your answers to get the most close to accurate response as possible. Below are my results.

  • My personality type is INFJ (which is equal to an introvert with extrovert tendencies)
  • The four initials stand for (introverted, intuitive, feeling and judging)
  • People with INFJ personalities are creative, gentle and caring.
  • The INFJ type is also one of the rarest with just one to three percent of the population exhibiting this personality type. (Not sure how I feel about that.)

The INFJ Characteristics

  • Introversion (I): INFJs tend to be reserved, quiet and have a small circle of close friends.
  • Intuition (N): INFJs 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 meaningful relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life

INFJs Seek Meaning

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, they dislike small talk. 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 Have Rich Inner Lives

INFJs also have a talent for language and are usually quite good at expressing themselves in writing. 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 because they place a high value on close, deep relationships and can be hurt easily, although they often hide these feelings from others.

Famous INFJs

  • Billy Crystal, actor
  • Chaucer, poet
  • Gillian Anderson, actress
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, author
  • Robert Burns, poet
  • Nicole Kidman, actress
  • Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer
  • Robert Burns, poet
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader

Some fictional characters with INFJ personalities include:

  • Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
  • Amelie Poulain, Amelie
  • The Tinman, The Wizard of Oz

Best Careers for INFJs

INFJs do well in careers where they can express their creativity. Because people with INFJ personality have such deeply held convictions and values, they do particularly well in jobs that support these principles.

  • Artist
  • Actor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Religious worker
  • Musician
  • Librarian
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Photographer

Okay, those are my results and they were pretty much on point. What’s your type?

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4 Comments

  1. i’m an ISTj but I recently took the test and got INFJ. It pretty much fills in all the gaps of my ISTJ type, so that’s awesome. I’m heavily I and J so I’m private and like to be in control. But then I guess I can oscillate between N/S and T/F depending on circumstances. Reading this profile on your blog fits me so much. The drive for meaning and the creativity and the rich inner world – yep! The ISTJ profile just misses this.

  2. same here :)!

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