Do you ever read something so scarily accurate that you think it must be written by a higher power? Or, at the very least, someone who lingers outside your house with binoculars? Well, I recently had one of these “what the hell?” moments when I took the 16 personalities test (aka the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator).
For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, I’m about to explain it to you in really basic terms. The MBTI is a self-report questionnaire developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, and it explains our interests, needs, values and motivations through 1 of 16 personality types.
Your personality is determined through 5 aspects:
Mind – How we interact with our surroundings = Extraverted or introverted
Energy – How we see the world and process information = Sensing or intuition
Nature – How we make decisions and cope with emotions = Thinking or feeling
Tactics – Our approach to work, planning and decision-making = Judging or prospecting.
After taking the 10-minute test, I figured out that I’m not only the raddest babe, but I’m also special. I have the rarest personality type—INFJ aka “The Advocate”. The letters stand for introvert (me? An introvert? Who knew, right?!), iNtuition, Feeling and Judging.
“INFJs indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance.”
If that isn’t me, I don’t know what is!
Among my INFJ strengths (creative, insightful, inspiring, convincing, determined, passionate, altruistic), I also have quite the list of weaknesses too. The main ones being that INFJs are “extremely private”, sensitive to criticism, and “can burn out easily”, which, again, are me all over. Another issue with INFJs (and it’s quite possibly the most emo thing I have ever read about myself) is monachopsis: “the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place”. Well, with less than 1% of the population being INFJ, it’s not that hard to believe.
Other things to note about my INFJ personality:
“People with the INFJ personality type are unlikely to go for friendships of circumstance, like workplace social circles or chatting up their local baristas, where the only thing they really have in common is a day-to-day familiarity. Rather, INFJs seek out people who share their passions, interests and ideologies, people with whom they can explore philosophies and subjects that they believe are truly meaningful.”
My friends (the very few that I have) are extremely important to me. And being the INFJ that I am, I’m basically their friend, sister, therapist, agony aunt, emotional support system, and sometimes, their nagging mother. I’ve definitely used the phrase “don’t talk to strangers” many, many times. I also utter the words “text me when you get home” anytime anyone leaves my presence.
I worry goddamn it!
“In friendship it is as though INFJs are searching for a soul mate, someone who shares every facet of their passions and imagination.”
Yes, yes, yes!
INFJs aren’t ones for fuckboys and dumb high-school type relationships—I can say with 100% certainty that this is, in fact, me.
“INFJs will take the time necessary to find someone they truly connect with – once they’ve found that someone, their relationships will reach a level of depth and sincerity that most people can only dream of.”
We are also not the types to fall for fuckboy antics, fake “nice guys”, and definitely cannot be talked into things we don’t want.
“For INFJs, money and Employee of the Month simply won’t cut it compared to living their values and principles.”
“NFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays.”
Hey, hello, what’s up?
I’ve got elegance up the wazoo, my friends!
“Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality.”
Navigating through career paths is especially challenging for INFJs since we aim to find something that aligns with our “intricate inner core”.
Sooooooooo… good luck to my clueless ass then, right? Yeah. Thanks, dudes!
So, to sum up, even though people constantly question the validity of such self-report tests, I am 100%, without a doubt, an INFJ. So if you think I’m a strange enigma of a person, it’s because I’m obviously not from this world/time and only residing here until I can come up with some sort of machine to take me back to my weird INFJ-filled home.
Why do you think my site is really called Planet Siren? *wink*
If you’re curious about your personality type, or just want to be able to obnoxiously describe it to your friends, here’s the link to the test: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test