My Myers-Briggs personality type is an interesting and complex question.
I took the test a few times during my undergraduate career, for psychology classes and for placement within the Resident Advisor program. Each time, my scores oscillated back and forth between being an ENFP and an INFP (introvert/extrovert-intuition-feeling-perception). I was at the point in my life where my personality was evolving from wanting to be in the limelight and the center of attention toward more humble acknowledgment of the value of silence and reflection. I’m not surprised the results changed.
Today’s results are even more interesting. My introverted nature has been fully cemented, but now I seem to be undergoing another, entirely different shift. I took the test and scored INFP — no surprise here until I realized that I had left one question unanswered. The test told me that my “results could be compromised”!! (Clearly no over-reaction there). I went back, answered the question, and my results suddenly shifted to INFJ. Really? I’ve never scored for judgment over perception before in my life. That’s when I realized I must be in the middle of another kind of personality shift, so I read both results closely.
Here are the phrases that resonated in each category:
INFP (The Idealist):
“INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.”
“INFPs live primarily in a rich inner world of introverted Feeling. Being inward-turning, the natural attraction is away from world and toward essence and ideal. This introversion of dominant Feeling, receiving its data from extraverted intuition, must be the source of the quixotic nature of these usually gentle beings.”
“INFPs, more than other iNtuitive Feeling types, are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves.”
“INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP’s value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life.”
INFJ (The Protector):
“Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life.”
“INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.”
“Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.”
“Their amazing ability to deduce the inner workings of the mind, will and emotions of others gives INFJs their reputation as prophets and seers. Unlike the confining, routinizing nature of introverted sensing, introverted intuition frees this type to act insightfully and spontaneously as unique solutions arise on an event by event basis.”
“INFJs are twice blessed with clarity of vision, both internal and external. Just as they possess inner vision which is drawn to the forms of the unconscious, they also have external sensing perception which readily takes hold of worldly objects.”
“As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.”
“INFJs place great importance on having things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.”
Ok, forget it. This entire description is me. I was going to keep copying out the points that resonated with me, until I realized this entire page is applicable.
What’s interesting is how the introverted and extroverted qualities flipflop for each case:
INFP: Introverted feeling and sensing; extroverted intuition and thinking.
INFJ: Introverted intuition and thinking; extroverted feeling and sensing.
Now I’m really glad I filled out that last question.