How Embarrassed I’d Have Been If You Knew What I Was Thinking

I’ve written before about the writer’s block that plagues me now and then.  Tonight is one of those nights.  After spending much of the evening talking with Eric and doing some wedding related stuff, I finally took some time for myself to update my blog.  Half an hour later, I’m still staring blankly at my laptop hoping that I’ll suddenly become completely brilliant and creative.

Yeah, that’s not happening.

So I decided to turn to Pinterest for some inspiration.  (Yet another reason to love Pinterest … You can literally find pretty much anything on there!)

This week I’ve decided to take a short personality test (the test can be found at http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp if you’re interested in taking it yourself), and very briefly share my thoughts at the end.  I’ve taken similar tests in the past, but I’ve always been fascinated with personality and psychology in general (psychology was actually my minor in college) so it’s actually pretty fun for me to do things like this.

If I remember correctly, this test gave me the same result as previous personality tests.  I am an INFJ.  

According to this test, I am: 33% Introvert, 38% Intuitive, 50% Feeling, and 44% Judging.

I won’t bore you with the details of my results, but I do think a lot of it is pretty accurate.  I’ll share the things that really stood out to me as I was reading … These are the the things I feel are most me.

INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally “doers” as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.

They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.” While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent “givers.” As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood — particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.

If you choose to take this test and feel like leaving a comment, please share your type and any thoughts you have regarding the accuracy of your results!

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