I didn’t think I would be writing about this topic tonight. I actually had plans for a “how to” on masturbation, but alas, this happened.
So as I was browsing through some very old messages on Facebook, a friend and fellow blogger Jenny Luu, had sent me a message about taking a personality test and since we seemed to be so similar, had sent me the link to take it too.
Now I’ve done tons of online quizzes, from “What’s Your IQ?” to ” Which Percy Jackson Character Are You?” but hardly found them worth mentioning. But I took a look at the link, and decided to go ahead since it claimed it would take less than 12 minutes.
- I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INFJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extraverts gain energy).
- N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INFJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
- F – Feeling preferred to thinking: INFJs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic.
- J – Judgment preferred to perception: INFJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability.
INTJs, like my friend Jenny, are closely related; however instead of making “impulsive”or “emotionally-based” decisions, they prefer to review the data and facts. Hence, the T for thinking.
The 16 personalities model was created by psychologists, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers as an extension of Carl Jung’s work on psychological types in 1921. Thus, there has been decades of research on this and there is some data to back up the validity of these categories.
As an INFJ, I’m creative, decisive, determined, passionate, and altruistic — hence the nickname “The Advocate”; but my weaknesses are that I’m extremely private, which can be hard to make friends or build relationships. As well as I focus so much on my flaws and failures and forget to highlight my accomplishments.
I also burn out easily.
So I’m really relating to this personality assessment because it feels so accurate; and why half the times I feel other people are just crazy.
Because INFJs make up less than 1% of the population. INTJs are rare too, at 2-3%. So there aren’t that many of us out there, which can make it hard to relate to other people. Or for other people to understand us (without becoming too offended if we don’t feel like hanging out).
This week was a great example of how the crazy world just made me want to shrink away. I didn’t want to deal with anyone this weekend. I just wanted to be by myself, and I did just that. Sorry friends, and my cousin whom I left perplexed on the sidewalk as I sped away to the gym; I just didn’t feel like talking or catching up. Maybe next weekend.
I must say though, the model leaves out one personality that I’m sure includes a significant part of the population: The Asshole.
Check out these links for personality assessments: