Sadly, it’s Monday yet again. I really needed just one more day in my weekend (even with Friday afternoon off). But at least it’s the Monday of pay week, which I really need!
I had planned on doing a weekend recap today, but I’m postponing until tomorrow 1) because I’m tired & feel like pooh & barely have the energy to type, and 2) because I’m not finished with my weekend projects yet. At least I’m back with Blogtember, hosted by Story of My Life.
Day 5’s topic is to take this personality test and respond to the results. My personality type is INFP: Introversion, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. And here is the breakdown of each:
- I have a 100% preference of introversion over extroversion. (No big surprise there.)
- I have a 38% preference of intuition over sensing.
- I have a 50% preference of feeling over thinking (even though it’s 50%, I lean towards feeling).
- I have a 56% preference of perceiving over judging.
So, what does all of this mean? Here is an overview that I’ve compiled from reading a few different analyses.
Firstly, INFPs primary way of living is focused internally – dealing with things according to how they feel about them or how they fit into their personal moral/value code. INFPs tend to be loners, and may often go into a hermit state & get lost in their thoughts. They are focused on making the world a better place for all, and are very idealistic and have a strong sense of honor. One of their primary goals is to find meaning in life, and they drive themselves hard to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. INFPs strive to find value in life, and continually search for truth and meaning in everything.
INFPs are generally thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, very affectionate, put people at ease, and are a good listeners. They tend to be reserved in expressing their emotions, but care deeply and genuinely, and that sincerity is sensed by others. They tend to be calm, and shy. Their exterior is deceptive, though, as they tend to be very passionate people. INFPs do not like conflict, and do everything they can to avoid it. When conflict does arise, they don’t rely on right and wrong, but rather on how the particular conflict feels which sometimes makes them seem irrational and illogical. Then again, INFPs typically make good mediators and do well at solving others problems because their intuition helps them to see people’s true feelings and perspectives.
INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until their core values have been threatened or violated, at which point they become aggressive, passionate defenders. Similarly, while INFPs are not generally detail-oriented people, when they have a project they are interested in, a passion develops & they will gladly cover every possible detail and outcome while working on their “cause.” INFPs tend to be extremely creative, innovative and goal-oriented – they can be great advocates for causes they truly believe in.
INFPs prefer feeling and the human condition over impersonal logic and hard facts. They do not typically believe in the validity of impersonal judgements, and therefore give them no merit. However, some INFPs are able to become quite logical people when necessary. Under stress, they tend to misuse logic in an emotional outburst (oftentimes inaccurately).
INFPs have high standards, and thus are hard on themselves & do not give themselves due credit. They have to work on balancing their high ideals with the nature of every day life, otherwise they become confused, unhappy with themselves, and feel stuck when it comes to what to do with their lives.
Now for some intersting specific points:
- INFPs are full of wonder and are often refereed to as dreamers. This is certainly true for me.
“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.”
Tied to this sense of wonderment, INFP children have a tendency to switch from reality to fantasy and back to reality. I definitely feel like this was–okay, still is–me. And NF children are the most likely to have imaginary friends, and/or have their stuffed animals (dolls, etc.) come to life. I don’t really remember having an imaginary friends, but I definitely saw my stuffed animals as real. There is a reason The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite children’s’ books.
- INFPs have the ability to see the good in just about any person, situation, etc. I try to do this.
- Now this is most definitely true of me. I have a great tendency to hold everything in, either consciously or subconsciously, until the damn breaks & the flood gates open (usually at the worst possible times).:
Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response.
- I also feel this is very true of me & my inner struggles, as well as my ultimate outlook:
As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, they struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, (e.g., performance of duty for the greater cause). …describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil – Luke Skywalker in Star Wars depicts this conflict in his struggle between the two sides of “The Force.” Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.
Here is my Funcational Analysis:
- Introverted Feeling – INFPs live primarily in a rich inner world of introverted Feeling. Being inward-turning, the natural attraction is away from the world and toward essence and ideal. This introversion of dominant Feeling, receiving its data from extroverted intuition, must be the source of the quixotic nature of these usually gentle beings. Feeling is caught in the approach/avoidance bind between concern both for people and for All Creatures Great and Small, and a psycho-magnetic repulsion from the same. The “object,” be it homo sapiens or a mere representation of an organism, is valued only to the degree that the object contains some measure of the inner Essence or greater Good. Doing a good deed, for example, may provide intrinsic satisfaction which is only secondary to the greater good of striking a blow against Man’s Inhumanity to Mankind.
- Extroverted iNutition – Extroverted intuition faces outward, greeting the world on behalf of Feeling. What the observer usually sees is creativity with implied good will. Intuition spawns this type’s philosophical bent and strengthens pattern perception. It combines as auxiliary with introverted Feeling and gives rise to unusual skill in both character development and fluency with language–a sound basis for the development of literary facility. If INTPs aspire to word mechanics, INFPs would be verbal artists.
- Introverted Sensing – Sensing is introverted and often invisible. This stealth function in the third position gives INFPs a natural inclination toward absentmindedness and other-worldliness, however, Feeling’s strong people awareness provides a balancing, mitigating effect. This introverted Sensing is somewhat categorical, a subdued version of SJ sensing. In the third position, however, it is easily overridden by the stronger functions.
- Extroverted Thinking – The INFP may turn to inferior extroverted thinking for help in focusing on externals and for closure. INFPs can even masquerade in their ESTJ business suit, but not without expending considerable energy. The inferior, problematic nature of extroverted thinking is its lack of context and proportion. Single impersonal facts may loom large or attain higher priority than more salient principles which are all but overlooked.
Now we get into careers.
- INFPs are usually talented writers – they have trouble expressing themselves verbally, but are very adept at expressing their views and feelings on paper.
- They are also very good counselors and teachers, (or any profession they work towards the greater good).
- INFPs are also suited for graphic design, music, literature, acting, archaeology, and anthropology.
- Most importantly, their job must be fun and it must be meaningful to them. And though they want to be valued and for their efforts to be recognized, they become embarrassed when made the center of attention. This causes INFPs to undersell their abilities & strengths to avoid being singled-out and feeling conspicuous. (You have no idea how much this screams me.)
This has been quite the experience. There is much at all that I’ve read that I don’t agree with. And I have enjoyed learning more about my personality. I plan on researching it more, because I find it very interesting. I’m learning alot about myself & what makes me, well, me.
The last INFP-related info I have for you is just for fun – it’s a list of some famous INFPs! Basically, writers, actors, musicians and humanitarians. Not bad company to be in. Well, so long as you ignore the dependency issues associated with some of these people…many of these people…
- Princess Diana
- J.K. Rowling
- William Shakespeare
- J.R.R. Tolkein
- Johnny Depp
- Audrey Hepburn
- Helen Keller
- Peter Jackson
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Mary, Mother of Jesus
- Fox Mulder
- C.S. Lewis
- Tim Burton
- Kurt Cobain
- Florence Welch
- John Lennon
- Jim Morrison
- Heath Ledger
- Van Gogh
- Hans Christian Anderson
- William Blake
- A.A. Milne
- Albert Camus
- George Orwell