My personality type revealed… INFP

Personality tests are fun so of course I found the Blogtember challenge question about taking a personality test and describing your type highly fascinating. You can take the test here. It’s been a while since I took a Myers-Briggs personality test so it came as a pleasant surprise when the results showed that I’m an INFP. At first I was like, okay I have no idea what this acronym stands for. After I Googled it, I found myself nodding in agreement with most of the things that described INFPs.

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It has taken me approximate 4 days to write this post – I scrapped one and I’ve been working on this for hours – and were this not a post about personalities, I would have simply thought that I’m being my silly self who can’t seem to get the words out of my head/can’t seem to write without fearing that people will read this and think I’m ridiculous.

BUT I’ve discovered that INFPs are idealists and perfectionists – and realized how true that is for me even though I have never thought of myself as a perfectionist – so that would explain why I took forever to get this post out. I just keep rewriting the sentences to make it sound nicer/saner. I have, however, always known that I’m an idealist.. (like Pike, haha, inside joke)

So you want to know more about me? Here goes.

I found these points here:

  • 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.

This is definitely the quality that makes me whimsical bordering on impractical. Little things can amaze and fascinate me to no end. I can be found munching on food for thought, questioning things, imagining them differently, turning and twisting the pieces of information in my head. Like how does this work? Or what happens if this… or if that…? Can it be that this and that?

  • INFPs have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything. Even for the most unlovable the INFP is wont to have pity.

While this is true and one of my favorite qualities about INFPs (the world is lacking in the empathy department and we need to have more compassion for others), sometimes this can also be a burden. You want to be rid of someone whom you know is bad for you but you keep latching on because you feel sorry for them, think that somewhere deep down inside of them, there is a seed of hope that hasn’t been properly tended to. But sometimes you really just can’t help people who don’t want to be helped.

  • Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response.

Hah, yes. Sometimes I think, ah, they can say whatever they like but if certain words happen to strike some kind of chord in me, I can go from zero to sensitive/defensive in 2 seconds. This can range from anything to talking about potatoes to human rights. I think INFPs just display more unbridled passion and maybe sometimes they can get too heated in a discussion that involves the things they stand for.

  • Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., performance of duty for the greater cause. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil.

Truth. Which is why reading the news makes me so conflicted sometimes. I can spend days later chewing on the same article, trying to dissect it and think of every possible way that things could have gone differently.

  • Some INFPs have a gift for taking technical information and putting it into layman’s terms. Brendan Kehoe’s Zen and the Art of the Internet is one example of this “de-jargoning” talent in action.

Holy crap. How do they know this stuff? I do this all the time but have never thought of it as a talent. Someone once asked me to review a slideshow that was centered on some business agreement. After I finished reading it, I basically de-jargoned the whole slideshow into layman’s terms and was like, If that’s what they meant, why did they have to phrase it in such complex sentences? Maybe… maybe this is why my writing style is so un-technical. I don’t try to make my writing fancy or poetic or difficult; I like people of all reading levels to be able to read and understand what I’m saying. Hmm…..

And here’s a bit that I found off celebritytypes.com which I found interesting:

  • Strongly linked to the Avoidant personality

I had to Google this… Apparently it’s a disorder… According to Psych Central (I actually went to Wikipedia first but I know what some of you might think, pfft who even trusts Wikipedia? so I went to a legit (I hope) site), these are some of the symptoms of Avoidant Personality Disorder:

“Avoidant personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to what other people think about them, and social inhibition.

  • Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection
  • Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked
  • Shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed
  • Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations
  • Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy
  • Views themself as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others
  • Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing”

I have crossed out the symptoms that don’t accurately describe me. Hmm… the uncrossed part contains some truth. I do have many moments where I feel horribly inadequate but I don’t think that I’m extremely sensitive to what others think.

Yes, sadly, I am always thinking of what people think of me/my work.. Now I know why I have never showed anyone (except for C) my stories. I knew a girl in school who regularly distributed her stories to classmates and while I always thought my writing was just as good or possibly better than hers, I never found the guts to bring any of my writings to school. I guess we won’t find out if people preferred her or my stories, huh?

I have slowly but surely been coming out of my shell though. It’s a work in the progress but if you’re lucky, I might finally work up the guts to post up some of my stuff here. Haha, I’ll feel as if I’m baring my soul but sometimes ya just gotta show people what ya got, right? Hopefully you won’t think too badly of my drawings/stories.

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Some notable INFPs:

Anne from Anne of Green Gables (I’m crying right now. I love Anne so much but everyone I’ve met so far seems to think she’s stupid and childish. You don’t understand us, mere mortals!!!), Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes (the pseudo philosopher in me likes this very much), Homer, Virgil, Mary (mother of Jesus), George Orwell, J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Van Gogh, Shakespeare, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage (honorary mention because it seems like a lot of people don’t quite care for him but we actually like his acting), Jude Law (holla, Watson!)

Yeah, now you know a bit more about me… and INFPs. Hopefully you don’t think we’re a weird sort. Just give us some time, we’re awesome beneath our weirdness.

Thanks for reading my long post.

x T

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8 thoughts on “My personality type revealed… INFP

  1. Hello INFP. I am an ISFJ. I wrote a post a while back about discovering my Myers-Briggs score http://savvyworkinggal.blogspot.com/2011/12/determining-my-myers-briggs-score.html. I was surprised how accurate it was. Especially when I learned ISFJ’s are reluctant managers. I am characterized as the defender. I am quiet, shy and gentle yet a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker Sometimes when I am struggling I pull out my profile and re-read it looking for insight.

    • Hi there ISFJ! 😀
      That is so cool! I haven’t read about ISFJs before. You summarize your personality so well!
      Yeah it’s unnerving how accurate the statements are, right?
      I should also refer to my profile once in a while when I’m not feeling like myself. It’ll probably do me good to remind myself of what I’m capable of and stuff like that.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I quickly jumped on your post because I too am an INFP, I may be on the fence of being an INFJ though. All of what you described describes me as well. Understanding this through the years has helped me to explore outside of my natural tendencies. Because we have a burning desire to understand ourselves and others I think we make awesome friends!

    • Hi Melissa!
      Another INFP! You might be the first tested and proven INFP I know. I have yet to ask the people I know what their personality type is. But so far I don’t think I’ve met anyone with similar characteristics as myself.
      And right you are. I think because of the F in our personality, we tend to want to see the best in people therefore we make awesome friends!

  3. Fun! I love reading about my type – I’m an ISTJ – every time I’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs. And I’d say it’s accurate!

    Stopping by from SITS Sharefest 🙂

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