Updated: May 21, 2019
A few days ago, I was working with a photographer, Jenni Greer and we were talking about people and their personalities when she mentioned a personality test that she did a while back that really helped her understand herself in her relationship. Now, I had done this test back when I was in college for a class but I never had the chance to read about my personality in depth. So, while I was with her, I took this test. It's a quick 62 question survey and the results come back to you as a four letter acronym that explains your personality in percentage. So for example, I was INFJ which stands for introvert (41%) i(N)tuitive(28%) Feeling (25%) and Judging (6%). Once I got this information, I went to a website called 16 personalities that tells you more in depth what this means. I was honestly shocked by what it had to say. I was shocked for many reasons. One being that it is incredibly accurate and secondly, because it kind of solidified the fact that I'm not crazy! Haha! Anyways, check out what mine had to say and if it intrigues you, take the test yourself. It might help you understand yourself and others. And Link is at the bottom!
INFJ PERSONALITY (“THE ADVOCATE”)
The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats, they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.
Help Me Help You
INFJs indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King
INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.
Live to Fight Another Day
Really though, it is most important for INFJs to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when INFJs find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.
To INFJs, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. INFJs just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.
Advocates You May Know
Martin Luther KingNelson MandelaMother TeresaAlanis MorissetteJimmy CarterNicole KidmanGoetheMorgan FreemanJon SnowGame of ThronesJames WilsonHouse M.D.AragornThe Lord of the RingsGaladrielMichael ScofieldPrison BreakRose BukaterTitanicDesmond HumeLostAramisThe Three Musketeers Websites:http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp - take the test!https://www.16personalities.com - read about yourself here!