Thursday, January 17, 2008
I took a personality test to find out who I really was.
Out side of the usual destructive drunk that I normally am, it turns out that I actually am, what this Myers-Briggs test call, an INFJ - Introverted Intuition with Extroverted Feeling. Aka, The Protector.
After 60 or so questions of determining what I like, dislike. What I find acceptable and unacceptable. What I see as comfortable or annoying, it assigned me this letter combination.
While I think this kind of thing is about as reliable as reading your horoscope, I did find its results kind of interesting.
Some snippets from the book:
"INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types."
I am, indeed, rare.
Internally, it said, I will try to organize things into definable and constantly changing lists, priorities, and definitions while externally it's a complete cluster-fuck.
"On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous...They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk or home."
"Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubbornness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions. They believe that they're right."
"Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive."
I tell you what you need to know, but not when I get angry...
"They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or silent anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress."
"INFJs are warm and affirming people who are usually also deep and complex. They're likely to seek out and promote relationships that are intense and meaningful. They tend to be perfectionists, and are always striving for the Ultimate Relationship. For the most part, this is a positive feature, but sometimes works against the INFJ if they fall into the habit of moving from relationship to relationship, always in search of a more perfect partner. In general, the INFJ is a deeply warm and caring person who is highly invested in the health of their close relationships, and puts forth a lot of effort to make them positive. They are valued by those close to them for these special qualities. They seek long-term, lifelong relationships, although they don't always find them."