Reader Q&A: Myers-Briggs (spoiler: INFJ)
Have you ever taken the Meyers Brigs Personality Inventory, and if so, what was your type beyond being introverted?
I have. I did it as part of a serious exercise in something-or-other at work way back when, and have since done it again online for curiosity’s sake with the same result.
I’m an INFJ.
Introvert(78%) iNtuitive(25%) Feeling(25%) Judging(33%)
When I first did the test forever ago, I found great relief in the ‘introvert’ descriptor because it described me so well.
I know there are theories about D/s and how they are grouped under the personality types, but whenever I’ve seen discussions on it, the spread seems to be pretty random and I imagine it largely reflects the general population.
There are a million descriptions out there of what INFJ actually means (like this and this and this…), so I just picked one and pasted it below so y’all don’t have to go trawling the internet (see, it says I’m interested in the well being of others!).
I would note that my ego wanted me to choose this one that said “INFJs are masters of written communication, with a distinctively smooth and warm language”, but I didn’t because it also said “they may rush to the place of a major disaster, participate in rescue efforts, do charity work etc” and then I’d have to admit that I’ve never rushed to the place of a major disaster ever in my life.
INFJs are conscientious and value-driven. They seek meaning in relationships, ideas, and events, with an eye toward better understanding of themselves and others. Using their intuitive skills, they develop a clear and confident vision, which they then set out to execute, aiming to better the lives of others. Like their INTJ counterparts, INFJs regard problems as opportunities to design and implement creative solutions.
INFJs have been mistaken for extroverts, as they tend to possess multiple personalities due to their complex inner life; however, they are true introverts. INFJs are private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Though they are very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and creative manner.
INFJs have a rich, vivid inner life that they may be reluctant to share with those around them. Nevertheless, they are congenial in their interactions and perceptive of the emotions of others. Generally well liked by their peers, they may often be considered close friends and confidants by most other types; however, they are guarded in expressing their own feelings, especially to new people, and tend to establish close relationships slowly. INFJs tend to be easily hurt, though they may not reveal it (except to their closest companions). INFJs may “silently withdraw as a way of setting limits” rather than expressing their wounded feelings—a behavior that may leave others confused and upset.
INFJs tend to be sensitive, quiet leaders with a great depth of personality. They are intricately, deeply woven, mysterious, highly complex, and often puzzling, even to themselves. They have an orderly view toward the world but are internally arranged in a complex way that only they can understand. Abstract in communicating, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. With a natural affinity for art, INFJs tend to be creative and easily inspired, yet they may also do well in the sciences, aided by their intuition.
Seems reasonably close.