Blogtember: What's Your Personality Type?

Monday, September 9: Take this short personality test and respond to your results. I'm an INFJ--11% introvert, 50% intuitive, 75% feeling, and 11% judging. Mostly intuitive and feelings-based? Yeah, that sounds about right. Most of the full INFJ profile applied to my personality, tendencies and behaviors, but here are some specifics that really resonated:

"INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their preference for closure and completion, they are generally 'doers' as well as dreamers."

I'm definitely an idealist, but I also like to get things done. For example, I'm happy to bounce around a million ideas in a meeting, but then I start to feel antsy and anxious and ready to just get the damn project going. Sometimes my dreaming causes procrastination; however, I always end up taking action when needed.

"Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. . . but overall, INFJs can be exceptionally difficult to pigeonhole by their career paths. "Most INFJs are system builders, but their systems are founded on human beings and human values, rather than information and technology.""

Uh, yeah, regarding self-expression; writing is my preferred method by far. In terms of a career path, it's been hard for me to visualize staying in one place doing the same sort of thing, but that sort of mentality is rather freeing. I do have to work very hard to keep up my "hard skills" in terms of technology, because it's not my default interest, but I know both are important.

"INFJs are sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious 'soul mates.' While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent 'givers.'"

This section stands out to me the most as an apt description of my personality. It's very, very true; I know I am an introvert as much as I love working with and being around people. I experience that need to withdraw almost on a daily basis, and have consequently developed certain coping strategies for when I'm feeling a bit depleted but need to stay engaged in a social or work situation.

All in all, my personality profile was correct!

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