Saturday, 25 August 2007

WARNING : Narcissism Alert ! Ignore if you're not interested in the Blogger !!! The Myers-Briggs and other oddities...

[had a couple of e-mails from people saying I haven't really described myself on here]

I'm highly suspicious of categorising individual characters into specific 'compartments' ; the enneagram seems just crazy and indecisive ; and more dependant upon the individual psychometrist than any definite system ; but having gone through many Myers-Briggs 'personality' tests over the years and they invariably come up with the same result I feel consigned [condemned?] to the possibility that it might have some significant validity [well for me anyway !] I can't really go into any deep personal details on here as the sin of detraction might arise and any revelations could result in potential harm to innocents; but I can say I am very , very close to the stereotypical INFJ. [Please only read the following if you're trying to understand a little more about why I am the way I am - otherwise ignore with a bargepole]

The Protector

As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system. [Don't tell the boss ! I loathe...sorry, love those pork chops and legs of lamb like they're family members - seriously !]
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. [Liking this so far...[wink!]]
Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world.
[hmmmm!!! I have a tendency towards extremes - regimentally tidy or beyond redemption chaotic. P.]They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives.
On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. [Yes, but it always feels perfectly natural ; not as if you are being recklessly thoughtless or negligent of considering the situation deeply]
They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. [Scary - you try explaining to a partner how you know someone is having an affair or being beaten up by their husband or has stolen the petty cash money at work ; when you don't even know how you know yourself ! And it isn't suspicion, it's simply knowing !]
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. [It's me !!!!]
INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. [Won't step into this one - those who'd believe me wouldn't need the encouragement, those who wouldn't would think I was lying about it all; beter to stay silent]
This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized.
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. [In a quite clever way; having no qualms about discussing intimate aspects of their lives or events other people might be reticent to reveal; but the inner self remains securely locked away]
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. [well I'm an argumentative git !! I can be idolised and loathed to the extreme just by being me; but I would hate to hurt anyone's feelings - even if we were vitriolic, vituperative intellectual enemies !]
They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. [but invariably get into it !]
Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger.
They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress. [guilty as charged]
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else.
This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions. They believe that they're right. [Not for me, it results in me spending a lot of time and energy trying to work out why they are wrong - just knowing they are wrong internally is no justification]
On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. [Doubt it ? Or have it thrust in one's face every day ?]
INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves - there's always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them.
They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. [especially when everyone else around you is saying the opposite]
In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families.
They don't believe in compromising their ideals.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. [Loving , but useless regarding practicalities]
This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.
{Well I'm more likely to burn dinner while telling the kids about the origins of the Trojan war or the structure of benzene or why low taxation is wrong}
In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition.
INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. [weird as I was a quality controller who didn't miss much - but did have to spend a long time making every mistake possible and training myself through them]
The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not. [Not guilty - but was highly scrupulous when I did canon law]
The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement. [Thanks for rubbing it in !!]


Ttony said...

This ENFP salutes you. I must say that I have found Myers Briggs extremely useful, as long as you remember to use it for how others perceive you, rather than for what you really are.

Psiomniac said...

Hmmm, interesting....

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