What’s up. I actually wrote an entire post yesterday, then decided it wasn’t that good and deleted it. Then, I wrote another post, thought the same thing, and erased that one as well. Fear not, though, I’m gonna post this one. You’ll have already known that if you’re reading right now, I guess. Anyways.
So last night I found out about the Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) Test. For those who haven’t heard of it, like me two days ago, it is a psychological test based off of characteristics and attributes. Carl Jung had a prominent influence on the test, it’s said, and it is a very well known/regarded test. It has you answer (at least the version I took- found at https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test ) a bunch of different scenarios and settings, and rate how much you agree or disagree with them. For example, “You like being the center of attention” and then a scale, on one side is if you completely disagree, the other side is you completely agree. There are 7 total bubbles for each, the middle one being “neutral”, although the test says to avoid choosing neutral reactions. Anyways, if you wanna take it and find out yours, I recommend you take the one I posted, as it seems to be the most commonly used online for free. Or take another. I don’t give a ssssssshhhhhhhiiiet.
The results come in a 4 letter combination:
- E or I : The first letter is the determination if you are more extroverted or more introverted. Generally speaking, extroverts enjoy social activities, they get energy from being around others, they prefer to go out to have fun. They’re more likely to be the center of attention, more likely than introverts, that is. Introverts aren’t necessarily shy, or socially anxious (I used to think that they were), rather they enjoy solitude. That is, they get energy from spending time thinking, being alone, etc. Social outings can be fun to them, but they usually tire from them easily.
- S or N : Stands for either a sensing or iNtuitive way of making decisions. This is kinda confusing so I’ll explain it briefly. People who are more prone to sensing are people that generally rely on facts for making choices: instead of looking based off of past experience, they rely on established logic to move forth. Intuitive people generally decide things based off of their personal experiences or ideas with them. They are more likely to “go with their gut”, rather than just trusting established facts. What they understand and feel is what they use to guide them.
- F or T : Stands for feeling or thinking. This one concerns logic vs. emotion, essentially. How do you react to situations? When you are dealing with conflict, do you react more based off of your emotions? If you do, you’ll likely fall under the feeling category. People who are described more as thinking people are those who generally put emotions aside, and do what they know is right- they’re less sensitive. More likely to be in-your-face, and less likely to pander to an upset person (if they disagree with them, that is). God. I feel like I’m giving the test here. I’m not.
- J or P : Stands for judging or perceiving. Those who judge, rather than perceive, are more likely to be organized, and generally look at things more objectively. They don’t trust their own experience as much as perceivers, and they generally look at the situation neutrally, and assess it. Perceivers, on the other hand, are more likely to try and “put themselves in the other’s shoes”- they try their best to communicate by empathizing with the other’s viewpoint, based on their own subjective view. They are less based off of logic, and more focused on how they personally perceive circumstances.
Alright! So now that I’ve explained (briefly- and a lot of it can be found on the website I linked as well) what the test is about, you’ll understand my thoughts on it. You take the test, and in return it churns a 4 letter combo at you. There are 16 total combinations: ISFJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFP, ESTJ, ESFP, ENFP, ISTP, INFP, ESTP, INTP, ENTP, ENFJ, INTJ, ENTJ, and INFJ. Sorry if it annoyed you that I literally listed all 16, but those are also in order of global frequency. The most popular type is ISFJ, at about 14 percent of the global population, and the least frequent is INFJ (according to https://www.careerplanner.com/MB2/TypeInPopulation.cfm ).
Wanna guess what my result was? I took various versions of it online as well, just for good measure. I answered as honestly and personally as I could.
You could probably guess the first letter of my combination, since I’ve proclaimed many times that I’m introverted. So it begins with I.
My result was INFP. Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceptive. Apparently, this subtype only exists in 4 percent of the world population, so I guess I’m somewhat special, eh? Smug face.
They have a ‘personality profile’ for each of the 16 types, and it’s pretty in-depth (especially for something that is free). The reason I decided to post about the test, is because of how accurate I found it to be for me. INFPs are called “mediators”- they dream big, are creative, a bit too idealistic, think a lot, and usually procrastinate, are not very logical, and sensitive. Hmm, lets see yeah, yeah, hell yeah, fuck to the fuck yes, unfortunately yes, yes, and yep. That’s me alright! A few famous people who either tested as INFP or are believed strongly to be INFP include William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, Johnny Depp, Bjork, George Orwell and my personal favorite, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
The test just hit the nail on the head for me, so much so that it was kinda creepy. The test knows my kind. It makes sense too, that it’s a fairly rare subtype, as I frequently feel like I can’t relate to others. I also am way too idealistic, I fantasize about perfect relationships and subsequently never actually date anyone. I’m creative, I like to think, I spend my free time trying new stuff, I’m constantly moving from one project to another, I like art and doing art. I also find that many famous authors are INFPs, which makes me feel it’s even more accurate, as I too, like telling stories and writing (I’m doing it as I type). On the flip side, my weaknesses are that I procrastinate, as I always look at the big picture, and forget to finish the cogs of the machine. I likely spend too much time thinking as well, and I constantly find myself on the outside of social settings. I’m also constantly ragged about being too sensitive, and I am, taking things personally at times, whether I like it or not. I feel like I sound super pretentious right now.
Take the test! And when you finish, post your 4 letter combination in the comments. Just do it. I likely won’t get many responses, as my blog is still not very well known, but for the few that do post, thanks. I appreciate it. You know when you comment, you don’t even have to leave your real name or info- so if you’re shy or embarrassed to share, just call yourself some other name and post it. I wanna see who relates to me, and I wanna see who is opposite. It takes like 10 minutes and then you can further find out about who you are. I really believe it’s a good test. I better, I just wrote 1300 words about it.
That’s all for today. I’m covering for someone at work today (a small 4 hour shift) at 3:30, so I gotta get off my laptop and mentally stress out about that. And maybe play some more BioShock. Fucking love BioShock.
See ya in a few days.
Thanks for reading,
Luca DeJesu, 2:47 PM