Tuesday, September 9, 2014

N I N E | The Diary of an INFJ

My, how I love Tuesday's. I feel like I can tackle anything on a Tuesday, where as Monday's leave me with little motivation to get out of bed. I'm a bit under the weather --more than a bit, but that's neither here nor there-- but that will not stop me on day nine of The Blog-tember Challenge

Today's prompt: Let's talk personality types. Introverted? Extroverted? Unsure-troverted? If you know you Myers-Briggs type, share it! If not you can take this similar test and share your results.


I am what I like to call an extroverted introvert. 

I love being around people and handle group situations fairly well, but boy do I need my alone time to recharge. Large groups of people or high energy events can be overwhelming, but I am more than capable and willing to own my own for as long as I need to. However, if given the choice to go out with the gang or stay in to watch a movie, Netflix typically wins. If someone initiates with me, wanting to spend quality one-on-one time, I feel like a million bucks! That is one of my love languages and something that is so refreshing to me.

Especially in undergrad, when people found out I was a theatre major they were surprised. Apparently I was not "the typical theatre person," and I fully agreed with them. That was until I made my way into the department and found all kinds! Just because someone comes alive on stage and enjoys the spotlight that does not mean they are outlandish and performing 100% of the time in real life. I mean, some people are that way but that's a different story ;)

A few years ago I took the Myers-Briggs assessment for one of my classes. I am classified as an INFJ. It stands for Introverted iNtuition Feeling Judging. The test has 16 possible results, and INFJ is the most rare. I read somewhere that less than 1% of the world's population fits that category.

"INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities," according to this description.  "INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. 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 charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress." I was telling someone just this week about how conflict stresses me out and I avoid it at all costs.

See? I fully agree with this! Another great resource is this site HERE, but I will save you all the boring details. Perusing Pinterest, I found some interesting charts floating around about the personality types, including Disney princesses, Bible figures, and Harry Potter characters according to type. I was happy (and surprised!) to find that I fall in with Frozen's Elsa, Rue from The Hunger Games, Ghandi, and Cate Blanchett. You know what, I'll take it!

What about you? Any other INTJ's out there? 





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