Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Know Thyself

In doing this psychiatry rotation with various extreme personalities and behaviors, I think Socrates had some serious advice there, man.

The other day I took an online version of a Myers-Briggs test
because I couldn't remember the results I got when our college counselor had us take it in high school.

Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

Here's what it says:

INFJs focus on possibilities, think in terms of values and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (1 percent) is regrettable, since INFJs have unusually strong drive to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their fellow men. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

It is an INFJ who is likely to have visions of human events past, present, or future. If a person
demonstrates an ability to understand psychic phenomena better than most others, this person is apt to be an INFJ. Characteristically, INFJs have strong empathic abilities and can be aware of another’s emotions or intents even before that person is conscious of these. This can take the form of feeling the distress of illnesses of others to an extent, which is difficult for other types. INFJs can intuit good and evil in others, although they seldom can tell how they came to know. Subsequent events tend to bear them out, however.

INFJs are usually good students, achievers who exhibit an unostentatious creativity. They take their work seriously and enjoy academic activity. They can exhibit qualities of overperfectionism and put more into a task than perhaps is justified by the nature of the task. They generally will not be visible leaders, but will quietly exert influence behind the scenes.

INFJs are hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. Because of their vulnerability through a strong facility to interject, INFJs can be hurt rather easily by others, which, perhaps, is at least one reason they tend to be private people. People who have known an INFJ for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that INFJs are inconsistent; they are very consist and value integrity. But they have convoluted, complex personalities, which sometimes puzzle even them.

INFJs like to please others and tend to contribute their own best efforts in all situations. They prefer and enjoy agreeing with others, and find conflict disagreeable and destructive. What is known, as ESP is likely found in an INFJ more than in any other types, although other types are capable of such phenomena. INFJs have vivid imaginations exercised both as memory and intuition, and this can amount to genius, resulting at time in an INFJ’s being seen as mystical. This unfettered imagination often will enable this person to compose complex and often aesthetic works of art such as music, mathematical systems, poems, plays, and novels. In a sense, the INFJ is the most poetic of all the types. Just as the ENTJ cannot not lead, so must an INFJ intuit; this capability extends to people, things, and often events,
taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come. INFJs can have uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.

(Bold is my doing.)

What do you think?
Want to take it?
Tell me what you get!

And here are some links for descriptions:
Here, here, and here.


  1. ENFJ! I actually have the results of the one I took in high school or jr high in my desk at mom and dad's house (packrat alert). I think it was the same, but I'll check ;)

  2. Ooh, though I changed one answer I was on the fence about and got ESFJ. One of the descriptions for that really seems to suit more... curious. :)

  3. Er, just the first part of it though... it lost me toward the end. I promise I'm done commenting now.

  4. Haha, you can comment all you want! "Guardian of birthday, holidays, and celebrations" Ha, that is perrrrfect!

  5. Following up: found my old meyers-briggs in the desk drawer at mom and dad's exactly where I thought it was... turns out I was an ENFJ way back in October 1999 too.

  6. I'm an INFJ, too! No wonder you are so awesome :)