Now, as you may or may not be aware of, there exists a template of sorts for almost every personality on the planet. Yes, it is quite liberal and doesn’t encompass the fact that you get nervous around women who are taller than you are or currently in the experimentation phase of becoming a plant-human hybrid for the rest of your life. What it does extrapolate is the idea that humans are, at their most simplistic being, quite categorical, orderly and consistent. This template, at least in the business world, is called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test.
This test marks the theories of psychological types described by some super-knowledgeable psychologist named C.G. Jung (that does not roll off the tongue as an acronymic name probably should), and makes them understandable and useful in people’s lives. By analyzing people’s responses to questions of their every day use of perception and judgement, we can get a better grasp of who we are psychologically and how we can process the world, as well as ourselves. These break down to four distinct categories:
- Worlds: People at their core often focus on one of two “worlds,” so to speak: the outer world or their own inner world. These options boil down to either extroversion (E) or introversion (I)
- Information: Does one prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do they like to interpret and add meaning themselves? These are called sensing (S) or intuition (N – yeah they got creative and took the N so there wouldn’t be two I’s)
- Decisions: While in the decision making process, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? These options are called either thinking (T) or feeling (F).
- Structure: In dealing with the outside world, there are people who prefer to get things decided in timely manner, and there are people who are akin to stay open to new information and options (ex. go with the flow) This called either judging (J) or perceiving (P).
Now you may be looking at these options and think, “I know exactly what I am,” and while you that may be true, I will say I took the test and was relatively surprised. So yeah, you should definitely take the test for yourself, or at least some generic test that somewhat follows the main idea of M-B. The trick is to not let yourself dwell on a question – the quickest answer is usually the most honest answer.
So would you like for me to break down what I got? “Yes,” you think to yourself, “do it, and if it’s lame I’m just going back to Facebook.” Fair enough, blog reader. Here goes.
I am an INFJ, which in fact, is the rarest of all the personality types. “You’re just making that up!” you stammer as you rise out of your
rolly-chair and spill snack crumbs all over the floor (don’t leave a mess, yo). But for real, here’s (maybe) some proof.
Being introvert doesn’t mean I’m shy – I’m fine being around people – it just means it can be draining for me to do so. My downtime is spent alone, either on a run, or reading, etc. It helps me relax. I’m also intuitive. I’m quick to add meaning to things – good or bad – which can lead to assuming, but it also allows me to be creative with how I perceive my world and the work that I do. I put my own twist on things and it usually makes me happy. As for decision making? I can be somewhat emotional. That doesn’t mean I have to cry every time I can’t decide what to make for breakfast, but it does mean I look at how I perceive other people to be feeling about a certain situation before I respond or give input (and it usually affects the situation in a big way). And lastly, I’m a judger. Again, that doesn’t mean that I judge people. It means that I inherently crave some sort of structure in life – whether it’s scheduling or simply making plans. Being creative doesn’t help this – a lot of times I can very easily fantasize a situation, like me getting a certain grade, meeting a certain person, or directly planning out my day – and when this vivid plan doesn’t come into fruition, it can be frustrating. I’ve certainly gotten a lot stronger in this area as I’ve gone through college and interning, as a lot of the time, you’ve got to fly by the seat of your pants, or simply just chill and go with the flow. Which is cool, because I’m pretty good at chilling.
Thanks for reading,