On being an INFP


When I first heard about the scarily accurate Myers Brigg personality test, I just had to try it out. It did not disappoint. As you can tell from the title I am an INFP. We make up a tiny 4.5% of the population and no other personality test has described me so accurately. Forget about zodiac signs this is how we should begin to identify ourselves.

The INFP characteristics that I feel accurately describe me are idealistic, open minded,  passionate and that I like to think that I’m creative. I hate conflict. Not only did they get the qualities spot on the also got our weaknesses. I hate dealing with data, I strongly dislike criticism (even though I’m trying to learn to appreciate it) and I do tend to take things personally. I have also read somewhere that we all have a want to do something extraordinary in this life. Like Virginia Woolf says “I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond daily life.”

 The part that spoke me the most was that all INFP’s wanted to be authors when they were children. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream of mine. I have also read that we are better at expressing our thoughts in writing than verbally. That is so true, I feel like when I’m speaking I have to worry about so much other than what I want to say and when I’m writing it’s its just the words that matter.

Also if I don’t want to do something it’s difficult for me to put any effort into it. Like my school assignments aren’t neat because the only reason I do a lot of them is because I have to and not want to. Apparently we rant a lot, if I care about something I feel the need to talk about it. One site even managed to figure out my make up preferences, it light to the extent that it may as well be non existent.

I guess that at the end of the day it’s important to remember that we are not a personality type. Our personality type is just a fraction of who we are. People of the same personality type will probably be drastically different. It’s just a way to find out a little bit more about ourselves and validate some things that we feel.I’ll end with a quote that describes us, “All that is GOLD does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.” J. R. R. Tolkien. I especially relate with the not all those who wander are lost.