So recently I was directed to take one of those online personality tests, called the Jung Typography Test. Basically you answer a bunch of questions and it gives you a 4-letter coding that provides you with a description of your personality and traits, along with how you react and interact with others. Needless to say I found the results… interesting…
I received an INFJ result. Here’s a graphic explaining what being an INFJ means:
I also figured I’d throw in some of what the site where I took the test describes as INFJs:
by Marina Margaret Heiss and Joe Butt
INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally “doers” as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.
…They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.”… INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates… it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood — particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.
…More explicit inner conflicts are also not uncommon in INFJs; it is possible to speculate that the causes for some of these may lie in the specific combinations of preferences which define this complex type. For instance, there can sometimes be a “tug-of-war” between NF vision and idealism and the J practicality that urges compromise for the sake of achieving the highest priority goals. And the I and J combination, while perhaps enhancing self-awareness, may make it difficult for INFJs to articulate their deepest and most convoluted feelings.
Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills… overall, INFJs can be exceptionally difficult to pigeonhole by their career paths… as it is *iNtuition* — the dominant function for the INFJ type — which governs the ability to understand abstract theory and implement it creatively.
Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life.Those who are activists – INFJs gravitate toward such a role – are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.
INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden.They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress.INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless.The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ.
…INFJs are not easily led… affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words.
INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication….
Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.
(INFJ stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging and represents individual’s preferences in four dimensions characterising personality type, according to Jung’s and Briggs Myers’ theories of personality type.)
Now I’ll be honest… I don’t put a lot of trust into these types of tests and don’t believe the hype so easily… but… I can kind of see it. Okay… who the heck am I kidding… it’s a damn near perfect description… at least from my perspective. That’s really what this type of test is doing, right? It’s taking it from how you view yourself. The real test, in my opinion anyway, isn’t necessarily how I perceive myself but more about how others perceive me. That’s why I’m a fan of 360-Degree Surveys, because it doesn’t just take your viewpoint but also takes the viewpoints of others and melds them together to give you a better idea of just who you are.
So I’m not sure what’s scarier… the fact that all of that is relatively true about me from my perspective… that I may just be warped in how I perceive myself as compared to how others perceive me and I could truly be an OMGWTF… or the fact it was the internet that told me so.
What do you think of these tests? Have you taken the Jung Typography Test? If so… what did you get? Do you think it’s accurate? Feel free to leave a note in the comments, inquiring minds and all that…