I'm new here (new to posting, I've been lurking for a while) and traditionally come out as INFJ, which has always sounded right. But I just took the test linked in this thread and came out INFP-T.
Now off to learn things I didn't know about me. :)
Yeah, now that I've read about the INFP, I think INFJ fits me better. Maybe I go back and forth between the two, but there's something in INFP about my friends relying on my "rosy outlook" and I don't know if I have a rosy outlook.
I'm ISTJ which, according to the test is only 9% of the population. All of my family is glad that there aren't more people like me, but the blurb about ISTJs doesn't sound half bad.
This is what it says ...
ISTJs make up about 9% of the population
Honest and direct
Decisive, efficient, and systematic
Dedicated and responsible
Organized and reliable
Value tradition and stability
Committed and trustworthy
My test comes out either INFP or ENFP so I'm either Idealist Healer or Idealist Champion, depending on my day. These names are from Keirsey's Temperament sorter in his book Please Understand Me (Part II). Keirsey uses the Myer-Briggs temperament types as basis but has modified the descriptions a bit, based on his own investigations. Both descriptions fit me very well.
Keirsey defines temperament so that it describes where a person's interests mainly lie and what motivates them. There is a feedback between interest and ability, in that we tend to become good at what we are interested in. But it doesn't necessarily follow that since I'm interested in, say, communication and diplomacy, that I am excellent in both. I will continue to work on those however, and will probably never stop trying to get better.
Excerpts from Keirsey
"To the INFP healing means mending those divisions that plague one's private life and one's relationships. It means treating oneself and relating to others in a conciliatory manner, helping to restore lost unity." -
"These Healers present a tranquil and noticably pleasant face to the world, but while to all appearances they might seem gentle and easy-going, on the inside they are anything but serene, having a capacity for caring not usually found in other types. Healers care deeply - passionately - about a few special persons or a favorite cause, and their fervent aim is to bring peace to the world and wholeness to themselves and their loved ones."
"They are patient with complicated situations, but impatient with routine details."
"ENFPs are keen and penetrating observers of the people around them, and are capable of intense concentration on another individual. Their attention is never passive or casual, never wandering, but always directed. In fact, seeing life as a exciting drama pregnant with possibilities for good and evil, Champions ten to be hypersensitive and hyperalert, always ready for emergencies, and because of this they may suffer from muscle tension.
They are characteristically positive in their outlook, and are surprised when people or events do not turn out as anticipated. Often their confidence in the innate goodness of life and human nature is a self-fulling prophecy."
"But if it's true that the only person over whom I have control of actions is myself, then it does matter what I do. It may not matter a jot to the world at large, but it matters to me." - John Seymour
I was an INTJ way back when I took this for school, but having just taken it again looks like I've slipped into an INTP. My I and N are very strong, my T is relatively strong and my P/J is pretty balanced now. I'll have to take it again in 20 years and see what has happened to me!
Biochar maker/enthusiast whose mind wants to dance, but whose body is a really awkward white guy.
Pics of my Forest Garden
Catherine Windrose:Yeah, you can be more than one, I bounce around between them, always have NT in the middle, E-I and F-J shift around. It comes down to, for me, the mood I'm in when I take it, and how the words on the questions hit me that day.
I was puzzled by "introvert". If I start talking about an interest, it's like the energizer bunny on steroids and it's hard to slow down until someone's eyes begin to glaze over. Then I catch it and pause for awhile, or the rest of the conversation.
On the other hand, more often there is a tendency to keep to myself and a finicky sort of caution around many people face-to-face ^.^ Past stuff, probably. My feet make a liar of something within though :=)
Years ago at a dance club, someone asked why I was doing the wallflower act, hanging back on the sidelines. I told him the blunt truth. As much as I enjoyed ballroom dancing I don't like the phoniness attached to it. That facade a lot of people feign with country or ballroom, and everything between.
Dancing is like music, imo. Just there to be enjoyed with enthusiasm exuding from the soul. Like salsa get togethers where family, friends, neighbors, passersby... of all ages and walks of life, together on a dance floor eating, drinking, chatting, and dancing simultaneously. There is an energy in all that, that rivals the black gospel singers in a small church I used to drive past on Sundays. I'd sit in the parking lot and just listen. 2 hours felt like 10 minutes. Dancing is about feeling that energy, for me. Not who might be inclined to do things they otherwise wouldn't if they weren't out of their comfort zone with a facade.
Dancing is great for helping people step outside their comfort zones and share part of themselves in a fun, safe space. When they dance, however they dance, that liberation in action is so much fun to watch. Like butterflies flitting flower to flower. And teaching group was great fun.
However, practicing in public was a drag because there seemed to be an automatic personality switch between the studio on the way to the dance club by students, toward treating instructors like potential date or romantic opportunities. It was weird. Still miss the dancing though :.) It was only the public aspect that was challenging.
Ugh. Just noticed the judging in INTJ and ISTJ shining like a flashlight in my eyes. Ouch.
Catherine Windrose: I seem to be totally striped as far as introvert - extrovert goes. And when I dance (which I love to) I almost always dance alone, for about the same reasons you gave. And also because I tend to dance for myself, not trying to attract anyone.
I love the Briggs-Meyers as well! And I teach psychology so this is extra near and dear to my heart. Personally, I am an INFP, but there is a substantial catch to this. Nobody is grounded in one and only one of these personality types, they are more written in smoke signals than carved in stone. Experience shapes our personality over time. So while I gravitate towards INFP, I experience many/most of the other types as well. I love exploring the intricacies of personality, and it is the dreamer in the INFP that draws me to Permies.
@ Pearl Sutton: Same. At Treasure Island, FL, there is a drum circle that gathers every sunday in late afternoon until a little after dark. Sometimes fire and hula hoop dancers come, often in costume. Hundreds of people come from all over. One day a 2-3? year old and I danced in the sand about 2 hours straight :-) People came and went inside the dance circle, surrounded by all manner of drum instruments including paint buckets. Rhythms changed. Instruments came and went. Pure flow. That drum circle is the only thing I'll miss in Florida! If weather holds I may go once more this coming weekend and take pictures.