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."
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!