INFP

Posted on July 22, 2011

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So, I took this quiz  .. the Jung typology test.  It told me my type was INFP, 11% introverted, 75% intuitive, 25% feeling, and 11% perceiving.   So obviously I had no idea what this really meant though of course it rang true for me. So i did a little digging, link following, and read some really interesting stuff.   Now, at the end, i’m amazed that there are ways of determining what types of personalities people have based on a series of questions.  So here’s what i found out:

first I saw that I’m the idealist/healer: 

Healers present a calm and serene face to the world, and can seem shy, even distant around others. But inside they’re anything but serene, having a capacity for personal caring rarely found in the other types. Healers care deeply about the inner life of a few special persons, or about a favorite cause in the world at large. And their great passion is to heal the conflicts that trouble individuals, or that divide groups, and thus to bring wholeness, or health, to themselves, their loved ones, and their community.

Healers have a profound sense of idealism that comes from a strong personal sense of right and wrong. They conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place, full of wondrous possibilities and potential goods. In fact, to understand Healers, we must understand that their deep commitment to the positive and the good is almost boundless and selfless, inspiring them to make extraordinary sacrifices for someone or something they believe in. Set off from the rest of humanity by their privacy and scarcity, Healers can often feel even more isolated in the purity of their idealism…

…Healers follow their heart not their head, which means they can make errors of fact, but seldom of feeling. They have a natural interest in scholarly activities and demonstrate, like the other Idealists, a remarkable facility with language. They have a gift for interpreting stories, as well as for creating them, and thus often write in lyric, poetic fashion. Frequently they hear a call to go forth into the world and help others, a call they seem ready to answer, even if they must sacrifice their own comfort.

this is true for me.  except it’s not just the idealism that’s isolating.  I also found which career paths are ideal for my “type” which include literature/writing, humanities, philosophy, religious education, counseling and psychology.  What’s funny is i’ve seriously considered pursuing every one of these!

then I read this:

INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.

truth.  I feel like people think i’m childish in my wonder of simply mundane things.  I know it’s a gift.  The world around me fascinates and amazes me in it’s beauty and wonder, and the way it all works!

Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., perfo rmance of duty for the greater cause

i constantly feel like i should be doing more. and when i’m acting out of accordance with my morals and ethics i’m VERY hard on myself.

obviously this isn’t an entirely holistic version of me.. that would just plain freaky.  but i am fascinated that i can read so much information that mirrors who i know myself to be based off of some questions.  The depth at which people have analyzed human personality types is pretty amazing.

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