Any Other INFJs in the House?

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Have you seen this personality test from 16personalities.com going around Facebook? I always love these tests, and I enjoy hearing other people’s results. I have a pretty unique (or, let’s just be honest, abnormal) personality. INFJs make up less than one percent of the population–though we do have some impressive members in our ranks:  Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, and, most important, Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. (If you don’t know who that is, I’m sorry, but we can’t be friends.)

Apparently INFJs are overrepresented in the bookish-writing sectors, though, and I was just wondering, are any of you INFJs? If not, what personality type are you?

You can take the test for free here.

And here’s a short breakdown of the INFJ personality, in case you’re curious:

ADVOCATE PERSONALITY (INFJ)

The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.

Advocates indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

–Martin Luther King

Advocates find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that Advocates need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. Advocates take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

Really though, it is most important for Advocates to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when Advocates find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.

To Advocates, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. Advocates just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.

 

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  1. Yes I am also an INFJ!!! And I agree with everything in this assessment. I need a lot of time alone though I love people and meeting new people, but I do tend to suddenly withdraw when my nervous system or sensory system has had too much, I literally cannot see a single person then. This is so fascinating! I think INFJ’s really relate to each other! I can see how many bookworms are in this category, reading alone recharges us and lets us be.

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    1. I’m the exact same way! I like connecting with people, but I reach a point where I can’t stand even a second longer of any sensory input–no more talking or people or even bright lights. It’s kind of crazy. But after some alone time in the quiet, I’m completely back to myself. Anyway, I’m just glad to “meet” another INFJ. 😀

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      1. Oh wow that’s so crazy. That’s exactly me!!! It’s like I go into a cave and then I’m ready to go out again. But until that point, oh goodness, it’s like I’m allergic to people, TV, anything with sounds or stimulus! Well you’ve met a kindred spirit.

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  2. I love this. And you posted the whole INFJ description, too. I thought some of those points were so interesting–especially the stuff about how INFJs act in relationships and friendships, and as parents. I checked out your blog a little, too. Good luck with your goals for the year. 🙂

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  3. Haha! Well, I answered the questions as honestly as I could and it decided I’m an ISFP-T. Then I read the description and it’s absolutely nothing like me at all – couldn’t be more different! Hmm…

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    1. Ha, too funny. The same thing happened to my husband! But he went back and realized he had answered some questions with the mindset of what “should be true” for him instead of what actually WAS true for him. The second time he took the test, he got a completely different personality type, but it sounded a lot more like him. 😂

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