As a psychology geek, one of the things I really love is personality quizzes. The one that's definitely my favorite is the Myer-Briggs type, because for me, it's always been supremely accurate. The Myer Briggs test has four scales that then make up a four-letter type. These scales are Extroversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. iNtuitive, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. The last one is the most confusing to people when trying to understand the test, but basically it focuses on whether you're active in choosing and doing things or if you just like to observe and live life as it comes. *For some more thoughts on introversion, read this post.*
My personality type is INFJ, and I have regularly gotten that same result in many versions of this test, which doesn't always happen on personality tests. Admittedly, it doesn't always happen on this test for some people, particularly if you're right in the middle of one of the scales. Nonetheless, this is the personality test that I enjoy and trust the most.
Here's a good version of the test, if you'd like to get your type. For the kind of detailed profile I showed above for myself, go to this site and locate your four-letter type. Then tell me what you think! I'm going to go into more detail here in a minute about my thoughts on mine, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on yours.
I'm not going to go into much detail on the actual traits of my type here; suffice it to say, the profile I linked above covers everything I think is important about this. What's interesting to me is the other information you find as you research your personality type. There are plenty of sites out there that can take that profile and then look at careers, conflict management, relationships, and more.
For example, INFJ is classified as one of four "Idealist" types, specifically known as "The Counselor" or "The Protector." That right off gives a very succinct picture of where INFJ's excel. Profiles for INFJ's state that they generally have an affinity for the arts and for working creatively and independently, but in a way that works towards a cause that they truly care about and believe helps others. We also work well in jobs like counseling, where we can work with small groups of people in a meaningful but quiet way. In relationships, we are deeply caring and loyal, but can also get really, really stubborn,because we have very strong ideals that we can get obsessive about. INFJ's are also one of the rarest types which makes me feel very special, LOL.
But for me the most interesting part is seeing what famous people (or fictional characters) share my type, based off of analysis by professionals. According to the TypeLogic website, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela are all INFJ's too. In fictional types, I'm like Dumbledore, the Tinman in Wizard of Oz, Loki of Asgard, Lestrade in Sherlock, and possibly Batman.
Fascinatingly enough, I also share a personality type with Adolf Hitler.
When I discovered this, it was confusing, to say the least. How could Hitler and Mother Teresa be the same personality type? After that I started doing more research into Hitler and his life, trying to figure out what was going on.
One of the things that makes INFJ's so powerful and unique is that we, being one of the only "Judging" (i.e. active) idealists, are very good at standing up for causes we believe in. As I thought about Hitler, I realized that he was actually a very strong embodiment of this. Yeah, he really believed in what he was doing--otherwise it would never have gone as far as it did. People believed in him because he believed in what he was fighting for, and that's how he rose to such power. To him, the eradication of the Jews and other "imperfect" people was a cause to fight for (although good people STRONGLY DISAGREE). In a twisted way, that makes him similar to Mother Teresa, and to me.
If you don't mind, though, I think I'll take the Mother Teresa route to change, rather than the Hitler one. Or maybe I'll skip the political bit entirely and just stay in art school.
Thanks for reading, guys, and come back next time for a post in which ModCloth makes some terrible fashion fails!
In other news, the Write On Con forums are currently open! If you're a children's writer (picture book to new adult) who likes free online conferences, I highly recommend. You can friend me if you like--I'm username BNKira and am primarily chilling at the YA boards.
In other other news, my track change at BYU-I from Winter/Spring to Spring/Fall, as I before mentioned, has been approved! Yay!
Images via kevalliere.wordpress.com, thefamouspeople.com, and motherteresa.org.
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