Labels & Personality Types: Who Are You?
Written on August 18, 2015
I have a mild obsession with online personality quizzes. I love finding out which flower represents me, who my celeb best friend is, which Spice Girl I'm most like, etc...I'm not going to lie, I still visit seventeen.com to check out their latest tween quizzes on a regular basis (my guilty pleasure, what can I say). There's something about reading a written categorization of myself that I find incredibly intriguing.
I went through a phase a couple of months ago where I made everyone who's close to me in my life take a (modified) Meyers-Briggs test(linked here). This, of course, was after I had taken it and was completely awed by the accuracy of my results. In essence, it's a ten minute online quiz that provides one with a "concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do, for free." Sounds invigorating, right?
After taking the quiz, the program will spit out a four-letter combination—of which, stand for the following:
• Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
• Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
• Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
• Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Because, as of now, this might all sound like a whole lot of mumbo jumbo, I'll elaborate a bit on what each means.
• The Introversion / Extraversion aspect relates to the MIND. In particular, it involves how a given individual interacts with others. According to 16 Personalities, "Introverted individuals prefer solitary activities and get exhausted by social interaction. They tend to be quite sensitive to external stimulation (e.g. sound, sight or smell) in general. Extraverted individuals prefer group activities and get energized by social interaction. They tend to be more enthusiastic and more easily excited than introverts."
• The Intuition / Sensing aspect relates to one's ENERGY—specifically, how we see and take in our surroundings. 16 Personalities says, "Observant individuals are highly practical, pragmatic, and down-to-earth. They tend to have strong habits and focus on what is happening or has already happened. Intuitive individuals are very imaginative, open-minded, and curious. They prefer novelty over stability and focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities."
• The Thinking / Feeling aspect relates to one's NATURE—how we inherently deal with our feelings and, subsequently, act on them. "Thinking individuals focus on objectivity and rationality, prioritizing logic over emotions. They tend to hide their feelings and see efficiency as more important than cooperation. Feeling individuals are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are more empathetic and less competitive than Thinking types, and focus on social harmony and cooperation" (16 Personalities).
• The Judging / Perceiving aspect relates to one's TACTICS. This relates to one's practicality -- how he or she approaches problem solving and decision making. As 16 Personalities states, "Judging individuals are decisive, thorough, and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity. Prospecting individuals are very good at improvising and spotting opportunities. They tend to be flexible, relaxed nonconformists who prefer keeping their options open."
Because these definitions are very straightforward and generic, one's results will give him or her a percentage on a spectrum with a direct correlation to each of these traits—further personalizing the results as precisely as possible. Also, there are sixteen possible combinations, meaning the comprehensive combination of letters are what fuse to create you, not just the J or the P (for example).
Lastly, there's the IDENTITY aspect (which is not included in the four-letter acronym). This is generated once the four-letter "type" has already been determined (as that is what it's based on). Essentially, this aspect justifies the others—it pertains to our confidence in our type. "Assertive (-A) individuals are self-assured, even-tempered and resistant to stress. They refuse to worry too much and do not push themselves too hard when it comes to achieving goals. Turbulent (-T) individuals are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They are likely to experience a wide range of emotions and to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve" (16 Personalities).
It may seem as if these "aspects" are so different and unrelated that they would be unable to come together cohesively to represent one, singular person. But, truly, that's the interesting part—because all of us are inevitably complex and layered, we have many aspects that constitute us. The results are even more comprehensive than what I've shared with you, too, as each "type" can be categorized into shared groups (the Analysts, the Diplomats, the Sentinels, and the Explorers). To avoid confusing you any further, I won't get into all of that. Instead, I'll get to my point.
I'm an INFJ - T.
Introversion, intuition, feeling, judging, and turbulent. I'm a diplomat. Once my type was generated, I was directed to a page where I could read about my type overall, my strengths & weaknesses, how my type applies to relationships and friendships, famous people that are also INFJ's, and so much more. I was shocked; enthralled; transfixed. If you're interested at all, here's the page about INFJ's: www.16personalities.com/infj-personality.
As I've mentioned before, a strong sense of self is incredibly important to me. In other words, I feel my best when I understand who I am as a person, feel connected and at peace with my presence, and am aware of my role in this universe. It seems weirdly philosophical and cheesy, I know—and that is thanks to my intuitive energy and judging tactics. However, all-embracingly, I feel as if being able to increase my awareness of my raw, natural self will only strengthen my sense of who I am (the good things and the not so good things)...
So—please, if this interests you at all, take the quiz. It can be as lighthearted as you want it to be. Who knows, maybe it will induce a self-revelation. Either way, I think it's worth the ten minutes -- not only is it fun, but also it has the potential to be incredibly valuable and constructive in infinite ways.
What's your type? Any fellow INFJ's out there?
16Personalities. NERIS Analytics Limited, n.d. Web. 12 Aug. 2015.
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