On being INFJ (a creative, emotional, decisive, intuitive introvert)

A few months back, I took this personality test called 16Personalities. It’s a really popular one, based on the Myers-Briggs personality types. 

Look, I know I’m introverted. I’ve known since I was very young. And I’ve also taken Myers-Briggs tests before. 

But this test did a better job of explaining me to myself than any other person or book or test I’ve ever encountered.

When reading my test scores and profile, I had chills all over my body and tears running down my face. Each and every word hit home. 

"Creative, inspiring, determined, passionate, altruistic. Sensitive, extremely private, perfectionist, needs to have a cause, burn out easily.”

And the more I read, the more eerily accurate it got:

"INFJs are likely to find that most corporate career paths are not designed for them, but for those focused on status and material gain.”

“Many INFJs struggle to begin a career early on because they see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else."

"INFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays. Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality."

That last one hit the nail straight on the head.
See, at this time, I was in the middle of a kind of crisis in my life. 
I questioned my career, my purpose, and nearly all of my decisions. I didn’t know what work I wanted to do, or where and how to live. I felt lost and miserable and had no idea how to make myself happy.

My personality profile on 16Personalities

My personality profile on 16Personalities

Reading these words was exactly what I needed.

It explained why I’ve gone through all my life feeling like an alien from another planet. (The INFJ is the rarest of the Myers-Briggs types. Less than 1% of the population, according to 16Personalities.com)

It explained why I love the things I love, and why I hate the things I hate.

And most importantly, it tipped me in the right direction in life. It was after this test that I decided to pursue blogging/writing/online business building as a career. Something I had never given myself permission to do.

Is a personality test the answer to all of your problems? No. Will it magically make you happy? Probably not.

But it can still be life changing. 

It can make you feel so deeply understood that you start to value yourself for who you are. 

It can help you maintain better relationships. 

And it can give you clues about what you should be doing in order to feel happy.

So if you haven’t yet taken this test, I encourage you to do it. It’s completely free, fairly quick and really well made. 

If you have already taken the test, what type did you get? And does it feel accurate? =)

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