Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
So I guess I’m special?
I’m not really the type of person that believes in the personality tests, career tests, or stuff like that, because I think they’re based on really narrow data/information/what-not. So that was kinda my attitude when my friend mentioned this test to me. I took it for kicks and giggles, not really taking it seriously. But then, surprisingly, the results were actually quite… accurate. Apparently, I’m an INFJ, which stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
I’m very artistic and creative. I love spending time reading, writing, drawing, and I love music, to the point where I’m listening to music pretty much 24/7. If there is one piece of technology that I can’t live without, it’s gonna be my iPod. Everything is just there, but if I ever lost my iPod, I would lose all of my music… oh man, just thinking about it is making me sad.
INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.
I guess this is why I like to people-watch in the dining hall. It’s easy for me to read the atmosphere of any situation, and I’ve always known that my gut feelings/instincts about people were fairly accurate. But I’ve never attributed that to a personality type. With friends, I say things that I know based on intuition, even if I don’t really know the subject. And yes, my desk consistently has high entropy.
INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get “feelings” about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.
Ahahahaha, the last part that I bolded, yeah, that really describes me so well. This was when I really started to pay attention to what the site was saying about my personality type. I don’t particularly like sharing information about myself randomly, and I honestly feel more comfortable listening to other people’s stories, so I tend to keep a lot of secrets, according to my friends. I think having a mysterious aura is a good thing. It keeps people interested, lol.
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people’s feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.
This is probably why I don’t like seeing or hearing about any sort of injustice or cruelty. I just can’t bear to imagine the pain that people go through. I’m a very empathetic person, and if I hear about other people’s troubles, I start tearing up right way. It’s a little annoying how easily I can start crying if it’s just about struggles and cruelty. And if I see cruelty or read about it, I immediately get very very angry. My temper is actually pretty short, but that’s mostly because I have really strong morals and really believe strongly against discrimination in any sort of form. I tend to yell and the TV and my laptop when I read the news or listen to the news. VAWA was more than a piece of legislation to me; it held the things that I believed were part of every human’s rights, especially a woman’s right to deciding how to take care of her body. Yes, I am pro-choice and believe that women should have the right to choose if they want to have an abortion if they want to. For all I know, they may not be financially capable of raising children — we’re very expensive these days –, or it may have been an accident and they’re not ready to be a mother, or it may have been a case of rape or incest and they don’t want to be reminded of that event every single second of every single day. I don’t know, so I give those women who are seeking abortion the benefit of the doubt by saying abortion should be legal. And yes, under lots of stress, especially during exam weeks, I get sick really really easily. It’s pretty bad.
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people’s opinions. They believe that they’re right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves – there’s always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don’t often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don’t believe in compromising their ideals.
I honestly do trust my instincts a lot. They can be wrong sometimes, but it’s usually about the small things that I don’t really particularly care about. About the bigger issues, I tend to have good intuition about things. I remember one time, when the SIRI stocks were at their peak, I told my dad to sell his shares of the stock, because I remembered reading somewhere if you made 16 times profit — or the stock is 16 times what it was when you originally bought it — you should sell it right away. He took my advice and then the next week, the stocks plummeted down to the price he originally bought them at. I felt good, to be frank; but I didn’t understand how my instinct was so good. Meh. Yes, I can be a little stubborn when discussing different opinions, but I still do let my friends talk and tell me their perspectives. And I am a complete perfectionist; it’s frankly really annoying because I never believe that I did as well as I should have — some see it as extreme modesty? — and I tend to be really hard on myself because of that. I have really high ambitions for myself, and I want to excel as much as possible as a result. And this – “They don’t believe in compromising their ideals.” – definitely holds true. If I compromise on those, then I will compromise on everything I’ve every believed and stood for, and that’s kinda a scary feeling.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.
Oh my goodness, I will be a horrible mother. I feel as though I will be a kind of Tiger Mom, who consistently pushes her children. But then again, as I have experienced the feeling of being pushed — not from my parents, but from myself actually — I don’t think I will push them too hard, and will give them opportunities to relax and just be children. Since I don’t think I had much of a childhood, I feel as though I will want to keep my children as carefree for as long as possible. I want them to still grow up into responsible, mature, and cynical teenagers, but there still will be a part of me that wishes that they’ll stay innocent and carefree. Life is so much easier to deal with then.
In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not.
Haha, I chose the right career for myself then! I love chemistry and genetics.