Easy like Sunday – The acronym tells it like it is… today, anyway!

“It is up to each person to recognize his or her true preferences.” – Isabel Briggs Myers

You have probably heard of The Myers & Briggs Type Indicator Test®. It’s the one with 16 personality types that gives you acronyms as descriptors, like ENFJ, ENTP, INFJ, etc. If you’ve never taken the test, the best place is the actual website, linked above. And yes, there is a commitment, which is why I’m also sharing that there are many similar tests online that give you the same (acronym) results without a commitment of time, money or sharing of your email. I like this one: Quicky Test. Obviously, as you can tell by the name I chose, it’s quick and there is absolutely no after-care, as there is with the Myers & Briggs site. That’s the neat thing about going to the source. I would be remiss not to mention that. 🙂

That said, here’s why I’m talking about it today. I took the test today, just for fun. It’s been years. And what I realized is that the results change, as your life changes. I should know. I’ve taken the original 30-minute test twice (once, as a component of my Learning Disabilities assessment back in the early 1990s and second, from Please Understand Me by Keirsey & Bates which was required reading for a college class in the mid-1990s). Then, I took a shorter, written version at church, for a Sunday School class. I was very conservative and a BIG-TIME rule-follower at the time. Black-and-white thinker. All three of those tests churned out slightly different results.

Over the years, I’d take versions of the tests in many of the self-help books I read. Again, some of the results were the same as the one before, some differed, some jumped back to earlier results.

Anyway, I just took the test again this morning and was surprised to see it show this result (with a few of the comments about my type):

Introvert- iNtuitive – Feeling – Judging (INFJ)

  • INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.”
  • Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills.
  • Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life.
  • INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless.The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ.
  • INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. 
  • Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.

Well, whaddya know? This really sounds like me… now. It wouldn’t have sounded like me thirty, or twenty or even ten years ago. Would it surprise you to know that I always got E before – for Extrovert? Today, I know why! This is not to say that everything is different, because it’s not. I’ve always been on the J side of Judgement vs. Perception (P), for example.

I would say that at nearly-60, I should be about the truest me I can be. Wouldn’t you?

Do you enjoy these kinds of tests, too? Boy, I’d forgotten how much I like them!

Around here, it feels like the kind of day to kick back and do some self-help-y kinda stuff, like take an online test that’s both fun and insightful. I’d love to hear if you decide to take the leap. Feel free to share your results, if you’d like!

HAPPY SUNDAY!

5 comments

  1. It’s all so fascinating to me! Your INFJ result doesn’t surprise me, though admittedly I don’t know you all that well. Still, the description feels like you to me. 🙂 I’ve pretty much stayed a solid ISFJ since the first time I took the test, about 15 years ago. And I definitely relate to the “Introvert who has learned the skills of extroversion” comment made above.

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  2. Actually, I’m not surprised at all that you got a different result on the E/I or P/J scale. These traits are the most mutable during your lifetime. According to Jungian theory, your two middle traits are the ones that rarely if ever change, pretty much established at birth. Example, I’m an INFP, which is the rarest typology, but (interestingly) also the most common among counselors and psychotherapists! However, when I’m in school or working on a difficult project with a specific deadline, I test a “J,” which makes perfect sense. I also have tested as an “E” or an “X” on the Introversion/Extroversion scale at times, meaning that I have strong characteristics of both introversion and extroversion. My Jungian mentor once told me that I’m basically an introvert who has learned the skills of extroversion. I believe he was right! My two middle traits (NF) have never changed.

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