Before writing this down, I just want to say that I know people are beautifully complex and different, no person is the same as the other. You cannot actually divide people into definite groups of personality types and expect them to all process things the same way.
However, I just completed a personality test on the internet. I am a little weird like that, I probably do a test a week, testing myself for all sorts of mental disorders or what character in game of thrones I am most similar to. According to the tests I have a few disorders, I am in the risk-zone of a bunch of different types of cancer, and somehow I can be Sansa Stark and Aria Stark at the same time (so does not make sense). I have done over 20 personality tests but this one is by far the best, actually kind of creepy how much I see of myself in the description.
I am not superstitious, and, in my own opinion, not all that naive either – I just like doing these because it gets you thinking about how other people perceive you and, at times, the questions makes you realize things about your own behavior that you didn’t think of before.
I don’t know how I have not found this before, giving it a google I realize it is quite the thing on the internet. You can find it at http://www.humanmetrics.com/
The test is based on a personality analysis scale system by psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jungs, whom you probably heard of at some point during high school psychology and then forgot about. He is a pretty important guy.
The test scores you at various points on the following scales, and the result and unique combination of strengthens/weaknesses, gives you a four letter combination representing your personality type.
- Extraversion – Introversion
- Sensing – Intuition
- Thinking – Feeling
This is my result:
Some selected description of this personality type:
“INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.”
“Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., performance of duty for the greater cause. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil. Luke Skywalker in Star Wars depicts this conflict in his struggle between the two sides of “The Force.” Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.”
“Sensing is introverted and often invisible. This stealth function in the third position gives INFPs a natural inclination toward absent- mindedness and other-worldliness, however, Feeling’s strong people awareness provides a balancing, mitigating effect. This introverted Sensing is somewhat categorical, a subdued version of SJ sensing. In the third position, however, it is easily overridden by the stronger functions.”
- Mental and community care staff
- Creative writing
- Social worker
Famous INFP people:
William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author
Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis
Julia Roberts, actor
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Mary, mother of Jesus
I really find it interesting that Julia Roberts is on this list, haha :) I had a huge, awkward crush, or whatever one should call it, on her when I was maybe 11-12. Maybe because we have matching personalities?! ;)
I do think I have been attracted to this kind of personality when it comes to friends. Anthony would definitely not get the same results as me in this test, we are very different, but a life partner seems different somehow, that’s someone who compliments you. But I can think of a couple of people whom I have been very attached to, have looked up to of felt a strong bond to, who probably have this type, or similar, personality.
I am not saying they are the perfect friend or even the best option, but when I feel like I am so similar to someone I feel a sense of belonging when talking to them, and less alone somehow. I can only think of maybe 2 people whom I have felt that way with, and I end up thinking of them often although we don’t keep in touch anymore.
Anyhow, I feel a little more at rest with my future career choice, those who know me know I change my mind between 3 fields – psychology, teaching and law. I got accepted into the law program in Sweden this fall, but chickened out, and it wasn’t a good time for me to go back anyway. Even though I am very idealistic and all about justice, I just cannot see myself working my butt off and not have kids etc. in the future. I think I am telling myself I should do teaching right now, partly because I know I will enjoy it in the long run and I love Swedish and writing etc, but also partly because I know I will be heart-broken if I apply to psychology and don’t get in. I have a fair chance but there is always that risk, and I don’t like dealing with uncertainty, hoping for 6 months, just to get my dreams scattered.
But first things first! Anthony needs to have his temporary residence permit approved my the beloved Migrationsverket. Then we are off to Sweden :)