Notes on Myers Briggs

"INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.” -16 Personalities

I was first introduced to Myers Briggs in high school, but it kept coming up in conversations during college and even the workplace. It's based on Jung's Theory of Personality, and while it's just a theory, I've found it to be a pretty useful tool in understanding myself and others. My personality type is INFP (Introversion/Intuition/Feeling/Perceiving). To break it down this means I:

  • Get energy from solitude and am sensitive to external stimulation (Introversion)
  • Curious and like to find "meaning" in things (Intuition)
  • Emotionally expressive and like social harmony (Feeling)
  • Like to stay flexible and open to possibilities and opportunities (Perceiving)

Key Takeaway

I love this theory because it sort of takes away the idea that something is "bad" or "good". I know I have certain tendencies, but because I am aware of them, I can adjust and be flexible. So, because I like to stay open to possibilities, I tend to hate harsh deadlines or jumping immediately into a project without first considering all angles (Perceiving). However, I work in an office with a lot of people who thrive on setting deadlines/jumping quickly into tasks, so I have learned to be adaptable because I want to respect my coworkers. Second, I communicate! Sometimes it's enough to say, "I need a day to really think this through and test something, so let's meet again on Friday" type thing. On the other hand, my "Perceiving" tendencies allow me to be creative and think outside the box to come up with solutions that might be seen as more inventive. 

Learning how you process and communicate your way through the world is incredibly useful. When you can understand people who are different than you, it allows you to be more flexible in your communication approach in order to achieve something. If you want to take the test for yourself, here's a free site I recommend:

What's your Myers Briggs type indicator? Do you find it accurate/useful?