What’s Your Letters?*

No, not your number – the somewhat insulting question we’ve all heard whether it was directed at us, or depicted in the media.  What I want to know is, what are your letters according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?

By the time I took that test (for the first time), I wasn’t even slightly surprised to find it tell me I am an INFJ.  Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging.  I don’t think any personality test could define me better, and I guess that was the point.

I’ve known from a young age that I’m what most would describe as “shy,” and for years, that’s how I defined it too.  Until I realized that I’m not the slightest bit shy.  In fact, if you were to suggest to some of my closest friends that I’m a shy person, they’d probably laugh at you as they recall how loud and talkative I can be with them.  What I am is introverted, and this test put it into words for me.

All through college, I went to probably 10 or 20 parties, and I stayed friends with the group of 10 wonderful people I met in my first month living in my freshman year dorm.  To this day, I’ve only been to a few of the bars in my town, and I tend to only want to go to one of them.  I have a better time with a group of three people than I ever will in a crowd.  And by senior year, I was pretty upset about that – if there was any one thing I could change in an instant, that was it.  I wanted to want to go out on Friday night, to go to parties at frat houses and spend hours getting to know people I’d never met before.  But for me, it was exhausting – I had fun while I was there, spending time with my friends and meeting new people.  And it wasn’t as though I was quiet or somehow on the edge.  But by the end of the night, I wanted to go home.  I couldn’t spend one more minute at that party, and all I wanted was to sleep.

But do you know what else my INFJ personality says about me?  It’s not a one-sided definition, and that’s one of the things I love about it (you know, apart from the Quizilla tests we all took back in middle-school that told me, point blank, “you are Ariel” or a cat, or the color orange, or any number of other outcomes that was intended to suggest my personality).  INFJs are multi-dimensional, and they’re difficult to classify as one or the other.  We are both creative and responsible, artistic and logical, holistic and analytic, at least according to this pretty in-depth description of my “type”.

I am intuitive, in that I’d rather focus on the whole picture, rather than each detail of it (maybe this is why I’m awful at puzzles?).  I prefer my personal experiences and feelings over fact and proven logic (does this explain why I absolutely never plan anything, and would rather fly by the seat of my pants, as they say?).

As it turns out, INFJs make pretty good bloggers (and teachers, ministers, counselors, journalists, team leaders….), so maybe that explains why I couldn’t let this piece of the Internet go, and why so many of us here in the Blogosphere say we’re introverted.  For all the things I sometimes wish I could change about myself (my lack of decision-making skills, my disposition towards introversion and the occasional, ever so quiet and ridiculous fear that this may lead to my ending up alone piled over in cats one day), there are things about this personality type – my personality type – that I love (my forever being in the gray of life, between creative and responsible, spiritual and scientific, artistic and logical).

So…what are your letters? Of the 16 personality types, which are you?

*Yes, I realize that title is grammatically incorrect.  Yes, it was on purpose.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

    How interesting. We share many traits and I concur that they’re helpful for blogging.

    During my visit to Aimee this past weekend, she spoke at length about how she’s introverted but not shy. She said the same things as you. I, on the other hand, am both introverted and shy.

    Good news — we can all broaden and improve ourselves over time, if we try. I’ve overcome my shyness and now interact daily with all kinds of people in all kinds of settings. That trait doesn’t hold me back any more.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18035909298037696563 SarahChristineStyle

    I’m an INTJ, but the T is my closest letter to flipping the other way (I don’t remember the exact percentage it is but it’s pretty low). So we are almost twins!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12445081275530729227 jackie jade

    ah this is so fun – i need to check this out one day to learn what i am!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07641127993537065273 Ashliegh

    I love Myers-Briggs tests and taking those ridiculous tests like “what Disney character are you?” even though those kind don’t really tell me much about myself, lol! I’m an ENTJ!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06420568904159120150 Katie Winn

    My mind was blown when I took that personality tests for the first time. I was often thought to be an extrovert but I was ISTJ (introverted, sensing, thinking, judging) and it was spot on. When I started living with my husband, the epitome of an extrovert, I really realized just how much of an introvert I really am. I had never come across the site that goes in depth on your letters, it was great to read.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09385161105645416484 Stacia, Paper Swallow Events

    I LOVE this test! I’m an ISFJ and I feel like I understand myself so much better ever since I discovered that a couple years ago. There are so many things that put into words for me, and I’ve felt so much more empowered because I understand myself so much better. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04526288851432270960 Marielle Green

    Sometimes I get INFP or INFJ, and I think either could describe me really well. I always got described as “shy” too and I kind of hated it. . .I was definitely shy as a kid, but now I’m just introverted and just not loud. Haha, I never went to parties/bars in college, only when I was abroad for a brief period, and hanging out with more than like 4 people tends to put a damper on me. I loved reading those descriptions because they just “got” me. Like, I have no problems understanding logic or making logical arguments in writing, but when I’m in an actual argument with someone, I don’t argue logically or to win – I respond to the person’s feelings, the situation, and how I can use that to achieve a resolution.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11422365462021152556 Stephanie

    I’m almost exactly opposite, I’m ESTJ. I think it describes me perfectly accurately!! Task-oriented, detailed, firm, direct, opinionated. I find uncertainty unsettling and I’m intolerant of inefficiency. Yup!