Today, while procrastinating, I took an online test that revealed which personality type I fit into, based on the studies of Myers Briggs and Jung. The test has about 70 questions and basically gives you a result comprised of four letters which stand for different things. The outcomes are based on 8 characteristics: Introverted vs Extroverted, Sensing vs Intuition, Thinking vs Feeling and Judging vs Perceiving. My type came up as INFP – Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. The type description that it gave me was so accurate it was actually a little scary. I felt so revealed, like someone knew all my secrets. Once this vulnerable feeling disappeared, I felt humbled by the fact that there are others like me. I’ve been doing a bit of research on it lately and found out that, although INFPs are rare (2% of the population), there ARE people out there who think and act like me – they can be really confident and even mistaken for extroverts around some people, and extremely shy around others; they have messy desks and closets; they have their heads in the clouds and are constantly day-dreaming; they are complete romantics; they get very emotional in stressful situations; they are very private and selective as to who to show their true selves to; they absolutely hate conflict and confrontation and above all, they are driven by their values and ability to sympathize with other people because of their strong intuition.
As well as a detailed description of the personality type, the test also showed me which famous people were also INFPs, and surprisingly enough, a huge percentage of them were writers:
William Shakespeare, A.A. Milne, George Orwell, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe and Hans Christian Anderson were the writers among the group of INFPs. This reminded me that following my dream of becoming a writer was the right thing to do, despite the sometimes unstable job opportunities (another characteristic of INFPs is not caring much for money).
I was also so so so happy to find out that I have the same personality type as Audrey Hepburn. She is such an obvious inspiration, to the point where saying she is my inspiration seems clichèd, but it’s true. Her class, elegance and kindness has been the image of everything that I want to be for a very long time. Another of my inspirations, Helen Keller, was said to be and INFP as well. It seems like I’m inspired by people who I can relate to personality wise, which is something that I wasn’t aware of before doing this test.
It really has made me understand myself better as a person. I no longer question why I occasionally can’t open up to people, or why I sometimes feel super emotionally drained after a lot of socializing. I don’t question why I tend to have meltdowns over stressful situations, why my head is constantly in the clouds or why I find it so difficult to give criticism. The answer is, I do these things because I am me and that is completely ok. I highly recommend everyone take this test and become more in touch with who you are. It was so interesting to see a bit of the science behind why I act the way I act, and compare results with friends!
Here is the link to the test I took: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp (copy and paste into browser)
Comment your results down below, I hope to hear from you soon!
Lots of Love,