INFJ – the Advocate

I just took the Myers Briggs personality test yesterday and it turns out I’m just as wierd as I’ve always thought. I figured out why I have related to books like Villette so much and felt outside of society my whole life. I have the rarest personality type. INFJ

My response

It’s interesting to find out something like this that helps you to understand things about yourself that you couldn’t have known otherwise. I feel like I have lost a lot of time that I could have used working through my strengths just learning what they even are.

When I took the personality test I expected it to be like what they have always been, flimsy and flippant or completely unconclusive. I wasn’t expecting to finally have someone describe myself to me. No one ever understands me.

Just Different

Something else I wasn’t anticipating by taking this test is having to face the reality that what I am thinking will probably never be what anyone else is thinking. The truth behind my feelings of uniqueness.

Perhaps, when I feel a certain way, it really is just me feeling that way. Perhaps, my perceptions of life really are completely unique and won’t benefit others as much as I think they will. My intuition tells me otherwise…

INFJ

I’m still figuring out how much I relate to the descriptions of this personality type. Like, I have always felt prophetic; few things ever surprise me. And I do find myself trying to change myself to be more what others find appealing to make them more comfortable, instead of appreciating myself.

This is the short description from the 16 personalities web site:

The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

The perception seems to be that INFJs are mystical. The psychics of the world. And I have to admit I relate to that.

Possible Pitfall

Having these kinds of answers is very helpful, but I am being careful about it, too. I know I can love myself too much as a result of finally finding a measure of acceptance. I could begin to push those away who have never tried to understand me.

So, here is my confused journal entry of a post for today. Perhaps you can make sense of it for me.

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      1. I really appreciate knowing this about myself. I have spent a lot of my life hating the things I considered so weird about me. Now I don’t feel so alone. Glad to hear how you have embraced it.

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  1. I think you’re right that, in a sense, when you feel a certain way, it is just you feeling that. Even if you have a very “common” personality type, you and your experiences are still unique – have you ever noticed how an experience that appears externally the same as another experience can yet feel completely different? Only God can completely understand – and He does completely understand! – any one of us; even we can’t understand ourselves fully, and that’s as it should be.

    When you said, “My intuition tells me otherwise,” did you mean your intuition tells you that your perceptions of life will benefit other people?

    Here, I think, sometimes your perceptions of life will be extremely meaningful, and good for other people to engage with. Other times, they won’t be, and, or, it won’t be the right time. It would depend on a lot of things: your perception of life, who and where the other persons is, whether you’re able to share at all, etc.

    I greatly encourage you to be careful about it, as well. I think that is exactly right: for one thing, you wouldn’t want to end up thinking that every other way of thinking and feeling is wrong, or defective, or less, or be unable to learn. I think you’re very right with this last paragraph.

    Seek the will and peace of God. Abide in Jesus. Trust Him and follow His Spirit.

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you read through this!
      What I was eluding to in the intuition part was the intuitive strength of the INFJ personality type. Basically, my logic and intuition are almost always in conflict. So, while I doubt myself in most circumstances a touch of trust in my intuition brings through actions.
      Thanks again for reading!!

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  2. I can relate. When I found out my MB personality type {I took it 5 times to make sure} It was like a huge weight was lifted. I was learning how to accept my quiet introvert {Can’t be prized out of my shell} -ness. Then I found out I was rare. My blood type is AB Neg {Rarest blood type} So I’m feeling pretty smug at my unique-ness lol…

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    1. Lol. That’s great! That is something interesting about myself. I feel like I can change any situation, but have a hard to accepting things the way they are, especially myself! It’s been so good for me to be able to appreciate myself as unique for once, instead of always feeling strange (which I had accepted as my version of normal, lol).

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