INFP vs INFJ
I was looking around at different Meetup groups and I found this group called Gateway INFP. (Meetup.com, for those of you who’ve been living in your own social vacuum, is a place where like minded people can get together to meet-up off-line.) I had no idea what INFP meant so I Googled the term. The term is an acronym for people who are Introverted, iNtuitive (spelled that way on purpose), Feeling and Perceiving.
Only 1% of the population falls under the category of INFP. I read further and started to think that I was one of these INFP people. Some of the INFP characteristics are: finding out the purpose of their life, they are focused on making the world a better place, they are on a continuous mission to find the truth, they are thoughtful and considerate and they put people at ease. The list goes on and on, click here if you want to see more.
After reading all this I decided to take a free online personality test. It was only 41 questions and I chose this particular test because it was short and free. The results were almost as I predicted. I’m an INF-almost-P personality. The indicator is one click left of the middle between Judging and Perceiving. INFJ’s are also in the 1% tile of people who have these personality traits, but when I looked it up, the INFJ didn’t seem to resonate as strong with me as the INFP. Either way I’m either an Idealist or a Protector. And since personality test are purely subjective to what you think of yourself as, I’m not ashamed to say that I think I’m a little of both.
Want to try it yourself? Here’s the link.
Here are my results:
My personality type: “Harmony-seeking Idealist”
Quietly forceful, original and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perserverence in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.
Careers that could fit you include:(Or jobs I should have done.)
Counselors, clergy, missionaries, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychologists, psychiatrists, writers, musicians, artists, psychics, photographers, child care workers, education consultants, librarians, marketeers, scientists, social workers.
The best way is to take a couple of test.
HumanMetrics Jung Typology Test – http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
Similar Minds – Free Jung Test – http://similarminds.com/jung.html
Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II – http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/instruments2.aspx?partid=0
Since most of these are forced-choice tests (yes/no or multiple choice) it’s not uncommon to get different answers.
Also, how you answer really depends on which ever is your primary Role, because people tend to answer the questions as their Role (writer, employee, spouse, parent, etc.) which may not elicit the same behavior as their identity.
The last letter deals with how you interact with the outside world. Ps are information gatherers, Js are decision makers. A Perceiver waking in the middle of the night would wonder “why is it raining?” A Judger hearing rain would think, “are my windows close?” A Judger already has the information of it’s raining and is now making a decision with it.
Six years later, I’m now a ENFP, although still only one point away from being a ENFJ.