Monday, January 5, 2009

I'm I-N-F-P

After I got back from United Coffee House last night, I wasn't able to get much sleep so decided to surf the web, blog hopping, iVillage-ing and ultimately doing the Myers Briggs Test. Here's the link:

I take the test quite seriously, so I try not attempt it more than once a year. This was my third time overall, and first time since November 2007- long enough for my personality to evolve further.

I'm still INFP. October 2006, November 2007 and January 2008.

Strength of the preferences %
56 12 50 67

While this means I haven't evolved much since 2006 (what good news!), this also makes me happy because I quite like the INFP type. It must take something to comprise less than 1 per cent of the world population.

INFP stands for Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving. And in the context of the test, these words shouldn't be taken literally. The connotation is different.

Here's an excerpt:

* I - Introversion preferred to Extraversion: INFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, preferring to interact with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances and expending energy in social situations (as opposed to extraverts, who tend to gain energy in social situations).[6]
* N - iNtuition preferred to Sensing: INFPs tend to focus on the "big picture" rather than the details, and the future rather than the "here and now".[7]
* F - Feeling preferred to Thinking: INFPs tend to rely on a personal, internal sense of right and wrong rather than external, objective criteria. They tend to make decisions based on feelings and social considerations rather than logic.[8]
* P - Perceiving preferred to Judging: INFPs tend to withhold judgment and delay important decisions, preferring to "keep their options open" should circumstances change.

I don't understand the I part. I'm not introvert. I like meeting friends, dancing, outdoor sports and coffee conversations. I don't like clubbing, I don't get my pictures clicked before the party begins and I don't dig social networks. When I need energy, I stay home. When I'm rested and at peace, I want to party. What does that make me? I'm not sure.

I'll be certain of this profile in March, when we have the official MBTI test at training. I'll keep us posted.

Famous INFPs: Mary, mother of Jesus; Homer; The Bard of Avon; Jackie Kennedy; James Herriot; Neil Diamond; Julia Roberts; John F Kennedy Jr; Lisa Kudrow; Fred Savage

Fictional INFPs: Calvin; ET; Deanna Troi

I'm not listening to anything right now. But I have been obsessed with Feist these days.

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