Hey, everyone! So I don’t think I’ve touched on it in any of my past blog entries, but I’m a huge Myers-Briggs nerd. It’s honestly pretty embarrassing how obsessed I am with it.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Myers Briggs is basically a personality profiling system that categorized you into personality types, but it’s way more than that. Here is a link to a pretty good article about it. You may want to read the article before you read the rest of my blog if you want it to make any sense. 🙂
Part of the reason why I initially became obsessed with Myers Briggs is because it gave me the ability to accept myself for who I am. It also taught me how others act and think, and made me more aware of different personality differences and how they interact with my own. It helped me to figure out why people act the way they do, and how to interact with those who think differently.
Throughout my life, I had always thought of myself as kind of weird compared to everyone else around me. I didn’t discover the Myers Briggs system until my mid 20s. When I discovered that I am an INFJ, suddenly everything clicked into place and I knew why I seemed so different my whole life. It’s because I literally think differently from others.
Before I discovered my personality type, I saw my sensitivity as a burden. In a way, it felt like I was broken, because I felt like even little things would affect me way more than they should’ve. I did a pretty good job of hiding my emotions, because I knew that if I didn’t I would just look like a wreck.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but many of my emotions were based on what others seemed to be feeling… I was friends with the people who had no friends because I didn’t want them to feel lonely. I could never seem to do anything for myself. It was always for others. This went with dating as well… I dated a bunch of guys because I felt bad telling them no, and didn’t want them to feel embarrassed. I just dated those people until things inevitably fizzled out, as I knew they would. (Not healthy, I know!) I basically did whatever everyone else wanted me to do for the most part. I actually had to make an effort to think about myself more. It is still something that I struggle with.
When I was younger, I also hated that while others seemed to be so decisive on their views of the world, I couldn’t even figure out my own (what should’ve been) core moral beliefs… I found out by reading up on my personality type (INFJ) that my type sees everything (and I do mean everything) as interconnected, and being able to see these interconnections is key to developing their beliefs. This is especially important when trying to see the big picture, which the INFJ tries to do in order to make informed decisions… When I was younger, I had fewer of these “connections” due to less life experience, less historical knowledge, less general knowledge, less sensory input, etc. I developed – and am still developing – many of my beliefs, and that’s okay!
I think that a good number of the people I meet on WordPress are INFJs, or are Intuitives in general. It’s honestly part of the reason why I started a blog here. Intuitives are greatly outnumbered in the world by Sensors, and INFJs in general, even more-so. I’ve been trying to find others like myself, and I feel like I have found other like minds here on WordPress, which I’m grateful for.
Don’t get me wrong. I love sensors, and I truly do believe that we all have a unique place in this world and have a unique part to play. Sometimes it’s nice to hear the voices in the background, though. 🙂
Anyway, I look forward to meeting you. Do you share any of my experiences? Has learning about Myers Briggs affected your life? What type do you test as? I’d love to hear your thoughts!