So, at this point, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Myer Briggs personality type test, and as much as I’ve seen about it, I had never taken it. As I am on to learn about myself and improve, I figured I should finally figure out which personality I am. With that said, in this post, we’re diving deep into my psyche and learning more about the INFP-T personality type. Now a little disclaimer here, I’m not so sure that I took the “official” Myer Briggs test (because I think I would have to pay for it) but I did take this one on the website “16personalities” and the results were surprisingly accurate.
According to this website, I am a mediator personality type (INFP-T). Aha! Finally, I know the combination of letters that supposedly describe my entire personality, but is it accurate? Well first off, this website told me the role of this personality type is the diplomat and the strategy this type uses through life is constant improvement.
Wait, didn’t I just write a blog post about how I constantly want to learn, and didn’t I just record a video expressing my yearning for growth and improvement through learning new things. Yes, yes, I did say that. So already, before I even get into my specific percentages on things like introversion vs. extroversion and intuition, I can already see a clear resemblance in myself and the INFP-T personality type. And speaking of those percentages I am 81% introverted (no surprise there), 70% intuitive, 75% feeling driven, 53% prospecting, and 94% turbulent.
Assertive vs. Turbulent
Now I want to start with the turbulence percentage because first of all, it confused me and then when I read about it, I was a little concerned. Apparently, the T in INFP-T stands for turbulent and if I had an A instead it would mean assertive and since I had 94%, I am very turbulent. In the mediator personality type, the difference between the two is in “too much or too little” according to 16personalities.
When I first began reading about the difference, I thought that turbulent meant unconfident and unstable, but it really seems to mean that they are hyper-aware of their actions (and flaws) so they second guess and underestimate themselves. Now at this point it still felt like I should be working towards being an assertive personality type (in true INFP fashion I guess) but reading on about assertive types made me reassess.
16 personalities say that this constant self-evaluation from turbulent types can appear as an investment because “generally work hard to compensate for what they see as a weakness” whereas assertive personality types are less likely to feel regret or guilt for their actions, therefor not appearing as interested as their turbulent counterparts. At this point, I am in awe of how accurate everything I am reading is, I’m sure it can apply to many people, but I cannot deny the similarities in myself and this written description of a mediator personality type.
As to how turbulent people can stray too far on the side of self-critic, assertive people can stray too far towards arrogant independence when they refuse to “accept feedback and advice from others at crucial times”. A person with an assertive mediator personality type is 61% more likely to not ask for help and make important decisions on their own. Some turbulent mediators may be begging for this ability but the same could be said for assertive mediators wishing to be able to express regret. This shows me that balance in this area is important because too much of either side seems to have a negative outcome but a balance of the two could be the perfect scenario.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Now this site has so much information and I could go on and on about personality types and so forth, but I will keep it short and simple for this post. If you want to hear more make sure to like and comment so I know what to write more about! On to the strengths of mediators, which are that: we are idealistic, we seek and value harmony, we are open-minded and flexible, we are very creative, we are passionate, energetic, hardworking, and dedicated. Again, the results are so spot on I am not sure what to even say. I am showing my creativity, passion, and hard work now with this blog and my art, I have a constant battle with perfectionism, and I even noticed how much I hate conflict (which disrupts the harmony).
My personality types weaknesses are as follows: too altruistic, too idealistic, impractical, we dislike handling data, we take things personally (me, me, me), and we’re difficult to get to know. The last two really hit me hard because taking things personally is something my spouse and I have had so much trouble with, and the simple fact that I don’t have more than one friend tells me I probably am hard to get to know (my RBF probably doesn’t help either). At this point in my young adult life, I think I am taking on more of the weaknesses of my personality than the strengths, causing some of the strengths to disappear. Since my personality type is constantly striving for improvement, I immediately felt the need to rectify the weaknesses and “fix myself” (whatever that even means). But, instead of allowing myself to wallow in the fact that I resonate more with weaknesses than strengths and what that says about me (continuing to prove my turbulent status), I decided to keep reading.
Career Paths for INFP
This is where I really started to get excited about my results, I guess because I am at that age where I am supposed to figure out what my career will be and so forth. I was then met with a slightly disheartening first sentence: “It is perhaps more challenging for Mediators to find a satisfying career than any other type”. Yikes. They quickly rectify their pessimism explaining that the mediator’s passion and creativity in modern times are highly sought after and paid for. Then they hit me with a sentence so true it hurts, “First and foremost is seemingly every Mediators’ dream growing up – to become an author”.
What? Are you kidding me, how could this fifteen-minute quiz figure that out about me, on top of all the other accuracies? Stunned I continue reading to find out that what I am currently doing is exactly what most mediator personality types wish could be their life. Blogging and freelance work online is a fantastic place for mediators to get the creative fulfillment they need as well as fuel their goal of constant improvement.
This little tidbit gave me a boost of reassurance in choosing the creative life I have chosen just a few months prior. It is hard when it seems like everyone else can get a normal job, go to work every day, and have no issues, but to read that an entire personality group of people feel the same way made me feel less like a failure. Knowing that I don’t need to force myself into a job just because it pays my bills or seems like the smart thing, especially when It does nothing but destroy my personality gives me the confidence to tell others about what I am doing.
In conclusion, this quick little personality test on 16personalities.com has given me a perspective I hadn’t acknowledged before. I am ecstatic to continue reading and learning about the INFP personality type (because again that whole constant improvement thing really drives the majority of my behavior. So, if you want to see more about the INFP personality type you can go check out the video I made while taking it, and make sure to like comment, and subscribe so I know to post more. Thank you for reading this far and have a wonderful wherever you are in the world.
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