Tuesday, November 2, 2010

INFJ baby!

Hello internet.  If you are taking the time to actually read my humble little blog then there's a good chance you already know me.  And if you in fact know me then you also know that I'm more of an introvert, reserved, quiet, internal processor kind of girl.  It seems to me that the above attributes often times have negative conotations.  I have struggled to accept myself and my quiet little ways for a long time now.  I think often times I'm mis-understood because I'm quiet and quirky. 
I love personality tests and awhile ago I took one to see where I would land.  Turns out I'm an "INFJ" which stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging.  The description of my personality type actually helped me feel a lot more "normal" about myself!  The following is a snippet that I relate to closely and has also at times gotten me into trouble....
"INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates." While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent "givers." As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood -- particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type"
So yes - another good reminder for me today to stay with myself - even if it is a bit crazy!

p.s.  I love being enigmatic:)


  1. Hi Erin! I'm looking forward to following your blog and enjoying your unique and thoughtful insights. Blog on!

  2. Yay!! Thanks Kevin - I'm following you too:)