I recently took the Meyers-Briggs personality test, which uses Jungian principles to yield you an idea of how in the hell your noggin operates (i.e. WAY differently than others’!). My result was INFJ, and I was surprised at how accurate the descriptions were. I emailed the test to my parents, who replied with their types, ISFP (mom) and ENTJ (dad). Researching them, I realized I had been trying to understand my own family members, in addition to everyone else, through my own perceptual lens. I also learned why they are such vastly different characters, and objectively for once! I realized that this could be a valuable key if you really desire to better understand yourself and those around you. I hoped that my parents would read about my result also, as perhaps it could explain to my father why I care little for competitive environments and external achievements, and shed light for my mother on why the heck I’m SO freakin sensitive (both long-standing pet peeves of theirs).
Don’t let my writing style fool you; I am a true introvert. I expend energy in social situations, and tend to experience my environment through intuition, swimming in an unlimited pool of feeling and emotion- not just mine, yours too, you freaks! It wears me out, and I often have trouble telling just where I end and the world begins. I almost always feel out of my body (see my entries on derealization and depersonalization), and have to really focus to physically ground myself. When I do, I feel like I’ve just woken up. It’s so much more familiar to float away on the endless stream of ideas and pursuits of development and growth as I personally understand and define them.
Understanding how your mind works and relates to the world can be empowering. I know it has been for me. It helps you to better (and genuinely) appreciate yourself and those around you. It hints at areas at which you could improve, aka: our opposite natures. It’s tough for me to be extroverted and social, but I feel much more balanced when I attempt to be. I also learned what (-) traits tend to surface under stress, and yup, they were right on. So annoying. I guess that means they were me and my problem the whole time, haha.
I encourage you to investigate your personality type! It might give you a clearer perspective and provide some direction for you on your journey through this crazy thing we call Life, whether in pursuits of love, livelihood, happiness, or personal success.
I don’t know if anyone actually reads this blog, but if you do and happen to take the personality test, I’d love to have you anonymously add your answer below!