Three cheers for Fridayyyy!
I recently took my personality test online, and I was honestly shocked by the results. I felt like the 16Personalities site had been spying on me my entire life! Today I’m going to go into more detail about what my results were. I think by the end of this you’ll feel like you know me a lot better. I felt that I knew myself better by the time I finished reading through my results.
This is going to be a lot more personal than my usual posts, but I really hope that you enjoy it.
When you first go on the site, you take a 10-15 minute test. It asks you questions like “Do you get nervous in social situations?”, “Are you a leader in your relationships?”, or “Do you enjoy public speaking?”. (Those are just ones I made up lol, they’re not necessarily in the test.) Some of these were tough to answer, but it didn’t take too terribly long for me to complete.
Once you’re done, it will give you your personality type. I got INFP, which stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, and Perception.
Introversion – preoccupied with your own thoughts and feelings and minimizing your contact with other people. That definitely describes me. I avoid attention for the most part, and I don’t enjoy being around other people for long periods of time.
Intuition – the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. My mom is more logical, where I go with my heart on things. It’s like the book “Sense and Sensibility” – the most important word in the title is “and”. I need a better balance between my head and my heart.
Feeling – showing emotion or sensitivity. I’m such an emotional person guys oh my goodness. 😅😭
Perception – the state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses. I like to think that I’m a generally perceptive person. I can usually tell how someone is feeling, even if they’re not saying anything out loud.
Here’s what the personality summary said on the topic of “Strengths and Weaknesses”.
Strengths: INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship. A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules. INFPs give the benefit of the doubt too, and so long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged, they’ll support others’ right to do what they think is right. INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives. Being able to connect many far-flung dots into a single theme, it’s no wonder that many INFPs are celebrated poets and authors. When something captures INFPs’ imagination and speaks to their beliefs, they go all in, dedicating their time, energy, thoughts and emotions to the project. Their shyness keeps them from the podium, but they are the first to lend a helping hand where it’s needed. While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through. Knowing that what they are doing is meaningful gives people with this personality type a sense of purpose and even courage when it comes to accomplishing something they believe in.
The part about “capturing imagination and speaking to beliefs” is so me. If I am passionate about something, I’m going to dedicate a lot of my time and energy towards it.
Weaknesses: INFPs often take their idealism too far, setting themselves up for disappointment as, again and again, evil things happen in the world. This is true on a personal level too, as INFPs may not just idealize their partners, but idolize them, forgetting that no one is perfect. INFPs sometimes see themselves as selfish, but only because they want to give so much more than they are able to. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as they try to push themselves to commit to a chosen cause or person, forgetting to take care of the needs of others in their lives, and especially themselves. When something captures INFPs’ imagination, they can neglect practical matters like day-to-day maintenance and simple pleasures. Sometimes people with the INFP personality type will take this asceticism so far as to neglect eating and drinking as they pursue their passion or cause. INFPs are often so focused on the big picture that they forget the forest is made of individual trees. INFPs are in tune with emotions and morality, and when the facts and data contradict their ideals, it can be a real challenge for them. INFPs often take challenges and criticisms personally, rather than as inspiration to reassess their positions. Avoiding conflict as much as possible, INFPs will put a great deal of time and energy into trying to align their principles and the criticisms into a middle ground that satisfies everybody. INFPs are private, reserved and self-conscious. This makes them notoriously difficult to really get to know, and their need for these qualities contributes to the guilt they often feel for not giving more of themselves to those they care about.
Ohhhh dear. Here are the weaknesses. I hate to say that they almost all apply to me. Especially the part about criticism. When people criticize me I almost always become defensive, instead of accepting what they’re trying to help me learn.
Some thoughts on Romance:
NFPs are dreamy idealists, and in the pursuit of the perfect relationship, this quality shows strongest. Never short on imagination, INFPs dream of the perfect relationship, forming an image of this pedestalled ideal that is their soul mate, playing and replaying scenarios in their heads of how things will be. This is a role that no person can hope to fill, and people with the INFP personality type need to recognize that nobody’s perfect, and that relationships don’t just magically fall into place – they take compromise, understanding and effort.
I can’t explain how true this is of me. I think that I like the idea of being in a relationship better than actually being in one at this point in my life. Of course, I say that not having someone interested in me that I’m remotely interested in back. My feelings may change when I reach that point. But for now, I definitely am guilty of creating the “perfect guy” in my head, and thinking that he exists. The perfect guy for me is out there, and I’ll met him someday, but I’m willing to bet he doesn’t match all the perfect qualities I have in my mind.
That’s all I’m going to cover for now! I hope you enjoyed this post, and that you feel like you’ve gotten to know me better. You can take the personality test for yourself at 16Personalities.
Thank you all so much for reading! I truly appreciate it if you made it to the end.
Have a great weekend, everyone. ❤