Friday, 28 December 2012

Personality types... INFJ

In my first week of DFGA we had a PPP session where we looked into our personal lives a little more, where we ranked different aspects of our life out of 100% in a spider web, and then did a quiz to see which personality type we were.

I found that mine was INFJ 'The Protector'. Which I instantly found very fitting. I always put people before myself, and get very protective about my family, my relationships and my closest friends.

Since that day I have found this website where it goes into each personality type in more depth. After reading the description I could not find one section that I disagree with. What did surprise me though is that 'Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types' as I would expect more people to have the same mind set as me, but this is probably me being my stereotypical INFJ personality type thinking so!

There are a lot of quotes on this website which I found really interesting, and explain myself in ways I would never be able to put into words. There is also a section about how my personality type works and the careers which suit them best, along with how they cope with relationships.

'Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities'

'They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives.'

'Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be.'

'They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand.'

'INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.'

'INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well.'

'Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions.' 

 'INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential.'

'They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments.'

'In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent.'

'They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture'

'INFJs generally have the following traits:
  • Intuitively understand people and situations
  • Idealistic
  • Highly principled
  • Complex and deep
  • Natural leaders
  • Sensitive and compassionate towards people
  • Service-oriented
  • Future-oriented
  • Value deep, authentic relationships
  • Reserved about expressing their true selves
  • Dislike dealing with details unless they enhance or promote their vision
  • Constantly seeking meaning and purpose in everything
  • Creative and visionary
  • Intense and tightly-wound
  • Can work logically and rationally - use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it'
'The INFJ is a special individual who needs more out of a career than a job.'

'An INFJ's feeling of success is centered around their own level of understanding and accomplishment, their usefulness or service to others, and the condition of their personal relationships.' 

'Ten Rules to Live By to Achieve INFJ Success

  1. Feed Your Strengths! Do things that allow your brilliant intuition and service-oriented manner to flourish.
  2. Face Your Weaknesses! See your weaknesses for what they are, and seek to overcome them. Especially, strive to use your judgment against your internal ideas and intuitions, rather than as a means of disregarding other people's ideas!
  3. Talk Through Your Thoughts. You need to step through your intuitions in order to put them into perspective. Give yourself time to do this, and take advantage of discussing ideas with others. You'll find externalizing your internal intuitions to be a valuable exercise.
  4. Take in Everything. Don't dismiss ideas prematurely because you don't respect the person generating the ideas, or because you think you already know it all. After all, everybody has something to offer, and nobody knows everything. Steven Covey says it so well when he says: "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood."
  5. When You Get Angry, You Lose. Your passion and intensity are strong assets, but can be very harmful if you allow yourself to fall into the "Anger Trap". Remember that Anger is destructive to your personal relationships. Work through your anger before you impress it upon others, or you will likely find yourself alone. Disagreements and disappointments can only be handled effectively in a non-personal and dispassionate manner.
  6. Keep Your Eye on the Big Picture. Watch out for your tendency to become obsessed with details. If you find yourself feeling very, very strongly about a small detail, take a big step back and make sure that you can still see the goal. You're not going to get there if you get mired in the details.
  7. Be Accountable for Yourself. Don't blame the problems in your life on other people. Look inwardly for solutions. No one has more control over your life than you have.
  8. Be Humble. Judge yourself at least as harshly as you judge others.
  9. Assume the Best. Don't distress yourself and others by dwelling on the dark side of everything. Just as there is a positive charge for every negative charge, there is a light side to every dark side. Remember that positive situations are created by positive attitudes. Expect the best, and the best will come forward.
  10. Relax! Do yourself a favor and learn how to effectively unwind. Get exercise and restful sleep. Take vacations. Engage in relaxing activities. Take care of yourself and your loved ones by learning to let go of your passion and intensity for a respite.'

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