I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test twice in my life. When I was fourteen, I was an ENFJ. Since nineteen, I have been an INFP. The letters of INFP stand for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. The opposite type would be ESTJ, or Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging.
INFP types are known as “the writer” type. I know, I know, you’re so surprised. The woman who runs a blog has the personality type that’s known as “the writer.” I share this personality type with many great literary figures, such as William Shakespeare, Laura Ingalls Wilder, A.A. Milne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more.
What do those four letters mean? What is an introvert? What does it mean to be an intuitive feeling perceiver?
Introverts are typically people who lose energy by being in the presence of others for too long, and enjoy and require a great amount of alone time to recharge. This is because they rely on internal feelings rather than external elements for inspiration and energy. Introverts tend to be introspective and reserved.
Intuitive types see meaning in things that others might not, and tend to see the big picture. They are your typical English major: concerned with the overall message of a piece, and along the way noticing, collecting, and giving meaning to metaphors, symbols, and signs. Intuitive types are concerned not with the past or present, but with the future. This, combined with their ability to see the big picture, means that often they do not act, caught up in dreams, and end up having to do things last-minute.
Feelers are those who rely on their emotions more than logic when making decisions. They are concerned with other people and their feelings. They are compassionate and idealistic, sometimes to the detriment of the truth. They are also communicative about their feelings, whether in writing, speaking, or other art forms.
Perceiving types are open to new experiences and information, which can lead to procrastination. Being open to new things can delay action, because someone who is waiting to take in new information is also waiting to act based on that possible future information. The constant question of the Perceiver is, “What else is out there?”
I would say this type fits my personality pretty well, as well as the results from a test taken online can. I am inquisitive, open, idealistic, and optimistic, an excellent communicator and a procrastinating perfectionist. I worry about others and their feelings, and make decisions mostly based on my own “gut feelings,” though I do like to think things over as well. I am definitely a future-oriented and big-picture thinker. Like many of my type, I express myself through various forms of art – for me, these are music, drawing, photography, and writing.
What is your MBTI type? Do you think it’s correct? Comment down below!