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My Personality Type: INFP-T

I took a personality test on 16Personalities.com. To be honest, I didn’t even know what the four letters stood for at the time I got my results. I actually had it was INFP-T. Now I know INFP is introversion, intuition, feeling, and perception, and the -T is for Turbulent. I was classified under the title of “The Mediator” based on my personality type, hence the nature lady icon, haha. I thought it would be fun to list parts of the personality breakdown for each section. The quoted material is only select information I chose that I found most important and does not account for all the written material for each section of my INFP profile.

Fair warning, this post is pretty long so if you feel the need to take a break halfway down and come back later to read the rest, be my guest. 😀

Under Mind (the trait that determines how I interact with my environment) I am 8% Extraverted and 92% Introverted.

While Introversion and Extraversion are often used in lieu of social aptitude, this scale involves more than just being outgoing and social – although social skills form part of it. In a broader way, the Mind scale determines the degree of interaction with the outer world; how socially one behaves is just a part of that. In a sense, this scale is a contrast of the quantity and intensity of an experience and its quality or depth. People who are considered Extraverts (E) in our model are not as sensitive to outer stimuli and need to seek them out in order to gain a kind of functional equilibrium and to perform well. Introverts (I), on the other hand, are more sensitive and need to escape the same stimuli in order to be more functional. Unlike Extraverts, Introverts can quickly exhaust their mental energy reserves, and they will only tolerate such situations so long before they yearn for solitude and quiet.

Our research shows that Introverts are significantly more likely to report being sensitive to noise and bright colors, and they also strongly prefer simplicity and minimalism in their environment (especially if their Introversion is coupled with the Thinking trait). Likewise, they do not seek or require much external stimulation – while communicating with other people is the most obvious example of such stimulation, this concept also extends to things like hobbies, political attitudes and even eating or drinking habits. For instance, Introverts are more likely to dislike coffee and energy drinks.

Finally, it is important to point out that the Mind scale does not determine how introspective or reflective we are – even though it may be tempting to confuse the two. There are introspective Extraverts and non-introspective Introverts. Ultimately, this scale is about how much stimulation we require and can absorb from our environment, not about what happens in our minds afterwards.

The sensitivity to noise is definitely true to me. Growing up in a house that had very thin walls and no soundproofing whatsoever, it was like not having any privacy except in my own room. And even then it was hard not to hear the going-ons downstairs. As a child, I was very particular about noise, including that I needed my surroundings to be near dead silent to be able to sleep. An example of this: I once had my mom turn down the living room television volume until it was almost muted all because I felt uncomfortable hearing the slightest muffle of sound coming from downstairs while I tried to sleep in my room. Another fixation was during summers when I would shut my windows even if it was hot because I didn’t like overhearing the people across the street chatting on their porch late at night. At first, I rectified this by simply turning on the air conditioner at night but then I started to feel anxious trying to sleep with the continuous noise. My wall clock also gave me similar feelings and I often took out the batteries to stop the repetitive ticking sound. As an adult, I have taken to sleeping with earplugs to soften noises that would otherwise bother the heck out of me. Nowadays I don’t mind sleeping with the drone of the air conditioner probably because the earplugs help with that. I no longer shut my windows in the summers to drown out noise but I still feel oddly vulnerable if I leave the window closest to my bed open. So my alternative with that is I’ll shut that window and leave the other one open.

Bright colors… I don’t really feel sensitive if I look at them but I am more interested in something that has bright colors. I do think I prefer simplicity in my environment and also in the things I put into my life. The disliking coffee is false for me, lol. I am a coffee addict and most days I have at least two cups. My eating habits are simple, in that I mostly end up eating the same stuff over and over. I’m not much for sitting down to have an exotic meal at a restaurant and it’s more my style to just grab a brunch style sandwich or salad bowl and go.

Under Energy (the trait that determines where I direct my mental energy) I am 71% Intuitive and 29% Observant.

The chasm between Intuitive and Observant individuals is far more significant as it actually determines how you see the world and what kind of information you focus on. It may seem like your decisions are the most important, but a decision is only as good as the understanding that backs it up.

Individuals with the Intuitive trait prefer to rely on their imagination, ideas and possibilities. They dream, fantasize and question why things happen the way they do, always feeling slightly detached from the actual, concrete world. One could even say that these individuals never actually feel as if they truly belong to this world. They may observe other people and events, but their mind remains directed both inwards and somewhere beyond – always questioning, wondering and making connections. When all is said and done, Intuitive types believe in novelty, in the open mind, and in never-ending improvement. Observant types are also significantly better at focusing on just one thing at a time instead of bursting with energy and juggling multiple activities.

These traits determine communication style as well – Intuitive individuals talk about ideas and have no difficulties with allusions or reading between the lines, while Observant types focus on clarity, facts and practical matters.

Finally, it is important to point out that this scale has nothing to do with how we absorb information – Intuitive and Observant types use their five senses equally well – rather, it shows whether we prefer to focus most of our energy on looking for novel, intuitive connections or on observing and utilizing what we already see around us.

Yes, I’m a dreamer! like to daydream about what it would be like to live another life in the past. I also think and wonder often about existential things, like life after death and what’s out there on other faraway planets. Of course there are answers to this, whether through science or religion, but my problem is I’m never satisfied with those things being stated since no one knows with absolute certainty that it’s all true. I have a preference for one task at a time too. Multitasking does not come naturally to me.

Under Nature (the trait that determines how I make decisions and cope with emotions) I am 17% Thinking and 83% Feeling.

The Nature scale determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. While we all have feelings, there are significant differences in how we react to them and what role those feelings play in our lives. This then influences a number of other areas, mostly related to our interactions with other people.

People with the Feeling (F) trait follow their hearts and emotions and care little about hiding them. From their perspective, we should not be afraid to listen to our innermost feelings and share them with the world – these individuals tend to be compassionate, sensitive and highly emotional. They would rather cooperate than compete, although it would be a big mistake to see Feeling types as naïve or easily swayed – quite the contrary, they are likely to fight tooth and nail for what they believe in. For many Feeling types, their principles and ideals are much more important than, say, professional success. Or, to put it another way, this is a different kind of logic, one rooted in assessments of the feelings of others – a decision that makes everyone happier is just as valid as a decision that gets the job done fastest.

I don’t know if I’m a person who cares little about hiding my emotions. I do enough hiding for some stuff in real life, lol, because I’m uncomfortable expressing them through emotion. But I agree with the notion of following my heart on certain matters. I’m not competitive with most things and would be happy with accomplishing something rather than taking first place. I also believe in going for what interests me and cultivating that interest to improve my personal growth instead of aiming for an activity which I will hate and only doing it to look successful.

Under Tactics (the trait that reflects my approach to work, planning, and decision-making) I am 49% Judging and 51% Prospecting.

Since the percentages are almost half and half for each section unlike the other sections where one percentage was clearly larger than the other, I’ll include both trait types here.

The Tactics scale determines how we approach planning and available options. However, this affects more than just our calendars – at its core, this scale determines our attitude toward certainty and structure in our lives, both at mental and physical levels.

People with the Judging (J) trait do not like to keep their options open – they would rather come up with five different contingency plans than just go ahead and deal with the challenges as they come. They prefer clarity and closure, always going with the plan rather than the flow. It is as if Judging types always keep a mental checklist, and when something is crossed off that list, it is done and not open to reassessment. This goes as much for groceries (“What will that go with?”) as it does for life goals, like buying a house.

Furthermore, Judging individuals tend to have a very strong work ethic, putting their duties and responsibilities above everything else. Our research also indicates that Judging types are much stricter when it comes to law and order. Of course, this does not mean that the other group are lawbreakers, but if you see someone walk for five minutes so that they could get to the other side of the street using a crosswalk, they are much more likely to be a Judging type.

In contrast, Prospecting (P) individuals are much more flexible and relaxed when it comes to dealing with both expected and unexpected challenges. They are always scanning for opportunities and options, willing to jump at them at a moment’s notice. People with this trait are perfectly aware that life is full of possibilities, and they are reluctant to commit to something that might well prove to be an inferior option in the future.

Prospecting personality types are also likely to focus more on what makes them happy as opposed to what their parents, employers, or teachers expect – if a specific task is not that important or interesting, a Prospecting individual will always be able to come up with something better to do.

It’s funny that I’m a mix of the Judging and Prospecting traits. For my likeness with the Judging trait, yeah, I plan in advance because I don’t feel relaxed about doing things spontaneously. For example, just deciding I’m going out at the spur of the moment is not really my style. I feel less anxious if I already decided two days in advance that I’ll be somewhere. Sometimes I worry this structure makes me too stiff of a person. A few times I’ve felt myself becoming annoyed or frustrated by my own anxiety when out of the blue I’m asked by someone if I want to hang out sometime during the day, almost like my mind is rebelling against the idea that it’s okay/normal to make a spontaneous on the spot decision and that I don’t have to be afraid of it (but I am!). Allowing myself to have closure about past mistakes or humiliations is also something I am tentatively trudging towards on an emotional and psychological level. I used to never give myself a break about this kind of stuff and would reopen things to constantly beat myself up about what happened. Even if the memory was from 8 years ago. As for the “law and order” part, I’d say this rings true about things I feel strongly about. Such as recycling for the benefit of the environment. But I’m not about to care if, like, I saw someone in their car make an illegal turn on the road because I have no drive to pay attention to that sort of thing.

On the flipside… how can I prefer planning ahead of time but also have the Prospecting trait where I’m apparently more flexible with my time?? This is soo weird. XD The part I most connect with is the knowledge that life has many possibilities, however, I am too scared to take the plunge even if it’s something I really want. And YES to doing what I feel suits me, even at the risk that I have a bunch of naysayers in my personal life disapproving of my interests. I still feel kind of in-between with that, actually. I’ve spent my whole life caring excessively about people looking down on me, whether those perceptions are real or imagined in my mind because of past experiences or my own prejudice. I really need to read The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck….

Under Identity (the trait that underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions) I am 1% Assertive and 99% Turbulent.

Our last scale, Identity, affects all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. In a way, it acts as an internal sensor, reacting to the input we get from the environment – for instance, success or failure, feedback from other people, pressure caused by unexpected events and so on.

Individuals with Turbulent (-T) identity are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They experience a wide range of emotions and tend to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve. They are also more willing to change jobs if they feel stuck in their current one and to spend time thinking about the direction in which their life is going.

However, while the Assertive variant may seem more positive on the surface, that is not always the case – for instance, Turbulent individuals perform better in certain roles as they push themselves to achieve superior results, while Assertive ones do not care about the outcome that much. Always feeling the need to do more, to have more, and to be more, Turbulent types often forget how exhausting that can be to both themselves and the people around them – but it is entirely possible that this desire to always push themselves just a little further helps many Turbulent types to achieve what they seek to achieve.

My first reaction to the results was, “Of course I’m not Assertive!” Story of my life!! I’m so unassertive that if I ordered a drink at a cafe and the barista got my order wrong, I would so not feel okay about speaking up about it. I would not be the one at fault in this situation but I lack confidence in asserting myself, likely out of the expectation that my response would not be well-received by the barista (even though I can argue that if a person gives me an attitude, I don’t have no reason to feel bad/responsible for it). Being a perfectionist is stressful. I get caught up with setting unreasonable expectations for myself based on what I believe I should be or what I believe others think I should be. It’s really messed up. I do care about pushing myself to achieve superior results, though given how easily prone I am to stress (according to the Turbulent trait), I agree that I am only good in certain roles. I’ve had the experience of being in situations where I had the skills for a job but having the appropriate skills didn’t necessitate that I was suited for the role. And right that, I think that’s part of my journey as a person… I honestly still don’t know what kind of job is for me but I am working on finding out.

This personality test is surprising in that it’s verified some of the things I’ve known about myself but was never sure if it was my own opinion of myself or something deeper in me. There are two additional things included for INFP-T; a Role and a Strategy type. But as this post is already a mini-novella, I will continue at another time on a different post. Thanks to those who stuck around to read till the end. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “My Personality Type: INFP-T

  1. It is so interesting to read what you got, and for most part it seems like it is an accurate description of yourself. I have done the 16personalities/Myers-Briggs test many times over the years and my result has always been the same, and it really does match who I feel I am. The result can change as you experience different phases of life, or are taking the quiz from a certain perspective, for instance from a work or social life perspective.

    I think I also need to read The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck…. when it comes to dealing with people and life in general. As you said, it can be hard pursuing your interests if others around you disapprove – I second guess myself but most of the time am stubborn enough to proceed on.

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    1. I was honestly very surprised just how accurate the test was. It was like having my personality analyzed by myself lol.

      It’s hard not to give a f*ck, as ridiculous as that sounds. The little bit of the book I did skim through at a bookstore, it was a hilarious and very true to reality read on just how self-conscious and anxiety-ridden most people (including myself) are. I may buy the book as all the library copies of the book are in use and soooo many people are on the waiting list to borrow it.

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