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My Personality Type: INFP-T (Part 2)

Part 1 of my INFP-T test breakdown can be found here for those interested in reading it. Today I’ll be sharing in-depth information from more sections, but I am only sharing select parts that I feel are most like me, otherwise, this post would be too long. The parts I bolded is what I specifically comment on and/or identify with most.

INFP-T is classified as a “Mediator” type. Some personality traits:

The true friends of people with the Mediator personality type tend to be few and far between, but those that make the cut are often friends for life. The challenge is the many dualities that this type harbors when it comes to being sociable – Mediators crave the depth of mutual human understanding, but tire easily in social situations; they are excellent at reading into others’ feelings and motivations, but are often unwilling to provide others the same insight into themselves – it’s as though Mediators like the idea of human contact, but not the reality of social contact.

On the “often unwilling to provide others the same insight into themselves”, I’m very much like that. I have given advice to other people and been told by some that it was good advice, however, I am rarely as compassionate and understanding towards myself if I end up in the same situations that other people were in. This is something I’m working towards changing!

Ideas like networking and “the friend of my friend is my friend” hold little weight with Mediators. Friendships are earned on their own merit, by dint of the intuitive respect Mediators have for those with similar principles and values, rather than more practical alignments like those of coworkers. Mediators’ tendency to protect their sensitive inner cores and values from criticism, especially if they are on the more turbulent side of the spectrum, means that acquaintances will likely get nowhere near them without sustained and tactful effort.

Yeah, I have never understood the point of networking. The hoopla of it off-putting to me because it would be like speed friending on a professional level, but how well could the person come to know me just from that? I am not my job. My job does not fully define me as an individual. And yes to my tendency to not let people in easily during the first meeting.

Even as friendships grow stronger and deeper, and friends are lulled into a sense of mutual understanding, Mediators’ enigmatic qualities will never truly vanish. Mediators will always need to disappear for a while, removing themselves from others so they can re-center on their own minds and feelings. Often enough people with the Mediator personality type will emerge from this time alone having come to some momentous decision that even their closest friends didn’t know was weighing on them, evading even the option of receiving the sort of support and advice they so readily give. Such is Mediators’ way, for better or for worse.

Definitely true. I am more inclined to go off on my own and give myself time to think towards a decision rather than consulting someone about my problems and asking for advice.

INFP-T is classified under the Role of “Diplomat”. Some personality traits:

Diplomat personalities deeply value understanding, and a lifetime of self-reflection grants them insights into others’ motivations that they might not even understand themselves. Diplomats can use this to shape the way others feel, but it would be out of character for them to use this for ill.

Diplomats embrace travel as readily as anyone – they like exploring other cultures and people’s colorful ways. These personality types are creatively inclined, often practicing artistic expression in diverse forms, and see magical beauty where others see the hum-drum of daily life.

Like a gardener planting in fertile earth, Diplomats seed the world around them with progressive change and gentle beauty. Diplomats feel connected to forces they may not fully understand, a deep sense of faith that may express itself, if not always through traditional religion, as spiritual belief.

This one feels like a mixed bag. I am extremely analytical and always trying to understand the motivations behind people’s actions, even if I disagree with them. I do consider myself creative, but I’m unsure if I am that aware of beauty found in everyday life. The “gardener planting in fertile earth” is ironic as I enjoy gardening and doing manual labor with plants and flowers. I guess I do have some spiritual beliefs but I’ve never felt the need to turn to traditional religion or a specific faith for it.

INFP-T is classified with the Strategy of “Constant Improvement”. Some personality traits:

Constant Improvers are sensitive and contemplative individuals who enjoy having their own space and freedom. They are often deep and creative individuals, though often tense and more comfortable on their own than mixed up in the judgment of the real world.

These personalities’ caution in the face of unfamiliar challenges can sometimes look like a lack of motivation, but this is usually just self-doubt – Constant Improvers have a strong drive, but it comes paired with a strong fear of failure. They invest a great deal of their identity in their successes, and even a minor misstep or embarrassment can be crushing.

The vigilance learned from a lifetime of ups and downs gives these personality types a knack for sensing trouble. This is a strategic wariness that can be quite useful in situations that need to balance risk and reward, whether a financial investment or a romantic opportunity.

Since they aren’t always comfortable with energetic exchanges with other people, Constant Improvers often direct their attention elsewhere, striving to master hobbies, careers, bodies of knowledge, or new means of self-expression. Their restless drive, self-doubt, and solitary mentality can combine to create impressive, beautiful results.

High-achieving and perfectionistic, Constant Improvers generally try to do their best in their endeavors, dedicating tremendous time and energy. These personalities can put so much pressure on themselves that they diminish their own impressive accomplishments by fixating on the slightest flaws or dismissing successes as luck rather than skill or dedication. Taken too far, this perfectionism can also drive endless rumination – an unhealthy obsession with perfection will reveal flaws in the best plans, and Constant Improvers often feel forced to abandon a course of action because something doesn’t line up right.

Alongside their personal efforts, these personality types also care a great deal what others think of them. This can be very useful, but they can take this to a fault: fixating on others’ expectations can sour social efforts into awkwardness. Constant Improvers are easily thrown off-balance by conflict, and may communicate timidly, or not at all, for fear of hurting people’s feelings, provoking a confrontation, or looking the fool.

Lol, I’m not even going to go into detail for this particular section because everything I bolded is basically a summary of me. XD


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