Thursday, February 17, 2011

Personality change

I just retook the Myers-Briggs personality test and it has changed from INTJ to INFJ! I had taken the test several times over the past 10 years for various jobs, and I was always and INTJ. As I read the personality description of the INFJ it was actually spot on! Was I wrong before? Was I biased in my answers, focusing on what I wanted to be rather than who I really was (a feeler instead of a thinker)?  Was it a way to protect my mushy interior with a hard candy shell? Or did I change after becoming a mother? Whatever the reason, I certainly had a light bulb moment when reading the characteristics of my new personality, especially in relation to this blog and my desire to inspire people. I had brunch with a girlfriend a couple of weeks ago and over mimosas I admitted to her that my dream is to help and inspire people on a large, even global scale, either through writing or politics. I also told her about a conversation I had with a friend 10 years earlier who asked me what would I do for a profession if money was not an issue. I gave the same exact answer then. 

The INFJ personality type is described by as such:

Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists -- INFJs gravitate toward such a role -- are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.
INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.
Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.
INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally "doers" as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.
INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. 
Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. Since in addition they often possess a strong personal charisma, INFJs are generally well-suited to the "inspirational" professions such as teaching (especially in higher education) and religious leadership. 
In their own way, INFJs are just as much "systems builders" as are INTJs; the difference lies in that most INFJ "systems" are founded on human beings and human values, rather than information and technology. Their systems may for these reasons be conceptually "blurrier" than analogous NT ones, harder to measure in strict numerical terms, and easier to take for granted -- yet it is these same underlying reasons which make the resulting contributions to society so vital and profound.

 I am so grateful for the various events in my life that have placed me on this path of self realization, so that I can be more in tuned with my true self. I have shifted my focus from the logical and practical, to the spiritual and intuitive. When I began this blog I didn't really know what I would write about, I just had this urge to do it. The process was organic, writing only when I felt inspired to do so. I never dreamed it would be about spirituality. I let my intuition, heart, God and the universe guide me. Therefore, I feel I am truly coming into my own, and the growing pains have been worth it! I never imagined anyone would read what I write, and I am so amazed and honored that my blog has gone international with readers all over the world.  I am truly grateful to you who have taken the time and interest to read my humble words. Thank you for inspiring me! :)

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