Upon taking the Myer’s Briggs Indicator test- I learned that I am “INFP-A” personality type. According to my results, I am a mediator. 78% introverted as oppose to extroverted, 76% intuitive as oppose to observant, 76% feeling as oppose to thinking, 63% prospecting as oppose to judging and 85% assertive as oppose to turbulent.
I had taken this same test several years ago and my results at the time were INFJ, so I’ve remained very similar, but I think as I grow older, I have learned to release my judgements and keep an open mind. The introduction to my personality type felt spot on with how I feel; “Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.”
I am indeed a bit of a loner and although I feel deeply for humankind on an empathic level, I find it hard to truly connect with others in many regards. Mediators tend to be very creative, idealistic and can tend to live in a fantasy world. People who know me best tell me I’m “in my own little world” most of the time. I can’t argue with that, however, true to the mediator personality type, I am able to express myself and my own little world in many ways. In college, I majored in Theatre and loved writing plays and short skits. I’m also an artist and graphic designer and have self-published quite a few little comics, art zines and poetry books in order to share my perception with others. INFP’s tend to not stop with their native tongue. Oui, c’est vrai pour moi. Je parle français (y hablo espanol un poco tambien!) I am always searching for more ways to express myself.
I would definitely consider myself an optimist, an open-minded person, a creative, passionate, hard-working individual but I can also be too idealistic, very self-involved, sometimes illogical and as a result- isolated from others.
“As a relationship takes hold, people with the Mediator personality type will show themselves to be passionate, hopeless romantics, while still respecting their partners’ independence.” This is very true for me- I’m extremely romantic and amorous with my partners but I respect personal space and individuality. I’m currently in a long-distance relationship where I see my partner for a week or so about once a month and honestly, it works great for me. Part of the reason this works well, is that there is less conflict in a long-distance relationship. Mediators (myself included) have an aversion to conflict and tend to blow potential consequences out of proportion in their heads. I have been guilty of this myself. Sometimes when I’m afraid I’ve taken a misstep in a relationship or friendship, my mind thinks “Oh, well if we never talk again, I guess that’s fine.” Most of the time, this is a very dramatic and unrealistic thought that I have, none the less, it is recurring. “The true friends of people with the Mediator personality type tend to be few and far between.” Partially due to my aversion to conflict, partially due to my self-involvement that sometimes borders narcissism…but mostly due to the dualistic nature of being an empathic introvert.
This test was spot on for me. It captured me almost to a tee. I think the Myers Briggs test is far more accurate than Carl Jung’s theory for multiple reasons. The first of which being, Jung is a Neo-Freudian and I agree with many humanists that Freud based a lot of his theories on his disturbed patients as oppose to the masses. Secondly, Carl Jung recognizes two main personality types; introverted and extroverted. Human beings are so much more complicated than simply how we socialize. According to Carl Jung, introverts receive stimulation from within and extroverts receive stimulation from the environment. While to an extent this is true; I feel that many introverts are equally stimulated by the environment, we just digest it in a more personal way. Likewise, I believe extroverts can be stimulated by themselves but then take pleasure in sharing that with other people. One aspect of Jung’s theory that I have pondered much about is that of the collective unconscious. According to our textbook, this is defined as “the most inaccessible layer of the unconscious, which contains the universal experiences of humankind.” Jung suggests that humans act as archetypes and respond to situations based on the collective unconscious of the shared human experience. Without diving too much into my personal philosophy…I do believe to an extent that we are all one. The idea of the collective unconscious is often spoken of in yogic philosophy and as a yoga practitioner and teacher, I’ve learned to understand that which binds all beings. However, I do not believe that our actions and reactions are based so much on this unconscious connection. Consciousness manifested in countless individual personality types in order to experience reality from every single possible perspective.
I agree with the Myers Briggs approach to personality testing far more than the philosophies of Carl Jung. Though brilliant in his own regard, I feel he looks at things in black and white without even considering all the colors he had yet to conceive. The Myers Briggs test is a much better representation of the complex nature of the human psyche.
Myers Briggs Personality Test Online https://www.16personalities.com/infp-personality
Wood, S. E., Wood, E. G., Boyd, D. Mastering the World of Psychology. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781323620816/