Sunday, November 30, 2008

What "Type" Are You?

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

"According to Carl Jung's typology all people can be classified using the following three criteria:
• Extraversion - Introversion
• Sensing - Intuition
• Thinking - Feeling
Isabel Briggs-Myers added fourth criterion:
• Judging - Perceiving

The first criterion, Extraversion - Introversion defines the source and direction of energy expression for a person. The extravert has a source and direction of energy expression mainly in the external world while the introvert has a source of energy mainly in the internal world.
The second criterion, Sensing - INntuition defines the method of information perception by a person. Sensing means that a person believes mainly information he or she receives directly from the external world. Intuition means that a person believes mainly information he or she receives from the internal or imaginative world.
The third criterion, Thinking - Feeling defines how the person processes information. Thinking means that a person makes a decision mainly through logic. Feeling means that, as a rule, he or she makes a decision based on emotion.
The fourth criterion, Judging - Perceiving defines how a person implements the information he or she has processed. Judging means that a person organizes all his life events and acts strictly according to his plans. Perceiving means that he or she is inclined to improvise and seek alternatives.
The different combinations of the criteria determine a type. There may be sixteen types. Every type has a name (or formula) according to the combination of criteria. For example:
Introvert Sensing Thinking Judging or
Extravert INtuitive Feeling Perceiving

By taking the Jung Typology Test, you will discover your type formula along with a quantitative measure of each of the 4 criteria (strengths of the preferences). Once formula and strengths of preferences are obtained, you can:
- Learn about your personality type by reading your type description. This may help you identify your life style in general as well as your style with respect to specific areas such as business, love, education, communications, conflicts
- Get the list of the most suitable career choices based on your personality, along with some educational institutions where you can receive a relevant degree or training.

Take the (72 multiple choice questions) test by clicking on this post's title, or go here:

So, I'm apparently an "INJF" type:

“INFJs are conscientious and value-driven. They seek meaning in relationships, ideas, and events, with an eye toward better understanding themselves and others. Using their intuitive skills, they develop a clear vision, which they then execute decisively to better the lives of others. Like their INTJ counterparts, INFJs regard problems as opportunities to design and implement creative solutions.

INFJs are quiet, private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Although very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and creative manner. They are modest, but respond willingly to their partner's erotic initiatives. Being naturally very reliable, they have a hard time saying NO to others, accumulating much too much work. They are kind and patient. Their preferred mode of communication is one on one where they can examine their interlocutors problems for hours on end if need be and they offer real solutions and good advice. They are economical and frugal; minimalism is their most preferred way of living; however, when in a relationship with someone who is extravagant, they do not object but rather try their best to maintain the lifestyle of their partner. They are best known for their love of humankind, community activism, sincere environmentalism, sense of decency and integrity. They exude warm feelings. Violence, or object of violence and portrayal of weighs heavily on their consciousness. They usually will be the first to help those in need. They may come off as naïve, idealistic dreamers, or insincere; however, they are anything but.

Accounting for 1–3% of the population, INFJs have a rich, vivid inner life, which they may be reluctant to share with those around them. Nevertheless, they are congenial in their interactions with others. Generally well-liked by their peers, they may often be considered close friends and confidants by most other types. They are perceptive of the emotions of others and themselves easily hurt, though they may not reveal this except to their closest companions. Guarded in expressing their own feelings, especially to new people, they tend to establish close relationships slowly.

INFJs tend to be sensitive, quiet leaders with a great depth of personality. They are intricately and deeply woven, mysterious, and highly complex, sometimes puzzling even to themselves. They have an orderly view toward the world, but are internally arranged in a complex way that only they could understand. Abstract in communicating, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. With a natural affinity for art, INFJs tend to be creative and easily inspired. Yet they may also do well in the sciences, aided by their intuition.”


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