Up until about 2 years ago, if anyone had asked me to describe myself in just a few words, “outgoing” and “extroverted” would definitely have been 2 words on that list. I thought, “Well, I love theatre, I love being on stage, I love doing crazy things with my friends – I’m totally an outgoing extrovert!” I thought I knew myself pretty well, but it turns out, I was only basing my knowledge on what I hoped other people were seeing. I didn’t really actually know myself at all, and it wasn’t until a career counselor suggested that I take some personality and career assessment tests that I began to tune in to my real, authentic self.
So, I thought I’d share what I found to be the most fascinating test with you – the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Sounds a bit intimidating, I know, but it’s actually fairly easy set of yes/no questions. A free online version can be found here:
After you complete the test, it gives you the results right away. Turns out, I’m an INFJ, which stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging. Imagine my surprise at being classified as an introvert! But after the career counselor explained to me that introversion and extroversion are actually defined based on where you pull your energy from (extroverts thrive off of being around other people; whereas, introverts tend to gather their energy from within), it made me think. This description really did fit me more comfortably – new social situations made me anxious and shy, large crowds overwhelmed me, and most of my motivation came not from other people, but from my own thoughts and ideas. It was a little “a-ha!” moment.
I’m not implying that this test will give you all the answers, but in your quest to discover your true life path, you need to know your true self and any little bit helps, right? Once you get your test results, do a little Google searching on your 4-letter profile and see how it fits. Some websites will also offer possible career paths for your personality type, as well as famous individuals who share your profile. Have fun!
I’m an INJF – what are you?
The INFJ theme is foresight. They use their insights to deal with complexity in issues and people, often with a strong sense of “knowing” before others know themselves. Their talents lie in developing and guiding people. They trust their inspirations and visions, using them to help others. They thrive on helping others resolve deep personal and ethical dilemmas. Private and complex, they bring a quiet enthusiasm and industry to projects that are part of their vision. Great careers for INFJ’s include: career counselor, special education teacher, architect, holistic health practitioner, speech/language pathologist, therapist, writer, editor.