I.N.F.P. – An idiosyncratic dreamer with a strong imagination

Today, at the suggestion of one of the guys I work with – I took the 16 Personalities quiz for a bit of fun. It’s essentially one of those Myers Briggs Personality Indicators. Reading the results I wasn’t particularly surprised that I turned out to be an INFP, classified as a Diplomat (due to having the NF combo). In fact I probably could have just looked at what each personality aspect was and I would have chosen exactly each aspect as the quiz results determined.

In fact previous posts have established that I’m

  • (I) Introverted : I find socialising very exhausting, and I need plenty of alone time.
  • (N) Intuitive: I have an imagination that runs wild, and I’m typically a dreamer
  • (F) Feeling: I’m sensitive, empathic, and highly emotional

I’m not sure if I’ve written any posts about the last aspect (P) Prospecting yet, but it will definitely come up sooner or later. I would have to agree to being this aspect as: I am terribly indecisive and good at improvising. I pride myself on being flexible; always preferring to keep my options open.

And the diplomat part – well I usually tend to be a fence sitter. I tend to worry more about hurting a persons feelings so I am very reluctant to make judgement calls. And I can usually find redeeming qualities in even the most unpleasant person or situation (much to the chagrin anyone who is venting to me about said person/situation!).

It seems with my INFP personality type that I keep good company among some of my favourite authors: George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, A.A. Milne, Edgar Allen Poe, Hans Christian Andersen, William Shakespeare, George R.R. Martin.

Maybe it’s little wonder that I love writing as much as I do! I only wish I were half as talented as the above mentioned folk.

Putting myself into this little box of letters, while a fun and interesting exercise, leaves me at a loss as to what to do with the information. I typically don’t put much stock into personality tests. In fact I got downright annoyed when I legit had to do a different one for work earlier this year (or was it late last year? I can’t remember.)

It makes me think of that end scene of Dirty Dancing where Patrick Swayze tells Jerry Orbach “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”. I feel like saying “Nobody puts Karlee into a personality type”. I kind of see it like star signs and horoscopes – keep it general enough and you can get it to apply to you, and everyone else you know.

That said an INFP personality type seems to suit me remarkably well, but it’s not really a type that’s conducive to success in relationships is it?

A question or two, if you care to answer: whats your Myers Briggs personality type? Do you think it suits you, or do you think you another type is a better fit?

8 thoughts on “I.N.F.P. – An idiosyncratic dreamer with a strong imagination

  1. Hev says:

    I’m also an INFP (I knew there was a reason I liked you so much! 🙂 ) I had to do it for work and one of the things it is great for is helping you communicate better. I got my team to do the test you linked and can now tailor my communication more to their preference type. It can only do so much though as people are still individuals with their own little quirks, but I can honestly say it has improved my relationship with my team members massively
    (Apologies for any typos, on my phone and the box is tiny!)

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    • Karlee says:

      You raise a good point there about how we all communicate differently, and understanding how each person does it could be very beneficial in a working environment.

      That said, I’m so easygoing when it comes to working with my teammates, that personality type’s perhaps aren’t as beneficial for me. I naturally mould myself around others and adapt easily to a situation. I’m happiest when I please others. I’m a bit of a chameleon: adopting personas specifically to complement other peoples temperaments. I think that comes from being highly sensitive to other peoples feelings, I just generally want to be liked (or at least not actively disliked!)

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  2. pearlgirl90 says:

    INFPs are awesome! 🙂

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  3. Ally says:

    I’ve taken a few personality tests, and I’ve always come up as INFJ. I think it suits me well. The one thing I love about knowing my personality type is that there are others out there that are going through and experiencing life in similar ways. And that things that I struggle with, others are working on too, its so reassuring. People are awesome 😀

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    • Karlee says:

      This is a very good point.
      It’s also why I write my blog and read other blogs (particularly on mental illness). It’s comforting to know that no matter how alone I sometimes feel I’m not really there are other people life me out there!

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  4. I took a personality test over the weekend and it says I’m also INFP

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