It happens a lot. A whole lot. Actually, it’s been happening for all my life. I’m not exactly sure why OR how to manage it … but my experience is this: I am misunderstood. Often. Too often. And it is so damn frustrating.
And so … when I came upon this short little presentation (just click on the picture to view it) I decided it might be wise to share it publicly. I am reassured and yet, somehow at the same time, deeply unsettled when people (who I DO know) don’t seem to get me and then someone named Matt Knight (who I DO NOT know) can describe me (for the most part) with such pin point accuracy. How is it that he can peg me so astutely … in the most significant ways? Aren’t we, as human beings, supposed to be as unique as snowflakes? How can he so casually and clearly names the parts of myself that are so often misunderstood?
While it is exceptionally tempting to discount the validity and reliability of popular personality ‘tests’, I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or some popular variant of it at least three times over the last 25 years and have gotten exactly the same results. It’s certainly consistent …
So, on behalf of myself and any other INFJs whose family members/friends/colleagues may be struggling to understand us, I am sharing this Prezi (it’s a new fangled special kind of slide show) because this is a very accurate description of myself!
While only three people in 100 will fall into the category of INFJ, I actually know a very disproportionate number of INFJs! Many are my colleagues and some are my friends and I welcome them with open arms as kindred spirits. We get each other. I guess we tend to be drawn to the same circles … and … this presentation demonstates why so many of us become counsellors/therapists.
Even if you are not in relationship with an INFJ, maybe this entertaining little slideshow will inspire you take the MBTI test yourself or some popular variant of it (these are free of charge and/or maybe easier to navigate) and see if it resonates as accurately for you as it did for me. I’d love to hear about your experience!
Either way, I take this opportunity to welcome you to my inner world … Karen 🙂