If you’re anything like me, you really get a kick out of figuring out your personality and what makes you tick. While an undergrad I took a course in personality psychology taught by a grad student. For reasons of self discovery but mostly out of curiosity, I was drawn to this course. I could often be found at a cafe, on steps in front of the campus or pretty much anywhere that allow me the opportunity to “people watch”. I really enjoyed observing the vast nuances of human behavior. I remember one day we were told that we could volunteer to take a battery of personality test, one of which was the MBTI or Myers Briggs Personality Type. I was really excited because I’d finally have the answers to my personality, up until then I had to rely on astrological explanations. But now I had the opportunity for a real bonafied scientifically researched approach to understanding myself. As you could imagine, I was a bit surprised at the results. I’ve since taking the test several times and what I’ve realized is that there are parts of my personality that remain constant and other parts, particularly as it relates to introversion and extroversion that have fluctuated a bit. I’ve also found that at times I am more perceiving and other times when I’ve taking the test more judging.
When it was all said and done, I think what I’m most excited about is the journey in self discovery rather than the journey to. After all this time, I continue to seek to understand myself and my place in the world. I continue to see myself as an evolving work in progress. I will say this about being an INFJ or Introversion/Intuition/Feeling/Judging…. life certainly has been interesting.
Peace & Blessings,