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Okay, I want to run an experiment here. But first, a semi-unrelated explanation:

It's a personality test! Everyone loves personality tests!Collapse )

ETA: "Hey, you know those Myers-Briggs tests?"


"Wow, okay. So I took one again, I'd forgotten what I was, and I'm an INFP."


"See? I'm saying."

MY MOTHER: "I AM AN ENTJ! I am like the epitome of an ENTJ. And that's why I work in HR."

"Oh, well. Okay then."

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I am an ENFP, ridiculously extroverted, and I got three things on the empath quiz. Which I think mostly means I am extremely masochistic.

Of course, I also think I probably cause most of the negative emotions I absorb in the first place. So.

Edited at 2011-04-11 02:14 am (UTC)

I always come out as an INTJ or an INTP, depending on which aspects of the J/P split a given test emphasizes. But the T/F split never seems to work for me either; I don't know.

The problem with these tests, for me, is that my cyclothymia effects my responses from day to day. It's one thing to try and gauge how I'd feel about the questions on an "average" day, but the optimism or pessimism of that specific mood tends to change the outcome regardless of how consistent I try to be.

Do others with mood disorders find their answers swinging all over the place depending on where in the cycle they are? I'd assume so, but what personality types do you veer between?

I have dysthymia and Asperger's, and have always always ended up with the same result when I take the test. It's always INTJ for me.

I'm an ENTJ who occasionally tests as ESTJ, so your mom and I are so alike we'd probably fight over who who would be in charge. The type isn't called "The Field Marshal" for nothing.

I know of at least one other empath who is also INFP, so you definitely aren't alone.

Also, I know of another personality system, the Enneagram. Here is a free test and here is another. INFPs usually score as Type 4. INTPs usually score as Type 5. Other Myers-Briggs types don't map as cleanly on the Enneagram as those two types do. For example, my MBTI should be Type 3 or 8. I end up being a 5 or 9.

I'm so perversely proud to be the first ENTP in your poll.

I should also point out that it is the most USELESS personality type to be. When I've taken the Myers-Briggs at work, within the description of 'ideal careers' for ENTPs are (hand to god I am not making this up); CIA spy, assassin, and dictator.

What's a girl with a degree in Biology to do? (Chemical warfare, apparently...)

I'm not sure how to answer the second poll. Is there another quiz I should be taking? *confused*

No, no--it just wouldn't let me fit 16 answers under one question. Find whatever you are and check that box, and skip the list you're not on.

I swear, I get a different result almost every time I take a Meyers-Briggs. The only consistent thing is that I'm introverted, which I didn't need a test for.

I have gotten Healer at least a couple times, but I don't think I'm an empath, or else I've gotten really good at shielding over the years, which could be possible (I was a lot more sensitive as a kid. Other kids were ...not so sensitive.) I guess I am pretty good, in conversations, at picking up on how whoever I'm listening to expects me to react, but that was more of a learned skill. (A really rough description is to pay close attention to their facial expression and mimic that.)

Funny how physical limits shift the personality results. There is a large swath of activity choices there I would say yes to if I wasn't in pain all the damn time. Its not so much a personality test as so much as a current operating mode test and my installed OS software right now is INTJ.

Oops, I answered the poll wrong, I'm INTJ but I am an empath (5 out of the 8).

Interesting stuff, thanks!

Well, you can go back and answer it differently, if you want.

Firstly, I'm totally not surprised you're an INFP. :D I'm both but INFPs aren't necessarily always empaths. I do think there's a higher percentage in our group possibly due to our overall temperament and introverted intuition. And empath btw does not necessarily translate as healing...there are many variations to being an empath and empathic gifts, if you have them.

I swear, once you start learning about this stuff (because honestly this is info that we don't come across in the regular extroverted world...it's kind of mind blowing) you can't stop learning. I highly recommend going to Personality Pages' website to learn more about being an INFP (the good and the bad). And also to pick up a copy of Elaine Aron's book called The Highly Sensitive Person. There are also a plethora of communities out there that talk about working through being an empath (empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com being one of them). Unfortunately not so much for INFPs, though personalitycafe has a few good ones. You're more likely to find info on our type through other's forums (often a running topic I guess because we're so confusing? ;)). It would be very cool to have a place to talk about this with the other INFPs/Empaths that answer your poll I think.

INFJ, and quite ... extremely so, in every direction.

Also an empath, if that's what we're calling it, and again very much so. I'm always so wary of talking about it because it's not socially acceptable, especially in the real world. (I also ... see things and hear things a bit. For years and years we thought it was psychosis.)

I confuse myself. Usually I'm an INTJ but sometimes I'll test as ISTJ. Just now, I came as ISTJ. I'm always right in the middle of S/N and T/F. Definitely not an empathy, though I think my mom may be.

I am a very terribly strong empath (teacher type ENFJ) who is very lucky to have a high functioning Aspie for a boyfriend.

Not only do I have to be careful about shielding, I leak emotions all over, especially if they're not mine.

In essence, despite being an extrovert, hanging out that much with real life people is exhausting, because almost everyone treats me as a dumping ground - everyone is a psychic vampire to a point in my presence unless they are Apsie or sociopathic.

My "hates the world unless it's interesting" boyfriend is perfect - he understands "Go away" really well.

If making sure your space is clear and meditating or grounding isn't working for you, a good backup is iolite or lapis lazuli.

An extra little bit of help doesn't hurt on good days and on bad days, my ring might be the difference between staying in bed and dragging myself to the coffee pot.

I'm curious about the gemstones--how does that work? I know I have pieces of jewelery that have either personal or spiritual significance to me that help me function, but I've never really had a theory for it.

I'm a total ISFJ; I tick off some of the empath boxes, but I fit more (read: entirely) as a highly sensitive person. (Here's the checklist, fwiw.)

The highly sensitive person checklist fits me like...whoa. I didn't know there was a name for how I interact with the world.

I'm the "counselor". I couldn't agree more.

Edited at 2011-04-11 02:33 am (UTC)