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IT'S POLL TIME
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cleolinda
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?"

MY MOTHER: "YES!"

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

MY MOTHER: "YOU ARE SO 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 always come out as INTJ or INFJ on these tests, so mostly Mastermind, sometimes Counselor. I'm also an empath. Too much social, around people who are emotionally intense or disturbed (and I absorb) and not being able to get away? Hellish.

Luckily, I'm also Wiccan and a solitary eclectic at that. So I've got lots of practise at solitude, meditation and putting up that firewall you're talking about. My suggestion is work on deep breathing/meditation exercises and try some visualising energy techniques. A simple circle around me or a light shield has worked pretty well in the past. Keeping at these techniques on a day-to-day basis is where I tend to fall down and then get overwhelmed. So really, keeping at it is the key!

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Jaydeyn

Mvahaha, I'm a MasterMind!

*ahem* sorry, but that does sound cool. Anyway INTJ here
Introverted 67, Intuitive 38, Thinking 1, Judging 33

I haven't taken a look at the empath links yet, but I did take the test. INFJ, and it fits like a friggin' glove, which is funny because I had a hard time answering some of those questions ("arg, isn't there any 'sometimes' or 'in between' option?!"). Even so, that is very much me, so obviously I did something right!

I'm glad you posted this. I've always been interested in this sort of thing, but I have a hard time keeping all of the different outcomes straight. I'll have to look into it a bit more, I think.

I'm also an INFP and I've never looked into the whole empath thing, but it would definitely explain a lot.

Hey there Cleolinda. I'm neither an INFP nor an empath, but I'm familiar with these issues. My girlfriend is an empath, and I'm what's called an energy worker - I get a lot of the same issues, and I am a healer.

Learn to shield. Seriously. Find someone with experience - an energy-working witch, a Reiki practitioner, whatever you can find - and get them to teach you how to install that firewall. You don't have to subscribe to any particular spiritual belief to learn the technique.

I got into witchcraft mainly to learn how to control what was going on with me, because not only was I able to take people's pain with laying on of hands, I was also catching other people's illnesses and feeling their emotions. My maternal line has the same gift for the last 4 generations that we know of (or curse, depending on how you look at it). So I feel ya - and like the ISFJ Protector I am, I'll be worrying about how you're doing.

Reading the first list you linked to, my immediate thought was, "ohhhhh, shit!". Because that's me. I answered "sometimes" to 2 of the questions, but the rest are definite YESes.

FWIW, I am an ISFJ.

INFP. Huh. But I don't think I'm an empath particularly. The difficulties I have with being around too many people are more related to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I think.

I've done the test multiple times over the years and I'm an INFP. I'm also extremely susceptible to vibes and react very strongly to atmosphere, particularly when people are angry or upset. And no, it's not fun. At all.

Buh, I should not be awake anymore at 4am, but here I am. I tested INFJ, which I was immediately unhappy with because I have no desire ever in my life to be anything like a Counselor (yes, I know, that's just the name). Then again, I am not strong percentage-wise in any of the traits (ranging from 12% to 44%), so I must just be a moderate or variable kind of person.

Of course, I did find a lot of the questions difficult to answer ("when considering a situation" -- what kind of situation? you do realize it makes a difference what kind of situation I'm considering, don't you?) and sometimes poorly worded. I suppose it is a free test on the Internet.

Maybe I'll take it again when I'm awake and see if there's a difference? I certainly don't identify at all with the strong-desire-to-help-people part of the INFJ category, I loathe working in organizations, and I don't think I'm a very good listener.

I tend to come out smack dab in the middle of right brain/left brain or personality type tests. Not sure what that means...

Having read another site briefly, I'm pretty sure I'm Introverted and Judging but the other two letters I seem to be the exact same amount for each pair. *shrugs*

ISTJ every time I take one of these tests. I am a perfectionist, a hard worker, dependable, punctual, and a natural leader, so it's accurate that way. However, I care less about family and tradition than this personality type is supposed to, and I feel like rules apply to everyone but me. :P

A lot of the "empath" and "highly sensitive person" points apply to me (especially the part about noises -- I believe I have misophonia -- and the questions about avoiding parties or leaving early), but I don't think I'm an empath. I am very good at reading people, and I value alone time and quiet, but that's more because I pay attention to my environment and I'm happier in small groups than because I feel any kind of energy drain. I'm definitely not emotional (at ALL) and I'm known as someone who's hard to rattle.

*looks up misophonia* Oh, HEY! That explains why crying babies and fire alarms tend to make me feel homicidal! Somebody playing their bass at earbusting levels just makes me cranky, but high-pitched stuff makes me twitch and panic. Thank you!

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So apparently I am a teacher, despite spending my entire life telling my family that I will never, ever be a teacher. *sigh* However, I do admit that I think being a naturalist would be damn fun if I could find a full-time gig with benefits, but those are few and far between.

ISTJ almost every time I take one of these tests. Once, it was ISFJ, but eventually it went back to ISTJ.

A couple of years ago when I took this test, I was an ENFJ (Teacher), which seemed to fit me really well. But this time I turned out to be an ENFP (Champion). This actually seems to fit me a little better, at least for my current circumstances. Have other people found their type change over time?

I've taken it three times over the past 7 years or so and gotten three different results. Started as an INTP, then was an ISTP a few years ago, now I'm an INTJ. I think most people are constantly evolving and changing their life strategies as they see things that don't work and they adjust their principles accordingly. Some things never change, obviously. I'm never, ever going to score as an extrovert, I'm fairly sure, and I sort of doubt I'll switch from thinking to feeling anytime soon.

I wanted to take the test again before I responded to this, just in case something had miraculously changed - nope, still an INFJ, same as always. The typelogic descriptor, in particular, is terrifyingly accurate.

And yes, I have empathic traits, and I was going to say that I'm getting better at not "catching" other people's emotions as I get older (I'm 29 now), but that's an outright lie, as I spent all morning trying not to shout at anyone or run away, because my deskmate had a bad weekend. AND I avoid my Facebook and Twitter feeds on Monday mornings, because the collective Mondayitis is unsettling.

Also, I'm a corporate trainer, which is a weird interpretation of "counsellor", but seems to work for me. Having to interact with the trainees aside, it's really quite fulfilling. :)

Funny story: when I started with the company I work for, I had to sit the psych profiling that's standard procedure with these guys. I had just been placed in a recruitment role, which is a pretty sales-y job, but the "helping people find work" aspect was really appealing to me. The in-house counsellor who talked me through my psych results accurately pinned me as a textbook introvert and strongly suggested I give thought to aiming for a more human resources/learning and development-type role. I told him that I'd hoped to move into that field in the next three years or so. He suggested I aim for maybe two years instead. I lasted nine months before moving into a trainer role. :D

Bordering between INFJ and INFP here (emphasis on the F).

I'm an extremely sensitive person, and I tend to sponge things and sense other people pretty well, and I'll get overwhelmed by even "fake" (in fiction, I mean) emotions. I don't know how to block for myself, but I wonder if, just as people can be sponges, some people can function as firewalls. My partner is extremely logical and analytical, and though he's very considerate and can be emotional (he likes to keep them in check, though), he has a terrible time reading between lines and sensing what other people are feeling.

Coincidentally, whenever I'm around him, I don't get overloaded. It's like he blocks for me. If I'm alone in a crowd, I'll start getting nervous and panicky, and if I'm stuck in a crowd, the panic attacks will start in...unless he's there. Then I'm fine. Weirdest damn thing.

I don't suppose you know someone like this, Miss Cleo? It might help a little to hang around someone who's a Firewall. It's not a solution, of course, like learning to block for yourself or finding an appropriate rock, but it helps.

Oh. I just had him test. He came up ENTJ, same as your mother.

Huh.

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