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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:

Several months ago, I stumbled across a Tumblr entry about being an empath, and went, holy shit, that would explain so many of my stress and health problems. I hit every single point on all of these lists. So: I am totally an empath. A really, really crappy kind of empath. I mean, it sounds like a Dungeons & Dragons character class, but my point is, I soak up everyone else's negative feelings. I don't know how to shield myself, and I don't know how to dump my mental browser cache. I have no firewall, people.

In a similar blog post, we are told that empaths can... heal. I don't know about the laying on of hands and what-not, but I'd be willing to go with "make people feel better, in a non-Jesus kind of way."

So I'm fooling around instead of working last night, and for some reason, the Myers-Briggs personality test came up. I had saved my result somewhere, and I'm an INFP. Apparently this is statistically somewhat rare--1-5% of the population. And the Keirsey temperament of INFP is... the Healer.

After I had a couple of conversations on Twitter, I am starting to think that that's what "empaths" are--the INFP personality type. So, what I want to know is, how many of you are whichever personality type, and is there a correlation between the INFP type and empath-y?

So: here is your free personality test link.

Here is the chart matching up Myers-Briggs types to Keirsey temperaments. I mean, just to elaborate on the subject.

Depending on how much of this sounds like you, you may be an empath. Keep in mind: it's the unpleasantness that I recognized, not the special-snowflake psychic-healing business. 


Now:

Poll #1728808 Personality types

The first eight types (you may choose more than one if you're borderline)

Teacher (ENFJ)
72(7.5%)
Counselor (INFJ)
257(26.8%)
Champion (ENFP)
35(3.6%)
Healer (INFP)
187(19.5%)
Fieldmarshal (ENTJ)
28(2.9%)
Mastermind (INTJ)
247(25.8%)
Inventor (ENTP)
20(2.1%)
Architect (INTP)
113(11.8%)

The second eight types (you may choose more than one if you're borderline)

Supervisor (ESTJ)
17(3.7%)
Inspector (ISTJ)
138(29.9%)
Provider (ESFJ)
36(7.8%)
Protector (ISFJ)
158(34.2%)
Promoter (ESTP)
2(0.4%)
Crafter (ISTP)
32(6.9%)
Performer (ESFP)
21(4.5%)
Composer (ISFP)
58(12.6%)

Correlation of INFP type with empath

I am an INFP, but not an empath
54(5.9%)
I am an empath, but not an INFP
270(29.7%)
I am both
129(14.2%)
I am neither
457(50.2%)



Now all I have to figure out is what to do about the lack of firewall.

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'm an INTJ, but I'm also a little leery of these tests because they're supposedly for neurotypal people and I have Asperger's.

I mean, supposedly you can have more than one - some people are on the cusp, and you're supposed to change through your life, but I've always tested as an INTJ. I'm just going to hang out over here with Clarice Starling, Hannibal Lecter, Sherlock Holmes, Severus Snape and Light and L.

Edited at 2011-04-11 02:15 am (UTC)

Hm, that's true, about the NT part. I wonder if that's why so many people are testing as INTJ--not because everyone who does has Asperger's per se, but because that's the category that coincides with neuro...atypical...? qualities? Like, if the test can't read you, that's the box it puts you in? I don't know.

I'm not on the autistic spectrum and I'm an INTJ. I don't think it's a default box for the unreadable by any means, though - it's a fairly unusual type except online (and in the comment above, in a particular office setting). I know other non-NT people (bipolar, for example) who test into other categories.

Hm--now that you mention it, I'm bipolar myself.

It might be that INTJs are more likely to get really super-involved with fandom, and thus are overrepresented on your blog? I know that my college, something like 75% of the people there test as N, but S is actually more common in the population at large -- it's because self-selecting nerds like us flock to this college.

I test as a very borderline INTJ/INFJ, but I firmly believe that the INTJ is where I belong, and my occasional INFJ is the result of adopting more F traits.

Yeah, I didn't say this explicitly in the entry, but I don't expect the percentages here to match up with the general population. It's kind of a skewed sample.

The aspies I know (caveat: n<5) are all INTJ; Asperger's seems to predispose towards that personality type.

I'm ENTJ with aspergers, but always neatly on the line between E and I (on all tests, not just M-B). I've always thought those types would be related to AS.

Hoh, interesting. I woulda thought the "fuck, this world is stupid and confusing" would get in the way of extroversion, but clearly not! Cool.

You might think so! I have an extensive set of rules for navigating social encounters, but I've been practicing them so long they don't take much brain power to use. I still think people are confusing, but that doesn't mean I don't like them. And I'm on the border between E and I, so I do like a bit of quiet time away from people as well.

Part of my learning social skills was figuring out how to be charming, I guess, so as long as I'm 80% charming and witty and only 20% weirdo I seem to get cut a lot of slack. :)

INTP, with Aspergers. I think INTJs and Aspergers positives tend to be attracted to the Internet because we don't have to read a lot of the subtle social crews that screw us up. For me, at least, it's a relief not to have to read tone of voice or body language...

Yeah, everything's clearer when it's verbalized. It's great.

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