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IT'S POLL TIME
serafina
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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Whoa, introverts are way overrepresented so far. They're only supposed to be 25% of teh population. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more on LJ, though. More of an introvert-y sort of communication method. I'm borderline myself although I definitely fall slightly on the extrovert side.

I'm actually sort of surprised you're a P because I always think your summaries/recaps/reports of online stupidity are so well-organized. But I suppose that's short-sighted of me. Ps can be organized about stuff, if they want.

Well, like is drawn to like, so it makes sense that certain types of entertainment/communication, such as the internet, are found to be more efficient/palatable to introverts. I wonder if there's a further divide between those that prefer Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, LJ, etc. And then, if you take into account different forms of internet communication such as IMing v. iChat or something similar.

And now I'm just rambling.

I'm INFJ and I love blogging. I love expressing an opinion in an organized way and having someone respond with their opinion and then responding back with my feelings about their opinion. It's this wonderful way of having a conversation and really breaking down interesting subject material. I analyize tv shows and movies for fun!

IMing stresses me out like nothing else though. I get incredibly annoyed at the constant interruptions to my other online activities and I become frustrated by the poor spelling and grammar.

I enjoy lengthy intellectual debates as opposed to banal distracting questions. "wat r u doing?" "im eating ceral lol" etc. Oh it makes my head hurt.

I think that's one of the reasons I really like blogging, commenting, and email--you can walk away and reply later. IMing is basically a text version of a phone call, and both of them can eat up your time like whoa if you're not careful. That's pretty much why I stay off IM services entirely, unless I pretty much make an appointment with someone to get on and have a conversation about something specific.

Well, at the same time: it is much easier for me to communicate with people at a textual remove. Being online doesn't exhaust me the way being around people IRL does.

I'm actually sort of surprised you're a P because I always think your summaries/recaps/reports of online stupidity are so well-organized.

Well, like I say in a comment above--I can be painfully logical, but I think that's a coping mechanism to compensate for being so emotional and/or dreamy. I actually have to put a lot of work into organizing my thoughts, because my default state is "tangential rambling." The finished product you see is well-organized, but it's the product of concerted effort. Which is maybe why recaps take so long for me to do.

I can be painfully logical, but I think that's a coping mechanism to compensate for being so emotional and/or dreamy. I actually have to put a lot of work into organizing my thoughts, because my default state is "tangential rambling." The finished product you see is well-organized, but it's the product of concerted effort. Which is maybe why recaps take so long for me to do.

I just wanted to say -- I identify with this paragraph SO MUCH. I, too, have to work at organizing my thoughts and putting them forth in a concise, convincing manner. To the point where (when I was still regularly posting on LJ) I would frequently skip over making long, involved posts because I just found the very idea of it overwhelming. And relating to cupcakery's comment in this same thread (about blogging platforms/etc), I find that, as I've gotten older, I've gravitated to tumblr for the simple reason that I don't have to *think* so much.

Being online doesn't exhaust me the way being around people IRL does.

I wonder, does this depend on where you spend your time when you are online?

From my experience, I tend to pick up the moods from written texts almost as easily as from people. Although it is easier to distance myself from, say, blogs than actual people once I realise what's going on. Once I recognise the cause of my confusing mood change, I tend to stop reading those blogs because they do exhaust me.

(This also happens when I read books, but to a lesser extent. Hmm. This actually goes some way to explain why I adore children's books...)

I wonder, does this depend on where you spend your time when you are online?

Well, that could be true. I mostly hang out here (obviously) or on Twitter, or on a couple other boards/sites that are very gentle and low-key.

My favourite saying about introversion is that it's a minority in the general population, and the majority in the Gifted population. *g*

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