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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. 


Poll #1728808 Personality types

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

Teacher (ENFJ)
Counselor (INFJ)
Champion (ENFP)
Healer (INFP)
Fieldmarshal (ENTJ)
Mastermind (INTJ)
Inventor (ENTP)
Architect (INTP)

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

Supervisor (ESTJ)
Inspector (ISTJ)
Provider (ESFJ)
Protector (ISFJ)
Promoter (ESTP)
Crafter (ISTP)
Performer (ESFP)
Composer (ISFP)

Correlation of INFP type with empath

I am an INFP, but not an empath
I am an empath, but not an INFP
I am both
I am neither

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

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 know the internet has definitely, definitely taught me to back up what I say. Part of the "NF" thing is that you go "this is true because I feel it is true and I intuited it" (great for telling when someone's faking being happy!) and not "this is true because I saw this fact and this fact and this fact and performed this logical analysis".

And now I just babble, because I love MBTI styff: the thing about MBTI is that you don't want to be undifferentiated--XXXX is in a way the MBTI's way of saying "this person does not have a sense of self"--but neither do you want to be rigid. It's about embracing who you are, being aware of your shortcomings, and learning to compensate for them (by being more logical, or compassionate, or outgoing, or thoughtful, or decisive, or whatever, than your basic type predisposition).

Well, it's the same way I view astrology: whatever you can take from it to learn about yourself and make your life better, go for it. I don't live my life by horoscopes, but if realizing that I'm a Sagittarius with a Virgo ascendant (signs that are kind of contradictory in nature) makes me feel like I understand more about why I do things the way I do, then it helps. And seeing this last night and going, holy shit, I really HAVE some kind of empath problem, that's not some wackadoo thing that someone just made up--that helps me figure out how to compensate for it, yeah.

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