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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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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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