Just wondering. Has anyone felt that this measurement reveals more about the way you see yourself as you really are, or is it a projected expectation of how you want others to see you?


wanabbysmart says...

Both actually. This measurement makes you realize who you are and how people actually see you. For example, this test said that you are good in art. So, you must join art things eagerly and people will see your talent in art and try to help you in that course.

milesmo13 says...

That is an interesting comment. But I am wondering what test you are referring to. There are many tests offered. So far I measure as ISFJ and shows me to be more of a helping type. But yes, I see myself as artistic too which is mostly the other personality type, like the extroverted or the intuitive. So maybe, I am combination of all of the above. The career interest test showed me as creative/artistic the first time I took it, and helping the second time.

INFJ1961 says...

I think it depends on how honest a person is with themselves when taking the test. If you answer each question honestly, it's more likely that you'll get a true assessment of who you really are as opposed to how you want others to see you. I introduced someone to MBTI, and she tested as ENFJ. Reading the summation, I saw nothing that accurately described her. For one thing, she is definitely not a feeler. When I looked up ENTJ, she was a perfect match. Chances are, she read through the different types and decided to be what she considered the best one.

milesmo13 says...

Your comments best describe how I was years ago when I was introduced to the MBTI by a psychology professor. I measured as an INFP, but my college professor rather pointedly stated that I was not an INFP, but more of an NT type. And this came from the mouth of an INFP as well. Over the years though I became a lot more Judging than Perceiving. What really made the biggest difference for me is my Christian faith whereas before when I was much more analytical and idealistic, now my perception of the world around me is grounded upon my spirituality and understanding of God. So to sum up, I started as an INFP but now I am ISFJ. The introversion and feeling aspects have pretty much been consistent over the years.

Thank you for your thoughts. I find the INFPs and INFJs to be very interesting personalities but complex people overall. Maybe the best word I can use to describe them is introspective. Whereas they are deeply relational, they are also very deep thinkers. Sometimes this paralysis by analysis gets the best of them.

As a final comment, it was somewhat surprising to me that ISFJ's comprise the largest percentage among the U.S.population. This must take into account the cross cultural aspects of ISFJs to cover just about every ethnic group and age. This doesn't quite make sense to me when the societal expectation, at least in the U.S. is to be extroverted instead of introverted. Extroverts tend to get most of the promotions and breaks in life, while introverts are often misunderstood or a lot of times simply neglected.

INFJ1961 says...

A major goal of mine in regards to MBTI is to use it to understand where others are coming from based on their comments and opinions. It informs my communication with them. As an INFJ, I have a tendency to step into the other types, though it can be taxing. In addition, the degree of preference can make a huge difference. For instance one test result showed I am 80% Introverted, 81% iNtuitive, 58% Feeling, and 69% Judging. Being closer to center on the T/F scale enables me to bring objectivity into my decision making, and flexibility in my implementation of things (J/P).

So, ISFJs comprise the largest percentage of the US population? That is surprising, as Introverts in general make up such a small portion of the tested population. After reading this, I compiled list of the various breakdowns. In the US, 51% of the general population are introverts.

INFP 4% of general; 5% of women; 4% of men
INFJ 2% of general; 2% of women; 1% of men
ENFJ 3% of general; 3% of women; 2% of men
ENFP 8% of general; 10% of women; 6% of men
INTJ 2% general; 3% men; 1% women
ENTJ 2% general; 3% men; 1% women
ENTP 3% general; 4% men; 2% women
INTP 3% general; 5% men; 2% women
ESFJ 12% general; 17% women; 8% men
ESFP 9% general; 10% women; 7% men
ISFJ 14% general; 19% women; 8% men
ISFP 9% general; 10% women; 8% men
ESTJ 9% general; 11% men; 6% women
ESTP 4% general; 6% men; 3% women
ISTJ 12% general; 16% men; 7% women
ISTP 5% general; 9% men; 2% women

It's been a pleasure to share. Thank you as well.

milesmo13 says...

To my INFJ friend,
Thank you for being so generous and thoughtful in contributing the demographic breakdown of MBTI types in the U.S. Whereas, ISFJ's comprise the largest percentage group in the U.S. at 14%, notice that with 19% women, the temperament itself at least among Americans inclines towards feminine traits. Only the extroverted counterpart the ESFJ shares the same feminine temperament at 17% women. However, the male equivalent at just 8% for men for both ISFJ and ESFJ is not extreme at all. What is most interesting is that the ISTJ at 12% of the U.S. population is a 16% male.

Does this mean, then, that men tend to be thinkers while women are more feelers? (Spoiler hint: I am a male ISFJ)

You had mentioned that a major goal of yours is to understand other people and to be in their shoes. That is very commendable, but it also reveals the true heart of the INFJ. I appreciate your openness in sharing the breakdown of your traits. You scored very high in introversion and intuition. That is to be so admired because there are so few of your personality. Even more so, there are even fewer who would so honest as to state it plainly.

You seem to be a warm and caring person, yet idealistic, am I correct? As I had stated in my previous comments, my first measurement decades ago in a college class was INFP. And I honestly believe that I was an INFP child as well.
So what changed me from an in INFP to an ISFJ? Perhaps it has been disappointments and disillusionment, and also a blurred understanding of my identity. As an NF personality, even a young adult, I was continually giving, but not receiving. In my introversion, I became more withdrawn and depressed.

A spiritual grounding or faith in a higher power provides the framework to deal with reality. Intuition then becomes replaced by sensing because I then begin to trust in not my ideas and ideals but in a moral compass for guidance. But here is the key at least for me: Among all 16 personality types, I measured the highest at 55.31 as an ISFJ but very closely behind at 55.17% is INFJ. That is only a 0.14% hairline difference--not much at all!

On another test which is similar to this one, the breakdown between ISFJ AND INFJ became clearer as I was only 56% sensing. That means I am 44% intuitive: that still is a lot! I still got what a takes to switch gears and become more INFJ and switch gears if I wanted to. (Now I'm talking about a temperament that comprises just 1% of the U.S. population. ;) So take heart my friend, you and I are unique indeed.

All the best.

INFJ1961 says...

Well said, and thank you for the compliments!

milesmo13 says...

Perhaps now it is time to expand this thread further. Does anyone else care to comment on how your personality indicator matches with career goals and personal strengths? For example, this site also provides free of charge a battery of assessments such as the Holland Career Code and the Seligman Personal Strengths Inventory.

On the Holland Career Code, I measured most highly in creative/artistic interests, although currently I am employed in the service industry. It mentioned that "Creators like their work best when they can think outside the box and put their own personal spin on what they do. As a Creator, your primary career goal will be to find a job where you can use your imagination and solve creative problems in a unique and original way." That sounds like me, but I am clearly not an extroverted type.

In addition, in the Seligman Personal Strengths Inventory it was mentioned, "research suggests that you will be more successful if instead you focus on using your key strengths—that is, your highest-scoring strengths—as often and in as many areas of your life as possible. In other words, if you've got it, flaunt it!" Very interesting!

INFJ1961 says...

Though this site has some great resources, forum participation seems scant, especially among introverts. If you haven't checked out INFJs.com, it might be worth your while. You don't have to be an INFJ to join or participate, but there is quite a bit of forum participation.

milesmo13 says...

Again, you have been very helpful and an encouragement. Truly appreciate your feedback. I did check out INFJ.com. There is just so much information packed on that site that it gave me a headache just reading the home page-seriously!
By the way, a site similar to this one called 16 Personalities does include a forum; however, I found the topics discussed to be shallow and rather silly. Just my opinion.....

Guest Thomas (not verified) says...

I agree with MMO13, that the results will be coloured by what we think of ourselves.
One of the the challenges with such tests that seek our preferences is, it all depends on what situation we visualise while answering a question. In administrative matters, I am traditional and rule-bound, but in problem solving situations, I am creative/unconventional. If I give myself more time, I may end up with more mid point ticks than the ticks I give to slots on either extremes. Which explains why results vary, specialty if one only marginally leans either way in the 4 pairs of temdencies.

With all that, a useful tool. And this site, such a wealth of info!

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