February has adios-ed itself, praise God. Ice storms, deaths, power outages, rough school decisions, sickness…a whole bag of not-fun. There was good stuff too, for sure–most notably the announcement that I made it in a book, but out of all these events, I am pulling out one experience and slapping the label “LIFE ALTERING” on it.
What went down that was so superbly significant? A personality test. What about the personality test? I took it.
I know, this is huge. You may want to sit down for this one.
You see, my friend Nicole of Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Aretist shared the test with me. Since she always has her finger on the pulse of good things, I took it. And then my mind was blown.
I have always been weird, and have always suspected I was incredibly weird. You can read my results here so you can fret about my likely personality disorder with me, but the truth is: the likes of me are shared by less than 1% of the population. I AM OFFICIALLY VERY WEIRD.
But instead of being freaked out by this realization, I am ecstatic. Ecstatic because someone has defined me. All those nights when I desperately longed for the holing up in privacy with my latest library lend suddenly seem legit. Next time my husband sighs because he wants to do something at night, I can helplessly throw up my hands and say, “But I’m an INFJ, I can’t”. I have an excuse.
Or maybe not really, but it feels kind of very cool to have a classification on this earth and I am astounded by the accuracy of my results. Astounded to the point that I won’t shut up about them.
Of course I made my husband take the test. And then my sister. And then her husband. And I then called for group assessments and comparisons via e-mail and chose to ignore all the behind-my-back “She is being crazy” texts that I am sure were flying around. I was fascinated and didn’t care.
I told my husband I would like to set aside an evening to discuss my results. He gave me The Look. Nothing further was discussed.
I then psychotically plagued a couple friends to complete the test. One friend told me she was getting tired, it seemed a bit long and she wanted to quit. I told her this was not an option. I ranted and raved about the spooky accuracy of the tests.
Then she asked, “But Mere, what are you going to do with these results?” Huh. That was so not the point.
You see the lovely personality test website has all sorts of suggestions for productive things you can do with you results, like personal growth, connecting with others, and self-awareness. Great ideas, but truth told, I am loving on this test for the sheer wow factor.
I feel “got”. I feel validated. I also feel like everyone else is shouting, “Just put down the stupid personality test, Meredith!”. But I don’t really care. We INFJs have our causes you know…
***This is NOT a sponsored post, but I so wish it was. Getting paid to share the word about this gem of self-discovery would rock my world 😉 ***
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Jen b says
You crack me up.
You humor me, so it works out 😉
Sara R says
Ahhhh…Meredith, yes! Me too! We are the 1%. 🙂
I’m setting aside time (read: ignoring the pile of essays on my desk) to take this test later today. I hope I’m a weirdo, too 😉
One can only hope, Steph, I know…
That’s amazing, because I tested to be just like Obama. Isn’t it a little interesting that we are both older black men? Wow!
I love this so much, it’s a little crazy.
Mama G says
I’m an ISFJ. It’s spookily accurate! For the real me, I mean, not the loud, brash, confident person I might come across as online… I mean the person who has to actually try and deal with real life humans *shudder*. Have you tried the VisualDNA one? You just have to pick a picture based on how you feel? I also did the AQ test and I think slowly but surely I’m realising that my personal erm… issues… are actually because, like my children, I’m on the Autistic spectrum as well. Which is not what I wanted to realise at the age of 37. Especially not when I ask Mr G ‘Do you think I’m Aspergers’ and his response is ‘A little bit…’ >.< Oh, just a little bit then… thanks for pointing it out 😉 xx
Isn’t it so crazy to learn all this stuff about yourself, Mama G? My mind is spinning!
I had to take that same test in higschool at a leadership camp. I got INFP. 🙂
How did I not know about this test before?? I blame you for not telling me!
Kathy at kissing the frog says
I got the same as you – not sure if I really believe I’m that. I’m not THAT good of a person. Interesting, though.
I love that we are the same, Kathy. Tremendous honor to be in your company!
Lisa @ The Golden Spoons says
I just saw this somewhere else and took it. When I took one of these years ago I was an INFJ. Today, it said I’m an ISTJ just like 13% of the population. Apparently, I’ve gotten less weird with age! 🙂
So there’s hope, Lisa 😉 I’ll take it! Thank you!
Jeannine Eubanks says
Oh my word, I took this test in college and had the same reaction! At the time I was an INFP, and I remember thinking how scary accurate the results were, and also validated in my weirdness. I took it again more recently, and I think my P has turned to J, so yay for personality sisters! 🙂
Fistbump in solidarity, INFJ sister!
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms says
Must take the test now and report back! I know I took it in med school, but I can’t remember the results. I’m going to wait to read your results until I get mine! Ellen
Love that you took this so long ago so you can make the comparison!
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms says
ENFP. I know this is different from my twenties. None of the traits are that strong so maybe I am in flux and proof that people can change. 🙂 Ellen
I think this is so interesting. Seriously, my mind will be buzzing about the possibility of flux and change inherent within us all day long! Thanks for sharing, Ellen.
Hollow Tree Ventures says
Okay, now I have to go take the test…
I know, it draws you in…
Hollow Tree Ventures says
OMG, I admit I was skeptical, but I GOT CHILLS reading the description. It is ME, exactly! I totally get why you’d freak out – it’s uncanny.
Chills! Yes! It’s so spooky…
Julia Sherwin says
ENFP!!! Are you surprised?
I will look it up! Was your head spinning? 🙂
Love this stuff! I think I took this test or something similar years ago when I was reading that job-help book What Color Is Your Parachute? Is it the same one? Saving to take later. I think I was also what you are. Def I and N. Forget what the last two letters were.
I don’t Liz, but I know it’s pretty popular! I have taken it a few times and it’s always so fun. Happy testing 🙂
Also INFJ. Is it something about bloggers? Did Nelson Mandela waste his life by not being a blogger? Also got the Turbulent variant. Which is funny how spot-on that is. I am outwardly calm but inwardly chaotic. So weird. And fun!
You make me snort! This is SO interesting. And I love how you said, “outwardly calm but inwardly chaotic”–describes me to a tee! Carry on, fellow INFJ!
The Dustyy Parachute says
I love this. I’m in ISFJ’ish but it has kind of changed over the years. I’ve decided personality tests are about as accurate for me as daily horoscopes – I also did a post about it if you care to check it out at http://thedustyparachute.com/im-enigma-wrapped-mystery-wrapped-comfortable-mom-pants/ Looking forward to following you! (Online, not stalker-y)
Thanks so much for checking in, Dusty Parachute! Love new visitors and too fun that you have written about these tests too!
Kelly @ Trial and Eater says
I love talking about personality types! I am an INFJ too!!
Introverted twinsies! I am so obsessed with this test, it’s ridiculous!
So there’s no link to a website to take the test?
It’s there, Bianca! The link in the second paragraph, but here it is directly, if that’s easier: http://www.16personalities.com/ Thanks for checking!
INTP here. The best part about it? Neo is a fictional INTP! I’ll just leave it at that before I look all crazy in a public forum. 🙂
Rock on! 🙂 I love my “I”s!!
Dawn Koller says
Anything you write..makes me smile. I will listen to you any day. Great read! I’ll share my results with a glass of wine.
You are a doll! And yes! Let’s do this–next happy hour, we are taking this test and chatting up the results! 🙂