HAPPY “MONTHIVERSARY!”

One month ago today, I discovered this thing called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

It all started with this image someone posted on FaceBook.

How-to-care-for-introverts

It looks as though it was meant for children, but it really struck a chord with me. I began researching the topic of introversion with more inquisitiveness and discovered a whole world of you out there! I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel like I’ve found my people: my “race!”

That moved me enough to “plug-in” to this lively world, which once felt like a cold, dark room: I created new Twitter identity, purchased books, started this blog… Not that I’ve posted much. -> I’m way too self-conscious of sharing much of what I think, but this… today… is important to me.

Suddenly, I felt not so alone in this world: that I was a part of something else. It’s been amazing and wonderful to see streams of thoughts not unlike my own – Things I could really relate to: affirmations that I AM NOT CRAZY! (Or that we’re just all crazy together, which, still, is comforting. ;) This last month has been a huge growing experience for me! (At 39 years old, that’s a momentous thing for me to concede.)

Since then, I’ve set off on a quest to understand the different personality types and better understand myself and my MBTI type. (For the record, I’ve tested INFJ five out of six times with online tests: ISFJ once.)

Last night, I finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain, learning much about introversion and relating to so many anecdotes within. (I’ve highlighted passages and wrote in the margins, “YES! This is/was me!!”) Now, I want to learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. And so my journey continues. In fact, it’s only just begun!

Now, let me just say that I live a somewhat normal life, in case I’m coming across as a depressed, reclusive individual. Outwardly, I get along with my coworkers, have friends (with whom I could probably spend more time), have a wonderful daughter I get to see on weekends and have an awesome and supportive girlfriend. In my head, though, there’s so much racing through, sometimes, to the point where it feels like “noise.”

But, I digress… more on this later! For now, I want to say, “THANK YOU!” Thank you, to all of those who have written blogs, books and tweets. They’ve been most helpful in easing me into a better understanding of why I am the way I am… Up until now, I’ve been a mystery to myself.

MBTI Type Quest

Less than one month ago, I’d never heard of the Jung Typology Test or Myers Briggs. Today, I’m obsessed with determining my type.

I’ve taken an online MBTI test here four times. Results have been INFJ three times and ISFJ once (the second time). I varied my answers based on what I believed was being asked and perhaps my current mood influenced me as well.

Having read several articles and scouring through forums, I felt I could identify with both N and S types, possibly leaning more toward INFJ. But I can’t help but wonder if I’m missing something BIG! Some tell-tale sign that I’m definitely one over the other.

Is there ONE question I could answer that would determine what I really am?? Perhaps it’s not even the answer I choose, but the way I answer the question… or how long it takes me to answer.

In all I have read, there seemed to be a lack of examples of how S and N differ. There were plenty of explanations of the two, but nothing I could really relate to… There’s something I’m not grasping about the difference, but I probably need examples that I am familiar with to really understand the differences as they relate to my unique situations.

I’m going to see if I can find a way to best tested by a certified MBTI practitioner. I’d really like to know what my type is and understand how it’s been affecting my life.

How did you determine your type? Did you also take an online test? Or were you tested by a certified professional?