Discovering my MBTI as an INTJ.
Ever since I was young, I always had this awareness that I was a little different than most people I met. I just accepted that different was ok, but I always felt myself struggling to relate to people in certain situations. We all feel a little alien from time to time…but sometimes I felt more alien than human. #Alienbabe
I have always been very confident in my abilities. What I know, I know. What I don’t know (and is of interest to me) I will learn without hesitation. I am one of those people that appear to be annoyingly good at everything. PS I’m not, but I do work really hard at the things I like. I constantly seek to understand, improve, and develop my passions in various areas. However one thing that always annoyed me was my lack of ability to know or understand other people. Why do people do, what they do? It often times seemed the response of others was so irrational that as I grew older I became more convinced that everyone around me was…legit crazy.
This leads into discovering my MBTI. If you have not yet taken your Myers Briggs Type Indicator test, I encourage you to do so via one of the many free options online. I had plenty of people encourage me to take the test years prior, but I had never really understood its purpose.
A personality test? Yes, I have a decent personality…so I’m good thanks.
MBTI is so much more than just a personality test.
Imagine the most accurate horoscope you have ever read (even though I don’t believe in horoscopes at all). Now imagine that written as your personal biography, except 100 times more accurate. That was my experience reading my initial type overview after completing the test.
What I discovered was that I was an INTJ, one of the least common 16 personality types, especially for women.
I suddenly became less alien.
That week I read every article and purchased every book on kindle available to learn more about myself. I laughed at chapters that spoke of the INTJ’s lack of ability to relate to other people because they can’t rationalize their behavior. I cried during chapters that spoke of emotional intelligence and how this area really lacks for our type but is so important for other people and relationships.
I understand that not everyone will have this experience with their Myers Briggs, but this was my experience. For my type I was very high scoring, which means none of my traits were borderline with the others. Overall it has given me a fantastic baseline on accepting the strengths I already have, and also becoming aware of things I can do to improve as a decent human being.
I plan on having some posts in the future on the INTJ type and the strengths and weaknesses we face. This could also be good if you are in a relationship with an INTJ, because we’re not always easy partners… just ask my husband.