Myers-Briggs and Bloggers

You guys, I don’t know what’s come over me but I’ve completely reverted back to my fifteen year old self and I’m completely enthralled with personality tests again.

I remember constantly googling personality quizzes and taking them over and over. My two favorites, though, were the Color Test and the Myers-Briggs. Of course, once I moved past my affinity for these personality quizzes I fell into a pretentious ‘too cool for personality test’ phase and after that I stopped thinking of them all together.

The first time I took the Myers-Briggs test was in my high school psychology class and I got INFP. That stayed consistent in every test I took until my friends and I retook the quiz my freshman year of college and I had switched into an INFJ and I’ve tested that way ever since.

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I’ve been especially introspective in the past month, so I’m guessing that is why I was drawn back into taking the quizzes, and I’ve especially loved talking to friends and other bloggers about what their Myers-Briggs result is.

I was shocked to find out how many bloggers (the majority of the ones I spoke to!) were INFJ’s. While I expected us people who spend our days talking to the wonderful people of the internet were introverted, it’s surprising that so many of us line up exactly because it’s estimated that only 1-3% of the population is INFJ, and based on the small sample I talked to, well over 50% of bloggers are INFJ!

INFJ’s are also called ‘the advocate’ and they fall into the ‘diplomat’ category.  According to this site I’ve been reading, INFJ’s are known for making their main goal helping others and are the powerful combination of soft spoken and strong willed.

What interested me most, though, was looking into common careers for INFJ. The blogging/INFJ connection clicked when I read that INFJ’s are unlikely to thrive in a corporate structure, and more often they seek out self-employment. The same site went on to say that it’s likely they are working on something creative in a field where they can help and connect with others.

Of course not everyone buys into these personality tests, but I think that they are really fun and it’s interesting to see what a short questionnaire can deduce about you.

This was a bit of a rambling and unplanned post, but I was hoping I could convince a few of you to leave comments and tell me your Myers-Briggs and a little bit about yourself and how your MB relates to you!! The people I know in real life are sick of me asking them, so please, internet strangers (and friends!) appease me and share away!

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Note, this isn't the official Myer-Briggs test. But it pops out results in the same format!
  • I’m an ENFP! So I’ve got the N and F going for me, I guess. I totally get your obsession with personality tests, though – I always hate finishing a quiz only to find out my results are hidden behind a paywall!

    • The paywalls are infuriating! They drive me crazy, especially when they are super in depth quizzes!

  • I am close to an INFJ…I’m a INTJ! Its so funny how over 50% of bloggers end up being the same personality type!

    • I’m an ENTJ! 🙂 I feel the struggle of being an NTJ female. 😛

    • Very close! And I know, it’s not overly scientific, but still it’s crazy how many of the people I talked to were!

  • I just finished taking the test and I am an ENTJ-A. Looks like I am not part of the 50%.

    • I’m an ENTJ, too! So there are a few of us!

    • The quizzes are fun! And I didn’t have a complete subject sample, no boys responded to my tweet asking their Myers-Briggs! I’d be interested in talking to some more male bloggers about it!

  • Stephanie Therese

    I love Myers-Briggs stuff!!! I find it super fun and interesting too! That’s funny how so many bloggers are INFJ! I’m kinda close, I’m an ISFJ. 🙂

    • Super fun it’s so interesting! And it’s especially fun when you’re able to guess what other people are! That used to be my favorite thing in high school!

  • Too fun! 🙂 I’m an ENTJ, and am also absolutely obsessed with Myers-briggs. Wrote a post about what it’s like being an ENTJ in college, actually, which was SUPER fun to write! 🙂

    • There have been a few ENTJ’s, too! And that sounds like it would be a super fun post!

      • I think it’s because ENTJs aren’t able to keep our mouths shut about things we care about, so the internet is the perfect avenue for that! 😉 haha

  • This is so interesting! I’m almost the same, except extroverted: ENFJ (even though I don’t really consider myself an extrovert or introvert) 😀

    http://www.themicroscoop.com

    • Very close! I love hearing what everyone’s is! This is awesome!

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    That is fascinating. I havent taken a MyersBriggs test in AGES, so now you have got me all curious… look at you being a blogger scientist all up in here! 😉 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • Hmm…Blogger Scientist. That has a nice ring to it, I like it!

  • Mostly I am an INFP but one time I got INFJ. It’s cool to see that most bloggers are introverted like me. I am so into these things too: personality quizzes and astrology haha

    http://thewallflowersecrets.com

    • Agreed! In the real world sometimes it feels like I’m the only introvert alive, but in the blogging world I feel like I’m with my people!

      Astrology is SO interesting! When I was a kid I’d pore over the astrology books at the library!

  • I’m an INTJ but that’s super cool, I would have never thought to look into that 🙂

    • Very close! And these personality tests are so interesting! Some you can take with a grain of salt, but personally this one is pretty accurate for me!

  • I just took the test and got ISFJ. Reading the description, it seems fair accurate!

    • The descriptions are so cool, it’s interesting to read them! I have a lot of fun having friends take them and then seeing their description, too!

  • First of all, as a Psychology major (and a huge Psychology nerd) I was so excited when I saw that this post was about Myers-Briggs. I also got INFJ as well. It’s so cool how so many of us are so similar!

    • I love psychology! I’ve taken a ton of classes and every one more interesting than the last! I’m kicking myself for not majoring in psych! It is so cool that so many bloggers have that in common!

  • Jess Greenburg

    ENFP – which makes perfect sense, because musician, writer, and fitness/dance instructor/choreographer are all recommended careers – and the things I’m interested in!

    • That is so cool! That is an interesting affirmation that you’re on the right path!

  • Haley

    I’m an INFJ too, Morgan!

  • Megan Wood

    This really is cool that so many bloggers are INJFs because I just took this when I started college this semester and was surprised that we comprise such a small percentage of the population. Now I know that I am definitely not alone on this 🙂

  • Sami Mast

    I got an INTJ so very close!

  • Kristin Hudson

    I’m an INTJ, with a pretty weak preference for the T over F category. I think it’s funny how close I am since, as you said, my INFJ side has inclined me towards blogging, while INTJs are more of the corporate, financial advisor types.
    But, the test is a bit flawed by assuming a dichotomy of all these traits, so I’m going to go ahead and be a blogger anyways!

  • Yes! I’m an INFJ too! I’m a mental health advocate, I blog about my experiences with mental illness and entrepreneurship, and I’m a life coach for creative entrepreneurs living with depression and anxiety. I’d say that’s right on cue for my Myers-Briggs results!

  • Lexi

    I am INFJ, and I am in the process of starting my own blog! It’s so interesting to me how most bloggers are the same type. I definitely fall into that category; I am very quiet and soft spoken, but at the same time I have big goals and strong beliefs. I love writing and helping others. So weird how a simple test can be used to know so much about a person!