Have you ever heard of Katherine Cook Briggs, or the Myers-Briggs personality types?
If you haven’t, you may not know about the sixteen different personality types. These sixteen types are based off a theory by Carl Jung, this theory said that people experience the world using four psychological functions; sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking.
Katherine and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers used this theory to create an introspective self-report questionnaire, to indicate the different psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and how they make their decisions. These preferences can show their underlying interests, needs, values and motivations.
You can take the test in many different places, but 16 personalities give the most information about your personality type. With many insights into how your personality type influences your day to day life.
I took the test and my result showed I was an Advocate, which means I am an INFJ personality; aka the rarest personality type in the world. This personality type only makes up less than 1% of the population. 16 personalities describe the Advocate as this:
INFJs indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.
If shows that the INFJ’s personality makes them extremely creative, insightful, passionate and altruistic. However, all these come together to make them sensitive, private, perfectionistic, and nonchalant towards boring routine.
So how is this the rarest personality type?
Well the INFJ type makes them a walking contradiction! They are introverted yet slightly extroverted, they are creative yet highly intellectual, they prefer to be alone but value people and the difference they can make, and they prefer to not be in the spotlight but strive to be the best in their field.
All these characteristics make the Advocate a complex personality, a person who finds it hard to create relationships on a deep enough level to what they feel they need and deserve. And as they are so rare of a personality, it’s difficult to find people who understand them, and who experience the world on the same level as they do.
So, do you relate to any of the characteristics of the INFJ personality type? If so you may be one of the rarest 1% in the world!
So why not take the test, and find out what your personality type says about you.