Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Advocate - It's Who I Am

Awhile ago I took the myers-brigg personality test.  I felt my results were so accurate that I even went and made a Pinterest board about it.  Then, a couple of months ago Steph & Michael both wrote posts about their results & I decided that I wanted to join the party, even if I am a couple of months late to it.  Each one of us got something different.  Steph was labeled ESTJ and Michael was pretty similarly labeled ISTJ.  I was labeled pretty much the opposite of Steph & sort of similar to Michael as an INFJ.  INFJ is supposedly one of the most rare types.  However, of the few people I know that have taken it & know their results...guess what?  We're all INFJ.  Birds of a feather flock together maybe?  In case you don't feel like reading about me in depth, I've bolded the key points.

Personality type: “The Advocate” (INFJ-A)
Individual traits: Introverted – 59%, Intuitive – 61%, Feeling – 66%, Judging – 68%, Assertive – 55%.
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Confident Individualism

Famous Advocates You May Know
-Martin Luther King
-Nelson Mandela
-Mother Teresa
-Alanis Morissette
-Jimmy Carter
-Nicole Kidman

  • Creative – Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones. People with the INFJ personality type enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about, and this strength makes them excellent counselors and advisors.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – Speaking in human terms, not technical, INFJs have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience. INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end. INFJs don’t just see the way things ought to be, they act on those insights.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard. INFJs will rock the boat if they have to, something not everyone likes to see, but their passion for their chosen cause is an inseparable part of their personality.
  • Altruistic – These strengths are used for good. INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.
  • Sensitive – When someone challenges or criticizes INFJs’ principles or values, they are likely to receive an alarmingly strong response. People with the INFJ personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict, and questioning their motives is the quickest way to their bad side.
  • Extremely Private – INFJs tend to present themselves as the culmination of an idea. This is partly because they believe in this idea, but also because INFJs are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, using this image to keep themselves from having to truly open up, even to close friends. Trusting a new friend can be even more challenging for INFJs.
  • Perfectionistic – INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not always possible – in politics, in business, in romance – and INFJs too often drop or ignore healthy and productive situations and relationships, always believing there might be a better option down the road.
  • Always Need to Have a Cause – INFJs get so caught up in the passion of their pursuits that any of the cumbersome administrative or maintenance work that comes between them and the ideal they see on the horizon is deeply unwelcome. INFJs like to know that they are taking concrete steps towards their goals, and if routine tasks feel like they are getting in the way, or worse yet, there is no goal at all, they will feel restless and disappointed.
  • Can Burn Out Easily – Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave INFJs with few options for letting off steam. People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living.
INFJ in Graphics


  1. This is so interesting and I have always been intrigued by personality tests and I think this is the best one. I'm excited to take this and see if I think the results are accurate. I hope you have a wonderful day!

    1. You'll have to let me know what you get & if you agree with it!

  2. I love to read about people who are opposite me because (obviously) it's totally new insight into how other people work. ESTJs are known for being stubborn and think in black and white, so we really don't try to recognize that other people aren't like us. I think in the real world there are a lot of ESTJs but not many of you, but it blog world it's the opposite. Maybe that's because blogging gives you that platform for your causes and your creativity.

  3. I have heard so much about this test and have never taken it! I need to do it sometime.

  4. I always thought I was an INFJ or ENFJ - my E/I used to truly split 50/50! However, I think as I've matured a bit, my tendencies and mannerisms have too. When taking the test fresh today, I cam out as an ISFJ or a Defender and the description seems to make so much sense!

    1. I think it's awesome how accurate the results are!

  5. Sounds like you're in great company with those famous advocates!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. I'm an INFJ also. This describes me perfectly.

  7. I took this back in 2014 at a work conference and then again when Steph posted it with two very different results. In 2014, I was ESFJ. Now I'm ISFP. I definitely have become more introverted as I've gotten older, and am less of a "people-person" (associated with ESFJs). But other characteristics of an ESFP are enjoying and living in the moment, liking to work independently, being loyal to my values and people important to me and disliking conflict, and those describe me to a T!

  8. I mentioned this in one of my Friday Faves posts a couple months or a month back, but I took the test and I'm an advocate too! It's so cool reading everything and being like yup, that is me and we're the rarest personality types!

    1. Yay for a fellow advocate! I love how accurate it is!