The INFJ, a personality profile found in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, is frequently misunderstood as detached, moody, silently angry, and even depressed. INFJs themselves regularly make a direct connection between their personalty type and dysphoria.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), or "MBTI Test," was derived from Jungian psychodynamic theory in the 1920s (also known as, "Shadow Type"). It measures preference for how individuals orient themselves in both their internal and external worlds. The application is broad and profound. The MBTI provides a framework for how we understand ourselves, and therefore, how we understand each other. The model promotes communication sensitive to the types we engage with every day.
The therapeutic relationship is complicated. I have been on both sides of the counselling scenario (as both a client and psychotherapist). These are two entirely different points of view. As challenging as the task might be, I want to address both perspectives in this, “tell all” confessional.
Part of professional development is learning to thrive in the work place, regardless of milieu. Conflict is a natural part of growth – Feelings are always involved, especially when performance matters. The well rounded professional understands conflict as a necessary part of growth, both for the self, and between people, regardless of the role.
We love to learn about ourselves through tests, especially when the results are supported by evidence-based research. Let’s face it, if you really think about it, personality testing is narcissistic in nature. We take tests regardless of their statistical integrity (validity and/or reliability) because we are obsessed with ourselves. On the surface, using personality testing to define our identity or show others who we are, is quite self-absorbed.