Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

INFJ, the Advocate

MBTI® or Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is an introspective self-report questionnaire to indicate differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions (source Wikipedia).

It is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung who had speculated that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions – Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.
Katharine Cook Briggs began her research in the late 1910s. The indicator itself was developed in WWII.

According to MBTI®, there are 16 personalities, 8 introverts (I) & 8 extroverts (E). All the personalities exist in four letters.
It indicates your personality preferences in four dimensions: Where you focus your attention – Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) The way you take in information – Sensing (S) or INtuition (N) How you make decisions – Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) How you deal with the world – Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

I think it was around 2012-2013 that I read, for the first time, something about MBTI®. That MBTI® is a test to profile people. A few years later I did my own deep research about Myers-Briggs. Online and I found a lot of information.

What’s Your Personality Type? Picture By:
Jake Beech – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Original concepts by Katharine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) and Isabel Briggs Myers (1897-1980). The author of the referenced image is JakeBeech.

Although the MBTI® personalities are not scientifically proven (hysteria was once solved with a vibrator as they didn’t understand the psyche of human beings), when I first read about my personality it felt like coming home. Knowing, although there aren’t that many, there are people having the same ideas and struggles as I had/have.

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As all other personalities, the INFJ has terrible habits, a well known is the INFJ Ni-Ti loop.

The Ni-Ti Loop
INFJs can also get stuck in a “Ni-Ti” loop between their dominant and tertiary function (Introverted Intuition and Introverted Thinking). Because both of these functions are introverted they naturally feel comfortable with the INFJ. As a result, they can cut themselves off from relationships and get stuck in a cycle of envisioning, analyzing, and classifying, but to no tangible avail. They can become reclusive and dismissive of people and seem overly critical when in this state.
Ni-Ti Loop information from Psychology Junkie.

An INFJ is sometimes called an Advocate
The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one per cent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers. These individuals are capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
People with this personality type tend to see helping others as their purpose in life. Advocates can often be found engaging in rescue efforts and doing charity work. However, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.

Want to read more about my personality the INFJ and the other 15 personalities read the information at 16 Personalities.

Featured Image by JL G from Pixabay


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