Humanmetrics – your personality type

I’m such a sucker for these things: personality tests. Bizarrely, I always seem to get pretty much similar results, so there must be some merit to them, I guess.

Came across this one:, which supposedly tells you your “type formula according to Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology along with the strengths of the preferences “. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds like something only important people would understand, so it must be right. Something to do with mountains, I think.

I came out as INFP. Find out what this means after the jump.

I got fascinated by these when I did one on Facebook, “Dr. Phil’s test that tells you all your neuroses and problems to make sure the shrink business keeps churning away” or something. Anyway, one of the questions was a yes/no answer: “I tend to sit with one leg tucked under, sitting on the side of my foot”. Now, that is the way I have started sitting over the last two years, so my interest was instantly piqued and I wanted to know what particular bit of mental screwiness I had suddenly developed overnight.

Pisser was, to get the results you had to sign up for three pointless and probably data-miner laden other applications, so I cancelled it and never found out.

So now I wander the intertubes, aimlessly searching for the answer to that question, determined to find out if I am normal or not. And feeling nothing but a deep-seated loathing for Dr. Phil. Twat.

Anyway, so what does INFP mean? From the horse’s mouth:

Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
by Joe Butt

Profile: INFP
Revision: 3.0
Date of Revision: 26 Feb 2005

“I remember the first albatross I ever saw. … At intervals, it arched forth its vast archangel wings, as if to embrace some holy ark. Wondrous flutterings and throbbings shook it. Though bodily unharmed, it uttered cries, as some king’s ghost in super natural distress. Through its inexpressible, strange eyes, methought I peeped to secrets not below the heavens. As Abraham before the angels, I bowed myself…” –(Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.

INFP children often exhibit this in a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates (as with Anne of Green Gables’s “bookcase girlfriend”–her own reflection) and whose stuffed animals come to life like the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse:

“…Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand…” (the Skin Horse)

INFPs have the ability to see good in almost anyone or anything. Even for the most unlovable the INFP is wont to have pity.

Rest you, my enemy,
Slain without fault,
Life smacks but tastelessly
Lacking your salt!
Stuck in a bog whence naught
May catapult me,
Come from the grave, long-sought,
Come and insult me!
–(Steven Vincent Benet, Elegy for an Enemy)

Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response:

“I say, Queequeg! Why don’t you speak? It’s I–Ishmael.” But all remained still as before. … Something must have happened. Apoplexy! … And running up after me, she caught me as I was again trying to force open the door. … “Have to burst it open,” said I, and was running down the entry a little, for a good start, when the landlady caught me, again vowing I should not break down her premises; but I tore from her, and with a sudden bodily rush dashed myself full against the mark.–(Melville, Moby Dick)

Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity. As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., perfo rmance of duty for the greater cause. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, Good vs. Evil. Luke Skywalker in Star Wars depicts this conflict in his struggle between the two sides of “The Force.” Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.

Some INFPs have a gift for taking technical information and putting it into layman’s terms. Brendan Kehoe’s Zen and the Art of the Internet is one example of this “de-jargoning” talent in action.

Functional Analysis:

Introverted Feeling

INFPs live primarily in a rich inner world of introverted Feeling. Being inward-turning, the natural attraction is away from world and toward essence and ideal. This introversion of dominant Feeling, receiving its data from extraverted intuition, must be the source of the quixotic nature of these usually gentle beings. Feeling is caught in the approach- avoidance bind between concern both for people and for All Creatures Great and Small, and a psycho-magnetic repulsion from the same. The “object,” be it homo sapiens or a mere representation of an organism, is valued only to the degree that the object contains some measure of the inner Essence or greater Good. Doing a good deed, for example, may provide intrinsic satisfaction which is only secondary to the greater good of striking a blow against Man’s Inhumanity to Mankind.

Extraverted iNtuition

Extraverted intuition faces outward, greeting the world on behalf of Feeling. What the observer usually sees is creativity with implied good will. Intuition spawns this type’s philosophical bent and strengthens pattern perception. It combines as auxiliary with introverted Feeling and gives rise to unusual skill in both character development and fluency with language–a sound basis for the development of literary facility. If INTPs aspire to word mechanics, INFPs would be verbal artists.

Introverted Sensing

Sensing is introverted and often invisible. This stealth function in the third position gives INFPs a natural inclination toward absent- mindedness and other-worldliness, however, Feeling’s strong people awareness provides a balancing, mitigating effect. This introverted Sensing is somewhat categorical, a subdued version of SJ sensing. In the third position, however, it is easily overridden by the stronger functions.

Extraverted Thinking

The INFP may turn to inferior extraverted Thinking for help in focusing on externals and for closure. INFPs can even masquerade in their ESTJ business suit, but not without expending considerable energy. The inferior, problematic nature of Extraverted Thinking is its lack of context and proportion. Single impersonal facts may loom large or attain higher priority than more salient principles which are all but overlooked.

Famous INFPs:

Mary, mother of Jesus
St. John, the beloved disciple
St. Luke; physician, disciple, author
William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline)
A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie)
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author
Carl Rogers, reflective psychologist, counselor
Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood)
Dick Clark (American Bandstand)
Donna Reed, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis
Neil Diamond, vocalist
Tom Brokaw, news anchor
James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small)
Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)
James Taylor, vocalist
Julia Roberts, actor (Conspiracy Theory, Pretty Woman)
Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap)
Terri Gross (PBS’s “Fresh Air”)
Amy Tan (author of The Joy-Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife)
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Lisa Kudrow (“Phoebe” of Friends)
Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”)

Fictional INFPs:

Anne (Anne of Green Gables)
Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)
Deanna Troi (Star Trek – The Next Generation)
Wesley Crusher (Star Trek – The Next Generation)
Doctor Julian Bashir (Star Trek: Deep Space 9)
Bastian (The Neverending Story)
E.T.: the ExtraTerrestrial
Doug Funny, Doug cartoons
Tommy, Rug Rats cartoons
Rocko, Rocko’s Modern Life cartoons

Can’t say I’m too impressed about being cut from the same cloth as Mary Magdalene (and why isn’t she in the fictional characters section, hmmm?), but Bashir, Calvin and Rocko? Awesome!

Gee, Heff!



  1. mike
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mary Magdalene was NOT Jesus’ mother (that’s a different Mary). Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife. You can find that under non-fiction.

    • Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t write that bit, so not my error.

      And: fiction. Non-fiction is reserved for fact, which is demonstrable or supported through evidence or experiment. The bible is made up story-time and therefore not fact. Sorry.

      • mike
        Posted August 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Good call. I was actually just lipping off with the non-fiction comment. I agree with you…mostly. Really my only point was that if being cut from the same cloth as Mary Magdalene is not too impressive, maybe it would be better to be cut from the same cloth as Mary, Jesus’ mother (the one in the Famous INFPs list). Sounds like, in either case, the end result is about equally impressive.

        K, so I want OUT of the Mary conversation; I should have said nothing. Sorry. I stumbled upon this site because I was looking for the same answer…I also have a tendency to sit on my foot. I remember seeing a personality chart with associated quirks and this was one that was listed. I am still trying to recall that information.

        • Posted August 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Hey, no worries. Regular readers will know my views anyhow so don’t pay too much mind to me 🙂

          Yeah. I STILL want to find out what sitting on my foot means. After having started doing it unthinkingly a few years ago I now find sitting at my desk normally totally un-natural but fear that it will affect my circulation or something and I will get creeping leg-death or somesuch.

          I think I am just weird. Damn that tease question. I will never know and always wonder. WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT??

          Fuck you, Dr. Phil, fuck you right royally.

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