My dearest reader,
If you have happened to find your way to my corner of the Internet, hello and welcome! My name is Ryan and I’m glad you’re here.
I love the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the underlying theory behind it. In the MBTI there are sixteen different personality types. This comes from a combination of having introverted/extroverted, intuitive/sensing, feeling/thinking and judging/prospective qualities. I am an INFJ, which means I am Intoverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Judging. This also happens to be the rarest of the sixteen types, with only less than one percent of the population sharing this combination of traits with me.
There’s a little bit of who I am, now here’s why I decided to start the blog. It’s no surprise that I am a little different than most other people because of how rare my type is. Some call me quirky, others flat-out tell me that they think I’m crazy or weird. It’s true that I do have quirks, but I feel like most people don’t have all of the information about me to see who I really am (although many times I am the one that withholds that information in the first place!). Regardless, I think that a common theme among INFJs is a strong feeling of being misunderstood, and having a desire to have people in their life that understand what’s going on in our complex minds.
So that’s why I’m here– in the hopes that one person will stumble across this blog and understand how the brain of an INFJ works a little better, whether my reader is one of the other 15 MTBI types or an INFJ in the process of learning about themselves. I should probably throw up some disclaimers before I start talking about things: I am not an expert on type theory, and all of my experiences are anecdotal. My situations will most likely not be exactly identical to yours (although if you are or know an INFJ you might see some similarities). I am merely just talking about the thought process of my own mind and how I deal with situations in this roller coaster of a ride we call life.
What I write about on any given day depends on how I feel, but there will some definite themes I will discuss at some point. A little bit more on the qualities and relative strengths/weaknesses of the INFJ. The infamous INFJ doorslam. My experiences with other MTBI types. Why we can seem so aloof and then suddenly be completely open with someone. Why we are able to read people’s motives and feelings with an almost psychic accuracy, yet can have a great deal of trouble figuring out what our own feelings are. Our sensitivity, our need for perfectionism. Why we can seem like quiet extroverts. Why we burn out. Why we need to withdraw from the world and people realize we’re not extroverts anymore. Why our decisions can sometimes be so cold and calculated when we are normally known for our emotions and sense of caring. I will cover all of these seeming paradoxes and many more, but I also want to cover what makes an INFJ special. Our ability to set goals, have a vision of how to accomplish them, and work relentlessly until those goals come to fruition. Our ability to pick up on the most subtle cues to figure out someone close to us is in pain, and how we know just the right things to say and do to make them feel better. Our silly side underneath the layer of seriousness.
The nice thing about a blog is that I can tell you all these deep things without tripping myself up. It’s a nice medium for introverts, and INFJs especially, as we are known for our ability to write. I might go into some other things that aren’t necessarily MTBI things as well. I might tell stories and maybe even write a few poems, who knows. All in all, my goal is to let the Internet see that way that I/we think so there’s more of an understanding between us all. We’re a bit tricky to get out of our shells, but you’ll never find a more caring, compassionate, thoughtful friend anywhere else. This is the beginning, and I’m so excited to start sharing my thoughts. Please feel free to comment with questions or suggestions on what to write about. Again, welcome to my page, and I hope you enjoy!
Seize the day!
9 October 2016 10:36 AM