I enjoy reading about myself, er, other people, lol. Seriously, though, with as many personality tests out there, we ought to take at least a few to identify our traits and better accommodate our existence in this world. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a proponent for individual understanding and discovery to better fit into roles more fitting for us. I mean, I don’t like feeling forced into a box. I’m sure very few do. And yet, I hear, way too often, how unhappy some people are in their current mass-fitted jobs, situations, etc. None of us were meant to conform to box standards. God is a creative, in fact, the Creator. Of us. And no two of us are alike. We are gifted with divergent traits, abilities, interests, perspectives, and coping methods. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to really understand how we’re each wired and where we really should strive to be, what we really should strive to do in life?
Until I learned, years ago, that I am in a personality group comprised of less than 1% of the population, I often felt lost, not seeming to fit in to a lot of different environments. Makes sense now, and I’ve since joined an empowering Christian support group for those with the same personality type (support groups exist, even for us odd birds!). That is, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: INFJ - “The Advocate.” (If you’re an Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging person, too, here is a helpful link for more information about that:
Directly below, you’ll find a link to a personality test I find fascinatingly accurate, at least it was for me. You can spend twelve minutes test-taking and then read forty-something pages about yourself! Fun, right?
Take the test:
Well, I’ll leave you to it. For your pleasure (for those who like classic rock, anyway), here is music and video with a fine display of diverse personalities, for sure. 😊 Enjoy.
I’m an introvert. Ever since my toddler days, I’ve experienced individuals who tend to make introverts feel as if they are weird, wrong, or incapable. My preschool teacher used to address her concern to my mother that I would sit contently in the corner and work puzzles rather than interact with other kids—the horror! Even today, at age 47, if I explain to somebody why crowds exhaust me and I prefer solitude to a gaggle, or a few close friends to a drove, I hear the same phrase, “Keep working on it, you’ll get there.” My reaction is often silent, yet in my head I ask, “Get where? I’m already here.” There is such a misconception about introversion, even more so today in this extremely extroverted culture. Introversion is not a social anxiety or disease that one needs to get over or improve. It’s a personality trait. Introverts and Extroverts perceive, address, and pursue things differently. We may have the same goals or desires; we just speak different languages. To confuse things, some linger in the middle between introvert and extrovert. If you don’t know for sure, it’s worth figuring out. Daily life could be so much easier with a little understanding.
In terms of Christianity and the modern church, there is even black and white disparity for how we are expected to love and have community with others. There is a reason why there are so many spiritual gifts tests available. Heed them! Because God didn’t wire us the same way, so we shouldn’t be expected to operate in the polar opposites capacity if we weren’t naturally equipped to function in that manner. I do believe there are times when God asks us to go beyond our natural realm. He gives us what we need when we need it to fulfill that particular commission. But I feel an ultimate purpose for our lives is to see clearly by walking in truth, grow in how He’s gifted us, reach out to others in our specified manner according to our divine gifts and/or skill sets. Extroverts, to my understanding, are good at verbally reaching out by lively conversation and engaging with others, while introverts might discreetly send a card, email, or touching song link to the individual on his/her mind.
God most often calls me to deep waters to pray and intercede, meditate, worship, and write. Another person might thrive leading a room full of energetic children or hosting an event. I wouldn’t expect to stick a people-person in a place of solitude for a great length of time and watch them flourish. They’d get through the situation, perhaps, but it would be somewhat of an affliction. I’ve learned this through my son who, though we are very close, is my polar opposite. He’s as much an extrovert as I am an introvert and I’ve learned a lot by watching him grow. So…the same goes for an introvert when asked to do something out of an ordinary characteristic for them, which I’ve also had more of than a healthy share.
There is beauty in the diversity of gifts, which seem to conjoin personality traits. We are various parts of a body meant to work together as one. Introversion is not a disease, it is not fatal, it’s a part of the body, and it has its specific, healthy place in life and in God’s kingdom.
Romans 12: 4-8
“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”