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INFP or The Healer

December 9, 2008

Yesterday I was reading Melinda’s post about personality types and getting to know yourself. I’ve taken Myers-Briggs personality tests before and gave the results a cursory read before moving onto something else. I didn’t have very many new blog posts to read and I really respect Melinda’s opinion, so I decided to give it a more in-depth look.

I took a test again and the results were INFP. That’s Introverted, iNtuition, Feeling, Perceiving. Apparently 4.3% of the US population is INFP like me. Introverted was the strongest preference, intuition was slightly expressed, feeling moderately expressed and perceiving slightly expressed. I’ve taken other tests in the past and get INFP or alternately INFJ, the J being Judging. Judging is always slightly expressed, which may account for the swing between INFP and INFJ.

David Keirsey created the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and linked it to the Myers-Briggs groupings though they aren’t strictly associated. Keirsey identifies four different temperaments: idealist, rational, guardian, and artisan. Each of the eight temperaments have two roles divisions: directive and informative. This results in sixteen role variants which ties in nicely with the sixteen possible personality types in the Myers-Briggs system. An INFP correlates with The Healer while an INFJ correlates with The Counselor, both idealists. After reading the description of The Healer, I had an “aha!” moment.

The Healer role variant description is actually quite accurate. Using the term healer, made so much sense. It said much about where I am in my life, desires that excite me and drive my quest for knowledge, and my future aspirations. I’m a full time mother and care-giver and gardener; I take the most active roles in our health care through nourishing my family and also learning as much about natural medicine as I can. I’d love to become an herbalist if only for our own use. I’m idealistic and emotional, though in a quiet way (a quiet spazz as I’ve been lovingly called).

Here’s the some of the Wikipedia entry for The Healer:

“Healers are introspective, cooperative, informative, and attentive. They are highly compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others. Healers care deeply about a few favorite individuals or causes and they desire to bring about peace and integrity to their companions and to the society at large. They want to heal the problems that trouble individuals and correct the conflicts that divide groups in order to bring health to themselves, their companions and to the society.

Healers tend to be private individuals who have a strong sense of right and wrong and an idealistic worldview. They are deeply committed to things that are positive or good and may be inspired to make extraordinary sacrifices in attempts to achieve their ideals. They are prone to errors of fact as they follow their feelings more than they follow logical analysis. However, following their feelings also means that Healers seldom make errors of feeling.

Healers are often misunderstood as children. In practical minded families, their devotion to idealism may be frowned upon and may even be punished. Most other role variants can shrug off the parental expectations that don’t fit them, but healers are greatly affected by it. They want to please their parents and their siblings and, in attempt to do this, they may mask or hide their differences. This can create inner turmoil within the Healer. Healers are often better at detecting this inner turmoil than other role variants. Healers seek unity of mind, body and spirit, perhaps because of the inner turmoil caused during their upbringing.

Healers are adaptable, patient with complicated situations, and welcoming of new ideas and information. They are impatient with routine details. As they are aware of people’s feelings, Healers relate well with others. They are also comfortable working alone given their private nature. Healers have an interest in scholarly activities and often have exceptional language skills.”

The Counselor was pretty accurate in its own way but The Healer seemed more me than The Counselor did.

Try it for yourself. Maybe you won’t learn anything new about yourself or view yourself from a different light, but maybe you will and gain a new perspective about your personality. Perhaps you will be inspired by yourself!

*These are all pictures of medicinal herbs from my garden.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Melinda permalink
    December 10, 2008 2:11 am

    I took a few different tests, and most results showed an INFJ, but once or twice I came up as an INFP. The INFP has some things that hit home for me, but the INFJ – that really is me!

    The same thing happened with my husband. The first time we thought he was one type that was pretty accurate. But he did some more investigation and came up with a different type that totally fits. I really enjoyed exploring this & learning about myself!

  2. Melinda permalink
    December 10, 2008 2:11 am

    I took a few different tests, and most results showed an INFJ, but once or twice I came up as an INFP. The INFP has some things that hit home for me, but the INFJ – that really is me!

    The same thing happened with my husband. The first time we thought he was one type that was pretty accurate. But he did some more investigation and came up with a different type that totally fits. I really enjoyed exploring this & learning about myself!

  3. Cathy permalink
    December 10, 2008 3:54 pm

    That’s cool–I haven’t taken those tests, but your results sound like me. 🙂

  4. adriana permalink
    December 10, 2008 6:29 pm

    I am an INFP, too, and so is David. Sometimes I come up a bit INFJ, as well. We are all very similar! Not all that surprising.

  5. Kim permalink
    December 11, 2008 1:14 am

    I am also INFP but on the cusp of INFJ…maybe there is reason we are all in the same blogosphere realm together? 😉

  6. Angelina permalink
    December 11, 2008 8:10 pm

    I keep forgetting what I am. I took the test once and two of my blog friends are really into this and kept telling me what I am but I can’t remember. Perhaps I’ll take it again.

  7. Lisa permalink
    December 11, 2008 9:46 pm

    Looks like I am in good company!

    Angelina-I looked on your blog for that past post and you are an ISFJ.

  8. Evelyn permalink
    December 12, 2008 1:54 pm

    Lisa, I took the test and am ISTJ and I must say I think it is pretty accurate. The other part is ISFJ, which is also accurate. I took another test and it also turned out ISFJ. I am posting more on my blog about it. I thought it was pretty interesting.

  9. risa permalink
    December 17, 2008 4:16 am

    I tend to prefer Healers over the others (poor Others! But we all have our place). Your blog is a good resting place, which is a quality Healers provide.

  10. risa permalink
    December 17, 2008 4:16 am

    I tend to prefer Healers over the others (poor Others! But we all have our place). Your blog is a good resting place, which is a quality Healers provide.

  11. Lisa permalink
    December 17, 2008 8:23 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, Risa.

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