Apparently, I’m an INTJ (39/365)

MBTI personality tests have bee around for a very long time. I remember Tumblr profiles having them in the bio, and aesthetics of each personality was categorised through fashion. Now, being a sucker for these kinds of tests I’ve been doing them every few years just to see if I get the same results.

First time I took the test I was an INFJ, which was the mediator. I stuck to this type for quite a few years however, I took the test a few weeks ago and now I’m INTJ, the architect. So what does this mean? Am I a completely different person now.

It’s important to take these with a grain of salt, we you first have to answer every question in the extremes to get a good read on you, and also personality is such a wide concept that it’s hard to fully grasp what someone is like.

Personality page describes INTJ as ‘Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking’, which I would say describes me pretty well. I’m always identified as more of a mix between introvert and extrovert, but my thoughts and ways of dealing with situations are definitely more on the extroverted spectrum.

My one way of debunking this is that INTJ’s are described as very logical and strategic and as much as I’d love to write here and claim these traits, it is not true. I have my moments, but I wouldn’t say I’m very logical as I do let my emotions run wild, and my strategic brain only kicks in when I truly need it to.

One thing that’s accurate is what 16personalities site says about the personality type – “With a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of “bookworm” as children”. I was definitely a geeky child who loved reading books and learning was my passion. I remember reading up on worldwide currency at the age of 8, so it’s safe to say my interests were very niche as a child. I did bare the brunt of this in the many primary schools I went to, but in true Fatima fashion, I did not give a shit.

” A paradox to most observers, INTJs are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense – at least from a purely rational perspective. For example, INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict. But this is because INTJ types tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results. Yet that cynical view of reality is unlikely to stop an interested INTJ from achieving a result they believe to be relevant.”

This is 100% accurate and honestly, it’s a difficult one to explain, so I will concede on a few points and say that the MBTI personality system is an interesting and sometimes accurate way of defining a personality. However, like I stated earlier – take it with a grain of salt.

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