Are You an Idealist Type in the Myers-Briggs System?
Discover Your Dominant Jungian Functions Right Now, and
Through the year, working in the counseling and teaching professions, I have found that by answering four simple questions, most individuals can figure out their dominant Jungian functions and therefore their Myers-Briggs temperament profile, in less than two minutes!
Carl Jung (INFP in the Myers Briggs Temperament System)
A few however, need to take a complete test called the Myers Briggs or, alternatively, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. At the end of this article you will get a link to the KTS. However, try first these four simple questions
Please answer these 4 simple questions:
1- Are you more an introverted, reserved type of person (I), or you are more extroverted outgoing and social (E)?
2- Are you a more abstract, Intuitive type of person (N), or you are more practical and down to earth (S)?
3- Are you more a feeling, empathic and diplomatic type of person (F), or you are more a thinker, tough-minded and direct individual (T)?
4- Are you more easy going, go with the flow, being in the moment and spontaneous (P), or you are more organized, scheduled, methodical and goal oriented? (J)
I stands for Introverted type, E for extroverted, N for Intuitive, S for Sensing, F for Feeling, T for Thinker, J for Judging, P for Probing.
According to your answers to the four previous questions, put together the four letters indicating your dominant Jungian functions for each pair.
Are You an Idealist (NF)?
Idealists can be INFP, ENFP, INFJ or ENFJ. In the Myers-Briggs System,
NFs are a minority, about 10% of the population, and their values are very different from the mainstream values of our society. This gap produces immense challenges for the Idealist. Such challenges cannot be
Furthermore, the idealist has to come to embrace their type so deeply, that they truly do not care to fit in the mainstream. The mainstream is driven by values belonging to other types, which are embraced by a more numerous crowd -- the types that have a higher proportion of the population.
The INFP is called the Healer
The implications of being an Idealist type can be staggering. To discover that you are an Idealist type, and truly understand what this means, can have a tremendous impact in your life. If based on your answers to the above questions you suspect that you could belong to this group, please
The Jungian Functions of the Personality
Carl Jung, an INFP himself, was highly intuitive, and made extraordinary contributions to the field of spiritual psychology. Possibly his greatest and most ignored insight, was that the human personality has four pair of functions. These are:
1- Extroversion vs. Introversion (E/I)
Each individual has a dominant and a subdued function for each pair.
If in your case Introversion (I) dominates over Extroversion (E) you will present as a reserve individual (I type). Conversely you'll come across as more social, if you are an type (E type). You will have always both
If in your case the Intuitive function (N) dominates over the Sensing function (S) you will come across as an abstract intuitive individual (N type).
If in your case the Feeling function (F) dominates over the Thinking function (T) you will come across as an empathic, caring individual. Viceversa
If in your case the Probing function (P) dominates over the Judging function (J) you will come across as an easy going, go with the flow, being in moment, spontaneous individual (P type). Viceversa you'll come across as a goal oriented, organized, scheduled and methodical individual. You
INFP: You are an INFP if your dominant functions are Introversion, Intuition, Feeling and Probing. The INFP is called the Healer type in the
ESTJ: You are an ESTJ if your dominant functions are Extroversion,
ENFJ: You are and ENFJ if your dominant functions are: Extroversion, Intuition, Feeling and Judging.
and so on...
In the Myers-Briggs system there are four main groups or types
SP: Sensing Probing individuals, are called Artisans (about 40% of the population)
The Idealist, NF, Personality
The main talents of the Idealist personality are as follow:
1- Excellent communicators
Martin Luther King Jr
Siddhartha (The Buddha)
The NF Confusion
In the many years working with the Myers- Briggs system as a counselor and teacher, I have consistently found that my idealist clients, especially younger ones, were significantly confused about "who they were " and what they were supposed to do with their lives. Such confusion is natural considering that the values of the Idealist are quite different from the values of mainstream society, and considering that the gentle nature of the Idealist personality wants to please and longs to fit in. In addition, because of the rarity of this type, during the formative years the Idealist will rarely have good role models who exemplify how to live an authentic life, honoring the NF nature. In this world, the majority are critical of the NF's values and priorities.
Being part of a minority race can be quite a challenge, in a prejudiced world like ours. Similarly, being a minority from a typological perspective can be just as challenging, and with the difficulty being augmented by the fact that the individual is often unaware that he or she belongs to a minority group. They are often left having to endure the pain of not fitting in, or being ostracized for their style and values.
If they are fortunate, there comes a time when the young idealist begins to discover their personal and soul power. Learning about their type, greatly helps in this process. If you suspect that a friend or relative is an Idealist type, consider sending them a link to this page. You may indeed make them a GREAT favor.
BOHI -- A School of higher education for the Intuitive Feeling Types (NF) (Idealists)
Although Idealists are only 10% of the population, we have found through the years that about 80% of our students are Idealist types.
The Brain Optimization™ Holistic Institute provides a safe harbor for the Idealist to reclaim his or her power and begin the journey towards the manifestation of their mission in life. BOHI appeals to the Idealist, not only because of the type of profession that the Institute offers, but also because of its mentoring approach to higher education, where each student is treated as a unique person with unique needs. BOI provides an environment that is easy going, free of useless rules, tests, pressures, and stress. The academic programs have depth but at the same time are practical, and they are constantly personalized according to the academic and personal needs of the student.
Are you an INFP? What Does this Mean?
From the perspective of the theory of the evolution of the soul, it takes hundreds of lifetimes to attain the proper balance and truly develop the 8 Jungian functions. But a well developed soul not only has developed the 8 Jungian functions, it has also realized that the left brain with its four functions (ESTJ) should be the servant of the right brain (INFP) and NOT viceversa. In ZEN Buddhism parlance: the Buddha nature should be in charge of the ego -- and not vice-versa. This is why it is said that the INFP is the most spiritual of all types. IF you are an INFP you may have attained the proper dominance of the right brain over the left brain. However, you may still need to develop your ESTJ left brain functions.
I have also met ESTJ individuals who have developed their INFP functions considerably. Therefore, they have attained a significant development of the 8 Jungian functions, with the only remaining step in their evolution being the shift from the left to the right brain dominance. Once this is attained, the chances for enlightenment are optimized.
There are other types participating in our programs SP, SJ and NT types. Guardian (SJ) and Rational (NT) Types have been especially receptive to our personalized approach to education. It is always a pleasure to work with other types reminding us of the great and beautiful variety of our Universe.
In case that the BOHI's Brief Temperament Inventory was not enough for you to realize your type, or, you want to find a description of your type, please follow the link below. You will find the Kerisey Temperament Sorter with 70 questions, and in
"Please Understand Me II" by David Keirsey. It includes the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The book sold 2,000,000
Link to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter:
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