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Are You an Idealist Type in the Myers-Briggs System?
Take Here the BOHI's Brief Temperament Inventory and Find Out
-- Based on Jungian Psychology

Discover Your Dominant Jungian Functions Right Now, and
Figure-out Your Myers-Briggs Profile

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)
July 26, 1875 - June 6, 1961

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
and you may get the right answer in a few seconds. That answer
has the power to change your life; providing you understand
its profound implications. And to understand these implications
please read this article all the way to the end.

BOHI Brief Temperament Inventory

The Myer-Briggs' Types, resulting from the most reliable
temperament system, should be at the very foundation of
Western Psychology -- Gian Girardi, MS, MA, BOHI Founder

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.

These group of 4 letters is your Myers-Briggs type (for example: INFP).
To understand what these four letters mean please keep reading.
To confirm your results you will be directed to a longer
test at the end of this article.



Are You an Idealist (NF)?


Idealists can be INFP, ENFP, INFJ or ENFJ. In the Myers-Briggs System,
the Intuitive Feeling (NF) types, are called the "Idealists"

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
resolved properly until the idealist deeply understands their
type and how it fits, and how it does not fit, in mainstream society.

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.
However, these mainstream values are not necessarily closer
to the Truth. Embrace's of one's type requires not only the
study of typology, but also significant maturity.

The INFP is called the Healer
The INFJ is called the Counselor
The ENFP is called the Champion
The ENFJ is called the Teacher


What Does Being an N, Idealist Type Could Mean to You?

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
continue reading.

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)
2- Sensing vs. Intuition (S/N)
3- Thinking vs. Feeling (T/F)
4- Judging vs. Probing (also called Perceiving) (J/P)

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
functions (Introversion and Extroversion) but one of them
will be dominant.

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).
Viceversa you'll come across as a practical, down to earth
individual (S type). You will always have both functions
(Intuition and Sensing) but one of them will be dominant.

If in your case the Feeling function (F) dominates over the Thinking function (T) you will come across as an empathic, caring individual. Viceversa
you'll come across as a thinker, and more tough-minded individual.
(T type) You will always have both functions (Feeling and Thinking)
but one of them will be dominant.

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
will always have both functions (Probing and Judging) but
one of them will be dominant.




Myers and Briggs were two psychologists; mother and daughter and both NF type. They created the most advanced typological system called the Myers-Briggs System. This system combines the four Jungian pairs of functions
in all its 16 possible combinations and describes
each personality type.

For example:

INFP: You are an INFP if your dominant functions are Introversion, Intuition, Feeling and Probing. The INFP is called the Healer type in the
Myers-Brigg system.

ESTJ: You are an ESTJ if your dominant functions are Extroversion,
Sensing, Thinking and Judging.

ENFJ: You are and ENFJ if your dominant functions are: Extroversion, Intuition, Feeling and Judging.

and so on...


Are You an Artisan, Guardian, Idealist or Rational Type?

In the Myers-Briggs system there are four main groups or types

SP: Sensing Probing individuals, are called Artisans (about 40% of the population)
SJ: Sensing Judging individuals, are called Guardians (about 40% of the population)
NF: Intuitive Feeling individuals, are called Idealists (about 10% of the population)
NT: Intuitive Thinking Individuals are called Rationals (about 10% of the population)



The Idealist, NF, Personality

The main talents of the Idealist personality are as follow:

1- Excellent communicators
2- Empathy
3- Diplomatic intelligence
4- Intuitiion
5- Aspiration to be a sage (Self-realization)
6- Democratic
7- Altruistic
8- Enthusiastic
9- Benevolent and Kind
10- Harmonizers
11- Catalyst for change
12- Authentic (when some maturity has been reached)
13- Cooperative in implementing goals
14- Great healers, teachers, counselors, mentors, life coaches, writers, and social reformers.
15- Abstract thinkers
16- Capable of managing and sharing enormous amount of information.



Well-Known Idealists


Mohandas Gandhi,
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”


Martin Luther King Jr
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching
spiritual death."


Mikhail Gorbachev
"Tear down this wall! And save the planet"


Oprah Winfrey
"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around."


Albert Schweitzer
"You don't live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too."


Carl Roger
“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make [space] for uniqueness.”


Abraham Maslow
"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself."


Carl Jung
"We should not pretend to understand the world ONLY by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy"


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."


Siddhartha (The Buddha)
"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed."


Princess Diana.
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running
wherever they are.”

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?

Introversion, Intuition, Feeling and Probing (INFP functions) are right brain functions. Extroversion, Sensing, Thinking and Judging (ESTJ functions) are left brain functions. We need the eight Jungian functions well developed to become integrated individuals.

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.

BOHI and Other Types

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
that same website description of all the types.

Recommended literature:

"Please Understand Me II" by David Keirsey. It includes the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The book sold 2,000,000
copies without advertisement.

Link to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter:



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Brain Optimization™ Holistic Institute's broadcasting and recording studio for online classes and coaching sessions is presently located in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. Students from adjacent cities and locations like Pasadena, Studio City, San Fernando Valley, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Irvine and Orange County can take the Coaching Sessions in person, on Skype or on the phone. Students living in cities and locations further away in the States or abroad like San Francisco, San Diego, New York, North and South Carolina, Miami, London England, Paris France, Rome and Milan Italy, Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, Santiago Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ecuador, Quito, Montreal, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, New Zealand, Hawaií, Kauai, Maui, Kenya, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta in India, Hong Kong and Shanghai in China, Taipei in Taiwan, can take the one-on-one coaching sessions on Skype or phone.

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