Getting Acquainted With INFJ

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We all feel a certain sense of excitement when make the acquaintance of a new and interesting person. Learning about them, their interests, and what drives them can be like diving into a new story or book. It can feel like the start of a new adventure—but what if that new acquaintance we met was ourself? What if we had discovered aspects and traits about ourselves that might have been there all along but, upon inspection, somehow felt brand new? During my English 1301 class, we explored the sixteen personality types found in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the four dichotomies that indicate our psychological preferences for how we perceive the world and make decisions. I have identified closely with the INFJ (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging) personality type in several ways. When I was younger, I seemed to demonstrate what would be considered extrovertive traits. I was sociable, popular, and often considered the “life of the party.” It was in my junior year of high school that my introversion (I) really began to show itself as one of my primary personality preference. I noticed that hanging around and being social with my friends began to feel downright wearisome at times. I would often break away from everyone and shuffle off to some secluded corner just to be free of distractions. Somehow, my internal world just seemed so much more interesting than the external one. It was refreshing to get away from all of the ridiculous clamoring, and it allowed me
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