Personality Types and Writing


One of the best things about blogging is that I've been able to connect with so many writers.  In every day life it's not often that I run across people that I feel such an easy connection with.  This happens at conferences as well.  Even though I'm shy, I find myself feeling comfortable and relaxed around other writers.  Is this because we have common ground to discuss?  Is it because writers are just naturally friendly and awesome people?  Or is it something deeper?


In school and for a job, I've had to take the Myers Briggs personality test.  Both times, I got the same result: INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging).  This type is called the Protector, the Counselor Idealist, and sometimes The Author.

Here's a general description:

INFJs are generally compassionate, creative, helpful, and are oftenknown for their integrity. They tend to focus their energy inward andreenergize through spending time on their own. INFJs are typically private andgenerally share their thoughts and feelings with people they know. The INFJ mayalso have a high commitment to their strong value system. They are often guidedby their convictions and may become assertive and persistent if these valuesare violated. An INFJ will often reflect on their intuitions andmay be seen as deep and at times complex. They may get a feeling about something and although they experience difficulty in describing thesefeelings, they are often motivated to act based on these inner thoughts, ideas,visions and hunches. They may not share these intuitive feelings with othersbecause they want to avoid scrutiny.

The INFJ generally sees the long-term, big picturepossibilities. They can be idealistic and often look for new ways to do thingsthrough generating ideas. 
They generally have a focus on continuous improvement and may questionwhether they are in the right place in their lives or whether they are livingup to their potential. The INFJ is also able to see what needsto be done and will work hard to accomplish these tasks. They are generallyorganized in their work but may be more flexible and unplanned in theirpersonal lives. (source)
There are a number of careers suggested for this type including social work and human resources (both of the careers I've done).  And although INFJ's are the rarest of all the personality types (1-2%), they are highly represented amongst writers...
An INFJ excels at writing on topics that they are passionateabout and will often infuse their values and ideas into theirwriting. ManyINFJs do well at writing novels and also excel at writing nonfiction thatappeals to the feelings of their audience. They are usually drawn to personaltopics and may experience difficulty in writing on other areas. They are generallysensitive to how people react to their writing and need to be cautious not totake feedback too personally. An INFJ may also potentially designate part oftheir day for writing. The INFJ is the most likely of all the MBTI® types to havetheir writing published. (source)
Okay, that last line makes me happy, lol.
So, I'm starting to wonder if the reason why I connect so easily with other writers is because at a personality level, we're similar.  And since the type is the rarest, we don't run across others like us on a regular basis.  Now I know not every writer is this type.  I've met more than my fair share of extroverted writers, but still I find it interesting.
This also gives me an excuse to use on why I'm a writer--I can't help it, it's ingrained in my makeup, lol.
If you want to find out your type, you can check out a quiz here.


Oh, and before I forget, Suzette and Bethany over at Shooting Stars are doing a fab contest with prizes such as a query crit.  Go stop by and enter!

So what do you think?  Do you know your Myers Briggs type?  Do you find you have quick connection to other writers?


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