I’m an INFP according to Myers Briggs personality test. I’ve been accused of being an extrovert, but while I exhibit some extroverted tendencies, I definitely recharge when I’m alone.
What does INFP mean? It’s one of 16 personality types. See all the types here and take a miniature version of the personality type test here. INFPs are referred to as “Idealists”. If you know me, stop snickering. Here’s one of my favorite write ups on the INFP personality:
INFPs are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves. INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. The INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.
INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people’s conflicts, because they intuitively understand people’s perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.
INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they’re interested in, it usually becomes a “cause” for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their “cause”.
When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.
INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don’t give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than other members’ of the group. In group situations, they may have a “control” problem. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of every day living.
In order to know me, you have to know the things that I love. Well, technically you also need to know the things that I hate, but we’ll save that for later. I narrowed the list to a manageable size. Maybe we have something in common.
Things I love:
- real people
- the presence of God
- moleskine journals
- journaling at coffee shops
- soft, comfy jeans
- starchy foods
- dairy (butter, cheese, cream, yogurt, milk)
- dallas cowboys
- dallas mavericks
Growing up in suburban DFW isn’t as romantic and exciting as Boston, Brooklyn, or Philadelphia. So be it. I grew up in Bedford, Texas, a small town between Dallas and Fort Worth. At the age of 18, I had a supernatural encounter that led me to Jesus. I gave my heart and life to the Lord, and began thinking, feeling, and living differently. Shortly after, I began a nine month church-based School of Discipleship shortly after to establish a biblical foundation in my life.
After a two year hiatus post high school, I attended two local community colleges before transferring to Dallas Baptist University to major in English. While at DBU, I was a member of the Pew Honor Society and was President of the local Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society my senior year. I also spent Fall of 2001 abroad studying literature, art, and philosophy in Copenhagen, Denmark, before graduating with an BA in English from DBU.
I am a writer at heart. I discovered blogging shortly after college. I have owned more blogs than I care to admit. Web marketing took me on a lengthy sabbatical from writing, and I long to return to writing for writing’s sake in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve purchased land in Middle Tennessee where our family has begun practicing some permaculture homesteading principles as we prepare to produce our own food.
My wife and I run a business at Mommypotamus.com. It’s a blog about real traditional foods, natural remedies, and detailed research on a variety of health, wellness, pregnancy, and baby related topics.
Other Places I Contribute
Check out my updates on homesteading at Blogsteading.com.
I discuss a worldview of permaculture creationism at CultureFeast.com
I am drawn to people who are:
- Aware of their unique giftings and purpose
- Focused and highly skilled in those gifts
- Passionate about what they do
- Excellent communicators
I want to hear from you. Drop me a note on my contact page.
~ Daniel D.