So many people answered my question about INFJs, I decided to write an entry about it.
This title mirrors an earlier blog entry title, “The ISFP Problem”. I don’t actually have a problem with INFJs or ISFPs. I just notice a discrepancy in their descriptions and my personal experience with them.
SO, a lot of people said that although rare, INFJs flock to the internet and this is why there are so many of them on tumblr. Here are what some people answered:
lets-play-human answered: I think that, as introverts and outcasts, we flock to the internet. and specifically tumblr. and together.
ispeakfluentloveliness answered: I think types similar to INFJs are the most interested in MBTI. THey want to learn more and spread info. And as introverts, the internet.
lilykit627 answered: INFJ’s enjoy the freedom of self-expression, but hate offending people. Therefore, they hang out on the internet.
I think this is probably true. But that doesn’t explain why I have met so many in my lifetime. I have known more INFJs throughout the course of my life than almost every other type. Perhaps I attract INFJs as friends? Perhaps INFJs run in my family? I just wonder how rare they really are, considering these facts.
A lot of people commented that INFJs are perhaps particularly interested in Myers-Briggs and like to talk a lot about being INFJs, more so than other types. This may be true, which again explains why there appear to be so many on tumblr.
It is possible that I have known a considerable amount of INFJs because of my interests and area of study. There seem to be more INFJs in the arts than there do in other subjects. However, one person answered that they believe the “rareness” of INFJs is completely untrue:
lampimeanspond answered: That’s actually a myth. I’m an INFJ and I know at least three other ones personally, and yeah, the internet is full of us! Haha.
Based on my experience, I relate to this response the most. I don’t mean to say that INFJs are in fact a very popular type, but rather that they aren’t as rare as many descriptions claim. It’s an odd aspect of a personality to focus on, but a lot of INFJs seem to pride themselves on it. And I know a lot of INFJs.
Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe it’s cocky of me to believe I know better than statistics. I’m just saying, it’s possible too that statistics got it wrong.