What it feels like to have the rarest personality type in the world

What it feels like to have the rarest personality type in the world

I took the Myers-Briggs personality test for the very first time when I was a sophomore in high school. I’ve always held a love for everything psychology, but the Myers-Briggs test created a very memorable experience for me.

My psychology teacher had every student, in every sophomore class, take the test. At the end, she compiled all the results and created a chart to compare the data. There are 16 different MBTI personality types. For the most part, our small sophomore class of about 100 students had a good mix of them all. Apart from one. At the bottom of the chart was the INFJ personality type, with a whopping total of one student. Can you guess who the student was?

Being 15 at the time, I didn’t exactly love the attention and curiosity from my peers over this newfound fact. But my results did send me off on a search for more information about this strange letter combination that I was suddenly labeled as. I didn’t know any other INFJs (to my knowledge) at the time, so I had to rely on accounts and personal stories from other INFJs on the internet to learn and understand more. One of the first things that stood out to me was the fact that INFJs are the rarest personality type in the world, making up only 1-2% of the entire population. My research led me to many empowering discoveries about INFJs. I felt for the first time in my life that I had a concrete way of explaining the whirlwind of feelings and thoughts in my mind.

Years later, and much research down the brain chute, I can now fully appreciate and understand life as an INFJ and its accompanying traits. But what really made me appreciate being an INFJ was becoming a part of the Praxis community. Through some digging and meeting various participants, I have come to find that there are a large number of INFJ (and high related) personalities in our community. If you are in fact one of those INFJs, you can probably relate to the joyful feeling of finding yourself being understood and operating on the same wavelength as everyone else, for quite possibly the first time in your life.

This discovery got me thinking about what exactly it is about Praxis that attracts so many INFJs. Being an INFJ and having completed 4 official modules in the Praxis program now, I think I’ve gotten a pretty good understanding of that answer. These are the top aligning traits between Praxis and INFJs that I have experienced:

 

A) We are both highly perceptive of others

One of the common complaints among INFJs is that they wish others could understand them the way that they understand others. INFJs have a knack for quickly understanding the way others minds and emotions operate down to the core. They never perceive people or life at just a surface level. In Praxis, we’re often encouraged by the theme of going beyond the surface of things. Whether it’s a job opportunity or project, we constantly look for a way to go deeper, learn more, and understand the most, in order to achieve success.

 

B) We’re both emotional yet rational

Praxis is exciting. And they love to ride on that excitement. In Praxis, we get work done (and a ton of it), but we also have respect and understanding for the underlying emotional important of things. There are advisors available to discuss things like imposter syndrome, stress, worry, doubts, work-life balance, and similar topics. For INFJs, this is a godsend. To be treated like the complex, developed human beings we are while also working toward goals with efficient and effective guidance.

 

C) We’re in a constant state of transformation and betterment 

The number phrase you hear from Praxis alumni is something along the lines of, “…and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed in one years time”. What always separated Praxis from the college experience for me was the level of high personal growth achieved in such a short amount of time. INFJ personalities are notorious for never being satisfied with themselves to the point that they go stagnant. Life is all about using its experiences and resources to look within and become the best version of ourselves that we can be.

 

D) We’re naturally attracted to diving deep

The fact that Praxis has a whole module dedicated to philosophy says a lot. There is a recognition of the importance of being able to form and explore complex thoughts and ideas. INFJs thrive when they’re able to “go deep” in relationships, conversations, and fascinations. It is a quality that they’re constantly developing for use later on in life.

 

E) We are hipsters

Hipsters in the sense that we tend towards schools of thought that aren’t in the mainstream. Just look at the whole ideology behind Praxis. It has taken some serious work (and still takes work) to introduce people to the idea of the traditional college degree being dead. INFJs are known for questioning traditional thoughts and societal standards. This is what makes Praxis such a no-brainer for us.

 

*If you’re interested in finding out what your MBTI personality type is, I recommend taking the test on this website.

 

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