Today, my life has changed and it will never be the same. Today, I found out that I have been alive for only 16 days. Today, I no longer know whether my thoughts, my words, my very existence is really me, or whether I am just a puppet for my writer.
Today, I have perceived a new dimension that I did not know existed. I have found out that I, DRAGONE, am not really real. I am not flesh and blood. Apparently I am a character that has been invented by my writer, the man that is typing these very words that you are reading. I don’t know what to think anymore.
My writer has taken this step, to interfere with my natural evolution as he puts it, so that I can talk about him. This seems to me like a convoluted way to communicate, but apparently I am not real so what do I know?
My writer would like me to talk about Myers-Briggs personality theory. Specifically, he would like to convey his thoughts on his type, the INFP, but has to do it through me, DRAGONE. You see, I am an extrovert and more direct than he is, an ENTP to be precise.
For those of you who don’t know, Myers-Briggs personality theory categorizes each individual by four letters. His I stands for Introvert, my E stands for Extrovert, yadda yadda yadda. The characteristics of extroverts are easier to spot because extroverts show them to you. Introverts on the other hand conceal their true personalities except to those closest to them. They are usually misunderstood by almost everyone.
The four letters that supposedly describe your personality are actually just being mirrored back to you in disguise. They give you the impression of a deeper awareness but really they just mimic back a summary of whatever questionnaire you took to arrive at those four letters. It’s like telling your therapist the details of all the times you mistakenly thought your girlfriend was lying and cheating on you, and your therapist announcing to you at the end of the session that you have trust issues. Wow, what insight!
Those four letters, however, are very important to get right, because each of the 16 different possible combinations of letters has a unique order of what are called cognitive functions. Getting one of the four letters wrong is not just getting 25% of your personality misrepresented. It completely changes your cognitive functions, and the order of your cognitive functions, which means that it completely changes your personality type.
So what are these cognitive functions? I’m not going to go through them all and explain every last detail. You can use Google just as easily as I can. Instead I’ll just give you the first two for the INFP, my beloved writer’s type. He would like to tell you a bit about himself, and specifically call out some common misunderstandings of INFPs. Even though he may be a bit of an unusual INFP, his INFP-ness is demanding that he and his type not be misunderstood. (He wants to make a lame joke about his INFP-ness, but I won’t let him. Holy Matrix red pill, Batman, who really is in control of this blog anyways?)
The INFP’s dominant cognitive function is Introverted Feeling. Being introverted, it is not readily noticeable to the casual observer. INFPs, to the outside world, can sometimes look like they’re stone cold and devoid of emotion. Aloof perhaps. But on the inside, nothing could be further from the truth. INFPs have a very strong sense of morality which is wrapped up tight with a thick emotional blanket. They are completely convinced of the beliefs that they hold. They are incapable of being disingenuous to their beliefs as that would violate their sense of integrity.
The INFP’s secondary (auxiliary) cognitive function is Extroverted Intuition. In short, they are drawn to the “big picture” rather than small details. They are able to find connections between ideas and events that others see as unrelated. This is because they are great at recognizing complex patterns. This leads to creativity in solving problems.
My writer has a problem with some of the so-called expert analysis of the INFP type. On one site he read that it is impossible for INFPs to be police officers, boxers, in the military, and so on. This is because INFPs are stereotyped as gentle, peaceful, loving souls. Well my writer is indeed such a soul, but he also loves competing in and watching what others might call “violent” sports. This is not because he enjoys violence, he actually can’t stand any sort of aggression or uncalled for assertiveness. He enjoys one on one competition for the emotional intimacy of it. Perhaps you may have witness two fighters hug each after competition. If you have not experienced this, then you may not understand it, but there is a strong emotional connection occurring which draws in the INFP type.
That is it. He thought he would have more to say, but that was intense enough for him. My writer just wanted to say that not all INFPs appear as thin, book-wormy, hippy-types, and it bothers him that even some other INFPs don’t realize this. They are introverts after all, and are probably concealing more than anyone realizes. My writer wants to be understood, and especially by those who make a genuine effort at understanding people.
Believe it or not, this was very difficult for him to get me to say. Very difficult. He does not like to be exposed. Well often he does, but sometimes he really doesn’t. But how else can one be understood?
Editing note: This blog, or whatever you want to call it, is best read while listening to the Smashing Pumpkin’s “Cherub Rock”. This is DRAGONE’s editing, in case you were wondering.