Well, I decided to do my Myers-Briggs test again today (avoiding work today?), and it turns out I’m still an INFP. That personality type is described as follows,
INFPs are introspective, private, creative and highly idealistic individuals that have a constant desire to be on a meaningful path. They are driven by their values and seek peace. Empathetic and compassionate, they want to help others and humanity as a whole. INFPs are imaginitive, artistic and often have a talent for language and writing. They can also be described as easygoing, selfless, guarded, adaptable, patient and loyal.
You know, this seems right. Notice, the Myers-Briggs stuff never says anything really negative. It’s kind of like a personality horoscope in some ways, don’t you think? I mean really…are there only 16 different types of people in the world!? Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed using the tool and learning about myself through it.
I did have a counselor when I first started going through the whole process for ordination say, “You do realize that there are very few INFP pastors who are in large Churches, don’t you?” It was as if he was saying I couldn’t be the kind of pastor he saw as ideal because of personality limitations. The great thing was that he then said, “In fact, the only INFP pastor I can think of is Eugene Peterson…” I nearly wept with joy to hear the connection with a pastor I really admire! I think his original statement is a little bit suspect, because we all grow to function outside of our comfort zone personality-wise. Anyway, I’m sure he’s still somewhere in Dallas defining folks’ ministerial potential by their Myers-Briggs profile.