What do all the letters and numbers in your description mean? LOVE ur blog 💙
Thank you very much for the compliment, anon! As to your question, these terms refer to different personality theories that I’m extremely obsessed with (my obsession is a bit embarrassing tbh lmao), that I could readily write extensive analyses about them. But I’m sure that you’re just curious to know what those letters and numbers refer to, so I’ll try my best to give a not-so-wearisome answer without adding much confusing jargon. However, if you are interested to know what they actually mean, you may access the links that I’ve provided by clicking the first character of each *term* in my description.
- INFJ is one of the sixteen types of Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a typological theory created by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs-Myers based on the psychological types theory that was proposed by Carl Jung. Unfortunately, a lot of faux-MBTI tests available online (*cough* I’m talking about 16personalities and humanmetrics *cough*) determine people’s types based on outward behaviours or personal preferences alone, and suggest that types could simply be defined by letter dichotomies (e.g. I vs. E, N vs. S, etc.). Contrary, MBTI actually focuses on a person’s cognitive process; it analyzes and explains how a person thinks. When you study the theory comprehensively, you would learn about cognitive functions and “function stack”—this determines how each type processes information and makes decisions. Basically, this describes the “position” of the cognitive functions in the type’s cognitive process, and a person’s natural inclination/ preference to use each function. Each type has four primary cognitive functions in their stack: dominant, auxiliary, tertiary, inferior. I dare not make this response a more verbose read (as it probably already is) by giving a more thorough explanation, but the gist is, the theory is a lot more complex than letter dichotomies. That said, each type is defined by a unique functional stacking, and INFJ is defined by its functional stack: introverted intuition (Ni), extraverted feeling (Fe), introverted thinking (Ti), extraverted sensing (Se).
- 5w6 512 are terms that pertain to the Enneagram of Personality, a typological system which explores nine different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that arise from inner motivation, fear and desire. 5w6 means that its core type is Type 5 and has a Type 6 wing. I know that it might sound totally baffling, but, those who assent to the “wing theory” suggest that “wings” do not alter core structure, on the contrary, “wings” add potential characteristics to one’s core type. Like MBTI, Enneagram could initially be a daunting theory as well with all the stereotypes and deviations propounded. However, the most basic principle of the theory is understanding one’s core motivation, fear and desire. Hence, an Enneatype 5’s basic desire is to be capable and competent; and with direct opposition to that, its basic fear is the state of being useless or incapable. Type 5s are usually referred to as “The Thinker” or “The Observer”. General descriptions typically associated with the Enneatype 5 are curious, detached, focused, observant, insightful, studious, complex, perceptive, profound, unsentimental, exploratory, cerebral and independent. In addition, 512 is an Enneagram tritype. Tritype theory explains that an individual employs one Enneatype in each center of intelligence: Head (Enneatype 5,6,7), Gut (Enneatype 8,9,1) and Heart (Enneatype 2,3,4) though the core type is inherently dominant in a person. I believe that Enneagram, again like MBTI, is a map towards self-awareness of one’s potential for growth and development.
- sx/so means that an individual has an instinctual subtype stacking of sexual-dominant and social-secondary (and self-preservation blind). In addition to Enneagram types, the theory suggests that individuals had developed basic instincts which are of biological vital importance and aid in human survival. These are referred to as instinctual variants/ subtypes. At its very essence, sexual instinct does not refer to libido or sexual desire, and does not necessarily allude to romantic interests. According to the theory, sexual instinct craves for intense experiences and connections in order to “complete” the individual inside. Though this instinct is usually associated into searching for that “all-consuming” intimate relationships, I totally concur that a sx-dom’s flare to look for intense experiences or connections could not only be found and embodied by another individual—it could be manifested by an idea, hobby or any other personal interest. Personally, the words that I attach to the sexual variant are: fixation, intensity and intimacy. And despite the fact that I somehow agree with Type 5 sx/so’s general descriptions as the “intimate Five” who usually gravitate towards one-one-one relationships, my “search for an ultimate kind of connection does not only center on relationship with a lover or life partner”. (x) Thus, though I greatly value my attachment with people I genuinely care about, my fixation, intensity and intimacy does not only revolve around them, but I’m also deeply passionate about subjects and ideologies that I took an engrossing interest at.
- RLOAI is one of the 32 SLOAN types according to the Global 5 adaptation of the Big 5 personality traits. Gah, I know that sounds quite taxing already if you’re not familiar with any of those. I believe that the Big 5 model is one of the most distinguished personality theories proposed and is widely accepted by professionals in the field of Psychology. The Big 5 describes five personality traits which are: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism (OCEAN). Consequently, the Global 5 adaptation of the Big 5 consist of five elements, with each element having two oppositional type extremes: Extraversion (Social vs. Reserved), Emotional Stability (Limbic vs. Calm), Orderliness (Organized vs. Unstructured), Accommodation (Accommodating vs. Egocentric), and Intellect (Non-curious vs. Inquisitive). (x) I believe that similar to other personality theories, the factor called “Intellect” does not intend to measure one’s intelligence, but aims to assess one’s interest and/or curiosity to gain more intellectual knowledge. I’m RLOAI (with primary Inquisitive) so it means that I’m Reserved, Limbic, Organized, Inquisitive.
I really apologize for the lengthy (and possibly tedious) response. But thank you for your inquiry, anon!
P.S. Writing the Enneagram and sx/so stacking (ESPECIALLY the sx/so stacking!) parts made me feel like I wrote a critical hack for others to get pass my layers of vulnerability.
Nope, I’m still very elusive™, sorry xD