Hello! :) A few months ago my mom took the mbti test and got INFJ. I wasn't surprised, but I found myself strangely annoyed. At the time, my mom and I were tense with each other. Anyway I have been studying the functions and I keep insisting to myself that my mom isn't an INFJ, but I'm not sure if I'm letting my emotions get the better of me, so here is my question: do you have any tips for identifying an adult INFJ who has depression and PTSD? Sorry if this is too vague. Thank you!
Tests are not always reliable, either because of the quality of the test itself or the way the questions are understood by the taker, among other reasons. The fact that it didn’t surprise you is what makes the result seem more legit.
The positive aspect is that since she already is an adult, her personality is already well based and visible. Mental health characteristics can sometimes blur the MBTI ones, but it is ultimately possible to identify both. The ‘difficult’ aspect of this situation is that it can more challenging to type your own parents.
Spotting and INFJ:
- They prefer to direct their mental energy inwardly. This is not equivalent, although often come hand in hand, to being recharged by alone time or by social interacting [high Ni + low Se].
- Highly intuitive. They are often right. Note that INFJs also tend to get drown in their own preconceptions and assumptions [high Ni + tertiary Ti].
- Likes abstract order (which is not the same as being a super organised person) [dominant Ni]
- Extremely detailed observers. This is especially applicable to the understanding of people’s needs, personalities, tricks and lies, etc [high Fe+Ni].
(This is a little extra note that no-one asked for. You are not your mum, even if you both share the same type. One thing I like about this psychological theory is that it takes human complexity into consideration, rather than trying to make individuals fit into narrow boxes and simplified labels. Your mum is unique and so are you).
If you want us to list more traits don’t hesitate to ask.