If the ongoing fascination with astrology, personality tests, psychics, and the like is any indication, humans are innately curious creatures who are constantly trying to understand themselves. The Myers-Briggs personality test, in particular, has remained popular since its creation back in the 1950s—perhaps because its four-letter categorization is simple and intelligible enough for anyone to understand. Some of the 16 different personality types are more common than others, but the rarest Myers-Briggs personality type is so elusive, only 1.5% of people who take the test get it.
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The Myers-Briggs Personality Test
The Myers-Briggs personality test helps makes the personality types C.G. Jung described useful and easy to understand. The basic concept is that variations in behavior among people are due to differences in the ways people use their perception and judgment. There are 16 unique personality types, broken down into four-letter acronyms. You can either be E or I (extraverted or introverted), S or N (sensing or intuition), T or F (thinking or feeling), and J or P (judging or perceiving).
The Rarest Myers-Briggs Personality Type
If you are or know someone who is an INFJ, which stands for introversion, intuition, feeling, and judging, you've met the rarest personality type there is. Roughly 1.5% of people who take the test score this elusive four-letter combination—and this statistic comes straight from The Myers & Briggs Foundation itself.
INFJs are described as "idealists," and are both creative and fair-minded people who see the world "not the way it is, but the way they think it should be," explains the publication. "INFJs are big-picture thinkers. Rather than help individuals, they look for ways to change the system."
Ann C. Holm, a life coach and psychologist from the University of Michigan, believes that INFJs have highly complex personalities, and even dubs them "mysterious." "INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large," she writes on her blog. "They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they are so genuinely interested in people. Yet, INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out those closest to them."
She regards this habitual "about-face" as the "most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character," she explains. "They are like Russian nesting dolls. When one doll is exposed, another one lies inside."
Additional INFJ Personality Types
It's possible to be more than just an INFJ, however. There's been a recent addition to the personality types, adding on two more that stem from INFJs— INFJ-As (assertive) and INFJ-Ts (turbulent). An INFJ-A is likely to be more confident and relaxed, while an INFJ-T will question themself more and be more sensitive to stress. It's believed that INFJ-Ts are more prevalent than INFJ-As, based on Google search data for the different personality types. This could be due to INFJ's innate sensitivity and their strength of feelings.