Of any personality type, INFPs are the most obsessed with personality typology and if you meet an INFP that knows what personality typology is, he or she will be highly likely to ask you about your personality type. It is a system by which we can understand ourselves, a system by which we can understand the rest of the world, a system by which we can understand our interaction with the world. For our entire lives, we have felt fundamentally orthogonal to the world. Many of us have felt tremendous pain over how poorly we feel understood and how important it is that we feel understood.
So many of us flock to this system because it finally explains who we are.
And it praises us for it. It is not surprising that we like this system; virtually every summary of the type includes highly complimentary language…at least from our perspective.
- meaning in life
- good listeners
- value system
- good mediators
- fighting passionately for a cause
- talented writers
- dislike of conflict
While many of us look down upon our tendencies, it is only due to the expectations of a society that places practical value on the opposite of our nature. All of us need to recognize that we were not designed for that system, and our purpose is to provide that which brings balance to this societal force.
Be proud of who you are. Be unabashed in being yourself.
If you’re HURT by people, who share the same blood as you,
…remember Yusuf (alaihis-salaam), who was betrayed by his own brothers.
If you find your PARENTS opposing you,
….remember Ibrahim (alaihis-salaam), whose father helped build the idols.
If you’re STUCK with a problem where there’s no way out,
….remember Yunus (alaihis-salaam) stuck in the belly of a whale.
If you’re ill & your body cries with PAIN,
….remember Ayoob (alaihis-salaam) who was more ill than you.
If someone SLANDERS you,
….remember Ai’sha (radhi allahu anha) who was slandered throughout the city.
If you’re LONELY,
….recall Aadam (alaihis-salaam) who was created alone.
If you CAN’T SEE any LOGIC around you,
…think of Nuh (alaihis-salaam) who built an ark without questioning.
If you are MOCKED by your own relatives;
… think of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
Let’s take a lesson of patience & perseverance from them, in’sha’Allah!