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A peek into the brain of Mark Palacios.  The Meyers-Briggs results while not 100% accurate are generally true.


Strengths Finders Results

 Learner A great desire to learn and want to continuously improve.  The process of learning rather than the outcome excites me. 
 Ideation Fascinated by ideas.  Able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
 Strategic Creating alternative ways to proceed.  With any given scenario, can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
 Activator Can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.  Often impatient.
 Intellection Characterized by intellectual activity.  Quite introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

"Business success comes from strengthening your strengths, not from strengthening your weaknesses.  ~ Peter Drucker


Meyers-Briggs Results

INFP - The Idealist

 I  Introversion INFPs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extraverts gain energy).
 N  Intuition INFPs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details, and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities
 F  Feeling INFPs tend to value personal considerations above objective criteria. When making decisions, they often give more weight to social implications than to logic
 P  Perception
INFPs tend to withhold judgment and delay important decisions, preferring to "keep their options open" should circumstances change.

General

INFPs are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life.  They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves.  Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit.

INFPs are highly intuitive and rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life.  They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things.  Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP's value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life.

Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease.  Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people.  This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante.

INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it.  They make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand people's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.

INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause.   When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they're interested in, it usually becomes a "cause" for them.  Although they are not generally detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their "cause".

When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.

INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkard and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper.  They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good.

INFPs can accomplish great and wonderful things.  Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs

Carreers

INFPs generally have the following traits:

  • Strong value systems
  • Warmly interested in people
  • Service-oriented, usually putting the needs of others above their own
  • Loyal and devoted to people and causes
  • Future-oriented
  • Growth-oriented; always want to be growing in a positive direction
  • Creative and inspirational
  • Flexible and laid-back, unless a ruling principle is violated
  • Sensitive and complex
  • Dislike dealing with details and routine work
  • Original and individualistic - "out of the mainstream"
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Prefer to work alone, and may have problems working on teams
  • Value deep and authentic relationships
  • Want to be seen and appreciated for who they are
  • Driven to do something meaningful and purposeful with their lives

It's worth mentioning that nearly all of the truly great writers in the world have been INFPs.

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