We Rambutans recently took a little personality test just for a bit of fun, and to see what kind of insight (if any) it could give us into ourselves, and each other. Kat was reflecting on the results.
Called the Briggs Meyer 16 Personalities test, it’s formulated as a questionnaire where your responses are collated and calculated; you’re then given a general oversight of your typical preferences and tendencies.
My personality type calculated as an INFJ, basically meaning I tend towards Introversion, with a high percentage of Intuition (I trust my gut instincts impeccably), Feeling (I am more values-driven than data-driven) and Judging (I prefer organised structure to total spontaneity).
On reading into more about INFJs, (there’s a huge amount of this on the internet) I learned a few common traits that I completely relate to; one of these being a need for ‘Alone time’.
Apparently, and I can vouch for this, INFJs not only like, but need their alone time in order to ‘recharge’. They will ‘switch off’ and won’t be bothered with anyone or anything. This isn’t because they are antisocial, they just need time to clear away the clutter of everyday life and find nourishment in solitude. If they don’t get this, they become over-stimulated and stressed.
‘Psychology Today’ highlights a list of some benefits of solitude, something INFJs will totally relate to:
- Solitude allows you to reboot your brain and unwind
- It helps improve concentration and improve creativity
- Solitude gives you a chance to discover yourself and find your own voice
- It provides time for you to think deeply
- It helps you work through problems more effectively
- It can help enhance the quality of your relationships with others
Being alone can have huge benefits in the workplace too. Of course, collaboration and brilliant teamworking are crucial to a smooth, productive and effective workplace (unless you operate a lighthouse). But exceptional creativity is often generated by solitude. Did you know that Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton both worked almost entirely alone? Research by the author of ‘Flow’, Dr Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi found that exceptional creators are more likely to be introverts. Food for thought…
So, how to find that crucial ‘alone time’ in today’s busyness of general life? I find that getting up earlier then I need to before work, so that I can chill with a cup of tea for 20 minutes, gives me some of my best and most productive thinking. For others, simply switching off that phone, TV, or social media for a set amount of time per day will help to unwind and eliminate or at least minimise all those distractions.
Do you spend much time alone? Ever? Does it fill you with dread? Or do you sometimes wonder whether you’re a little bit mad because you prefer to be away from people that bit too often?!
For more info on 16 personalities, or to take the test for yourself, here’s the link: https://www.16personalities.com/
For more info on ‘6 reasons you should spend more time alone’, here’s the link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201201/6-reasons-you-should-spend-more-time-alone