Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Psalms 35:1
In my quest to learn about God, I learned something very interesting about myself during one of my classes this semester. According to the Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological (HumanMetrics) assessment, my personality is that of a Rational. From the four kinds of Rationals (ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, INTP), I am an INTJ.
As an INTJ, my preference is that of an introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging individual, who often appears assured and self-confident, which is frequently taken erroneously for arrogance. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, arrogance is defined as an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people. After careful and profound reflection, I cannot think of one instance in my life where I felt that I was better, smarter, or more important than others or knowingly acted as if I was. Why do I need to feel that I am better than others?
While there are many characteristics of an INTJ, I chose to ponder the appearance of arrogance, because at this particular moment in time in my life, individuals, who are in relentless pursuit to abase others, amaze me. Moreover, to some, arrogant or rather arrogantly appearing individuals seem to be in season for attack. For I am, perplex that an individual will spend so much time focused on lowering others instead of improving self. That is very interesting, because demeaning someone else does not cause one to rise.
Nevertheless, I work very hard to disguise my natural temperament, in order to assimilate with those around me. This has been a coping mechanism for years, even though my understanding of what I was doing is only now able to be put into words because of this new vocabulary and construct in personality types. Furthermore, it is never my intention to offend. Most individuals might think that I am an extrovert. I try to remember to smile in photographs and to smile regularly at individuals. However, as I read more about INTJs, I see myself clearly reflected in the descriptions.
While, I am interested in this new knowledge, I am pleasantly surprised that I am not distracted by it. I am convinced that God made me the way that I am and that is how I should be. Hence, I think that in such a complex world, made up of such complex individuals, with such complex ideas, we are all made in the image of God.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s Granddaughter…