Thursday, February 4, 2010

Greater Things Are Yet To Come, Greater Things Are Yet To Be Done!

This listing below, I think, describes my weaknesses so well. However, looking through the list, I realise that God has changed me a lot in some of these areas... especially the ones in italics over the past 10 years. I think God has really changed me a LOT in empathy, to grow more sensitive and caring to others' feelings - a total change from last time.

But I know that there's some areas in bold that God is now showing to me that I need to work on and grow. These are some of the deeper and harder battles to be fought - I mean, I know that I have these issues since primary or even kindergarten days! However, we have God to help us fight the battles - the battle belongs to the Lord. And not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the living God.

I'm not saying that seeing these areas as weaknesses is condoning them as 'not my fault'. No... every personality has tendencies that make them more vulnerable to certain sins than others. We are fallen creatures, after all. That's why thank God for the Church. Together we help carry one another's burdens... together we help one another grow and be all that God created us to be.

Potential weaknesses of an INFP:
Most of the weaker characteristics that are found in INFPs are due to their dominant Feeling function overshadowing the rest of their personality. When the dominant function of Introverted Feeling overshadows everything else, the INFP can't use Extraverted iNtuition to take in information in a truly objective fashion. In such cases, an INFP may show some or all of the following weaknesses in varying degrees:

  • May be extremely sensitive to any kind of criticism
  • May perceive criticism where none was intended
  • May have skewed or unrealistic ideas about reality
  • May be unable to acknowledge or hear anything that goes against their personal ideas and opinions
  • May blame their problems on other people, seeing themselves as victims who are treated unfairly
  • May have great anger, and show this anger with rash outpourings of bad temper
  • May be unaware of appropriate social behavior
  • May be oblivious to their personal appearance, or to appropriate dress
  • May come across as eccentric, or perhaps even generally strange to others, without being aware of it
  • May be unable to see or understand anyone else's point of view
  • May value their own opinions and feelings far above others
  • May be unaware of how their behavior affects others
  • May be oblivious to other people's need
  • May feel overwhelmed with tension and stress when someone expresses disagreement with the INFP, or disapproval of the INFP
  • May develop strong judgments that are difficult to unseed against people who they perceive have been oppressive or suppressive to them
  • Under great stress, may obsess about details that are unimportant to the big picture of things
  • Under stress, may obsessively brood over a problem repeatedly
  • May have unreasonable expectations of others
  • May have difficulty maintaining close relationships, due to unreasonable expectations

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