INFJ Top Ten List: #9 - Intelligence
Hello again! Sitting here indulging myself with a cup of coffee and some cookies while I wait for my respite guy to show up. Can't take a shower unless someone's here to help out. Those of you who don't have to schedule their personal hygiene--consider yourselves blessed ;-)
Okay, next up on the top ten list. Guess what, guys - we're intelligent!!
Brain + Writing = Eloquent
Brain + Speaking = Awkward
When the thoughts in my head are channeled into the written word, everything goes smoothly. But there's a significant speed bump between my brain and my mouth, and I hit it every single time in front of a crowd. This is partly why I have such a fear of public speaking. I can't cut/copy/paste/delete the words that come out of my mouth. Nor do I think quickly on my feet. It's a good thing I'm not famous, because I'd be a walking PR disaster.
I blame some of this on the multiple perspectives. They like to argue, debate, and present their opinions during my thought processing. Sometimes they talk over each other, and then there's the occasional shouting match. They can cause way too much ruckus for me to package and deliver a concise, well-thought-out verbal response. Small groups and one-on-one interaction are more my thing, especially if we're discussing a topic I'm familiar with. I think this is because a smaller crowd is less overwhelming on my Fe and gives it room to breathe.
The author of the excerpt above doesn't really address why we're intelligent. It's more about how we express it. But I do think that INFJs are deep, intuitive thinkers with the capacity for brilliance. The world often neglects to slow down and give us credit. And really, that's okay--because we're more comfortable working our covert magic behind the scenes anyway ;-)
Well, Johnny's here and the shower is calling. Better go and get clean while the opportunity presents itself.
Have a great day, folks - and stay tuned!