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Luxurious Saturday

After spending most of last weekend in lab, it has felt awesome to spend this Saturday mostly at home, just putzing around. A hot bath and "Country Living" magazine, a stretchy round of yoga followed up with coffee. . . Oh man does it feel good, even if it's just a brief respite.

As I may have stated before on here, I'm an INFP. INFP is a personality classification that, in this case, stands for Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving. This, of course, makes me sound like kindof a wishy-washy, wussy type. Then again, is that such a bad thing? Anyway, I'm most definitely an INFP whether I like it or not. I was perusing a facebook page for INFP's today, and stumbled across two key statements in the careers section that gave me that "slap up side the head, DUH" feeling:

I do not enjoy the detail (of research)...and that makes me feel lazy, which I am not, I have ridiculous amounts of energy, but ONLY for the things i am passionate in.

I think in general, since us INFPs are such imaginative people, there are many things we would like to do, and for some of us it's hard to decide or let go of our "ideal" career (that is not our thing.)

Man, I feel that way alot, and it sure does help to know I'm not alone on it. Reading about INFP's, I get the sense that I might not be specifically "built" for doing research, but that perhaps I'm stretching myself to see just how far I can go. And then I think, oh man, what am I doing trying to be something so different from myself? And then my brain reminds me that there is value in stretching yourself beyond your perceived limits. This thought entered my head:

"Humans take swimming lessons even though they aren't fish"

I mean, compared to fish, we will always suck royally at swimming. We aren't even really aquatic animals (aquatic ape theory aside). And yet, there's value in learning how to swim, unnatural as it may seem. I've been stuck with alot of drowning imagery in regards to my PhD work, and so maybe this will be a more valuable, positive way to think of it. Maybe I'm a human swimming with fishes, but I'm still swimming, not drowning.

Ok, back to cleaning up the apartment, just a little.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an INFP too. Maybe we should make a support group.
~Sean K.

1/13/2009 4:32 PM  
Blogger Spazmo said...

Seriously. It has helped alot to realilze that I'm an introvert and that it isn't actually a bad thing.

I've read that INFP's are supposed to be more rare than other personality types, but I think alot of my Hiram friends--and definitely most of my grad student friends--are INFP. UNITE!

1/15/2009 1:38 PM  

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