My problem is probably fairly common: am I ISFP or INFP? I apologise in advance for the long post, and thank you for reading it...
When I did the MBTI test 18 months ago through my employer, I was ISFP. Subsequent online testing always resulted in INFP, but Happy's thread about the top ten misconceptions about MBTI has made me question that - and I was already torn between the two types before then.
For quite a few months I was satisfied that I was INFP, and I felt right at home among them on Globachatter; now I feel that the sensing side is more apparent. Or perhaps I am a well-adjusted ISFP, which I believe sometimes incorrectly come out as INFP in the MBTI Indicator.
At best I can only explain how I feel by saying that I am perfectly balanced between them, but I don't think that is adequate.
My rambling here is indicative of intuition, I know; and I do like words, which is typical of INFP. I do also daydream a lot about how the present reality could be different, but it tends to be a specific area of my reality and not about a big political or social cause - though I do detest any form of dictatorship or any encroachment on an individual's personal freedom. On the other hand, I do not worry about the blight of those on the other side of the world to the point that it moves me to action, but I do wish things could be more equal around the world. I also know that is unworkable, which is my sensing side coming through.
I absolutely love physical beauty, whether of a person or a landscape (sensing); I also love people's internal beauty, vulnerability and tenderness (intuition?). I love to nurture people (intuition?), but only those that are interested in me as an individual - which I think is more of a sensing trait in the context of an ISFP. I like theory if it helps me with something specific, e.g. to write a better essay on literature or to understand personality types with a view to enhancing my experiences with people. On the other hand, I love to ponder our existence and contemplate what is beyond the universe (if it is finite - who knows?), which is more indicative of intuition.
I am even more confused about my type because one of my best friends tested ISFP by doing the proper MBTI Indicator at work. He is very similar to me, but he is more sporty and socialises more with a wider group of people. He also mends my bike for me, which I am hopeless at, so those two things make me think I am INFP. Or maybe I am just closer to the N side than he is. He is adventurous, reserved, practical, and mostly very closed off except in isolated moments - which screams out ISFP to me.
My room is a mess and I love perfection, but I am never satisifed, which is INFP all the way.
I could go on like this for pages, but I'll stop here.
At the moment, I think I am actually ISFP according to the theory. But then why am I obsessing over the theory if I am ISFP?
HELP ME PLEASE