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This is a discussion on Did you ever mistype as INFJ? within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Hello, darling fellow ENFPs. I'm curious... when you started out learning about MBTI, did you immediately "get" that you were ...

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Did you ever mistype as INFJ?

    Hello, darling fellow ENFPs. I'm curious... when you started out learning about MBTI, did you immediately "get" that you were ENFP or did you initially identify as another Type? I know the online tests have a reputation of giving highly unreliable results, but I learned about MBTI from books and even I misTyped at first.

    This question came to my mind bc I just read this article https://medium.com/@krisgage/read-th...j-b51ee7a29fd2 and it mentions numerous types who misType as INFJ but ENFP is not among them. It's been my personal, limited experience that plenty of ENFPs think they are INFJs before they learn more about MBTI...

    Did you ever misType? And did you ever misType as INFJ? What helped you determine you were ENFP, after all? If you misTyped as INFJ, why do you think you did?
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    I've never typed J or S, P and N have always been my highest scores. Tests would give me INFP but F was the lowest. Tests check for dichotomies, not function dominance, the function stack is completely arbitrarily attached to the letter type afterwards. Which is a source for many problems in the typing world. Of course at first I believed it, especially as I struggled with depression which is an emotional time and depression tends to twist perception quite a lot. Once I was out of this, I could reflect with a lot more clarity on my past and present and understand myself better.

    I don't agree with the Grant Stack, and this site, though it does mention some true characteristics, it also regurgitates the same stuff that even studies have found to be wrong, but anyways.
    Someone with a low preference on the J/P axis and could type as INFJ and ENFP. The E/I axis in MBTI is almost meaningless, it doesn't really connect to a broader theory and for most people it can just vary from time to time. And the J and P relate to Jung's original definitions of Introversion and Extraversion (respectively) which were about how we adapt to the environment.

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    When I first learned about MBTI, it was in small bits so at the beginning, all I knew was that you were I or E, N or S, etc. The only one I was positive about was that I was an iNtuitive. The way these are described can be confusing until you better understand so of course I thought I might could be an introvert (we ENFPs tend to be need more alone-time than most of our extroverted friends, right?) probably a Thinker (because, hey, I'm often more logical than wishy-washy boo-hoo emotional!) and quite possible a Judger (I rarely keep my friends waiting and I prefer to plan my vacations rather than just get in the car and drive).

    As a result, I read a few short descriptions and narrowed it down between ENTP and INFJ. Then I picked up Otto Kroeger's life-changing (for me) book, Type Talk. Although I've been on debate teams and can craft and present a winning argument when necessary, I learned that ENTPs love to debate in day-to-day life and arguing is one way they understand the world and distill their own ideas and it was reading about this love of sparring that convinced me I was no-way-Jose ENTP.

    Next, I read about INFJ. Although I related to what I read of their analytic nature, in reading their description I was reminded of why I never pursued my PhD in English Lit: it seemed better suited for people who were eager to spend 5 years of their life working alone in a library, focused on creating a super-long document about literary minutiae that almost no one would end up reading. Not me.

    So, then I just began reading all the iNtuitive Type descriptions. And when I reached ENFP. @eLL , there were elements that didn't really sound like me (eg. not at all drawn to 60s hippy Flower Power) but those that did were SO ME that I found it a bit freaky. Stuff about making more of a mess when genuinely trying to tidy... hypercritical of own performance... misplacing one's belongings (I'm forever losing my keys and wallets)... "I think I'm allergic to mornings." The more I've learned through the decades, the more I know I'm ENFP.
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    No because my Fi was just way too obvious.

    I can't relate an ounce to the Fe function and I thank my ancestors every day I was not born with it.

    Only type I mistyped for the longest time was INFP, but that's typical cause we ENFPs always think we're more introverted than we actually are.
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    I mistyped myself in the beginning and get differents results from tests I took online (xNTP, xNTJ, INFJ, xNFP).
    Multiple factors can twist the results I would say (simple ignorance of the different theories, the sources diversity in interpretations of profiles, circumstances in life can alter the perception of self, misunderstanding of tests questions, bias towards a desired type, etc etc)

    Don't helps that toying with the tests and typologies are funny in a way ! So one can lose track of the typing self to entertain other aspects of it.

    Anyway, the giveaway for me is that looking at myself as a whole with my life's history, xNFP only make sense. Reading other types experiences helped too. I'm still not sure about the E/I direction, the whole "what if I'm introvert with extraverted burst ? Or extraverted with introverted tendencies ? Or maybe ambivert ? What if I'm IENFP something ?

    Something like that.
    Oh yes, the question, yes I typed one day as INFJ in a row of tests. I think now it was a mix of both bias towards this type, ignorance of functions and the mental state in.
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    I've got mostly only ENFP as much as I've tried to test it (and maybe once INFP too from some other sources). But I know one guy who got ENFP and related well to that. I don't know him so well yet but at first sight my bet was that this is how INFJ looks like from outside :) So it seems to be possible to mix these types, at least in some cases.

    I guess ENFP coule be one of the types having many faces which might even change much depending on particular situation so no wonder than it isn't always clear who you are even for yourself :)
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    There are a few ENFPs who think they are INFJs who have posted in the INFJ forum this summer. I feel like I can spot them right away now and the INFJs can usually tell the person isnít INFJ but donít always know itís an ENFP.

    I started my journey with MBTI with the official test, so I did get ENFP. I settled into it pretty quickly after asking a bunch of questions. I am a very strong perceiver on the test, almost no J .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llyralen View Post
    There are a few ENFPs who think they are INFJs who have posted in the INFJ forum this summer. I feel like I can spot them right away now and the INFJs can usually tell the person isn’t INFJ but don’t always know it’s an ENFP.

    I started my journey with MBTI with the official test, so I did get ENFP. I settled into it pretty quickly after asking a bunch of questions. I am a very strong perceiver on the test, almost no J .
    How does the official test look like ? Does it differ a lot from unofficial ones (especially ones found online ?). Also, how old were you when taking this test ? And we're you in a stable and healthy period of life ?
    First time I took an Mbti test it was during work related formation, so i assumed it was the official one, but now I'm not sure. Plus I wasn't very mature and stressed out, wonder how it influenced the test.

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    @Noyau Obscur . The official MBTI test is a lot longer than most online tests. It doesn’t test for exact functions (for instance it checks for N rather than Ne or Ni) which I think actually is helpful— I think it’s harder to mis-type. Because of this they have to rely on questions about P or J but I think P and J usually have huge differences. When I took the test I was 24 or 25 and in a very healthy happy time in my life. I believe your 20’s and early 30’s is probably the very best time to test, especially for this kind of test. Also it is official— they test their test. I think it is less biased towards N than many online tests.

    Look at how you write and the questions you ask. There is no doubt— like none for me— that you are any other type than an ENFP, btw. Clear as day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llyralen View Post
    @Noyau Obscur . The official MBTI test is a lot longer than most online tests. It doesn’t test for exact functions (for instance it checks for N rather than Ne or Ni) which I think actually is helpful— I think it’s harder to mis-type. Because of this they have to rely on questions about P or J but I think P and J usually have huge differences. When I took the test I was 24 or 25 and in a very healthy happy time in my life. I believe your 20’s and early 30’s is probably the very best time to test, especially for this kind of test. Also it is official— they test their test. I think it is less biased towards N than many online tests.

    Look at how you write and the questions you ask. There is no doubt— like none for me— that you are any other type than an ENFP, btw. Clear as day.
    Thank you for your reply Llyralen, I'm still curious, what sort of questions were asked if you remember ? I see, I read multiple time that MBTI officially don't test for functions but still add it to the result type afterwards. Hmm, yes it could be simpler and less likely to leads to wrong typing, but then it also means that the questions asked are very different from functions tests ones isn't it ?

    Tututuuuu, sorry I enjoy a bit too much toying with an opposite side to see what can be seen, so that's why I'm doubting, questioning, wondering, I'm having fun by theorically playing "what ifs" game in order to generate more childhish ideas

    How would you describe the differences in testing J and P ? :o I find this part of MBTI interesting, especially since its an addition from Jung theory, right ?
    Thanks !


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