@Memory of Talon Thanks for the mention, I do enjoy seeing folks who are able to re-structure typing issues for those of us who are torn between types. I'm actually stuck between ISFP and INFP, though, because I'm unsure about whether I use Ne and just don't know it (especially because I display strong Si attitudes and behaviors) or if I use Ni over my Se and it's my Enneagram type that makes me look like a Si user. ESI in Socionics is associated with multiple MBTI types including both ISFP and INFP so that doesn't help me much. x.x This might sound Ne-ish actually, I just see so many possible interpretations for myself that could work it's difficult for me to really settle on one. I am very fluid mentally and often see myself differently based on mood, attitude, choices, etc.
@Xcopy You sound very insightful, well-read and interesting. Welcome to PerC, it's nice to meet you. :) I agree with what's already been said, the way you defined ESFP and ISFP differences was delightfully concise and clear. Plus your avatar is cute, the expression is fun to try to read. Is he startled? Confused? Curious? Enigmatic and innocent. Loving the red jacket, too. n.n d
Edit: Heard this description of Se-Ni interaction in ISFPs that actually is REALLY helpful, so I'll share for future readers. Even though this is an ESFP thread. Oh well, y'all are still Se-Ni there's just a greater degree of separation. So yay.
"The ISFP experiences flashing and fleeting ideas and feelings, though, and fascinating syntheses, that they want to catch and experience more fully, but where as the INTJ and INFJ more often are distracted from their immediate experience by those kinds of potential epiphanies and they tend to easily zone out, the ISFP has the opposite problem of sort of zoning in when they're trying to pay attention to an inner idea. The ISFP can be frustrated about this because they want to experience Ni more, it's their tertiary. They're conflicted between living in the moment and transcending it in their inner life and that sort of adds a bit to the otherworldliness there. They don't want to miss anything important in observing real life but they are also aware of their Ni insights and their importance and possibilities."