Do people online mistake you for the opposite gender?

Do people online mistake you for the opposite gender?

View Poll Results: For INFPs: Do people online mistake you for the opposite gender?

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  • I am a male INFP, and I am frequently mistaken for a female online.

    7 21.88%
  • I am a male INFP, and I am rarely mistaken for a female online.

    11 34.38%
  • I am a female INFP, and I am frequently mistaken for a male online.

    6 18.75%
  • I am a female INFP, and I am rarely mistaken for a male online.

    9 28.13%
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This is a discussion on Do people online mistake you for the opposite gender? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Is it normal for INFPs to be seen as so psychologically androgynous that people online can't tell which gender we ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Do people online mistake you for the opposite gender?

    Is it normal for INFPs to be seen as so psychologically androgynous that people online can't tell which gender we are until they guess incorrectly and we tell them? If so, why do you suppose this happens? Is it because we ignore stereotypes in favor of authenticity? What about those of us who identify strongly with the gender we actually are, but still get mistaken for the opposite gender whenever we are in chat with strangers?






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    Quote Originally Posted by snail View Post
    Is it normal for INFPs to be seen as so psychologically androgynous that people online can't tell which gender we are until they guess incorrectly and we tell them? If so, why do you suppose this happens? Is it because we ignore stereotypes in favor of authenticity? What about those of us who identify strongly with the gender we actually are, but still get mistaken for the opposite gender whenever we are in chat with strangers?
    I don't believe it is normal for INFPS unless you present yourself abnormally. It always depends on how you present yourself online. Obviously your name "snail" is very neutral for both sex's and your avatar can also be mistaken as a male's drawing.

    However, we infps do ignore stereotypes out of authenticity. In the real world, I dress like I am an extroverted person. No one would ever guess that I had an INFP personality. So generally our minds are set on visualization which in turn will cause us to consider what society has deemed "normal."

    Lets say you are a male whose named Jesse and your avatar has "pink" content on it. Wouldn't you think it's normal for others to consider you a girl?

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I like the term "psychologically androgynous." That sums me up in a nutshell, I think.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I knew right away that snail was a girl. It's quite obviously a girl dragon. Note the pointed eyes, seductive look and the femmy horns. Oh yes and the little female symbol helped me confirm later.

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    "Is it normal for INFPs to be seen as so psychologically androgynous that people online can't tell which gender we are until they guess incorrectly and we tell them? If so, why do you suppose this happens? Is it because we ignore stereotypes in favor of authenticity? What about those of us who identify strongly with the gender we actually are, but still get mistaken for the opposite gender whenever we are in chat with strangers?"

    Sometimes, even in Facebook and other Internet accounts where my image is present. In few forums with no possibility to show gender in profile, then also yeah, people tend to think i'm female person, but that's not a issue that i really mind about. As general for INFPs, our personality type (private, quiet, socially cautious, very feeling, ability to compromise etc.) is typically one that is easily thought as cliché 'femine' by modern western cultural standards, therefore i wouldn't be actually surprised that people who tend to think and feel as femine way, also would write in femine way, and be misunderstood for females.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    That's what I would expect. I would think that male INFPs would be more likely to be mistaken for females. That's why it blows my mind every time someone automatically assumes that I am a male when I am online.




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    INTP - The Thinkers

    well, you do have a huge bias to fight against because the internet and computers are such "nerdy guy" domains. Without the genders shown, here, I think I would have just assumed everyone was a guy by default until they mentioned otherwise, too.
    MilkyWay132 thanked this post.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    only in mmorpgs because everyone automatically assumes you're a guy if you play Lol.

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    Unknown Personality


    I'm not an infp obviously, but I felt compelled to read this anyway. Ever since I first started communicating with people online, I have been pegged as male. I'm not. I started purposely trying to use more feminized names to avoid this misunderstanding.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    In the same vein as Promethea, I do experience this phenomenon as well, even on this site. If the internet had the say in the real world, I would be a 28 year old man.
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