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This is a discussion on INFP -- not so rare? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I have read that INFPs are rather rare, in only about 4% of the population. However, out of the five ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    INFP -- not so rare?

    I have read that INFPs are rather rare, in only about 4% of the population.

    However, out of the five people in my family, three tested as INFP and agree the profile fits. A few extended family members tested as /seem to be INFP as well. I suspect a few others are INFP. If they are so rare, how come so many showed up in a small group of people? How rare are INFPs really? Or is personality genetic and that's why it shows up in my family? How many other INFPs do you know?



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    INFP - The Idealists

    Cause you're bloody LUCKY!

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    Personality is definitely genetic...or different personality traits and the way your brain works...but how do you know that many people in your family are INFPs? Are you just speculating? Because it's really hard to type someone that way and it's usually wrong...My mom and I are almost identical in so many ways with our personalities! But she's an INFJ...I would have thought she'd test out ENFP like me just because of those many factors; And then I think there are just some things that go beyond personality type...so I just think it'd be hard to type someone that way if that's what you did

    That's interesting, though...No one in my family is an ENFP...well I suspect my little sister is one based on the article about the development of ENFPs
    My grandma MAY be an unhealthy ENFP because she is good at manipulating and she also worries about what people think, but then again, there are so many things about her that aren't very ENFP

    I think diversity is beautiful...having many ENFPs in my family could be fun, but having a variety is so much more interesting!
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by amanda32 View Post
    Cause you're bloody LUCKY!
    Haha, yeah, I feel like my family is a lot more understanding of me than what I've heard about other families.

    Quote Originally Posted by queenofleaves View Post
    Personality is definitely genetic...or different personality traits and the way your brain works...but how do you know that many people in your family are INFPs? Are you just speculating? Because it's really hard to type someone that way and it's usually wrong...My mom and I are almost identical in so many ways with our personalities! But she's an INFJ...I would have thought she'd test out ENFP like me just because of those many factors; And then I think there are just some things that go beyond personality type...so I just think it'd be hard to type someone that way if that's what you did

    That's interesting, though...No one in my family is an ENFP...well I suspect my little sister is one based on the article about the development of ENFPs
    My grandma MAY be an unhealthy ENFP because she is good at manipulating and she also worries about what people think, but then again, there are so many things about her that aren't very ENFP

    I think diversity is beautiful...having many ENFPs in my family could be fun, but having a variety is so much more interesting!
    The three in my immediate family have taken the test and relate to what we've read about it. (I'm one of them). One person in my extended family knows she is INFP and discussing it, it seems a few others as well. So there is definitely more INFP personality around here than the norm, even if all of these testings are not entirely accurate.

    Diversity can be interesting, but since INFPs tend to be so misunderstood, I think its really nice that I have somewhere I can always go back to - a safe place, I suppose. My family is warm and fuzzy :) My other two family members are one definite ENFP and a maybe INTJ. We all get along quite nicely, and our INTJ runs the place. He gets frustrated with the rest of us sometimes, though.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    an INFP family is entirely possible.

    4/5th's of my gfs family are all ESFJ :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by caraez View Post
    Haha, yeah, I feel like my family is a lot more understanding of me than what I've heard about other families.



    The three in my immediate family have taken the test and relate to what we've read about it. (I'm one of them). One person in my extended family knows she is INFP and discussing it, it seems a few others as well. So there is definitely more INFP personality around here than the norm, even if all of these testings are not entirely accurate.

    Diversity can be interesting, but since INFPs tend to be so misunderstood, I think its really nice that I have somewhere I can always go back to - a safe place, I suppose. My family is warm and fuzzy :) My other two family members are one definite ENFP and a maybe INTJ. We all get along quite nicely, and our INTJ runs the place. He gets frustrated with the rest of us sometimes, though.
    My family doesn't really understand me or the way I think >.<
    Like my need for self expression! *shutting self up*
    But I still think it's much more fun to have many different people despite my point that many things go beyond the different functions

    And I gotta feel sorry for a J amongst Ps xD
    INTJs and ENFPs are supposed to get along quite nicely too...and i can vouch for that theory since my sister's an INTJ...yeah we've had differences, but we have a pretty good relationship and supposedly ENFPs are the only people who can really get INTJs to smile xD

    I talk too much >.>

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    INFP - The Idealists

    If your family doesn't quite understand you, I hope you have someone close who does or else I imagine it could be quite frustrating.

    He hardly yells, but when he does its usually about a messy house. Well, he married my INFP mom, so I think he's got a stronger F than he claims We all amuse him to some degree - our ENFP does seem to connect with him well.

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    I've only met 2 other INFPs besides myself IRL, and second one just a year ago (and I'm 26). Your experience sounds unusual, but hey, it's possible. I'd still question if some of those were not ISFP or INFJ or ENFP, or even ISFJ (as I think they're confused with INFPs more than people realize). Tests are not foolproof....

    Also, if you look at the info behind the statistics, they often have a ton of room for error. So I don't really trust the numbers. I think a very controlled test with a large sample needs to be done for accurate numbers.

    For example, from the oft quoted statistics listed on wikipedia:

    Estimated percentages of the 16 types in the American population using inferential statistics. The figures above are from a random sampling of 3009 people culled from a total pool of 16,000 using the 1998 MBTI Form M. The individuals whose form results were used in this random sampling were not provided with the data to verify or question their accuracy. But these numbers do provide a working base on which to build further understanding and development of the model as extrapolated to larger populations.
    Basically, they gave people a test and calculates the results. How many people here tested their type on the very first MBTI test they took? How many still test their type?

    Also - how random is the sampling? We all know that different types may be drawn to different choices in jobs & leisure activities/interests (maybe even different cities), so how did they make sure the sample would not be slanted?

    I don't think INFPs are the rarest, but I don't think we're more than 4 out of every 100 people, & even that much makes me wonder... I've seen it stated we're anywhere from 1-5%, which seems pretty broad & indicates that no one really knows. I do think it's safe to say that introverted intuitives do not have the average mindsets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post

    I don't think INFPs are the rarest, but I don't think we're more than 4 out of every 100 people, & even that much makes me wonder... I've seen it stated we're anywhere from 1-5%, which seems pretty broad & indicates that no one really knows. I do think it's safe to say that introverted intuitives do not have the average mindsets.
    The rarest types are INTPs, ENTPs, and INTJs...I think hehe
    When I look at population percentages for the MBTI, I really only pay attention to ENFP and INFP...the percentages are pretty much always around 8% and 4-5% respectively

    But I've never looked at one that didn't mention only being estimated
    And I do really doubt the accuracy of any other MBTI percentage chart thingy

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenofleaves View Post
    The rarest types are INTPs, ENTPs, and INTJs...I think hehe
    When I look at population percentages for the MBTI, I really only pay attention to ENFP and INFP...the percentages are pretty much always around 8% and 4-5% respectively

    But I've never looked at one that didn't mention only being estimated
    And I do really doubt the accuracy of any other MBTI percentage chart thingy
    You'll also find that many charts online are quoting the same study, which is why the numbers are always the same.


     
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