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This is a discussion on ISFP vs INFP within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I took the test here and originally found that I was an ISFP. Took the test at mypersonality.info and it ...

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    ISFP vs INFP

    I took the test here and originally found that I was an ISFP. Took the test at mypersonality.info and it told me I was an INFP. Sooooo I came back here and did some more research into the INFP and it seems as though I can relate to both categories very well. Could this mean that I am more equal in my sense/intuitive then the tests were able to see?



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    INFP - The Idealists

    I've taken a bunch of tests and have consistently gotten both (as you can see), and I've noticed a lot of INFP vs ISFP posts on PerC, which I find really amusing. I wonder what it is about us? :P

    My answer might be unpopular since the MBTI is based on some standard of cognitive preferences, but still I feel like the types are sort of arbitrary, and it's not unreasonable to me for the boundaries between one type and another to be blurry. The MBTI is just a personality theory after all. Unless you're a robot, you're probably not going to behave INFP-ish or whatever 100% of the time, you know what I mean? And it's not necessarily helpful to decide, 'Okay! I am an I-N-F-P!!' if you're unsure because what do you do with that anyway? And what do you with that as someone with weak preferences towards INFP-ness?

    Honestly, I am still figuring it out myself and have yet to draw any conclusions (helloooo, P), but I think it's worthwhile being in touch with both sides if that's what you feel. I figure one day either the answer will become crystal clear which type I best belong to, or I'll just have more tools toward self-improvement and yada, yada, yada. Either way...the answer comes from within! :P

    Hope that helped in any way! Good luck figuring it out, this is a fun place to do it. :)

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    It's possible. I understand ISFP to be quite intuitive and probably one of the most N type sensor types.

    I don't really know how ISFPs think in all honesty because I'm a bit ignorant and can only say how I think. I would suggest though you try studying cognitive functions and taking a test.

    The biggest difference between them is that the intuitive functions and the sensing functions are opposites for each other. For example, ISFPs use introverted intuition, which is what the INFJ use. I understand it to be more the type of "see the future, know things" type of intuition. This isn't the same type INFPs use, which is extroverted intuition and more about "pulling ideas from thin air and seeing numerous possibilities for the future." I think of introverted intuition as zooming in and the extroverted intuition as zooming out.

    Its the same for the sensing function. ISFPs use extroverted sensing (another INFJ trait) whilst INFPs use introverted sensing.

    I recommend you study the functions and maybe take a cognitive function test. We only share two of the four functions. Cognitive functions and the MBTI haven't been proven though (its not chaotic enough for my tastes) but I think its the best way to know your type as just reading what each letter says seperately tends to leave a large grey idea of confusion and intrepretation.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    just call yourself INFP, we're vastly superior.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Ectoplasm View Post
    I recommend you study the functions and maybe take a cognitive function test. We only share two of the four functions. Cognitive functions and the MBTI haven't been proven though (its not chaotic enough for my tastes) but I think its the best way to know your type as just reading what each letter says seperately tends to leave a large grey idea of confusion and intrepretation.
    Yeah, that's the major problem when you seem to be N=S beacuse you're actually flipping around your cognitive functions. However, I took a cognitive functions test through a UCLA website that wasn't really any more helpful to me. :\ It was a good test, though, but I can't find it now. I'll have to do some hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lopare232 View Post
    Yeah, that's the major problem when you seem to be N=S beacuse you're actually flipping around your cognitive functions. However, I took a cognitive functions test through a UCLA website that wasn't really any more helpful to me. :\ It was a good test, though, but I can't find it now. I'll have to do some hunting.
    I did some hunting myself earlier and didnt come up with much. Thank you all for your suggestion though and I look forward to hearing other members share their ideas.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Eagle View Post
    just call yourself INFP, we're vastly superior.
    lmao, this.

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    Generally speaking, if you test S or close to S, then the odds are you likely are a Sensor. The mypersonality.com test is not a very good one, and especially on poorly written, shorter tests will Se users (extroverted sensing) test N, as the test seems to equate Sensing with Si (introverted sensing).

    The reason it is easy to confuse ISFP & INFP is we are both Fi-dom, and that means we DO often have a lot in common when it comes to our thought processes. You'll find that INFPs usually will be a lot more interested in exploring theory and better at book-learning, and ISFPs will be more interested in exploring reality and quick at hands-on learning. There are exceptions with each individual, but being honest about the overall trend you see in yourself is useful.

    INFPs are definitely NOT superior to ISFPs....I will elaborate more on this topic later, but I have to eat lunch now .

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I always look at lord of the rings. Compare Frodo and Sam. Would you say you are more of a Frodo, or a Sam ? :D
    Sam is supposedly and ISFP, while Frodo is an INFP. I have a good friend who is and ISFP and it is scary how similar we are to Frodo and Sam. ISFPs can look very extroverted; they don't spend time in their heads as much as we do. They also have nasty tempers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Eagle View Post
    just call yourself INFP, we're vastly superior.
    No need to get cocky; all the types have inherent strengths and weaknesses.
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