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    Unknown Personality

    Did you wrestle between several types before choosing INFP? This is my 1st post!

    Hey everyone,

    I'm new to personality cafe and just wanted to post about myself. Around the end of high school (over 5 years ago now) was when I came across the MBTI. I've always found it fascinating, and loved how it gave such a better picture than of what people are than other tests such as the big 5 or type A and type B. However I've always been aware that it doesn't have empirical evidence to back it up, which is kind of disappointing.

    I've done so many of the online quizzes so many times over the years and always tested as INTP, except once when I tested as INFP. At first I thought that was just an anomaly and looking at the INFP stereotypes I thought that couldn't be me. But then I read more and more and realized that I could be definitely be an INFP. Honestly I don't know which type I am or even if it's that vital to find out. What really hit me though was a thread on this forum talking about 'healthy, average and unhealthy' INFP's. The epiphany I had was that if I was an INFP, I was quite often a pretty unhealthy one.

    Anyway I wanted to ask?
    Were you confused about your type before choosing the one you did?
    Which ones?
    What traits and stereotypes of each did you identify with? Which ones didn't you identify with?
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    Welcome to Personality Cafe Hope youll enjoy your time here.

    I deeply understand your situation. Im coming through same thing these months. Ive read that article that you mentioned. Its really interesting but also very confusing. How am I supposed to know if I have these cogn. functions or unhealthy another cogn. functions.

    Firstly I thought for a long time, Im an INFJ. Tests always shew INFJ or INFP. I was very confused. Then I thought Im an INFP. But I doubt a lot my Si, if it isnt too strong, so I would be ISTJ or ISFJ, or if my Ne isnt in real Se or Ti, so I would be ISFP or INTP, also I thought abou idea of being an ENFP. So...

    1. Yes I was confused and I always am confused and not sure about my type. I just think that most probably Im an INFP.
    2. INFJ, INFP, INTP, ISTJ, ISFJ, ENFP, ISFP
    3. INFJ - uniqueness, complexity, depth, philosophical mind, desire of world peace
    INFP - artsy, depth, unable to make decisions, philosophical mind, desire of world peace, putting self into others situation, asking "what if", better at starting than finishing
    INTP - always wondering philosophical mind; Im not very keen on science...probably stereotype :P
    ISTJ - strong bond with past, I didnt agree with bossiness
    ISFJ - i really dont know :D
    ENFP - tendency to suffer depression, may appear as introverts
    ISFP - artsy, need of sensory experience, tendency to like excitement; I feel too phylosophical and deep to be "S"...stereotypes :P and im not that impultive.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I definitely went back and forth between INTP, ENFP, and INFJ before finally giving in to being the worst type ever. But, I make the most of being an INFP.

    INTP: Known for nihilism and sociopathy. I hate everybody. And unlike most INFPs, I hate romantic songs and stories. But then, I realized hate is a feeling.

    ENFP: I crave attention and sometimes act more extroverted depending on what meds I'm on. But really, that's just because I'm lonely, and as soon as people try to comfort me with their god-awful Fe, it isn't long before I want them to leave me the fuck alone.

    INFJ: Stereotyped for being special snowflakes, otherkin, new age, etc. And yeah, that's totally me. But despite the stereotype, more actual hippies, new age spiritualists, etc, are INFPs.
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    Welcome to the forums!

    Personally I tested as INTP over ten years ago, but I wasn’t studying MBTI at the time. A couple years ago when I retested and got INFP, I read the descriptions and was like “Holy s***, this is me!” One time last year (I heard once that age 30 is when your Aux function comes into its own) my Ne was exploding so much that I thought I might be an ENFP (albeit one with social issues), but I realized that since my Te is so terrible and my Si shows up enough, that INFP is still the hands down choice for me.
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    Unknown Personality

    It's interesting that all three of you nominated INTP as one of the types you thought you might be. Honestly I liked to think I was an INTP because I wanted to believe I was more intelligent than I was emotional. I also wanted to think when I was emotional it was a product of depression rather than an inherent part of my personality.

    The more I think about myself overall though, the more I think I'm an INFP and I'm more okay with that now. Sorry to bag on you guys, but initially I bought into that idea that INFP was the worst type, and it was such a shock to think that I was something very different to what I thought I was. After reading more and more about the type though I'm liking it a lot more and can identify with it more.

    My follow up questions are;
    Do you feel like studying MBTI has helped you improve the quality of your life? The quality of your relationships? Your career satisfaction or path?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Well, I certainly don't look at the world the same way as I did before I found out about the MBTI. I've become so obsessed with the MBTI that my mind automatically tries to type every person I talk to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavierdixon View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I'm new to personality cafe and just wanted to post about myself. Around the end of high school (over 5 years ago now) was when I came across the MBTI. I've always found it fascinating, and loved how it gave such a better picture than of what people are than other tests such as the big 5 or type A and type B. However I've always been aware that it doesn't have empirical evidence to back it up, which is kind of disappointing.

    I've done so many of the online quizzes so many times over the years and always tested as INTP, except once when I tested as INFP. At first I thought that was just an anomaly and looking at the INFP stereotypes I thought that couldn't be me. But then I read more and more and realized that I could be definitely be an INFP. Honestly I don't know which type I am or even if it's that vital to find out. What really hit me though was a thread on this forum talking about 'healthy, average and unhealthy' INFP's. The epiphany I had was that if I was an INFP, I was quite often a pretty unhealthy one.

    Anyway I wanted to ask?
    Were you confused about your type before choosing the one you did?
    Which ones?
    What traits and stereotypes of each did you identify with? Which ones didn't you identify with?
    Welcome to the site.

    1. Yeah...and I still am confused at time. I literally question it every week. Damn you Ne. More on this in Q3.

    2. ISTP (professor suggested this type after taking the test and getting balanced S&N...never really felt right), all the NPs, and INTJ for a very brief time.

    3. INFP, INTP, ENFP, ENTP, and ISTP. Between xNTP and xNFP it was Ti-Fi indecision. It took me a while to figure out that the Fi-Te axis was a better fit for me than the Ti-Fe axis. Between ENFP and INFP, ENFP is a better fit. For the most part, after reading the Ne section in Psychological Types I was like this is my lead function. There is something about it that stuck out. I confirmed it after reading up on the 8 Function Model and more material on the cognitive functions.

    With ISTP it never felt right. Everything about having that suggested as my type was head scratching. With INTJ I have no clue. All I can say is wild Ne.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I subscribe to that nobody is an any sort, but that the 16 Myers-Briggs types are descriptions of what you lead with mostly. For me this is what it looks like:

    I: my inner world is real, the external world I couldn't possibly hope to understand

    N: I trust my intuition - I've learned to because it's pretty much always been right

    F: I struggle with this. I have very strong T tendencies and abilities & I'm not artistic in the classic sense (though I'll get there one day - maybe when I retire)

    P: Biggest indicator is that I like to keep my options open & I'm pretty chaotic. I don't like "disorganized" because of the negative connotation. I think chaotic & organized aren't mutually exclusive.

    You may have also developed some of these areas so you get confused. If I'm an F suffering the cognitive dissonance of being a developed T, that's a bit of a struggle right there - I'm in IT when I should be getting in people's heads & helping them, or teaching them, for example.

    I let go of the definitions. When I did that I settled on that I'm closest to an INFP.

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    Were you confused about your type before choosing the one you did?

    Oh definitely.

    Which ones?

    At first I was pretty confident of being an INFP, but I was sort of convinced that maybe I could be an INFJ. But when I learned the cognitive functions it was pretty obvious to me that I wasn't an INFJ but an INFP. Then I learned that ISFPs have the same dominant function as INFPs so I was confused between those two. I even identified as an ISFP for a while, and part of me still thinks I could be an ISFP.

    What traits and stereotypes of each did you identify with?

    For INFP: Being in my own head a lot of the time. I get lost in my thoughts easily and sometimes I don't even notice the physical world. I tend to be quite idealistic a lot of the time too!

    For ISFP: I believe ISFPs are generally stereotyped as being very "easy going" and tend to be very "live and let live". That's kind of how I approach life. I'm also pretty hedonistic, and that is believed to be more like an ISFP trait than an INFP trait as far as I'm aware anyway.

    Which ones didn't you identify with?

    For INFP: Being intelligent, creative, and all super into reading. There's nothing special about me at all, and I find reading a lot to be quite daunting.

    For ISFP: Being artistic, and aware of your physical environment.

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    When I first started, I went back and forth between ISFP and INFP (I did a cognitive functions test recently and my Ni is stronger than my Ne..other tests suggest my N is very weak regardless so I could still be an ISFP or simply 50/50, I guess.) Sometime after that, I started scoring INFJ but I think that had something to do with the ENTP I'd been dating...I felt *forced* to be more hands-on about things to make up for his carelessness. I'm not sure exactly when I realized that didn't fit and why. XD But I think it had something to do with my finding out I actually hated routine. I was great at telling him what I wanted him to do, but I couldn't stick to a schedule to save my life (Me: Please be here by 6:00 PM. *isn't ready until 6:45*) Later I learned the differences between Fi and Fe, and knew I definitely had more Fi.

    I don't care enough about MBTI to study the functions more. I think, if I did, I'd be a lot less confused xD So I guess I'd recommend that to anyone who feels the same & actually cares enough to put in that effort.


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