[INFP] When INFPs encounter other INFPs in real life, what happens? Do we spot each other?

When INFPs encounter other INFPs in real life, what happens? Do we spot each other?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    When INFPs encounter other INFPs in real life, what happens? Do we spot each other?

    When INFP's encounter other INFP's in real life... what happens? And do we even realize we are encountering other INFP's?

    What brought this question to mind:

    So lately when I go to these social gatherings, I'm finding myself sitting in the corner observing mostly everyone, not saying much. There is this other guy that does similar... I don't know him at all. He's kind of quiet and he doesn't show a lot, but I wonder if he might be an INFP... just because of some vibes he gives off. He might not be. He could very well be an ISFP or 'I' anything I guess. Sometimes I think, what if he is and INFP, but because the both of us are sort of withdrawn in these large social gatherings, neither of us would even give each other the chance to realize we might have something in common. And we aren't exactly the type to randomly walk up to each other and start some conversation...

    There are lots of people on this forum that I feel like I might have a fun time chatting with at a party, but would I even be able to spot you in real life? Am I walking past you all without realizing it? And furthermore, would I be difficult to recognize as an INFP?

    Maybe we need to make INFP bracelets, like those medical bracelets they give to people with health conditions, so that we know.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm curious about this myself; the only other INFP I've met, we'd already gotten to know each other online. I wonder what it would be like to happen across one while I'm out and about. Maybe I already have, but didn't realize it...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I would say it's pretty difficult to spot an INFP at a social gathering. I am pretty INFPish myself, but always make an effort to engage in small-talk and I wouldn't call myself shy.

    I also tend to adapt my behavior to make it easier to interact with other people. So if I am hanging out with an introvert, I will be talking a lot to try and keep them at ease (so they have to do the talking).

    I am also not particularly sensitive when I am among people who I don't know very well. It's only when I start trusting a person do I start setting expectation for them (which unfortunately they never live up to, but that's another story :)).

    However, I do have a very idealistic manner of speaking, I am very agreeable and I always smile (although this happens less nowadays). I feel these traits are very INFP-like.

    Overall, I feel INFPness is more of framework that governs our internal world and how we relate to others, the specific "implementation" can vary significantly from person to person.

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    INFJ

    I've always been a people-watcher and the most 'interesting' people were always the ones that were hardest to read. Perhaps its based on myself, but I've always appreciated the quiet, and more personal, 1:1 types. Not only do you feel less pressure talking to them, but they usually have a lot to say in terms of depth.

    While I can't say I seek out INFPs in specific, I definitely focus on meeting introverts in general. Whether it be volunteer work, or choice encounters in public, I find it will almost always go well, although part of me wonders if they're paranoid about you liking them so they end up catering to you.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think I'd be fairly easy to spot as an infp at a social gathering.
    Also our intuition is good as you described "the vibe he gave off"
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    INFP - The Idealists

    In social gatherings I mostly go for confident people, or people who think they are confident, lol.

    HMM very nice topic it makes me think..:D
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    I have an easy time spotting female INFP's because of their reactions to me. Several different INFP girls have given me the exact same look. It happens when they first hear me talk, either to them directly or even just overhearing me talking to someone else. They give me a look that, for lack of a better description, looks like love at first sight. It's like they are longingly staring right through me deep into my soul. It must have something to do with how I am always unconsciously expressing my deepest feelings, even in the most mundane conversations, and that my deepest feelings all have to do with longing for true love. Somehow they must see that because it shows in their eyes.

    That look haunts me. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm not an S so I don't really have the ability to peg someone's type solely by observation, I usually need interaction.
    S/N, J/P usually takes a while to figure out..
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I've met people who I thought gave an INFP vibe, but usually it was projection on my part. After interaction, they didn't necessarily give me the same impression that I thought at first. I think that I can generally pick out IPs pretty quickly, but rarely have the chance to figure it out so who knows.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    LOL i would imagine it's kinda like being in the dressing rooms at backstage Disneyland when two Donald Ducks walk in the room.

    The whole world stops for a second.


     
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