Hi guys :)
First off, I'm sorry that this is another thread about ISFJ vs INFJ. I've re-read descriptions and forums but I'm still pretty confused as to whether I'm an INFJ or ISFJ
Why I think I'm an INFJ:
- One big thing a lot of people seem to mention is that INFJs are more future focused while ISFJs live in the "here and now". I'm pretty future oriented and intensely idealistic but maybe this has something to do with where I am in my life right now (i.e. In uni - thinking about my future and everything)?
- I have a global outlook towards life. World affairs interest me a lot me on than local ones and I understand concepts a lot more easier and better if I get a taste of the "big picture" before building up using details.
- I have a crazy imagination and I'm constantly thinking about different possibilities and imagining myself in these different situations.
- I can easily read between the lines and uncover hidden agendas but maybe this is because I can easily put myself in other people's shoes?
- I love theoretical ideas (i.e. string theories, multiverses, Einstein's theories) - it's just so much fun to imagine what "can be"!
- When trying to solve problems, I always try to first see if I can understand it intuitively. If something is counter-intuitive, I'll just be rocking myself with my thoughts and piecing the "Facts" together (wait this sounds like a S thing ) until I can understand a concept on my own intuitive level and be like "Aha!"
Why I think I'm an ISFJ:
- I solve problems in a step-by-step manner but this of course depends on the problem. For areas that require heavy logical and rational thinking (i.e. mathematics and science), I'm really more comfortable solving problems in a step-wise fashion and using the same methods that helped me solve previous problems. You won't catch me devising up creative formulas and methods haha! For areas that require creativity (i.e. art), I'll get random ideas popping up everywhere.
- I don't particularly hate detail or anything (although it can be repetitive and frustrating). In fact, if I'm required to carry out a detailed task, I can actually get too caught up on all the small details and forget to see the "big picture".
- I am generally pretty horrible with dates and years and names but I have a pretty good recall of the past and sometimes, surprisingly -insignificant details (i.e. The name of my sister's friend's boyfriend; what my sister wore on this particular day 6 years ago haha)
- I learn best visually and hands-on because I gain experience. Theory can only take you so far sometimes.
- I trust my method of getting things done. If it's worked before, then why shouldn't it work this time?
Something's been puzzling me. From what I've read, people with strong intuition tend to make decisions based on their gut feeling and can't explain it while those with a preference for sensing can. But really, isn't gut feeling more or less getting information from what has been learned/associated in the split of a second? Because if you really think about it, I might see a guy on the train and I might think, "Ooh this guy doesn't seem trustworthy" and I wouldn't be sure why I think that. But maybe it's the way he's standing or how he's dressed that reminds me of a certain bad experience I might have had in the past...So this would be making observations and noticing details (even if one is not aware that they are!)
Wow. This has been a long post Props to anyone who actually bothers to read this LOL!