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    INFP - The Idealists

    Should your personality type be judged by your preferences or functions?

    Should your personality type be judged by your preferences or functions?

    I ask this because every preference MBTI test, I come up as an INFP, but when I took the Understanding the Eight Jungian Cognitive Processes / Eight Functions Attitudes , I came up as an INFJ.
    I fit most of the INFJ description, but I don't really fit the J category too much. My functions came up as this.


    Cognitive Process Level of Development (Preference, Skill and Frequency of Use)

    extraverted Sensing (Se) *********************** (23.9)
    limited use
    introverted Sensing (Si) ***************** (17.8)
    limited use
    extraverted Intuiting (Ne) ************************** (26.2)
    average use
    introverted Intuiting (Ni) ******************************************** (44.5)
    excellent use
    extraverted Thinking (Te) ********** (10.9)
    unused
    introverted Thinking (Ti) ********************** (22.9)
    limited use
    extraverted Feeling (Fe) ********************************************** (46.4)
    excellent use
    introverted Feeling (Fi) *********************************************** (47.2)
    excellent use

    As you can see, my Fe and Ni are very high. The function order for an INFP, according to MyPersonality.info - Personality Types and Multiple Intelligences Tests & Information , goes Fi>Ne>Si>Te, and for INFJ, it goes Ni>Fe>Ti>Se.
    So, unless I'm looking at this wrong, I should be an INFJ according to function strengths.

    What should be the bigger deciding factor to a personality type: preferences or functions?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouetree View Post
    What should be the bigger deciding factor to a personality type: preferences or functions?
    How you feel.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by gOpheR View Post
    How you feel.
    But don't you think that could be easily mixed up with how you want to feel?
    Spades thanked this post.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    It is not quite about feeling for everyone Gopher.

    Shiloutree, the function markers on that are very poorly registered. I have said this numerous times, but online testing misses most of the traits, and are not very verifiable.

    But in response to your question. Your preference only applies to self-evaluation questionairres, this is why, should your preferences not correspond with particular standardised selections, they will be estimated.
    Your functions can become more evident in practice, rather than what one assumes is evident. So in fact, a harmony is what is the aim of these assessments/tests. So both your preferences and functions will assist an accurate typing.

    Ask someone, perhaps an occupational advisor, or a sympathetic psychologist in your area to run through the assessments with you. As you are from California, I would think that would not be too difficult. You can also do it for free, if let us say, you got some video referencing, and you could place it in to the forum for analyses. Although it would require a most natural behaviour to be presented for checking.

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    INFP - The Idealists


    I think I tend to be too agressive sometimes for an INFP.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by NephilimAzrael View Post
    It is not quite about feeling for everyone Gopher.

    Shilouetree, the function markers on that are very poorly registered. I have said this numerous times, but online testing misses most of the traits, and are not very verifiable.

    But in response to your question. Your preference only applies to self-evaluation questionairres, this is why, should your preferences not correspond with particular standardised selections, they will be estimated.
    Your functions can become more evident in practice, rather than what one assumes is evident. So in fact, a harmony is what is the aim of these assessments/tests. So both your preferences and functions will assist an accurate typing.

    Ask someone, perhaps an occupational advisor, or a sympathetic psychologist in your area to run through the assessments with you. As you are from California, I would think that would not be too difficult. You can also do it for free, if let us say, you got some video referencing, and you could place it in to the forum for analyses. Although it would require a most natural behaviour to be presented for checking.
    Thanks for the great post.

    As for the adding a video thing, I think I would do that, except I wouldn't know what to talk about and stuff. Not to mention I think I would behave a little differently in front of a camera rather than in front of a person.

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    Quite frankly, if it isn't about how you feel, it's about how someone else feels, and noone else was taking the test for him.
    If he relates to one side of the coin than the other I say go ahead and take that label, but it's only a label.

    In my brief time here I've been told I don't fit the typical INFJ type, fine! I've taken the tests many times and based upon the way I answer It's remained INFJ(tho the first time I ever took it it was INTJ), some things are a lot higher some days than others.

    All I really have to say is that no test is going to be able to adequately encompass anyones entire personality. So with that said - does it really matter that much to you?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by gOpheR View Post
    Quite frankly, if it isn't about how you feel, it's about how someone else feels, and noone else was taking the test for him.
    If he relates to one side of the coin than the other I say go ahead and take that label, but it's only a label.

    In my brief time here I've been told I don't fit the typical INFJ type, fine! I've taken the tests many times and based upon the way I answer It's remained INFJ(tho the first time I ever took it it was INTJ), some things are a lot higher some days than others.

    All I really have to say is that no test is going to be able to adequately encompass anyones entire personality. So with that said - does it really matter that much to you?
    Yeah, the only problem with how someone else feels about you is that they aren't in your shoes and can't feel your own feelings and think your own thoughts. They will also be biased in some sort of way.

    And no, it doesn't matter that much. I'm just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouetree View Post
    they aren't in your shoes and can't feel your own feelings and think your own thoughts.
    This might sound arguementative, but it sounds like you just agreed with my first post of "do what you feel"

    All you can do is go with what you feel is right or think is correct for you.
    I think that is the trump card there my friend.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by gOpheR View Post
    This might sound arguementative, but it sounds like you just agreed with my first post of "do what you feel"

    All you can do is go with what you feel is right or think is correct for you.
    I think that is the trump card there my friend.
    Well yes, I do mostly agree with the "do what you feel" part, but I was just saying that what you truly feel will often be confused for what you want to feel.


     
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