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Hello ISFPs.

I am fairly new on this website and have been trying to figure out my MBTI. I have already taken a questionnaire and posted information about myself. It has been suggested that I am an ISFP or an INFP rather equally. I am about to do another questionnaire to make my final decision, as I am in a bit of a dilemma because I relate to both ISFPs and INFPs.

Your IXFP expertise would be greatly appreciated.

1. Is there anything that may affect the way you answer the questions? For example, a stressful time, mental illness, medications, special life circumstances? Other useful information includes sex, age, and current state of mind.

I am a seventeen year old female currently in a peaceful state of mind.

2. Study these two images here and here. Which one do you prefer and why? How would you describe it?

*can't post links yet sorry*

I prefer the first image. Probably because I'm more into nature photos than photos of people. I am particularly drawn to the sky, with its mix of blues, greens, purples, the stars and the sunset on the horizon. They reflect beautifully on the ocean and the wet sandy beach. For some reason, it reminds me a lot of my trip to Iceland.

3. Please describe yourself as a person if you were to introduce yourself to someone else like in a cover letter. What kind of person are you and why?

I am a talkative, yet slightly withdrawn person with many ideas running through my head. I enjoy peaceful, creative pursuits such as writing fiction, drawing and listening to music. I am interested in how people and society work and enjoy researching history, sociology and psychology. Outdoor pursuits I enjoy are hiking, camping, horse riding and archery.

4. What kind of person would you LIKE to be? Why? What kind of person would you NOT want to be? Why?

I would like to be an independent, imaginative and intelligent author because I get to remain true to myself and exercise my talent.

I would not want to be a routined, bored businessperson because those are two things I dread the most and I just do not get business at all.

5. Do you think there are any differences to how you described yourself and how people actually perceive you? How do you think others would describe you? If there are any discrepancies between these two that are you are aware of; do you know why exactly that is?

I have been described as stubborn, opinionated, loud some of the time but quiet during others but also with a sensitive, gentle side. I am seen as creative and often get compliments on my drawing and writing.

6. What in life do you find to be of importance? Why? If you are unsure you can always take the Value Test and post the results here. Do note that it helps if you narrow it down to 20 or ideally 10 values as suggested at stage 2.

Took the value test. Hard time choosing XD

1. Imagination(7 votes)
2. Fascination(7 votes)
3. Inspiration(5 votes)
4. Courage(4 votes)
5. Serenity(3 votes)
6. Humor(3 votes)
7. Solitude(3 votes)
8. Excellence(3 votes)
9. Intelligence(1 votes)

7. How do you react to new situations in your life? Can you describe an event in your life where you were in an unknown situation? How did you deal with it?

I'd be excited and nervous at the same time. Maybe I'll need a bit of motivation at first but I usually enjoy new things once I get into them.

8. Please describe yourself when you are in a stressful situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

When stressed, I usually slip into a withdrawn, idle state where I just want to stop working and isolate myself from the world.

9. Please describe yourself when you are in an enjoyable situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

I just sit back and enjoy things as they come.

10. Describe your relationship to socialization. How do you perceive one-on-one interaction? How do you perceive group interaction?

I greatly prefer one-on-one to group situations. Not only am I less nervous but I tend to get my point across more easily.

11. Describe your relationship to society. What are the elements of it you hold important or unimportant (e.g. social norms, values, customs, traditions)? How do you see people as a whole?

I think people should just stay true to themselves and not let societal expectations and peer pressure drag them down. I think everyone has the potential to be the most evil or the most compassionate person on earth.

12. Describe your relationship to authority. How do you perceive authority? What does it mean to you, and how do you deal with it?

I will accept authority but from time to time, I feel an inner voice telling me to rebel.

13. Describe your relationship to order and chaos. What do order and chaos mean to you? How do they manifest in your daily life?

I think order is temporary and that chaos will prevail in the end. That is nature's way. I can't really say how it comes up in my everyday life...

14. What is it that you fear in life? Why? How does this fear manifest to you both in how you think and how you act?

My greatest fears are failure and rejection. For example when I get a bad grade at school, I pretend to not be bothered but secretly, I just want to curl up and blame myself endlessly.

15. What is it that you desire in life? What do you strive to achieve? Why? Where do you think these drives and desires stem from or are inspired by?

I desire to be an author that will have a great impact on the world because I want to share my views and outlook on life and people in general. I think this desire comes from me writing short stories at a young age and studying English literature.

16. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?

a. My interests - I feel most at peace with myself
b. Prolonged socialisation and big parties - I start to run out of things to say and just want to be alone. I also have trouble with introducing myself to new people.

17. Why do you want to know your type? What type do you think you are? Why this/these type(s)? Is there a type that appeals to you, to your self-perception, that you would like to be? Why? If you know your enneagram, please post this here. If you have done any online function tests such as the Keys2Cognition, it helps if you post these results here as well.

I want to know my type so I can know myself better and feel more secure. I don't know my enneagram either. If you can take a stab at it as well then thank you.

18. Finally, is there something else you find to be of importance you want to add about yourself you think might be of relevance when helping to type you?

That's all folks
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Hello ISFPs.

I am fairly new on this website and have been trying to figure out my MBTI. I have already taken a questionnaire and posted information about myself. It has been suggested that I am an ISFP or an INFP rather equally. I am about to do another questionnaire to make my final decision, as I am in a bit of a dilemma because I relate to both ISFPs and INFPs.

Your IXFP expertise would be greatly appreciated.

1. Is there anything that may affect the way you answer the questions? For example, a stressful time, mental illness, medications, special life circumstances? Other useful information includes sex, age, and current state of mind.

I am a seventeen year old female currently in a peaceful state of mind.
I'm guessing that 17 may be a bit young to actually know with any certainty what you are, but I thought that usually, the differences between Sensing and intuition would be settled, but.... as we shall see...

2. Study these two images here and here. Which one do you prefer and why? How would you describe it?

*can't post links yet sorry*

I prefer the first image. Probably because I'm more into nature photos than photos of people. I am particularly drawn to the sky, with its mix of blues, greens, purples, the stars and the sunset on the horizon. They reflect beautifully on the ocean and the wet sandy beach. For some reason, it reminds me a lot of my trip to Iceland.

3. Please describe yourself as a person if you were to introduce yourself to someone else like in a cover letter. What kind of person are you and why?

I am a talkative, yet slightly withdrawn person with many ideas running through my head. I enjoy peaceful, creative pursuits such as writing fiction, drawing and listening to music. I am interested in how people and society work and enjoy researching history, sociology and psychology. Outdoor pursuits I enjoy are hiking, camping, horse riding and archery.
Se-ish... (BTW, my daughter started archery this year--one first place in some regional contest, and got to go to the national youth olympics) ;-)

4. What kind of person would you LIKE to be? Why? What kind of person would you NOT want to be? Why?

I would like to be an independent, imaginative and intelligent author because I get to remain true to myself and exercise my talent.

I would not want to be a routined, bored businessperson because those are two things I dread the most and I just do not get business at all.
Neutral, but your talent is writing? That's more INFP than ISFP, I would guess--don't get me wrong, I'd love to be a writer, but I've never done well at it...

5. Do you think there are any differences to how you described yourself and how people actually perceive you? How do you think others would describe you? If there are any discrepancies between these two that are you are aware of; do you know why exactly that is?

I have been described as stubborn, opinionated, loud some of the time but quiet during others but also with a sensitive, gentle side. I am seen as creative and often get compliments on my drawing and writing.
Again, to me, sounds neutral, more Fi than anything else, but maybe more Se (loud some of the time)

7. How do you react to new situations in your life? Can you describe an event in your life where you were in an unknown situation? How did you deal with it?

I'd be excited and nervous at the same time. Maybe I'll need a bit of motivation at first but I usually enjoy new things once I get into them.

8. Please describe yourself when you are in a stressful situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

When stressed, I usually slip into a withdrawn, idle state where I just want to stop working and isolate myself from the world.

9. Please describe yourself when you are in an enjoyable situation. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

I just sit back and enjoy things as they come.
More Fi than anything here, but maybe your answer to 9 could be more Ne???

10. Describe your relationship to socialization. How do you perceive one-on-one interaction? How do you perceive group interaction?

I greatly prefer one-on-one to group situations. Not only am I less nervous but I tend to get my point across more easily.

11. Describe your relationship to society. What are the elements of it you hold important or unimportant (e.g. social norms, values, customs, traditions)? How do you see people as a whole?

I think people should just stay true to themselves and not let societal expectations and peer pressure drag them down. I think everyone has the potential to be the most evil or the most compassionate person on earth.

12. Describe your relationship to authority. How do you perceive authority? What does it mean to you, and how do you deal with it?

I will accept authority but from time to time, I feel an inner voice telling me to rebel.
Again, more Fi than anything, but some vagueness whether Se or Ne...

13. Describe your relationship to order and chaos. What do order and chaos mean to you? How do they manifest in your daily life?
I think order is temporary and that chaos will prevail in the end. That is nature's way. I can't really say how it comes up in my everyday life...
Sorry, here is one where I could not, as an ISFP immediately relate. I would look at this question in a purely immediate context. I'd look at my desk (chaos), and my internal need for order and be frustrated that I was unable to bring that into existence in my immediate surroundings, or how chaos around me can negatively effect me. Looking out to the future like that??? not really. That said, it sounds more Ni than Ne, so who knows??? too few words. (more on that in a moment)

14. What is it that you fear in life? Why? How does this fear manifest to you both in how you think and how you act?

My greatest fears are failure and rejection. For example when I get a bad grade at school, I pretend to not be bothered but secretly, I just want to curl up and blame myself endlessly.

15. What is it that you desire in life? What do you strive to achieve? Why? Where do you think these drives and desires stem from or are inspired by?

I desire to be an author that will have a great impact on the world because I want to share my views and outlook on life and people in general. I think this desire comes from me writing short stories at a young age and studying English literature.
Again, more Fi than anything...

16. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?

a. My interests - I feel most at peace with myself
b. Prolonged socialisation and big parties - I start to run out of things to say and just want to be alone. I also have trouble with introducing myself to new people.
There isn't really enough here to go on. What kind of interests energize you? More doing--painting, drawing, going outdoors, walking, swimming? or more cerebral ones like reading, writing, or contemplating? In other words, more Ne activities (and I have no idea what they would look like) or Se activities (the more active and more outdoorsy ones)? This is where we need to be looking...


17. Why do you want to know your type? What type do you think you are? Why this/these type(s)? Is there a type that appeals to you, to your self-perception, that you would like to be? Why? If you know your enneagram, please post this here. If you have done any online function tests such as the Keys2Cognition, it helps if you post these results here as well.

I want to know my type so I can know myself better and feel more secure. I don't know my enneagram either. If you can take a stab at it as well then thank you.
Again, what we have here is a bit too little. I'm going to go out on a limb here... Knowing myself, and my own inability to express my innerness with words (that actually describe myself--writing fiction I could be a bit more expressive, but still...) And considering the more concrete way in which you wrote, while being vague at the same time, I suspect that maybe you could possibly be a bit more leaning ISFP. But here's a question. When you write, do you tend to spend more time describing what is happening in the real world? or what is going on inside people's heads? To you tend to write more expansively, like fantasy, describing things that could be, but aren't or do you prefer to describe what is, or even the gritty reality in negative terms? I think, to be honest, that this is where you need to look to help you nail this one... But that's just me. :)
 

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Again, what we have here is a bit too little. I'm going to go out on a limb here... Knowing myself, and my own inability to express my innerness with words (that actually describe myself--writing fiction I could be a bit more expressive, but still...) And considering the more concrete way in which you wrote, while being vague at the same time, I suspect that maybe you could possibly be a bit more leaning ISFP. But here's a question. When you write, do you tend to spend more time describing what is happening in the real world? or what is going on inside people's heads? To you tend to write more expansively, like fantasy, describing things that could be, but aren't or do you prefer to describe what is, or even the gritty reality in negative terms? I think, to be honest, that this is where you need to look to help you nail this one... But that's just me. :)
Thanks. Sorry being rather vague I guess ^^;

When I'm writing, I tend to be very descriptive. My preferred genre is also fantasy.
 

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Thanks. Sorry being rather vague I guess ^^;

When I'm writing, I tend to be very descriptive. My preferred genre is also fantasy.
Yes, but when writing it, do you tend to focus on the descriptions, the sensory stuff? or do you focus on the fantastical--the stuff that doesn't really exist, but you wish it did--the possibility that fantasy gives? The improbably, the impossible, etc?

BTW, like your taste in sci fi--Red Dwarf and Douglas Adams... some of my favorite stuff--and yes, I'm Se (but these things are fuuuuny!). ;-)
 

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Yes, but when writing it, do you tend to focus on the descriptions, the sensory stuff? or do you focus on the fantastical--the stuff that doesn't really exist, but you wish it did--the possibility that fantasy gives? The improbably, the impossible, etc?

BTW, like your taste in sci fi--Red Dwarf and Douglas Adams... some of my favorite stuff--and yes, I'm Se (but these things are fuuuuny!). ;-)
I'd say I'd focus more on the possibilities. I'd hate to admit it but I've never really paid attention to that kind of thing until now.

Awesome! :D
 

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I think INFP sounds more right. Just going through your questionnaire, you use a lot of figurative language similar to how INFP's do, not so much describing concrete details. Im also quite a sensory INFP fwiw, I enjoy outdoor activities, I think many INFP's do as it helps them to feel more balanced from their abstract world. So, yeah, just a hunch. Many other things pointed to Ne/Si over Se/Ni.
 

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I'd say I'd focus more on the possibilities. I'd hate to admit it but I've never really paid attention to that kind of thing until now.
And then you say that!!! Se! ;-)

I fear I'm messing with your mind--but it's not intentional... But I am now leaning more INFP than ISFP... But again, I'd reiterate, I'd be looking at your extroverted function--Ne vs. Se... where do you express yourself more, or prefer to "unload" your Fi? You'll get this nailed someday... :)

In any case, I would focus on developing your Fi first of all, in any case. Learn to balance it, learn to let it show itself constructively. That will almost naturally develop your auxiliary function, under normal circumstances, or maybe i can put it this way. You will naturally seek those things that develop your aux. Sounds a mess, I'm sure, but at the moment, I'm at a loss for words... :-0
 

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INFPs have tertiary Si, this means they enjoy nostalgia, collect stuff that reminds them of past events and experiences, such as sand in a bottle from the beach, seashells, old keys, photo albums of friends and family, that something that you know who bought you when you were in blah blah blah :p. etc.. INFPs may be prone to certain routines which make them comfortable, enjoy comfort more then ISFPs.

I kind of don't really care about mementos like that as ISFP and am more into stimulation sensory or mental (Se-Ni), anything to stave off inertia :unsure:. For example some of the songs on the INFP forum are too slow for me, not enough stimulation. Neither mental nor sensory.

Under normal energy level conditions I can't stop thinking or experiencing or I'll get irritated and restless. Inertia means boredom, boredom means stress, stress is pain I want to avoid pain of not seeing something new. Pain that is new is interesting thou, but not if its unhealthy for me physically.

Example of how I avoid boredom: debating personality theory on PerC, reading wikipedia, watching national geographic, ted talk, discovery channel or reading about computer tech, browsing deviant-art or talking to friends about cats and other things like how string theory makes ghosts plausible :pPP, watching anime, 3 day non stop science fiction show marathon. (I don't do many outdoor activities...odd).

INFP secondary Ne also makes them enjoy abstract poetry and are likely to write some or some such similar things. They are more theory focused and don't really prefer being hands on and using what they learn. Less pragmatic then ISFP who tends to get bored if theory leads to nothing useful.

Most striking difference is that ISFP can be rather realistic in comparison to INFP idealism, this means we see and accept the world mostly for what it is and do our best to improve it as Fi demands. INFPs on the other hand are full of idealism and take disappointment harshly. (the whole rose colored glasses thing you keep reading about in descriptions).

Idk what else to say, the two types are very similar. You seem Fi-Te and that is the most useful thing you can get out of the MBTI: to learn to manage your stress reaction properly, to spot the inferior grip moments and to know you are Fi dom and need to be true to your values.

The rest falls in line anyway, since you seem to be doing what you love :).
Stay true to who you are, don't let type and descriptions sidetrack you.
 
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