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How would you distinguish the two?

On a different type me thread, people argued for both sides, and I can see why they thought so. I know for sure I judge using Fe and Ti, but now I can't tell what my dominant function is. Let me paste my response to this questionnaire, and let me know if you need more info.

Both general observations about INFJs heavy on Ti/INTPs heavy on Fe and speculations about my true type are welcome!


0. 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 female millennial raised in a traditional Asian family. Thus, I have been conditioned to respect my elders and authority (even though I might not inwardly respect them). Also, diligence and giving back to the community are core values that I've been raised under and was expected to adopt as my own. I am expected to act a proper way-- ladylike and ready to help out in the family with chores and cooking. Disobeying superiors/elders/adults is perceived as disrespect, and can bring shame to my family (especially parents) since they have a 'disrespectful' daughter in the family. Thus, to avoid conflict, I usually comply with social expectations, even if it doesn't make sense to me. Once in a while, I'd challenge them, and get puzzled looks or a scolding/lecture in return.

1. Click on this link: Flickr: Explore! Look at the random photo for about 30 seconds. Copy and paste it here, and write about your impression of it.
*The site won't let me post the picture or its link because I don't have enough posts yet. But the name of the photo was 2nd sunrise by hitohira_

This person has a bird's eye view of the clouds and the mountains. At the highest (a higher?) peak, they are able to stand above entities that once towered over them. This is assuming they climbed the mountain. But who knows, maybe they've been raised on the peak their entire life, and this kind of view of the sunrise is all they know.

2. You are with a group of people in a car, heading to a different town to see your favourite band/artist/musician. Suddenly, the car breaks down for an unknown reason in the middle of nowhere. What are your initial thoughts? What are your outward reactions?
Thoughts: I wonder what's wrong with this car. Is it old and it's time for it to go? Was it the way the driver drove? Can we fix it?
Reactions: Calm, as others freak out.

3. You somehow make it to the concert. The driver wants to go to the afterparty that was announced (and assure you they won't drink so they can drive back later). How do you feel about this party? What do you do?
No. I'm not going to the party. They can go, but I'll just find a different ride home. If I can't find a ride home, I'll explore the town by myself while the driver parties.

4. On the drive back, your friends are talking. A friend makes a claim that clashes with your current beliefs. What is your inward reaction? What do you outwardly say?
Inward reaction: "Why do you think that?" or "That's not true" (if the claim is actually a false statement)
Outwardly says: Nothing, unless the friend said something extreme like "people who do X deserve to die", or ridiculous like genuinely claiming that the earth is flat. Then I would have to correct them.

5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
I'd rethink my beliefs to see if they were reasonable. If not, then I'd research the thing that clashed against my beliefs. If my beliefs were reasonable, I'd try to think of reasons why that something isn't true/unreasonable.

6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
Independence, family, peace, knowledge, kindness. I don't know how I determined them, but I guess I kind of just know. Perhaps because it'd be fairly difficult for me to compromise them unless it's more advantageous at the situation to let them go. My values can adapt and evolve if I find convincing reasons to change.

7. a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else? b) If you could change one thing about you personality, what would it be? Why?
a) Wait, this is hard to think of because anything I say could be similar to "everyone else." If "everyone else" means relative to the people around me, then I overanalyze things and can't seem to live in the here and the now. I think too much, even to the point that I have trouble falling asleep.
b) I like who I am, but I wish I was more personable had was more of a people-person. I can't hold a steady steam of conversation and can't stand small talk. But that's how a lot of people connect with each other and get closer to each other. Also, that would mean that I'd be less insensitive and maybe more likable because of that.

8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
It depends. I try to trust them, but I end up second guessing myself, even though most of the time, my hunch was right. I guess I'm afraid of being wrong. The hunches are often triggered during unknown situations, where there's not enough evidence to know what's going to happen next. They are also triggered in daily life, like trying to figure out how to assemble something from IKEA (I never read the manuals) or fix a broken appliance.

9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
a) Writing (about topics that interest me), stimulating conversations, listening to music, playing the piano/ukulele, etc.
b) Loud parties, dealing with needy people, too much detail oriented work in one setting (my current part time job involves clerical work)
Why? I am a low-energy person and too much extroversion is too demanding and not worth the effort.

10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
I tend to repress talking about topics that truly interest me like the cognitive function theory, philosophy, religion, etc. because I've learned that most people around me don't care about that stuff and lose interest if I bring up those topics. Sometimes they pretend to be interested, but then change the subject to something else like sports or what so-and-so's boyfriend did. I found that unless the other person is actually interested in the topics that intrigues me or I try to follow their interests, the conversation will just die and there's no point. So I tend to just listen most of the time, or pretend to listen if the topic is too shallow.

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Well, if you are an INFJ, then you'll have Se and Ni, whereas if you're an INTP, you'll have Si and Ne.

Perhaps it will be easier to figure out your type based on the functions that are different, rather than on the ones that are the same.

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I've read reports from multiple INFJs who typed INTP in their younger years. I did as well. You may very well be transitioning from one type to another as your inferior functions develop. It happens to a lot of folks. For me, it helped to analyze my eneagram type and read discussions among the various types I could identify with. The picture will get clearer with more testing and self analysis.
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