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Hi all, I'm finally registering and will be spending more time here to introspect and understand and help others. Hopefully meet some cool people too!

Although I've always been artistic, I've been influenced by various things during my life to pursue an analytical life both vocationally and in life-style. Fortunately, in college I had the great fortune to room with an INFP who was very wise in personality knowledge and he helped me begin embracing my natural inclinations as strengths instead of how I had been regarding them: as weaknesses.

After that initial experience I didn't think much about personality types again until a few years later when a romantic relationship went south. This long-term relationship with an ISTJ nearly destroyed me as I repeatedly tried to connect with her on a deep level and failed. Near the end and in the aftermath I was reminded of the MBTI personality types which shed a lot of light on the situation and helped me understand why it "just didn't work." Of course, personality types aren't everything as it's possible for anyone to have a good relationship, but it helped enough so I could figure out the rest.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to talking with people I can identify with as well as other interesting people and helping each other learn :)

Cheers,
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I don't really believe that it would change my life, but my mind is willing to change.
 

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@Starri: True, I just mean my introduction is an example of how such a meeting started a life-changing experience related to personality types.
 

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@Starri: True, I just mean my introduction is an example of how such a meeting started a life-changing experience related to personality types.
Well then, welcome to the forums lovely person :happy:
 

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Welcome my fellow INFP. :happy:
 

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Hi all, I'm finally registering and will be spending more time here to introspect and understand and help others. Hopefully meet some cool people too!

Although I've always been artistic, I've been influenced by various things during my life to pursue an analytical life both vocationally and in life-style. Fortunately, in college I had the great fortune to room with an INFP who was very wise in personality knowledge and he helped me begin embracing my natural inclinations as strengths instead of how I had been regarding them: as weaknesses.

After that initial experience I didn't think much about personality types again until a few years later when a romantic relationship went south. This long-term relationship with an ISTJ nearly destroyed me as I repeatedly tried to connect with her on a deep level and failed. Near the end and in the aftermath I was reminded of the MBTI personality types which shed a lot of light on the situation and helped me understand why it "just didn't work." Of course, personality types aren't everything as it's possible for anyone to have a good relationship, but it helped enough so I could figure out the rest.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to talking with people I can identify with as well as other interesting people and helping each other learn :)

Cheers,
- GGibson
Hey Gibson, nice meeting you. I've learned recently of MBTI. I thought how cool it was knowing that as an INFP, I'm not the only romantic&idealistic&polly-anna-ish idiot out in the world. I've always thought this to myself, "If people knew me, they wouldn't regret it". It's a vain statement to some, but it's my personality as a feeler to make everyone happy.

However, not all INFPs are created equal. I know 2 INFPs in my life, both male. I somewhat wish I was closer to one of them as a friend, but we hardly know each other. The other, I met once, who kept saying that I'm an ISFP and he was a huge douchebag to me and my friends. Go figure.

As for myself, I was a bit reclusive growing up. Not that it affected my academic career, but not a lot of my friends even got to know me during grade school. Maybe less than 3 or 4 total people outside my family really got to know me until college. I didn't really change their lives though.

It was in college that I became a 'mentally healthy' (to others, that is) person for the first time. And when I became social, I began to see how much potential I have in pleasing others, making them laugh, having a good time, etc. It began my first day at move-in, when I drank alcohol for the very first time. Since then, life has had its ups and downs, but mostly more ups, especially in recent months.

My summary: any healthy INFP can change anyone's life. Actually, any healthy Feeler in my opinion can, as long as they're open-minded, flexible & respecting of other people's values (even if your values are cross, who cares?), and acting rational. Just like poker, you shouldn't show your cards (my ENTJ father tells me).

I am very active in the youth ministry at my local church and the kids there really love me. I got to know some of them, especially the ones that live in single parent or no parent households. My Healer personality really comes out then, to be there for them and give them inspiration to succeed in school and in life.

Having been on here, I see a lot of healthier INFPs than me, and a lot of un-healthier INFPs too that. But I'm a positive thinker and I'll be on these forums with only good, helpful, and/or rational things to say, and hopefully I can help anyone. I'm on here to be helped as well (my signature says it all).

Knowing a positive INFP is life-changing, and good luck trying to get to know one. If he/she is reclusive, then act extroverted & silly. That will get their attention

James
 
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