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Hello, hello dear members of Personality Cafe!

Like a lot of other people I have doubts about my type as well. It's funny to think about how something not so important messes with your thoughts, but it makes me a little bit anxious since I want to be true to myself.. haha.

So.. I feel like an INFP but at the same time.. I can relate with ISFPs descriptions as much as well...:shocked:
Oh, confusing.

I'm not very cognizant about types and functions (shame on me:D) so I'm pretty much more than an amateur when it comes talking about functions and types, so maybe someone more..umm...experienced? :laughing: can „reach“ me a helpful hand and give me more confidence about my type!?:laughing:

Oh and if that helps (sentences in bold – the ones that I can relate to):

ISFP description:

As an ISFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five sense in a literal, concrete fashion.

ISFPs live in the world of sensation possibilities. They are keenly in tune with the way things look, taste, sound, feel and smell. They have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art, and are likely to be artists in some form, because they are unusually gifted at creating and composing things (well... I like to compose my music :blushed:) which will strongly affect the senses. They have a strong set of values, which they strive to consistently meet in their lives. They need to feel as if they're living their lives in accordance with what they feel is right, and will rebel against anything which conflicts with that goal. They're likely to choose jobs and careers which allow them the freedom of working towards the realization of their value-oriented personal goals.

ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to (well...I even hold back my ideals and opinions from people that are closest to me.. :unsure:). They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people's sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in.

ISFPs have a strong affinity for aesthetics and beauty. They're likely to be animal lovers, and to have a true appreciation for the beauties of nature. They're original and independent, and need to have personal space. They value people who take the time to understand the ISFP, and who support the ISFP in pursuing their goals in their own, unique way. People who don't know them well may see their unique way of life as a sign of carefree light-heartedness, but the ISFP actually takes life very seriously, constantly gathering specific information and shifting it through their value systems, in search for clarification and underlying meaning.

ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are "doers", and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a "hands-on" environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. Their strong value systems demand that decisions are evaluated against their subjective beliefs, rather than against some objective rules or laws.

ISFPs are extremely perceptive and aware of others. They constantly gather specific information about people, and seek to discover what it means. They are usually penetratingly accurate in their perceptions of others.

ISFPs are warm and sympathetic. They genuinely care about people, and are strongly service-oriented in their desire to please. They have an unusually deep well of caring for those who are close to them, and are likely to show their love through actions, rather than words.

ISFPs have no desire to lead or control others, just as they have no desire to be led or controlled by others. They need space and time alone to evaluate the circumstances of their life against their value system, and are likely to respect other people's needs for the same.

The ISFP is likely to not give themself enough credit for the things which they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unneccesary harshness.
(Well....it's true...:unsure::laughing:)

The ISFP has many special gifts for the world, especially in the areas of creating artistic sensation, and selflessly serving others. Life is not likely to be extremely easy for the ISFP, because they take life so seriously, but they have the tools to make their lives and the lives of those close to them richly rewarding experiences. :tongue:

Oh... I feel a little paradoxal... maybe I am? oh..ugh...oh :unsure::laughing:

And yeah.. I gave up with the INFP description since... I got confused.. :mellow:

So.. what do you think?
 

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Here's a completely random question for you - are there any profiles written in your native tongue? While trying to type myself the hardest thing has been understanding Ne and Ni, and it's Ne that's in the INFP profile. If I struggle as a native English speaker what chance do you have?

You have highlighted plenty of the sensing things in this one though so you might be on the right track, but
They have an unusually deep well of caring for those who are close to them, and are likely to show their love through actions, rather than words.
Doesn't sound like you at all - you are very generous with your words to everyone on here, not just those you know well. Just thought I'd mention that for other people reading this thread...

I wish you luck and will try to look back over things to see if I can help more :happy:
 

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Hi Fira,

I'd like to give you a link to a previous post of mine helping another confused user by explaining my own understanding between the INFP and ISFP. In that post I compared how the functions in particular interact with each other

http://personalitycafe.com/whats-my-personality-type/30370-isfp-infp.html

Let me know if it was useful.
Hey HandiAce!

Yes, it was useful! Thank you : )

Here's a completely random question for you - are there any profiles written in your native tongue? While trying to type myself the hardest thing has been understanding Ne and Ni, and it's Ne that's in the INFP profile. If I struggle as a native English speaker what chance do you have?

You have highlighted plenty of the sensing things in this one though so you might be on the right track, but Doesn't sound like you at all - you are very generous with your words to everyone on here, not just those you know well. Just thought I'd mention that for other people reading this thread...

I wish you luck and will try to look back over things to see if I can help more :happy:
Hey!

Yeah, I just read about sensing and intuiton functions in Estonian and I have to admit.. I overreacted with embolding sentences, lol. I'm such an INFPie. ISFP description might sound like me as well as INFP one but I'm toooooooooooo N to be that S to be an ISFP and overall... none of the tests has diagnosed me as an ISFP...so... I keep walking on the INFP road over and over again...:p I don't have nothing against it though :tongue:

Haha, sorry for the "drama" I caused. lol! :laughing:
 

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Geez that text sounds like me -___-. Now I'm confused! I used to be confused a couple of months back but I gave up on it (mostly because I kept seeing MBTI Posters with scene girls on it and it kind of discouraged me XD). I feel like there should be a precise test to figure out if you're an INFP or ISFP because I keep reading what people write about the differences and I tend to identify with both sides.

Gaaah.
 

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Yeah this typing thing is far harder than taking a test - it takes a lot of effort to work out why you do what you do, and how you think. Switching one letter may mean far more than the stereotype for that letter too

Fi-Ne-Si-Te = INFP
Fi-Se-Ni-Te = ISFP

so at least you two have a good excuse for being unsure, unlike those INFP/INFJ people (including me not long ago :blushed:)

The question you should ask is do you think

Extraverted Sensing (Se): Exploration of the physical world. Looks to be what can be experienced tangibly. Gathering of 'what is'
Introverted iNtuition (Ni): A synthesizing of internal concepts to predict possibility. Ties unrelated stored information to create perception. A way to determine 'what will be'

or

Introverted Sensing (Si): Framework of perceptions of previously experienced physical information based on what has been proven true in the past. A collection of 'what was'
Extraverted iNtuition (Ne): Exploration of the world of ideas. Looks to what can be conceived from information. Expands upon ideas and the environment. Wonders 'what could be'

is more you. If you can get past the stereotypes you will find there are people you relate well to hiding in each section :happy: I'm just glad there is no Ti involved in being an ISFP as I relate to this description as well...
 

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Yeah this typing thing is far harder than taking a test - it takes a lot of effort to work out why you do what you do, and how you think. Switching one letter may mean far more than the stereotype for that letter too

Fi-Ne-Si-Te = INFP
Fi-Se-Ni-Te = ISFP

so at least you two have a good excuse for being unsure, unlike those INFP/INFJ people (including me not long ago :blushed:)

The question you should ask is do you think

Extraverted Sensing (Se): Exploration of the physical world. Looks to be what can be experienced tangibly. Gathering of 'what is'
Introverted iNtuition (Ni): A synthesizing of internal concepts to predict possibility. Ties unrelated stored information to create perception. A way to determine 'what will be'

or

Introverted Sensing (Si): Framework of perceptions of previously experienced physical information based on what has been proven true in the past. A collection of 'what was'
Extraverted iNtuition (Ne): Exploration of the world of ideas. Looks to what can be conceived from information. Expands upon ideas and the environment. Wonders 'what could be'

is more you. If you can get past the stereotypes you will find there are people you relate well to hiding in each section :happy: I'm just glad there is no Ti involved in being an ISFP as I relate to this description as well...
In order of those four fonctions I'd say I'm Ni-Ne-Se-Si... So I still don't know XD. Also, I haven't really felt like I connected with any ISFPs on the forum... but I have felt similar to many INFPs (though a lot of them also ask questions about their type)

I've also wondered about Ti.. but let's not get into that. (Sorry for hijacking your thread Fira :mellow:)
 
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