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Hi, everyone!

I'm a lurker who's finally decided to post. I've been studying MBTI for a few years, but when it comes to typing, I get stuck. Would anyone be so kind as to help me out?

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'm a sixteen-year-old female. I have social anxiety and a history of depression. Right now, I'm feeling relatively calm.

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.

I can't post links, but the photo is "Fujifilm X-Pro2" and was taken by Sam Ferris. It's a beautiful picture, I have to say. There's something about the two figures. A worldliness. They could be the same person.

That's a strange thing to say, in hindsight, but it seems like the woman in the foreground is reflecting on the woman behind her - the kind of woman she used to be? Naive, less familiar with the ways of the world. Less hardened. There's an air of melancholy.

As for the lighting and composition, they work together nicely. The figures are clear, even amid the activity. I like the interplay between the one's orange frock and the other's “business-like” coat. It makes me wonder if the two started (and ended) up the same way.

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?


Well, I'm not the concert-type, but I'll answer as best I can.

My initial thoughts, I guess, would be panic-y. While I don't mind being late so much, I'd be upset at the thought of missing out. I'd fret about why the car broke down now, of all times.

As for what my outward behavior would be like, it's hard to say. My actions depend on the group I'm with. I'd most likely stand off to the side, offering commentary when asked.

To be honest, I'd spend most time of my time pondering why the car broke down - is it a coincidence? Should I not go?

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?


Noise and hustle-and-bustle make me uncomfortable, so I wouldn't be thrilled. At the end of the day, though, I'm not comfortable with pushing my own agenda. I would simply express my discomfort and find something else to do. (And if that didn't pan out, I'd stand to the side.)

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?

Those are interesting questions! My answer would depend on what my friend had to say.

If, for example, they said something demeaning, I'd be quick to chastise them, or at least call them out. In my view, that kind of behavior is unacceptable. I'd re-think my "friend's" moral character if they said something of that sort.

Conversely, if my friend made a factual error, I'd correct it, depending on how egregious it was. (And assuming correction wouldn't embarrass them.) While I can be very argumentative, I wouldn't think much of that kind of thing.

Finally, if my friend expressed an opinion that I simply disagreed with, I'd be more curious than anything. I'd want to know why they felt that way, and, ultimately, I'd be open to thinking that way, too. While I'm firm in my beliefs, I enjoy learning new things. Sassing, challenging, and engaging with others' opinions is the best way to "grow," I think.

5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?

Same as the above, really. I'd try to talk to the person who did such a thing, if at all possible, and if not I'd converse with a friend (or conduct research). I'd mostly want to understand where that person came from - though again, I won't tolerate certain things.

6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them?

Hmm... So many values are important to me!

At the end of the day, though, I care most about consideration. We're all individuals, we're all fundamentally different. Part of being a mature, thoughtful person is respecting those differences. Openness (to new experiences and information), honesty, and kindness are also important to me, for the same reasons.

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a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else?

Another interesting question. It's hard to say! I've always been told that I'm "mature" for my age, but that's not exactly notable...

I guess if I had to pick something, I'd pick my determination. If I put my mind to something, I can do it. When it comes to art and writing, I'm constantly challenging myself and pushing the limits of my skills. Sometimes to an unhealthy extent; I'm very perfectionistic.

b) If you could change one thing about you personality, what would it be? Why?

My perfectionism. While it can be a driving force, it's stultifying. I feel that each piece I write, for example, should be my best work. Which is... not possible. I struggle with unrealistic expectations.

Also, I'd be less reserved, less sensitive to what others think of me. (More of an "energizer bunny," I suppose?) I enjoy my friends' company, but there's only so much I can take before I'm flustered and worn down.

8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?

I'm known for getting "hunches," actually. They are random and usually about other people (though I do catch onto book/movie plots quickly as well). I generally follow my hunches, since they're (almost) always right.

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a) What activities energize you most?

I've always been fond of literature, and I enjoy writing and reading. Deciphering the layers of meaning in a complex text is one of my favorite things, and I hope to reach the point where I can write my own.

I'm also energized by spending time alone, not doing much. Daydreaming - and doing anything remotely "creative" - is a big part of my life. As is discussing my creative enterprises with my friends, thought that's not something I'll do to unwind.

b) What activities drain you most? Why?

Anything that involves (too much) social interaction ("small talk" is a big no-no). Social interaction, of course, has its merits, but I can only take so much. I prefer to keep to myself, or to have lengthy, one-on-one conversations with a close friend.

10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?

Umm... My entire thought process? I reach conclusions in an unexplainable fashion, and I'm constantly entertaining some idea or other (to the point that I pay no attention to my surroundings). I try to appear more "grounded" and "reliable" to others. Which, admittedly, is not something I'm great at.

Other than that, I try to hide how sensitive I am. I'm easily wounded by criticism and will spend hours dissecting my (and others') behavior. Additionally, I'm very in-tune with others' feelings, to the point that I worry about hurting them. Sometimes, I worry people will find out how just how insecure I am...

Aaand... that's it, I guess. Apologies for the length. If you guys have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for reading!
 

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Clear introversion, considering your:

- Distaste for concerts.
- Clear energy drain from socialisation.
- General dominance in introversion based on superficial scanning of the cognitive patterns.

My initial gut feeling about your type is INxJ, as you seem to have a fair amount of Ni use. I'd lean more towards INFJ, as some of the examples of Ni use seem to be about the interpretation of people and their emotions, rather than strict conceptual "hunches".

I'd also usually consider a strong Si/Te axis that may appear as Ni, as smart ISTJs (particularly 5w6 or 1 enneagram ISTJs) can appear as Ni-doms on first glance, but based on:

- Age (quite young to develop that much Si/Te use).
- Definite feelings of these hunches being visceral.
- Use of Ni leaning towards a Fe axis, rather than Te.

Would make ISTJ much less likely.

It is also possible you are a type 1 enneagram, based on your adamant responses to perfectionism being one of your strongest personality characteristics.

What have you considered in the past? Has it been in this ball park, or a completely different type?
 

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Thank you for your reply!

Clear introversion, considering your:

- Distaste for concerts.
- Clear energy drain from socialisation.
- General dominance in introversion based on superficial scanning of the cognitive patterns.
True. I'm all over the map, so to speak, but I've never doubted that I'm an introvert.

My initial gut feeling about your type is INxJ, as you seem to have a fair amount of Ni use. I'd lean more towards INFJ, as some of the example sounds of Ni use seem to be about the interpretation of people and their emotions, rather than strict conceptual "hunches".
Interesting! When I first learned about MBTI, I tested as INFJ. I've entertained the possibility of being one, but the rarity of the type makes me think otherwise.

Also, I don't think I have the "quirkiness" (for lack of a better word) of an Ni-dom. I wouldn't be surprised if I were an INFJ per se, but the type doesn't feel "right." (Though I don't know a lot about Ni. Descriptions are... vague.)

It is also possible you are a type 1 enneagram, based on your adamant responses to perfectionism being one of your strongest personality characteristics.
I've considered 1, for sure. I also identify with 3. (Or 3w1?) That being said, I should read more about the enneagram types; I don't know enough to really comment.

What have you considered in the past? Has it been in this ball park, or a completely different type?
It has. If I had to guess, I'd say I'm an IXFX. Not sure about Ni, but I'm convinced I use Fe (albeit not to the extent an Fe-dom would. One of my best friends is an ENFJ, and while we arrive at the same conclusions, there's a mismatch in energy).

At this point, honestly, I'm leaning toward ISFJ, though I'm now intrigued by the notion of being a Te user. I don't know a lot about the Thinking functions, however, so I'll do some research and get back to you. In the meantime, I'll fill out a few more questionnaires.

Thanks, again!
 

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Thank you for your reply!
You’re welcome. :)


Interesting! When I first learned about MBTI, I tested as INFJ. I've entertained the possibility of being one, but the rarity of the type makes me think otherwise.
Don’t let rarity stop you; people have to be INFJ, after all. And you definitely have the qualities.


Also, I don't think I have the "quirkiness" (for lack of a better word) of an Ni-dom. I wouldn't be surprised if I were an INFJ per se, but the type doesn't feel "right." (Though I don't know a lot about Ni. Descriptions are... vague.)
Ni is definitely vague, and definitely the most stereotyped function of them all. People make it out to be a lot more quirky and mystical than it is. The theme of your consistent hunches, consistent need to withdraw and gather for creativity as well as thought, as well as your young age, makes Ni a serious dom contender.

I've considered 1, for sure. I also identify with 3. (Or 3w1?) That being said, I should read more about the enneagram types; I don't know enough to really comment.
I am not massive into it, either, but 1 seemed a good fit on first glance.


At this point, honestly, I'm leaning toward ISFJ, though I'm now intrigued by the notion of being a Te user. I don't know a lot about the Thinking functions, however, so I'll do some research and get back to you. In the meantime, I'll fill out a few more questionnaires.

Thanks, again!
I think filling out a few more questionnaires would be the best way to go, as well as self-research (that goes without saying). I would be interested to hear what you come back with.

And don’t mention it - this only helps me get better with typing others, and allows me to talk to like minds.
 

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My results on Turi's cognitive functions quiz:

Introverted Thinking (Ti):

"I enjoy learning theories and problem-solving, and as I've grown up I have come to appreciate developing basic frameworks to understand principles."

Extraverted Thinking (Te):

"I may ignore signs of inefficient order, and waste time trying to organise things when stressed."

Introverted Feeling (Fi):

"I may be critical about my own, and other peoples personal beliefs to the point I get stuck on them."

Extraverted Feeling (Fe):

I think this:

"I enjoy connecting with others and making them comfortable."

However, this resonated as well (but may stem from social anxiety more than anything):

"Although I may feel responsible for others feelings, I sometimes struggle to find the right thing to say and can be perceived as being insensitive because of this."

Introverted Sensing (Si):

"I can have extremes of either ignoring the past, or getting stuck in it."

Extraverted Sensing (Se):

"Although I may need tangible, real-world facts, I become overwhelmed by them."

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

This:

"I use insights to achieve goals, I see complete solutions and automatically know what to do."

Or this:

"I enjoy imagining and conceptualizing, as I grow up I have become drawn to the mystic and symbolic."

I'm leaning toward the former.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne):

"I can be stubborn about recognising hidden meaning and connections."

If I were to rank these statements by how much I relate, it'd look like: Ni > Se > Fe > Te > Si > Fi > Ti > Ne. Not sure what to think about that...
 

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Ni is definitely vague, and definitely the most stereotyped function of them all. People make it out to be a lot more quirky and mystical than it is. The theme of your consistent hunches, consistent need to withdraw and gather for creativity as well as thought, as well as your young age, makes Ni a serious dom contender.
Hmm... I'll continue to look into it. Admittedly, I found a thread called "The Development of INFJ Children," and I (and a few others) agree that it describes me perfectly. I'll read the other "Development of XXXX Children" threads and see.

I think filling out a few more questionnaires would be the best way to go, as well as self-research (that goes without saying). I would be interested to hear what you come back with.

And don’t mention it - this only helps me get better with typing others, and allows me to talk to like minds.
Will do. And thank you! I appreciate your insight.
 

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IxFx. don't know.
How do you feel/think about my cat holding a bone pic ?
 
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IxFx. don't know.
I tend to agree, though the more I think about it, the more I lean toward ISFJ. I don't think I use Fi (I'll elaborate in an upcoming questionnaire), and INFJ doesn't seem right.

How do you feel/think about my cat holding a bone pic?
Not a lot jumps out at me, which is strange. However, there's an interesting kind of "coolness" to the cat; it has an intense gaze. The bone seems to fit the picture. It enhances the (perceived) feeling of detachment and yet sternness, I believe.

Not sure...
 

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Not a lot jumps out at me, which is strange. However, there's an interesting kind of "coolness" to the cat; it has an intense gaze. The bone seems to fit the picture. It enhances the (perceived) feeling of detachment and yet sternness, I believe.

Not sure...
I used the cat pick because it was there to see how creative you are.
You didn't say its a cat holding a bone. I'm thinking Se Ni

Do you like to do the same thing every year for Christmas ?
 
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I used the cat pick because it was there to see how creative you are.
You didn't say its a cat holding a bone. I'm thinking Se Ni
I see. And that's interesting!

Do you like to do the same thing every year for Christmas ?
No, I don't. I don't really care for Christmas. It's not so much a "holiday" as it is a commercialized enterprise, and that disgusts me. "Tradition" (e.g, setting up a Christmas tree) can be a good way to bring loved ones together, but I don't like that "togetherness" and "giving" are seen as obligations. In my view, that defeats the purpose; I'd rather not be a part of it.

I'm guessing you're asking about my view of tradition in general, though. And honestly, I don't see it as a big deal. While I like some traditions (e.g., baking birthday cakes) more than others, doing something once is more than enough for me. This is in spite of the fact that I never seem to remember what I've done. I'm more caught-up in my head than anything.
 

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I see. And that's interesting!



No, I don't. I don't much care for Christmas. It's not so much a "holiday" as it is a commercialized enterprise, and that disgusts me. "Tradition" (e.g, setting up a Christmas tree) can be a good way to bring loved-ones together, but I don't like that "togetherness" and "giving" are seen as obligations. In my view, that defeats the purpose; I'd rather not be a part of it.

I'm guessing you're asking about my view of tradition in general, though. And honestly, I don't see it as a big deal. While I like some traditions (i.e., baking birthday cakes) more than others, doing something once is more than enough for me. This is in spite of the fact that I never seem to remember what I've done. I'm more caught-up in my own head than anything.
tradition is linked to Si
I'm thinking ISFP or INFJ. You have a mellow vibe
 
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