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    INFJ or ISFJ?

    Hi! :)

    I'm new to this website, but I've known about MBTI for a while now, and I still find myself confused about my personality type. I've taken like 10 different versions of this test online, and I've mostly tested as INFJ. I've never tested as ISFJ, but after reading about the cognitive functions and reading about INFJs being one of the most mistyped types, I think that it's possible that I might be an ISFJ. (But I'm not really sure, so that's why I'm seeking out help.)

    I think I might be an INFJ because:
    -I spend a lot of time in my head. Like, a LOT a lot. So much that it sometimes tends to distract me from whatever I'm doing at the moment.
    -I consider myself a curious person. I like to wonder and contemplate things.
    -I also consider myself creative. I like to write/draw in journals every once in a while.
    -I like to plan long-term.
    -I like to imagine things (usually future-oriented things).
    -I tend to "absorb" people's feelings quite often.
    -I don't like small talk. I'm not that great at it, plus I think it's boring. To be honest, I'd much rather have a deep, intellectual discussion about the meaning of life than a brief conversation about how my day was. (But that's just me.)
    -I genuinely enjoy helping people, and I do tend to act more like a mentor when giving advice (which some people find annoying).
    -I've been called "wise" and "mature" for my age. I also consider myself to have an old soul.
    -I'm a perfectionist and an idealist.
    -I don't like superficiality that much.
    -I strongly believe that everything in life happens for a reason. (On that note, I do like to have meaning and purpose in my life.)

    I don't think I'm an INFJ because:
    -I have anxiety. And based on what I've read, anxiety is supposed to be more of an ISFJ thing. (I hate to say it, but unfortunately, it's very prevalent in my everyday life. I deal with it just about every day, and it's one of the main reasons I think I might be an ISFJ.)
    -I'm also a hypochondriac. When I sense that something is off about my body, I can't help but overanalyze and worry about the possible causes of whatever is causing my discomfort. (Also an alleged ISFJ thing.)
    -I've been compared to an "overprotective mother" before.
    -I don't feel like I'm an "extroverted introvert". I feel like an outcast and a loner most of the time, and I don't have very many friends (I have a bunch of acquaintances, though.). The only time I'd really open up to someone was if I was related to them (which I've done before), or if I felt really close to them (rarely done before).
    -I do sometimes worry about little things, and later feel stupid for it.
    -I tend to panic a lot. (Prob because of my anxiety).
    -I also tend to apologize a lot.
    -My "hunches" are sometimes incorrect.
    -I sometimes doubt my intuition (Might just be anxiety related. Idk, tbh.).
    -Sometimes, I struggle to interpret the meaning of something to the point where it stresses me out. Like if I'm listening to a song, and one of the lyrics has some metaphor or something like that, I'll think about what that lyric could possibly mean. If I can't seem to figure it out, it frustrates me. Sometimes, I can interpret it right away. Other times...not so much.
    -I've been told I'm very "left-brained".

    I think I might be an ISFJ because:
    -For the most part, I follow rules.
    -I'm pretty responsible (well, mostly...).
    -I usually like to stay devoted to things, whether it's supporting a cause or committing to a project or keeping a promise.
    -I sometimes get nostalgic.
    -I do value safety and security quite often.
    -I also value loyalty.
    -I don't really take risks, unless I absolutely know for sure that it's the right thing to do.

    I don't think I'm an ISFJ because:
    -My memory kinda sucks. I can remember bits and pieces of a past event, but I usually can't remember it "vividly". (In other words, my past has some blurs scattered about.)
    -I also tend to get my facts mixed up. (For example, I used to think that Detroit was the capital of Michigan.)
    -I need lists, alarms and agendas to help me remember important things. If I don't have any of those, I easily forget to do things.
    -I like routine in the sense that it keeps my life organized, but I don't like it because it eventually gets boring, and I like to switch things up sometimes.
    -Sometimes, I change what I usually order at a restaurant just to try something new. Apparently, ISFJs only stick to their "usual" when eating food. (Which is weird to me, because I've always liked trying new food.)
    -On that note, I LOVE food samples! I take some whenever I get the chance.
    -I'm clumsy. I don't think someone who's hyper-aware of their surroundings would be clumsy. And that's another thing: I'm not hyper-aware of my surroundings. I tend to zone out quite a bit.
    -I struggle with focus and attention to detail. My mind tends to wander sometimes when I'm doing something (especially when I'm bored).
    -I procrastinate quite often. It's a habit that I've had since middle school (although I'm working on getting rid of it).
    -I'm not the best at organization. There are parts of my room that are just jumbled messes of random things (like my desk and my closet).
    -I have misplaced quite a few of my possessions. Like one time, I accidentally forgot my purse at a Walmart.
    -I think that tradition is OK. I'm not particularly obsessed with it. I mostly don't like it when it's forced upon.

    So, any thoughts?

    (BTW, thank you for taking the time to read this! I really appreciate it. :D )

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    You seem like an INFJ to me. I don't think problems such as anxiety have anything to do with a person's type.


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