Okay, so I've done quite a bit of self-research before joining here and the more I do so, the more it points to INFJ. I'm fairly certain this is most likely my type, but I'd like all of your opinions as well so I can get outside perspectives. Thank you very much!
ETA: I thought I'd add that the cognitive functions I identify with most are Ni and Fe, although I'm not so sure about the Fe anymore. The functions that I don't quite "get" are Fi, Ne, and Si.
1. When working on a project where do you place your emphasis? the process of putting it together? or the final product? (Do you experiment with your perspectives to create ideas?
Overall, my focus is on the final product, but that certainly doesn't mean that I don't think the process of putting it together is unimportant. I do enjoy doing a sort of "plug and play" to see what will happen while said project is still in the process ("If I do this, what will happen?" or "I think this will happen when I try it, so let's see if I'm right..."), but it isn't always necessary. I do go nuts when I cannot tie up loose ends and when I see a flaw in my project after it's finished (more the former than the latter). The final product is what I will be sharing with others and I want it to be the best that I can possibly do because I do not see any point in critiquing my work if it is not my best.
2. Are you a realist? Are you more of a no nonsense type of person? (I find these people like to call bullshit on everything)
I don't generally take $h*t from people. I will call b*ll$h*t on someone if I feel that doing so can make a difference or if it's on something important, but don't call it on everything I see because I've been known to unintentionally hurt others. And yes, I do consider myself a realist.
3. Would you say you make decisions quickly? or do you take a while coming to a conclusion, because you hope you're not missing some vital information that will change your mind?
I usually get an initial hunch about how I should decide something and I like it when a decision is finalized in an orderly fashion. I am all for making educated decisions, though, so unless I am absolutely, positively sure about something, I'll learn more about it before I decide. I often feel very troubled when I cannot or have to really, really procrastinate a final decision. For instance, I'm going crazy because I am not sure what I would like to be my final major in college once I'm done with General Studies, but I don't want to make a decision that I'll regret.
4. Do you ever experience nostalgia? For instance being able to completely remember a mood of a past experience/time?
Yes, I'm fairly nostalgic.
5. Are you of the rebellious sort? The sort who rebels for no reason other than to rebel against authority?
I respect authority as long as it is reasonable and competent. I prefer to question authority rather than blindly follow it, but I'm cooperative for the most part and it really bugs me when the authority shows dislike of my asking questions. I can be rebellious, but not in an overt way. I'm quietly rebellious and will find ways to get around or overcome the authority in such a way that they don't really notice until it's too late for them to react effectively. I will only become overtly rebellious when pushed to the extreme or when I feel that it will be effective.
6. When watching a film and critiquing it? Do you critique it based on details in the film, for instance on how you thought a certain portion of it was un-realistic (or something along those lines) or based on the idea or point they were trying to get across/how well they got it across? (It can be a combination of both sometimes too)
I do both, although it's more the latter than the former. I am especially bothered when the main ideas behind the movie are not terribly realistic.
7. When debating with others, do you ever get the feeling or state for that matter, that you can see where your opponent is coming from? For instance I have gotten into arguments over things I honestly don't believe (or could care less if it were true), but it all started when someone would tell me about a certain topic and how this certain stance is stupid.
Absolutely. This happens to me all the time, even when I do not agree. I can quite easily understand where someone is coming from and I put great importance on looking from different perspectives because I like to relate to others as well as learn from them. One thing that I think is odd about me is that when I am showing someone that I understand their point of view, I will come up with ideas to contribute to their side just as much as I try to do with my own. It really weirds people out, but they seem to respect and like me for it. If I do not initially understand a certain viewpoint, I will make an effort at getting beyond that.
8. Do you notice symbols in the world, do you ever try and wrap the symbol back to an idea that you believe?
I do this a lot, but I had to do a lot of introspection in order to realize this because I don't do it consciously. It's difficult for me to explain...
9. Are you hurt by criticisms? Do you get personally offended when people try and criticize you? or are you thick skinned?
If the criticism is not constructive, then yes, especially if it comes from someone I care about or admire/respect. If I get criticized by someone I barely know or a random stranger than I don't particularly care as much unless I feel that it is grounded.
10. Say for example your learning about cameras in school, would you be more inclined to go home right away and read a whole shit load on cameras so you feel confident in your knowledge of cameras? or would you feel perfectly comfortable when the teacher calls on people to come try it out, to just hop up there and start using it?
Reading as much as possible about cameras seems rather excessive, but I wouldn't be completely comfortable with going cold turkey, either. I would read just enough to give me a nice overview and then I'd be fine with doing the demonstration.
11. When you are out do you worry about how people will interpret any action you take? (sort of in a seinfeld sort of way, where they over analyze actions people make, trying to find their true motivation) Do you feel a sort of pressure from this?
I do my best not to offend anyone and I always try to be polite and respectful to everyone, but if they read too much into my kindness then that is their fault, not mine. I am upset if my actions are misinterpreted, but I remind myself that I did my best to do my part and that I am not responsible for how they respond to me.
12. In a classroom setting do you ever find yourself helping other people out with projects or homework when you see their struggling? Do you do this to make yourself feel more comfortable?
I might notice another person struggling, but I will not offer help unless they ask for it. I am shy and I do not want to accidentally insult them and I do not want to look like I'm applying for the position of Teacher's Pet (I do not like being a Teacher's Pet). If someone approaches me askinf for help, I will be more than happy to give them a hand. I feel good when someone asks me for help, but I feel even better that I have made them happy by helping them.
13. Do you find yourself ranting to your friends about how a certain something could have been done way easier? Or how someone went about doing something (anything like a project,work,etc.) was really stupid and you could have done it way better and in a more simple fashion?
Yes, but only if I know I won't unintentionally hurt someone. It drives me crazy when I see an easier process or solution to a problem. Even when I am trying to be polite and helpful, people will gnerally get annoyed with me and call me some variation of smart @$$.
14. How does your average day go in general?
Uneventful Days: Eat, clean, go for walks, run errands, play games, read, draw, or hang with friends if it's already been planned.
On College Days: College, homework, reading... Nothing particularly interesting.
15. What things do you value the most?
Imagination, creativity, intelligence, competence, empathy, compassion, patience, understanding, integrity, and humor. Oh, and individuality, too. There are probably more, but I can't think of them at the moment.
16. What things regularly bug you?
Ignorance, incompetence, narrow-mindedness, judgmental people, manipulative people, cruelty, people who don't listen or dismiss my ideas/feelings, shallowness, liars, people who are obviously "fake," hypocrisy, being interrupted while I'm speaking, having my intelligence insulted,... I could go on but I won't.
17. What do you value most in other people and what qualities do you find most repulsive in others?
See questions 15 and 16.
18. How do you evaluate people in general?
I try to look at their intentions first (I get "vibes" from them), and then I observe their actions and see how they match up. I usually trust the vibes I get, but I know I shouldn't solely rely on them because it can be unfair, so I prefer to check to see whether I'm right or not. If I'm not in the mood for evaluating people, they just "are" to my perspective. I can't really explain this well...
19. How do you arrive at your decisions?
I usually get these feelings where I know what my final decision will be, but I will do a little research and ask for others' opinions when I feel it is appropriate. If it's a particularly difficult decision, I will make a Pros and Cons list and evaluate it that way. I try to make decisions that will be beneficial to everyone who is affected by it, but there are times when I need to make sacrifices...
20. What factors are you most likely to pay attention to when deciding on things?
How others will feel about it, whether it makes sense/is logical to do it, how I feel about it, why I should be doing it a certain way, and whether it will be of any use.
21. Any peculiarities that you have noticed about your personality?
I love listening to debates, but my debating skills are not to my standards. I have a hard time participating in debates in real life because I feel that I never have enough time to think about my responses. When I pause, I often get interrupted and it drives me up a wall because people are jumping to conclusions or telling me something I was about to say before I could finish my thoughts. For example, I will make a statement about something, pause and elaborate on it, pause some more, and elaborate more. Others usually immediately respond to my statement before I can give a better explanation, which can lead to misinterpretation of what I think. No one usually means any harm by it, so I try not to get too annoyed when it happens.
22. Anything that makes you stand out from other people that you know?
I am articulate and intelligent and I make an effort to be insightful. I listen far more than I speak and am quite diplomatic. I also act older than I actually am. :D People often come to me for advice, even if it's about something I don't have a lot of experience with.
23. What do you yourself think are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Compassion, kindness, empathy, intelligence, eloquence, creativity, imagination, open-mindedness, good listener, I'm focused, patience, passion about my ideas, artistic, can handle stress surprisingly well, etc.
Weakness: Being self-critical, perfectionism, hiding my feelings or parts of myself from others, I seldom ask for help, I sometimes ignore my own feelings, sensitivity, I'm not always paying attention to the real world, math anxiety, it gets ugly when I get depressed, being headstrong. Oh, and I can be too nice to people and I'm self-sacrificing to a fault. I hate it when I obviously see something coming but choose to ignore it for the sake that I could be wrong and it winds up hurting me in the end.
I am aware that some things are a bit vague, so if there is anything that you would like me to elaborate on or if you have further questions, please feel free to let me know in your replies. I hope this will be sufficient enough.