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    INFP - The Idealists

    INFP or INFJ

    This has been plaguing me for a while. I originally tested as INFJ, but took the test a billion more times with INFP as my result each time. I've read both profiles and I relate to both of them! The differences between INFP and INFJ don't really seem all that clear cut to me as it is between P and J in other types.

    What am I? An INFP or INFJ?

    I am a messy person and thought that this would make me a P, but apparently INFJs are messy for J types!
    I write lists. I get a lot of banter for my lists, but I REALLY am a list person.
    I like to work based on a set of guidelines, rules, and really just any type of structure. I crave working in structure, but this is mostly so that I know exactly what I need to do so I don't get it wrong.

    People think I am rigid because of my ideals and yet they see me as pretty aimless.

    I hate following appointments and the world would be a much greater place if I could go to ballet or doctor's appointments when I feel like it!

    My thoughts aren't very organized. I have to make lists so that I don't forget things. I am ALWAYS forgetting or losing things like my car keys.

    I definitely play before I work and I get really demotivated when the work is something I don't feel like doing. It's extremely hard to work when I am not motivated. I also work in bursts of energy almost as if I have small manic episodes, lol!

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    It seems you're focused on the J/P stereotypical aspects... none of those truly define if you're INFJ versus INFP, besides your preference for structure.

    INFJs use Introverted Intuition first, and after that, Extroverted Feeling. INFPs use Introverted Feeling first, and Extroverted Intuition second. Have you thought of which functions you use, and in which order? By the definition of functions, INFJs and INFPs are miles apart.

    If you find that your functions aren't clear cut, try instead figuring out what you DON'T relate to in the descriptions of INFJ and INFP.

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    Unknown Personality

    If I understand it correctly, P refers to the tendency to defer decision making. It urges you to take on more information, even if you get it at the very last second. P tends to have unusual ideas and creative responses, but can sometimes overhaul the plans even after action has started.

    J refers to the tendency to want to make decisions with the information currently available. It urges you to make a commitment to something, and then start making lists of what needs to be done. J tends to result in to-do lists and activity to achieve the goals, but sometimes the decisions are made too hastily.

    Do either of these sound more like you?
    They might not. It sounds like you test somewhere in the middle (me too), so you might see yourself doing both.
    This is where the functions of the two types come in.

    INFJ and INFP are quite different in their functions. Like Grey said, INFJs use Introverted Intuition first. In that way INFJs are more like INTJs than INFPs.

    Water put an excellent description of Introverted Intuition in this post: (( You might want to read it, see if it sounds familiar. The second one is the one I really liked. It sounded like I was reading a description of myself in many ways!

    INFPs use Introverted Feeling first. One of the INFPs might be able to direct you to a good description of that. Sorry, I don't have a link to one of those.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    ISFJ but leaning to ISFP

    But chose these animals in order preference (to be reborn as):

    Bird of Paradise

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    Unknown Personality

    I had some questions about this too. BUt I think I am a J.

    the INFJ type does have a lot of weirdly placed J things. but that is the way it works. INFP can kinda go with the flow. INFJ's sorta make there own flow.

    I noticed that it is hard for me to get out of my pattern and my little peace-time rituals I have.
    I am not sure if this helped.
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    I think you sound like more like INFPs. Couldn't tell you why though . . .
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm also not very creative. I thought that may help if I added that.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I don't think that helps much, actually... creativity isn't a defined trait of any type, besides a certain tendency towards creative things.


    Do you WANT to be an INFJ, or do you WANT to be an INFP?

    Do you think this matches who you really are?

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I think you lean more towards INFJ than INFP...the fact that it is plaguing you that you need closure to your personality type seems like a J characteristic to me. Plus, J's do like structure. Not even the biggest J's like appointments or doing things we have to do.

    It really only comes down to your preferences. No two INFJs are the same, and no two INFPs are the same either. Looking at the cognitive functions that others have mentioned is a good starting point in helping to discern those "tie-breakers" in your MBTI.
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    ENFJ - The Givers

    Well read both types first then see which one feels right to you. Then decide between the types which one you are.

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