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    Unknown Personality

    I keep getting different results from tests, so...

    I apologize for the extremely long post; it's difficult to leave things out. So, please, bear with me...

    1) What aspect of your personality made you unsure of your type?

    I seem to fluctuate between opposite tendencies depending on my environment, which leads me to much confusion when I try to ponder who I am as an individual. I suppose this could be due to the fact that I'm still developing, but I'm curious anyway.

    One is that I like to spend time alone to think, but it doesn't translate into social situations. My mind seems to silence whenever someone else is talking, and I don't really think before speaking, with some exceptions. I'm highly critical at school and often question what people say, so long as I do not fear judgment from them (these people tend to be the ones that come across as confident, stirring, and talented to me, and are often the people I respect but am too shy to approach normally, no matter how much I want to be friends); basically, I'm either reticent or extremely talkative and impulsive with what I say.

    2) What do you yearn for in life? Why?

    Friends. This, for me, translates to "best friend for forever" for everyone else, it would seem. I don't like all these different "levels" of friends. For me, there is and has truly only been one level, and I've only added on additional layers because people acted hurt whenever they would ask me if I considered them a friend or not. It still hasn't completely taken hold yet; even now, I hesitate when someone asks me if we are friends.

    The ability to express myself through art. The significance I place on this is about on par with that I place on bonds. I have always had immense difficulty with telling others about my emotions, not because I can't express myself, but because I can never bring myself to do it - at least not face-to-face. I want to talk to other people about them, but if the stress is enough to make me reach out to another person, I become extremely vague. I think I've become aware of my reasons for this, but I'll cut this off here.

    3) Think about a time where you felt like you were at your finest. Tell us what made you feel that way.

    I don't even know...Absolutes in questions always cause me to stumble. I have a lofty view of those, and my life just doesn't seem to reach that far. I will say that what immediately came to mind while I was searching for that answer were artistic accomplishments and helping people through emotional problems.

    4) What makes you feel inferior?

    ...I'm not sure what to say. Anything that people are better than me at that isn't completely ridiculous? I guess a big one would be people's relationships with each other. It makes me depressed every time I think about it, since it's something I'm lacking yet place much importance on.

    5) What tends to weigh on your decisions? (Do you think about people, pro-cons, how you feel about it, etc.)

    I think of everything related to the decision in question first, but I try to look at things objectively. How I feel about it comes in at the end, but at times I place a lot of importance on it if I can't decide between the pros and cons.
    Hm, I guess a better explanation would be that I go through everything about it systematically first, then let feelings wreak havoc because I can't decide.

    6) When working on a project what is normally your emphasis? Do you like to have control of the outcome?

    Everything must be perfect. (Or as close to perfect as time permits.) Control? Dear god, yes. I'm beginning to break out of it, but for a long time, I wasn't able to trust anyone to do things correctly. I'd make myself the final processor of every part of group projects completed outside of class, no matter how much sleep I lost from their procrastination or the agitation that would arise.

    7) Describe us a time where you had a lot of fun. How is your memory of it?

    That would have to be the cruise around Alaska. Strolling alone around the ship in pleasantly chilly weather with a constant wind, surrounded by a deep, vivid, blue expanse, not having to worry about being separated from everyone else...Bliss.

    I absolutely loved the scenery in Alaska, despite the dreary weather at times. Unfortunately, I'm an amateur at photography, so I wasn't able to take the photos I wanted I took quite a few regardless.

    8) When you want to learn something new, what feels more natural for you? (Are you more prone to be hands on, to theorize, to memorize, etc)

    I'm not sure...Hands-on is fun, but I tend to shy away from doing things out of the ordinary even if they appeal to me.

    9) How organized do you think of yourself as?

    It depends. General rule is that when things get too out-of-hand, I spend a long time making sure everything is neatly ordered; but as long as I know where the important things are, it doesn't matter how messy things get.

    A few examples: my room (including closet and wherever my clothes are) and workspace are messy; all the files on my devices - computer, laptop, phone - are organized, as are the contents of any bag I use and my bookshelf; I organize my coloured pencils and other art supplies periodically.

    10) How do you judge new ideas? You try to understand the principles behind it to see if they make sense or do you look for information that supports it?

    I try to understand it first. If I'm interested enough in the idea, I look for information that supports it second.

    11) You find harmony by making sure everyone is doing fine and belonging to a given group or by making sure that you follow what you believe and being yourself?

    I think my nature is to follow what I believe and to be myself, but doing so tends to draw me far from what I desire. I had a nasty habit of conforming to groups develop around late elementary school/early middle school, but it was more of a subtle acquiescence that actually didn't change much.

    12) Are you the kind that thinks before speaking or do you speak before thinking? Do you prefer one-on-one communication or group discussions?

    I mentioned an answer to the first question already, but I'll expand. If it's not a sensitive issue, I blurt out whatever comes to mind unless my comment may offend someone. (I usually end up saying it anyway, but with a few verbal buffers...) This is to people I'm comfortable being around, though. Like I said, there are people who I can't bring myself to speak around.
    I definitely prefer one-on-one communication.

    13) Do you jump into action right away or do you like to know where are you jumping before leaping? Does action speaks more than words?

    I am not action-oriented. At all. I have this innate fear of doing things or something, even if it's like going camping.
    Words are pretty powerful, y'know.

    14) It's Saturday. You're at home, and your favorite show is about to start. Your friends call you for a night out. What will you do?

    I'd go. Without a doubt. Nobody asks me to go out. (Shows can always be watched online...)

    15) How do you act when you're stressed out?

    In public? I retreat if it's personal. Otherwise, I complain. I complain a lot.
    In private? I draw. I might complain a little somewhere, but it'll just be a sentence or two.

    16) What makes you dislike the personalities of some people?

    I don't actually hate people. Or, at least, I haven't found someone to hate. There are aspects that I'll dislike, but I won't hate the entire person, no matter how much I might rant or complain about them.

    17) Is there anything you really like talking about with other people?

    Deep stuff, man. Deep stuff.
    And art. Except I don't really have anyone to talk to about that. They all nod or give me one- to two-word responses.

    18) What kind of things do pay the least attention to in your life?

    Money. I don't think I'm old enough to care, though, and I don't buy a lot of stuff. I guess that also includes commercial products.
    I suppose a large portion of Western pop culture as well. I mean, I have to pay some attention to it because that's almost all anyone talks about now, but I might be a tad happier to see it diminish from life.
    Politics. Yeah, I care which direction governments go in, but I prefer paying attention to the small life I have. I can connect with myself and things around me, you see. I can't with politics. It's...cold.

    19) How do your friends perceive you? What is wrong about their perception? ? What would your friends never say about your personality?

    Jolly good question. I'd like the full answer myself.
    I suspect they don't think a lot of me. I'm just the smart, snarky, artistic person. Nothing that isn't surface level.
    One friend told me, quite casually, that she didn't know a lot about me because I kept to myself. Another, after I let slip a bit of my internal thoughts and let her read some of the stuff I wrote, remarked that I turned into a completely different person.
    But the thing is, I don't talk to those two a lot anymore. I don't know what most of the people I see on a daily basis think of me.
    My closest friend thinks I am extremely honest. Whenever she needs to talk to me about something, she believes that she can always trust me because I don't lie about what I think. I don't disagree with her; the only lies I can tell are trivial ones that might get me out of a scolding, or the occasional partial lies - "I'm just tired", "my contacts are just bothering me", etc. I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut unless it's about emotions (she's one person I'm able to talk to, though), and lying to cover things up doesn't automatically come to me as an option.
    I'm not sure about now, but my friends used to think I was random and weird (in a crazy way). I was (still am, though less so) spontaneous in middle school; but then, I was less concerned about my life. I didn't get depressed that often. I had people to talk to and have fun with, even if it was only one or two people.
    My closest friends still think I'm a little off (but then, we three think we're all like that ). I met them both online, though, so I'm more open to them.
    I'm not sure what they'd never say...

    20) You got a whole day to do whatever you like. What kind of activities do you feel like doing?

    I'd like to visit a scenic place where I can be alone and enjoy myself, take pictures, think, admire nature, and maybe get a few drawings in. Away from the world for a day.

    I got INFP from PerC's test, but I've also gotten some of the other Ixxx's as well.

    Thank you for reading. :)
    Last edited by Vox; 03-16-2012 at 08:32 PM.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Are you familiar with cognitive functions? If not, researching cognitive functions and hierarchies can prove invaluable in understanding yourself. Although tests can be good guidance in identifying type, I think cognitive functions provide a more objective basis.

    Your descriptions are indicative of an Fi- (Introverted Feeling) dominant personality, coupled with Ne (Extraverted Intuition). Both functions are the defining factors of how INFPs absorb and interpret the world. Thus, I agree with PerC's test results. But, more importantly, what do you think? What other personality types do you think holistically describe you?

    As an INFP, I identify with your answers.

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    Unknown Personality

    I read one of the (stickied, I believe) threads about cognitive functions some time after posting, so I am not completely unfamiliar with the topic. Fi was the one I felt I identified best with based upon that thread, and Ne was one of the other ones I related to somewhat, along with Ni. I considered Ti for a moment, but eventually dismissed it. I only tend (not particularly strongly) towards it in certain situations, and it's from the part of my personality that I used to consider "fake" back in middle school because I only acted like that in public. My mind really does seem to do a 180 when I'm immersed in society, though. :/

    I first tested as INFJ, so naturally I read up on that one more than any other, but it didn't fit quite that well. From the descriptions I read when I first discovered MBTI (not a large number), there wasn't one type that seemed to describe me more than any other. The number of traits seemed balanced across two to four types. I plan on looking into it in more depth when it's not 1 AM and there's still homework I need to do

    I guess what ultimately confused me was the amount of significance to place on my public self, which I view as vastly different from my private self. But I could simply be biased. They might not differ as much as I think.

    Edit: After reading a few things about INFPs on PerC, I'd have to say most of the descriptions apply to me. I am really trying not to say that I think there's one mismatch, because it either a) only occurs half the time in the applicable environment or b) is an inflation on one of the described traits with a twist. (Or, y'know, a few other possibilities...)
    Last edited by Vox; 03-17-2012 at 12:27 AM.

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    IxFP jumpped out pretty strong, pretty quickly, in your post, and INFP was the clear winner at the end.

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    Unknown Personality

    I love INFPs.

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    Unknown Personality

    I'm not quite convinced you're an INFP, especially if you say you're still developing. At times I thought, "Yeah...Fi!" and at others I thought "No....Fe/Ti". You don't seem to come across as much of an inferior Thinker as INFPs would be, although you had your moments particularly with your general passiveness and not being able to express your opinion around those whose confidence intimidates you. I'm not saying you're not an INFP, but it might be useful for you to identify your inferior function more definitively.

    Here are a couple articles that might help.

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    Unknown Personality

    Apologies, I haven't read all three of the articles yet. Retaining a lot of information in a short time causes my brain to shut down temporarily, so I have to rely on the broader memory of my reactions/associated feelings.

    Like I said, I think my public/private selves make use of different functions, and recent external influence has shown me time and time again that the way I behave around other people seems to do nothing to fulfill any of the desires of my private self even if I'm perfectly content with the way I act around people while I am around them. This has begun to affect nearly all aspects of my life, in turn blotting out some of that other side and suppressing it. I still behave in nearly the same way, but I'm not as sharp and more prone to detach myself from conversation rather than listen and cut in with a question or criticism. The only exception is class/group work; since those discussions are generally intellectually-geared, I don't fear judgment unless the topics are largely unfamiliar to me and there are those better versed in it present. (Actually, I've become more active in class discussions this year...if only slightly.)

    If I recall correctly, the decision-making process is rather vital to determining dominant functions/types. In this case I would have to concede a gradual reliance on feeling, however diminished. I still go through a logical process regardless of the situation, as I have always done, but I feel there is always something tugging me slightly towards one option over the other, even if I may not initially realise it. I don't like to adhere to it because I placed a high value on logic and reasoning in earlier years, which has survived thus far, though contested by a rising value on feeling and emotion. This conflict is what causes my indecision, but in the end I tend to go with the latter simply because I am pressured to pick unless there is a significant imbalance of pros and cons.

    Essentially, I suppose I am again pointing out the fact that I seem to be developing. My guess is that I'll end up as INFP anyway, but I tentatively say that I could have gone a different way. Of course, this is solely the perspective of someone who was introduced to all of this just a day or two ago.

    Edit: ...The more I look into this, the more confused I get about what I tend towards. I was sure it was between INTP/INFP for me, but now...aughhh. Maybe it's too much information for my little head in such a short time
    Last edited by Vox; 03-17-2012 at 11:06 PM.


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