Well, according to the very intriguing "Portrait of an INFP" on PersonalityPage.com, I am - supposedly - totally unaware of "mundane details of life maintenance." Now, that might apply to those who have been coddled in life, or who have a significant other/family member that simply takes care of the day-to-day stuff... just doesn't apply to me personally. As much as they're drudgery, routine tasks have to get done. I have always paid bills on time, done chores around the house, and held down a variety of service-sector jobs to support myself. In this economy, I wonder how anyone of any type could be clueless about such things, as part of "growing up" is learning how to manage such aspects of life. My dad informed me, upon opening a credit card account for me at age 16, that it was my responsibility to save my receipts and make sure I could pay the bill when it came every month. Not that I was a materialistic teenager or a wild spender by any stretch of the imagination... didn't even have my driver's license at that age to go out with friends regularly and shop, etc. He just had a "tough love" parenting philosophy and wanted me to be accountable for my life. When I began drinking, he remarked that if I ever got arrested for drunk driving, he wouldn't be the one to post my bail or pay my fines/court costs. So, maybe if I had been raised in a more permissive environment, I wouldn't have become as self-sufficient. I guess most people of my type are accused of being lazy or ditzy, and this unfortunately carries over to the arena of life skills and real-world responsibilities.
Also, I'm not really the rabid perfectionist that this Personality Page website makes INFPs out to be. I like doing things "the right way" and I take pride in my work, but not neurotically so. I am not the "Type A" personality like my sister, who was the valedictorian of her class and took part in the school play every year in high school, as well as (briefly) cheerleading. Sure, I like folding laundry neatly, having neat handwriting, and keeping my surroundings tidy and semi-organized, but that's about as far as these perfectionistic traits go.
And contrary to the picture painted by this website and others, I can get very engrossed in details as an INFP. Yeah, ultimately it's about the big picture, but I don't shy away from meticulous research, either in academic pursuits or for my own personal satisfaction. I don't mind keeping accurate records, doing data entry, or maintaining databases on the job. My employer knows that he can count on me to do these things, while simultaneously commenting that I am "way out there."
I noticed on the same webpage that suggested career paths included counseling, psychology, and mediation, all of which would likely make me uncomfortable. (Admittedly, on days when I am particularly down and out, I entertain thoughts of becoming an "intuitive counselor," based on the fact that I allegedly give good tarot readings.) I personally believe psychology to be a pseudoscience and that most mental illnesses have been artificially concocted by the medical community and drug companies... Also suggested were careers as a writer or musician - both of which I do already (thought it doesn't pay the bills!) - so I guess I ...sort of ... fit the typical INFP in my career aspirations.
12-31-2016, 08:04 PM #51
02-12-2017, 09:19 AM #52
ENTJs are often perceived as the poster children for anger management issues. I'm much more stoic.
I'm not a CEO or corporate manager (another ENTJ stereotype), but I do gravitate toward leadership roles.
My profession is teaching, which is a career match for ENTJs according to some sources. However, they usually recommend teaching math or science, or becoming a principal. My background is in English and Physical Education, and I work as an athletic coach. I have the qualifications to do administrative work and may pursue it at some point in the future, but for right now I'm happy teaching and prefer leading in other ways.
I have strong Se, so my hobbies are xSTP-ish: snowboarding, running, riding motorcycles, etc. Anything that gets me active and outdoors. I also love mechanics and weightlifting.
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02-12-2017, 03:21 PM #53
ISTJ underachiever is go"May I call you David?” “No, you cannot. You gave me my new name. The least you can do is use it.”
There's no love in fear. - Tool
02-13-2017, 04:29 AM #54
I'm supposed to analyze people, not computers (ICT manager). But at least computers do what I tell them to.“I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.” ~ Schopenhauer
02-13-2017, 04:34 AM #55
02-13-2017, 06:24 AM #56
5 Ways to annoy an INTJ annoys ME too
I am usually on a specific train of thought and if it's interrupted I'll likely forget it.
I hate it when people arrive unannounced or are too spontaneous. It annoys the heck out of me, and I need them to let me know ahead of time so I can prep. Barging in on me when I'm in the middle of something is also a peeve. I'm in my mode, bugger off
Engage in Smalltalk-
Dear God, no one cares.
Emotionally Manipulate Them-
Well, who doesn't?
Interfere with Their Alone Time-
I'm in my zone, leave me to my deep thoughts and ponderings. Likely to decipher the meaning of the universe, and why it is 42.
5 Ways To Annoy An INTJ - Psychology Junkie"A life that lives without doing anything is the same as a slow death." - Lelouch Vi Britannia
Alignment: True Neutral/Chaotic Neutral (Rational Neutral - Rebel Neutral)
02-13-2017, 11:00 AM #57
I'll tell you when I find one I stay with for more than a year, so I guess so far I don't break stereotype. But I don't really care. There's so much to see...
With all due respect,
"This avatar is all about the interplay of light and shadow. You have become comfortable with both, as both are a part of you. The light is most obvious, but upon closer inspection the shadow is evident as well. Your core, though, is once again light. To paraphrase a poem written by a former colleague, "a shadow with a soul of light". -Coriolis
02-13-2017, 03:42 PM #58
I'm really good at science.Trees bring peace to the souls of men
Idealistic enough to wish for happy endings, cynical enough to believe they don't exist, practical enough to make a happy journey
02-13-2017, 06:23 PM #59
@thepink-cloakedninja What is a sciencey INFP like?
02-13-2017, 09:12 PM #60
I'm an extremely introverted INFJ and I'm a teacher. It's rough sometimes because I'm around rooms full of people all day long, and when I get home I'm just so emotionally drained.. yet I do feel like it's the best possible choice I could have made in terms of career. It's extremely fulfilling in so many ways. Understand that people are complex and more than just a personality "type."
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