I have been discussing type for about 5 years now (on another discussion group in Yahoogroups), and I can tell you how annoying it is to have people write to me personally to tell me I can't possibly have ISFP preferences because (a) I'm articulate, or (b) "Sensors don't understand about type anyway", or (c) I'm not boring them to tears, or (d) I'm thoughtful --apparently it's believed that if you prefer sensing, you can't think--, or (e) I'm "sensitive" --because apparently people believe if you prefer sensing, you can't have strong, passionate feelings either. Is it any wonder that if this is the layman's definition of what it means to prefer Sensing, then they will only notice "Sensing" in those who are acting stupid, thoughtless and boring? And that they will "type" anyone else they run into as preferring iNtuition, whether or not they actually do have that as a preference?
so I end up saying to them, No, I don't prefer iNtuition. THIS is what a 37 year old college-educated ISFP who has lived around people of all types is like. Deal with it. Can't say I'm sorry if that blows your biased beliefs out of the water.
There have been times I've been tempted to call myself an iNtuitive whenever I'm around type enthusiasts just so I can escape the negative labels that have been pinned onto my actual type, though I haven't actually done that, and I'd consider it a weakness. I'd much rather people stop believing all that crap about those of us who prefer Sensing. Although I can understand where the bias comes from (yes, we all know stupid people who never think and who only talk about the most boring things, and yes, they probably prefer Sensing), I don't think it actually helps anyone understand the people in their world better who prefer Sensing but who are also thoughtful and articulate, much less use psychological type to make relationships work better.
All the hoards of people who profess "INFJ preferences" and who champion the INFJ type as being the "rarest" of the types and therefore the most desirable really amuses me because my mother does indeed have a preference for INFJ, and I highly doubt she'd think that the more glamorized type descriptions of her type really speak to the heart of who she is. If anything, her preference for introverted iNtuition has been something she's struggled with, and made peace with rather than championed as being the cool thing everybody ought to aspire to be. (By the way, instead of concrete, sensory pastimes, my mother spends most of her waking moments in Biblical study, prayer and contemplation. She'd have made a good nun. So much for glamorous idea that INFJs live these fabulous and romantic lives).