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    Default INTP and INFP differences

    How can you tell the difference between an INTP and an INFP that highly values logical and objective thinking?

    ..I'm in one of those moods where I question my type again
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    Yeah, I have yet to find a satisfactory answer to this question. I suppose, in theory, an INFP who valued logical thinking would strive to be good at it (and probably achieve this), but would always have introverted feeling as their primary way of judging things. What that means in practical or behavioral terms is unclear to me.
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    I'd say it's hard, you'd have to really get to know them. INTPs and INFPs are very similar on the outside without that (especially in when comparing two people of the same sex).
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    The INFP would likely try to take the STJ approach of Te, and the INTP has Ti.

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    ^^Yes, but what would these two approaches look like behaviorally, and how could you differentiate between them? A lot of times I find that the CFs really lack in specificity to the point that almost any behavior could be interpreted as belonging to one (or a combination) of the functions.
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    I thought I'd give a better picture of my problem

    I hold logical thinking as the highest authority, but I have also been somewhat sensitive.
    non-confrontational but bluntly honest or at the very least ambiguously honest.
    I'll fight for what I think is right, but what I think is right is based on what makes the most sense, so a logical argument easily makes me question my perspective. I can 'see' what people are feeling a lot of the time. I love talking philosophies, but I love talking feelings. I love coming to understandings about ideas as much as I love coming to understandings about people. I have been cold and indifferent but also warm and affirming to those close to me and those I just met. I'm very pessimistic. I tend to smile a lot, but also become detached easily. I have a strong need for independence. I don't feel right if I haven't 'connected' with someone in long period of time. People in general bore me unless they're talking about something meaningful.

    Being a male also makes me think I may have adopted T traits.
    I test as a high T but I think it may just be because I have a strong value for it.

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    edit: kinda changing it to a what type am I?
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    Bah, I moved it once already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Bah, I moved it once already!
    My bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azseroffs View Post
    My bad
    Eh, we'll see how it goes from here. For the record, I can relate to what you've posted here quite a bit, and I consider myself to be INTP rather than INFP.

    Edit: Actually, I don't know about the logic = highest authority bit. I mean, that may be the end result of my behavior, but I've never really been cognizant of the fact that it was the almighty "logic" that I was using and privileging over other ways of thinking. Until recently, I've never taken other ways of thinking into consideration, and therefore never had the need to categorize and name my thinking as "logic."
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