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    Default How can Jimmy Carter "Mr Detail" be INFJ?

    According to the famous "Famous People by Myers-Briggs Type" Jimmy Carter is INFJ. But he seems to have such a bizarre memory for mountains of detail, I though that was more an S rather than N quality.
    (I'm not really interested in Jimmy Cater, just MB (about time I took a course actually)) .

    Perhaps my memory of his performances are faulty.

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    There are many who consider him an ISFJ.
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    Why should INFJs be unable to remember details ? This would be the same simplification as saying that sensors cannot be creative.

    From the interviews I have seen and read with him, I would type Jimmy Carter as an NF: The interest in spirituality, the diplomatic abilities, the idealism, plus the whole personal attidude. I am not sure about I and J, but probably it is also correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by developer View Post
    Why should INFJs be unable to remember details ? This would be the same simplification as saying that sensors cannot be creative.

    From the interviews I have seen and read with him, I would type Jimmy Carter as an NF: The interest in spirituality, the diplomatic abilities, the idealism, plus the whole personal attitude. I am not sure about I and J, but probably it is also correct.
    Carter does seem like a stereo typical Idealist in temperament.

    I think people with hight intelligence may be harder to type in pure S vs. N manner, since they are likely to have both well developed. But temperament can do the selection much more easily, I think.

    Again, I am just basing this off my limited experience. I have to say that the Understanding Yourself and Others series was a big help for me to understand personality typing (though I am still rather skeptical).

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    Quote Originally Posted by developer View Post
    Why should INFJs be unable to remember details ? This would be the same simplification as saying that sensors cannot be creative.
    Sigh.

    Any type can "remember details."
    Any type can "be creative."

    Where the difference lies in how the details are used or in how the creativity is evoked. And different types will have different priorities. Look at their priorities, what sort of information they focus on, and how they use that information to make decisions all helps pinpoint type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by developer View Post
    Why should INFJs be unable to remember details ?
    If someone could answer this question, they would likely save my life right now.

    Externally i can look detail oriented because i write a lot down and organize things. This is because my brain will not do this independently. There are certain types of details, especially those that do not fit a coherent pattern, that drive me nearly to tears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
    If someone could answer this question, they would likely save my life right now.
    Toonia, I can tell you this: a family member of mine is an INFJ and she also always complains about not remembering details. But the truth is, that she remembers everything that is important to her in extreme detail - she just does not care so much about administrative stuff etc.

    So, I am sure you are super at everything that matters to you!

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    I'm probably an INFJ, and I tend to remember and focus on a lot of details. But those details mostly regard abstract ideas, and I'm not as good at remembering sensory details, unless they stand out significantly or are emotionally charged.

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    Thanks for those useful comments.
    I probably should have said "remembers details of facts " , that may have confused the discussion a little.

    I do understand all types can be creative or remember facts. (or be rude).

    One thing I've noticed when I replay videos of interviews is that my memories of the interviews have been subtly warped by my understanding of what happened. Facial expressions a little different, tone of voice a little different. In human interaction such tiny differences can indicate profound differences in meaning, sometimes the opposite meaning if tone is ironic.

    I've always assumed it was the same for everyone, all perception is creative, but maybe there are types that recall stuff more photographically.

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    he seems textbook isfj to me

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