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    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    It depends? I'm very anti-authoritarian and I really can't stand people who are aggressive or forceful, bureaucracy in general, and people who try and get others to submit as some sort of lesson, like its good for them. It makes me upset. But I don't mind following instructions from people I respect, who I know respect me.

    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    I stop engaging with them or I become angry and play along for a bit with the use of deadpan sarcasm in order to make them feel like I'm feeling. :/

    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    Yes, very, although I am trying to control this. I can't stop myself from feeling at any given time but usually when I'm in public I try to make sure not to show any outward reaction to the emotions. Although, I've found that letting myself react publicly and in the moment in a controlled way makes it easier for me not to lash out at the people I love and don't want to hurt.

    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    Probably. I feel guilty about it.

    Are you really sarcastic?
    I can be as a defense mechanism, in order to frighten people away. I also can be affectionately sarcastic in a gentle manner with people I like.

    Are you silly?
    Yeah, I've been told so by people I'm close to.

    Were you shy as a child?
    Not at all. My nickname as a child was "The Non-Stop Talking Machine." Then in late elementary/early middle school I kind of retreated, I think due to trauma, and by high school I'd really stopped seeking out interaction at all. That's changing, though.

    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    Yes, all the time.

    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    At times I really, really do. It's so bad that I sometimes can't even finish sentences because I've lost track of where I'm going or I'm speaking but something else comes out rather than what I intended. I suspect I have a bit of aphasia, actually.

    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    No.

    Are you a talented writer?
    I like to write but I think my writing's a bit too much like my words (verbose and confusing) for it to be much good.

    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?
    I'd really, really like to act.
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    [QUOTE=Cindyrella;31245]Ok, so I am one, but to be honest my knowledge of the MBTI and its types is very limited. I've been reading over MBTI Central for a couple of days now and I can see that many of you have a good bit of knowledge about the different preferences and types. Basically I just have some questions, if any of you are at all interested in answering any of them (as many or as few as you'd like, and if you have any other information about INFPs to share I'd be interested in reading it!).

    If you are an INFP:

    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    submissive, but question them one-on-one
    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    ignore them, say nothing
    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    yeah, try to hide it but can't
    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    no
    Are you really sarcastic?
    no
    Are you silly?
    yes
    Were you shy as a child?
    yes
    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    sometimes
    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    yes
    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    not always
    Are you a talented writer?
    not sure, but still write
    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?
    not sure yet
    I am extremely quiet, an outcast, and conflict-avoidant. But I also have strengths too, that I can forgive you all because you are unique and special. I kill with kindness, hating violence and social conflicts. People always bully me into actually talking, but I can't. Just be your true self and know your strengths and weaknesses. Some weaknesses we cannot change, but work on your strengths, forgive, and accept that.
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    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive? I try to not to question it, but sometimes I do anyway. Well, my father is my biggest authority figure and I question him all the time, he wants to control everything and everyone.
    How do you respond to someone talking down to you? I use sarcasm.
    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with? Sometimes, but just with my family. I don't show negative emotions in public.
    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships? What's a relationship?
    Are you really sarcastic? Yes, but I try not to.
    Are you silly? When I'm drunk, sure. Ok, sometimes, but the drunk part is true.
    Were you shy as a child? Yes.
    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness? Sometimes.
    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally? Sometimes.
    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers? Mmh, not always.
    Are you a talented writer? In my first language, maybe. I've been told that, but I'm not sure, I think what I write it's crap, but then I think everything I do is crap, so maybe I'm imagining it.
    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)? I'm nurse student, so... yeah. Nurse.
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    If you are an INFP:


    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    Well, that’s tricky. I question authority first. I do what I think is right, so it’s hard to trust decisions that aren’t mine. If sb gain my respect, I tend to do what I’m told and I’m loyal to that person.

    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    I ignore that, but it annoys me (rolling eyes). We rather won't be friends.

    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    Yes, I’m emotionally reactive, I can act in dramatic way sometimes. I tend to hide it though, especially when I’m with people whom I don’t know very well. I also know that all the drama can make communication with people more difficult.
    I show more of it when I’m with friends and family.

    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    Yes.

    Are you really sarcastic?
    I can be sarcastic sometimes, sarcasm is funny.

    Are you silly?
    I like to think I’m not. But probably sometimes I am.

    Were you shy as a child?
    I was shy, but at the same time I always liked spending time with people and meeting new people.

    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    I’m moderately reserved. Aloofness? No.

    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    Yes sometimes it’s hard to find the right words.

    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    No. I sometimes feel like I’m a kid and sometimes like I’m too mature. Ambivalent then

    Are you a talented writer?
    Not really, but sometimes I write.
    “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." A.C. Doyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyrella View Post
    If you are an INFP:
    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    Both. For most of my life, I never really thought much about authority figures at all; I imagined that I was a loner--completely independent. But in hindsight (up to and including the present) I can see that I've always sought out reliable authorities and been wary of anyone who struck me as unreliable. I can just as easily obey or rebel. I prefer to obey, but only if I'm sure that doing so is the right thing.

    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    I've rarely experienced that, but I resent it when it happens, of course. Wouldn't anybody?

    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    I am--very much so. But unless I'm alone or with someone close, I do my best to keep it to myself.

    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    I'm not "high maintenance," but I can always do with some gentle reassurance.

    Are you really sarcastic?
    Well, duh! (just kidding) No, I'm not usually sarcastic, but I get sarcasm and can use it.

    Are you silly?
    Probably, but I'd be embarrassed if I saw myself that way.

    Were you shy as a child?
    As a child, as a young adult, as an older adult--and still.

    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    Is there a difference? Once in a while someone does guess that I dislike them just because I don't talk freely and openly with them. It surprises me when I find out about it. It doesn't happen often, I hope. I like most everybody; I'm just shy and quiet.

    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    In speech, yes. But verbally on paper or online? Then I'm quite talkative and expressive.

    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    Mentally, as in intellectually? I guess I've often been beyond most of them. But if you mean general psychological "age," including emotions, social awareness, and all, then I've probably lagged behind somewhat.

    Are you a talented writer?
    I like to think so. It's probably my strongest skill, so if I'm not talented at that, I guess I'm a dud at everything.

    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?
    Who--me--grow up? I turned sixty this year. I ended up being an editor, and I'm happy with that. If I'd thought about it when I was young, I might have planned it. Instead, I just kinda fell into it.
    "Some would say that extended meaningful conversation is a thing of the past. But they'd say it more quickly." (Tom Morris)
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    If you are an INFP:

    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    I typically do not just blindly follow, so questioning as an internal dialogue and fact checking/second guessing is something that I do quite often. However, actually speaking out about something is pretty anxiety inducing for me. I will only do it if I get really angry or I think decisions made by authority figures are going to cause major problems.

    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    If it's a stranger I'll just stare at them blankly and think, "FU, buddy." If it's an authority figure or someone that I don't like but need to get along with, I wouldn't say anything, but I would be thinking about what a jackass they are. If it's someone close to me, it would be like: 1. patience 2. sarcasm 3. lecture 4. avoidance 5. super mature doing the same thing back to them

    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    I'm unhealthily emotionally reactive. I don't want anyone to know, though. It really embarrasses me. I have perfected the art of pretending like I don't care. You have to be extremely close to me and make me feel really safe and comfortable before I'm going to let you see this.

    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    I need a lot of attention and a lot of alone time. That seems contradictory, but it is what I need.

    Are you really sarcastic?
    Sometimes, when I'm being silly and teasing. Far too much, when I'm extremely irritated.

    Are you silly?
    Yes, very, when I'm in a good mood.

    Were you shy as a child?
    I was not shy, but I was viewed that way by some because I was a people pleaser and I was/am very reserved. People mistake reserved for shy a lot.

    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    Yes, sometimes.

    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    When I am not very comfortable with someone, it is very difficult to express my emotions verbally. Otherwise, no. I often ramble, go off on tangents, or jump from thought to thought without explaining how they are related. Sometimes, I feel like I don't have a filter. So, there are definitely some issues.

    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    No. Depending on the situation, I almost always feel older or younger.

    Are you a talented writer?
    Some people tell me that my poetry is good. I think it's average.

    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?

    Albert has the right idea.

    No, seriously, I would like to live in a tiny house and be a painter/poet/pothead. I also want a beagle and a sex slave.

    Ok, really, I used to teach elementary school and now I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
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    1. I don't particularly like authority, but for the most part, I follow the rules, but I can get rebellious sometimes... occasionally.

    2. I know that nearly 99% of the time, they're just teasing, and if they're not, I pretend they are. I just laugh along. They're the ones that do not get any satisfaction.

    3. You may need to clarify what "emotionally reactive" means?

    4. I like some attention, who doesn't? But too much would be exhausting, and it's about quality, not quantity.

    5. NO!! I am not sarcastic.

    6. I can be very silly when I want to be (which is often) but sometimes I like to be more emotionally in tuned and serious, you know?

    7. NO! I was not shy at all, believe it or not. This introversion was picked up later.

    8. Occasionally, it's hard for me to make a decision, and I like to stay positive, and they may take my smiling the wrong way, but I really just need more time to think.

    9. Sometimes yes, othertimes not. Depends on how well I know the person I'm talking to.

    10. No, I am way more advanced.
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    How do you respond to authority figures in your life? Do you generally question authority or are you pretty submissive?
    If they strike me as good, I'm usually submissive, but if I get the feeling they're asses I'll end up doing whatever I want. I nod in their face and then walk off and do what I feel or think is best.

    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
    I laugh at them usually, or I may set them back in their place.

    Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
    No, over the process of time it builds up and usually only with someone I'm comfortable with, I don't burst out in public.

    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
    Don't think so, just a basic check on me sometimes suffices, I can go days without talking to friends but pick up right where I left off. Romantically, I'd have to say both yes and no, I need it sometimes, but I understand the need for space and individuality as well.

    Are you really sarcastic?
    No only with people who annoy me.

    Are you silly?
    Yes, sometimes.

    Were you shy as a child?
    To be honest, no not really, it set in more as I got older and more things changed the more shy I became.

    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
    Sometimes they do.

    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
    Yes, it's harder to express myself verbally than in written format

    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
    No, when I younger I felt older than my peers, and often made friends with people 2-3-5-10 years older than myself, and fit in well with them, now I'm older and make friend easier with people who are 2-3 years younger than myself more than older.

    Are you a talented writer?
    I think I am, people have ( friends and colleagues and professors alike have said so), so I guess I basically write how I'd wish to speak so if that counts then yes.

    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?
    Graphic designer, designer in any creative field would be nice, wanted to be a fashion designer, a lawyer, a marine biologist and ballerina when I was little.
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    How respond to authority figures in your life? Question authority or are you pretty submissive?

    Question EVERYthing.

    Submit to authority if respect it.


    How do you respond to someone talking down to you?

    They don't matter: Disengaged and moved on before the conversation even ends, tho probs not discernible to that person.

    If person matters:
    Ask ?’s, to determine why. Communicate that I prefer a different form of interchange.


    Emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?

    Challenged = hiding emotions on face.

    More expressive of positive emotion. Only share negative reactions with teensy select group.


    Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?

    I enjoy things like this:
    At party or family dinner…meeting people, having wonderful conversations. Spot lover across room having their own great interactions. Spontaneously meet eyes and subtle look passes between. Later, he gets a drink and brushes fingers on small of my back as he passes. A frisson of electricity that carries a promise of later.

    This:






    is as enjoyable sometimes, as


    This:





    Are you really sarcastic?

    SARC: is my 2nd favorite -asm! ( > see below :P)


    Are you silly?

    a) Ridiculous (blush): silly = need to be reigned in by more rational peeps.

    and

    b) Scintillating : silly = extraordinary playful.


    Were you shy as a child?

    NO.


    Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?

    Yes. If thoughtful or shy, will look through people instead of at them and may have stern look on face. {Otherwise, more smiley and consistent eye contact}


    Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?

    NO. (Mmmm, actually yes sometimes re: feelings).


    Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?

    NO.


    Are you a talented writer?

    Work in progress.


    What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?

    Eventually pool my talents/experience into assisting in creation of new protocol for schools and hospitals.

    Publish a book that addresses social mores - disguised as a novel.
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    I'll be the non-INFP to answer this.

    If you are not an INFP:

    Do they ever talk too much or too little?
    The ones I've known talk very little.

    Do they seem stuck up?
    No. They seem distant but very accepting individuals.

    Do they seem aloof or just quiet and reserved?
    Both.

    Do you think they come off as emotionally unstable?
    Not at all. They actually seem quite passionless.

    In general, how would you profile a male INFP?
    No idea.

    In general, how would you profile a female INFP?
    No idea.

    What do you think of INFPs as coworkers, subordinates, or authority figures?

    Fine.

    How do you view INFPs in romantic relationships?

    Never been with one.
    Yet I know, if I stepped aside
    Released the controls, you would open my eyes
    That somehow, all of this mess
    Is just my attempt to know the worth of my life
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