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?
Now that I think of it, I am quite submissive or at least compliant when it comes to authority figures. Last year I had my teacher assign me side projects that are not related to the class to do in place of normal class work (though, I would still be responsible for some of the normal classwork that I would otherwise miss). Some of the things I really did not want to do, but I didn't turn him down and did them anyway.
I am also very polite towards authority figures, I got along very well with all of my teachers throughout highschool even the ones I didn't like all that well. Of course, I didn't show that I didn't like them and continued to be polite and respectful.
How do you respond to someone talking down to you?
I generally will not react all that much and I am not one who will speak up and defend myself. I will remain silent and restrain myself from saying how I feel at least until the point where it starts to get very annoying, which then I have been told I develop an attitude.
Are you very emotionally reactive? If so, are you emotionally reactive in public or just with those you are comfortable with?
No, nowhere near. I will keep everything to myself in public or when I am around people I am uncomfortable with. The only time I really ever become emotionally reactive is if I am at home or with people who I am comfortable around.
Do you need a lot of attention in relationships?
I would like to say no, but the answer is yes. I will force myself to tolerate not getting any attention for a while but it starts getting to the point where it drives me crazy and I look for someone else to talk to. I do however prefer to spend a lot of time by myself and I dislike socializing with random people quite a bit.
Are you really sarcastic?
At times I can be sarcastic, but not very often. I am always making sure I do not say the wrong thing toward others in risk of offending them. I personally despise sarcasm which is used in order to demean someone else. If someone is being sarcastic with me and insulting me I will seemingly subconsciously ignore it and take what they say at face value and respond accordingly. I generally do not get along well with people who are overly sarcastic as my reactions to their sarcasm annoys them nearly as much as their sarcastic comments annoy me.
Though, reading some of the responses from other INFPs I am reminded of a few things. I am often called a smartass and think I do use sarcasm more than I am aware of though when I do, I don't usually do it to be mean. I also love to tease some of my closer friends as they know I am doing it all in good fun without any ill-intent.
Basically it all depends greatly on my current mood on how I react. I seem to switch between INTP and INFP. When I am in a bad mood or whatever I tend to be quit cold and cynical. At times I will get to the point where people will find me annoying and I will not care, which I usually do. Sometimes I will even find it humourous and may continue going on with what I've been doing, just to get a rise out them. I have had a few of my friends that I really care about my friendship say that I was being annoying and I had to force myself to stop talking to make sure nothing I say will ruin anything between us.
Are you silly?
Yes,very much so. I love to entertain people any way that I can, even if it involves me making a fool out of myself by telling a few lame jokes here and there or changing my voice a bit to something completely ridulous.
Were you shy as a child?
From what I remember up until second grade I was very socialable and I had many friends. However at the end of second grade I was forced to swtich schools and since then I have been quite shy and hesitant to make many friends.
Do people mistake your reservedness for aloofness?
Yes, well I guess with good reason. I am a very reserved person, I tend to keep all of my emotions to myself with an exception to a couple of close friends who let me vent out my frustrations (not at them, just ranting more or less). However, I am also quite aloof, I do not let many people close to me (emotionally) as I have had bad experiences with betrayal of trust and the like that were quite traumatizing. There are some people who I may be somewhat close to, but I still have to maintain a safe amount of distance. Sadly enough, this also applies to my family as I have always felt like an outcast among them and I keep to myself generally.
Do you have a hard time expressing yourself verbally?
Have you always felt as though you were at the same mental age as your chronological peers?
To an extent, yes. I have always gotten along quite well (possibly more than I do with people my own age group) with older people.
Are you a talented writer?
I used to enjoy writing a lot when I was younger, I used to write some stories about random things back in elementary but I haven't done that since then. However, English was always my best subject throughout high school and I typically earned decent marks. I am hard on myself when it comes to my writing, sometimes I will think that I have an awful way of wording things but I have been told I do it well.
I can express myself much easier with pen and paper than I can by any other method. I can easily say things on paper that it would take me such a long time to say verbally.
What do you want to be when you grow up (career)?
I used to want to be a lawyer and was planning on attending law school, but a few months ago I decided to major in psychology instead (I have always considered it, but never seriously). I graduated high school last year but I have yet to attend a college/university.