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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitseleh View Post
    Both types seem highly intuitive about people but I'm curious about what each type's strengths and weaknesses are in relation to reading people? What are the differences?
    My younger INFJ sister is highly intuitive with incredible accuracy. As smart as I may think I am, I have to hand it to her, she's good! She has my back, if I miss something. She sees what I don't see; it doesn't seem to work the other way around. I guess I see things through rose-colored glasses; then she sets me straight.

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    I tend to reserve judgment for awhile and just observe. I don't like to jump to conclusions, even if I have a strong first impression. I do get vibes from people, but I sort of collect them & allow them to form a bigger picture. I often have the intuitive feeling of knowing something about someone without being able to explain why. It's just a collection of perceptions my mind has put together like a puzzle and I JUST KNOW. I agree that I need to retire alone to sort out these intuitions to make some sense of them, but it's not necessarily a linear process of analyzing. Strangely enough, I may give that person life in my head, put them in other situations, and from there learn more about them. If this sounds crazy, see my sig.

    It's very easy for me to think of 100 reasons why a person may act a certain way (Ne, I suppose), and it is my tendency to choose the most noble reason, a.k.a., give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm not as naive as that sounds however...I do pass judgment at some point and it's not necessarily sugar-coated. I find it pretty easy to pick up on a person's emotional motivation, which can excuse or condemn them.

    Understanding how another person feels, both in views, motivations, and emotions, is something like using my own feeling as some sort of metaphor for feeling in general, so that I can grasp feeling foreign to me. I relate everything back to myself, not because I am self-absorbed or because I have experienced so much myself, but my inner world of feeling is something like a reference point (as I said, for feeling in general). It's the known variable that I can use to infer what someone else is feeling, and often it's rather accurate, but of course not infallible by any means.

    I think it's important to emphasize this extrapolation of feeling as the FiNe process, as there is much misconception that INFPs apply their direct experience/feeling in understanding people. Of course, like any human, experience can make one wiser and broaden your understanding of people and the world in general, but many INFPs report getting "wise for your years" comments because of this ability to grasp what they have never experienced almost as if they have. At the same time, I also don't like when people invalidate my feeling based on their own experience, and this awareness of individual variances in feeling adds to the cautious approach to making judgments about anything I've intuited about a person. MBTI has been a really interesting tool in helping me define vibes I get from people, why they may act as they do, and to be more accurate in ascribing them motivations.

    I also think this extrapolation of feeling is partly why INFPs are so sensitive. In order to be acutely aware of Feeling in general, you have to be sensitive & feel lot, and you also need to be good at deciphering your own feeling. It deepens your understanding of other people.
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    J gets a mental image of another while P gets an emotional image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitseleh View Post
    How do INFPs intuit things...
    Inaccurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paisley1 View Post
    I thought of saying this in my first response but didn't, I'd place the INFJ's introverted intuition as an immediate deductive response, and the INFP's introverted feeling as an inductive response; to a person, for example, just entering a room. The INFJ's response, is probably faster because they start at answer g and then go back to f,e,d,c,b,a to confirm answer g as correct. The INFP would start at a, and then induce b,c,d,e,f to confirm answer g as correct.
    that's really interesting.

    i think my processing is like:

    a, d --> g

    and then i have to work my way backwards g,f,e,d and d, c,b to get to a.

    neat thread to be reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flak View Post
    You described Ni to a t. Note that anyone who tells you this means you're INFJ is a couple cans short of a six-pack.
    I am certain that I utilize both Ne, and Ni. My Ne is a skilled pattern processor that compares observed behavior to learned patterns from other situations to predict behavior. Ni for me resides below the surface, and functions like a muse of sorts. I experience it like it is almost a separate being from myself almost with a mind of it's own, that loves me deeply, and would do anything for me, and I would swear it's a gifted mind reader. The difference between my Ne and my Ni is that Ne presents solutions as lists of possibilities, and my Ni presents solutions as this one thing is the answer you seek. My Ni communicates with me via symbolic image, and inner knowing that kind of bubbles up from deep inside.

    This web site INFJ or INFP? a closer look is rich with information on the differences between INFJ and INFP in several subjects. This particular page on that site INFJ or INFP? a closer look backs up my observations.

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