I was recently talking to someone about the differences between INFJs and INFPs, and
accidentally stumbled uponingeniously crafted a metaphor while trying to visually illustrate the difference.
However, I may have gotten carried away. So, INFJs, does this resonate with you at all?
INFJs are like the earth. At the very surface you have the crust. Almost everything is visible. And much like how the earth has oceans, deserts, and mountains, the variety, complexity, and openness of the surface leads most people to stop there. How can there possibly be more?
However, to stop at the surface is to miss an entirely different world underneath. For starters, below the many layers of the crust is the mantle. Unlike the crust, the mantle is much hotter, and has a slight viscosity that allows for slow currents and shifting. The movements of the mantle affect the structure of the surface, but not in obvious ways. The deeper you get into the mantle, the hotter it gets.
After digging past the mantle, you get to the core. Earth's core is a molten hot, tumultuous mixture of fiery hot metals that are constantly shifting. It is nothing like the crust, and it much more turbulent than the mantle. Activity in the core isn't noticed on the surface, but eventually works it's way to the surface in the way of earthquakes and magnetic polarization. Oh... and all that stuff about the core? That's the OUTER CORE. There is also an INNER CORE which is yet again different from the outer core.
The inner core is made of the same materials as the outer core, but the pressure finally forces the metals to solidify and become rock hard. Very little is actually known about the inner core, though. From the surface, the inner core is nearly invisible.
This isn't meant to be taken 100% literally, but I think it offers a good overview of the complexity within the INFJ. So:
1) How much do you guys agree with this?
2) When it comes to meaningful relationships, how important is it that someone is able to understand OR appreciate the deeper layers?