Cynicism is just angry, wounded optimism. (Their true opposite is apathy.) I think that a healthy INFP is naturally optimistic, but once that's injured, it can be a long road back. Though I rarely lapse back into melancholy any more, the appreciation for dark humor is a permanent addition. The best I can do now is "darkly optimistic," often descending to "brightly angsty." But hey, at least now I know how to fix my self-talk when it goes over a cliff! That'll serve me well until I die, at which point I expect it to stop working so well.
I can relate. I don't get mistaken for other types, because I don't know anyone who types, but my 'public' face is very cool, and probably seems arrogant/superior at first blush. This is a calculated self-protective measure; once you get to know me, I'm very inviting and open to contact.
inside I'm often cynical, and value logic highly (mostly as a 'checking' function for intuition).
I can relate to this.
And a lot of the posts here, I really appreciate it.
The INFPs on the global chatter INFP forum really annoy me sometimes. The vast majority are extremely INFP, it always makes me question my being an INFP (which I undoubtedly am) as I don't really feel that I fit in there.