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    So, I'm a little confused about my type, now. I've classified myself as an ENFP, and when I read things about them (such as the enfp fact or fiction thread going on - not so much the profiles found around the internet), a lot echoes true.

    However, a couple of people have mentioned that I don't seem like an E, and perhaps I'm more of an I? This does sort of play into doubts I've had for a while - I've never been totally sure which one I am. And so I went looking at the INFP profiles and comments, and there's quite a bit there than sounds like me, too.

    But how much of that is just the -NFP part, and how much is the E/I? (I'm new at this, I'm sure you can tell - I am not very familiar with the theory behind it all.)

    Am I then an E, who is in the (bad?) habit of spending a fair amount of time on my own (or not so much alone, but getting social contact via the internet)? I do always wish I got out more, and whenever I do, I always really enjoy myself. Or am I an I, who is quite comfortable with any social interaction, (although I don't really go out and actively seek it)?

    Can an INFP be outgoing and social and so very chatty when the occasion is right? Can an ENFP spend fair periods of time with minimal (physical) human contact?

    I don't feel like I get drained in social situations, but neither do I feel completely lost without constant interaction.

    I'm probably just an xNFP, but anyway, the point of my post is: what are the main differences/tell-tale signs between ENFPs and INFPs? Anything that really determines one from the other?
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    Whichever type you are, you are well-rounded.

    Do you recognize the following when you do interact (perhaps minus the 'fog of dullness' part):

    Quote Originally Posted by niffer View Post
    As for myself, everything I do of importance has to do with other people. I have no problem whatsoever being the center of attention of many people, and I never experience the "overstimulation" llnf mentioned. I allow myself to be completely immersed in whatever conversation or activity the group is doing and let the Ne run it's course so that I can "go with the flow". The company energizes me. The more positive interaction occurs, the more engaged, hyper, and outgoing I become. Before I am engaged in a conversation/activity with someone, I kind of stay dormant and remain inside my mind, keeping mild awareness on the rest of the world. However, the slightest positive acknowledgement of my existence or sign of willingness to reciprocate socially that I notice on the part of others sets me off immediately, and the fog of dullness that gathered outside of me since the last interaction lifts and I become recharged again.
    If so, then I'd say you are an ENFP whose Fi is well-developed enough that you can forgo social interaction for a while without decharging.

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    The ENFPs I know are definitely prone to go into hermit mode on a reasonably regular basis. Likewise, INFPs with any degree of confidence are very sociable in social situations. We enjoy time spent with good friends. Possibly a difference is that INFPs find low-level, shallow contact with a lot of people very draining, whereas my best ENFP friend says that he finds such contact extremely stimulating. I'm not sure if this holds true of all ENFPs.

    As an INFP I am the opposite. When I'm left alone for long enough I almost need to talk to people to anchor myself because my thoughts get so loud and varied that I find it difficult to maintain awareness of where I am and what I'm doing. When I'm stuck in a situation where I have to be around people contributing some species of small-talk I get so bored that it turns into an existential depression.

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    JJJ, do you recognize yourself in the ENFP paragraph I quoted? (Just checking to make sure it does weed out the socially confident INFPs. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    JJJ, do you recognize yourself in the ENFP paragraph I quoted? (Just checking to make sure it does weed out the socially confident INFPs. )
    No, I tend to plateau very quickly in terms of stimulation derived from even the most pleasing company UNLESS the conversation turns to something I am deeply interested in. When there are lots of people there - even when I'm friends with everyone - I look forward to the point where half of them have gone home and only the faithful few are left in the party debris. And no matter how much of a good time I'm having, I invariably feel a vague sense of relief when I'm on my own again. Maybe relief is the wrong word. I feel renewed appreciation for solitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
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    Good, then the quote should be adequately discriminatory.

    And no matter how much of a good time I'm having, I invariably feel a vague sense of relief when I'm on my own again. Maybe relief is the wrong word. I feel renewed appreciation for solitude.
    Nicely put. I'm the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    Whichever type you are, you are well-rounded.

    Do you recognize the following when you do interact (perhaps minus the 'fog of dullness' part):

    If so, then I'd say you are an ENFP whose Fi is well-developed enough that you can forgo social interaction for a while without decharging.
    Woo, I'm well-rounded!

    But yes, that does seem a bit like me - I am certainly quieter at the beginning of a party, and then as the night goes on I tend to get sillier/more outgoing/whatever.

    The fog of dullness actually sounds fairly accurate, too. Perhaps it's the sort of situation where I don't remember how much I enjoy getting out there and socialising until I actually am out there, and so sit contentedly on my own in the meantime? Sort of like lethargy, maybe. If you never get out and exercise, all you feel is a desire to do less moving and more sleeping, whereas in fact what you really need is more.

    Hmm.

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    Possibly a difference is that INFPs find low-level, shallow contact with a lot of people very draining, whereas my best ENFP friend says that he finds such contact extremely stimulating. I'm not sure if this holds true of all ENFPs.
    I do seem to be the latter. I don't initiate shallow conversation with strangers, but should they speak to me, I often find it quite delightful. As for people I know only slightly, when I’m bored in class, I do have a habit of wandering over to others and asking them how they’re going.

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    I am an extrovert who not only needs, but enjoys time spent alone. Why? Because only in solitude do I feel free to indulge myself fully, and without guilt. Also, I enjoy my own company, i.e. I happen to both stimulate and entertain myself.

    I think I am an extrovert because I am genuinely concerned with, and affected by people, and the human condition. I think people can be fascinating, and I love trying to figure people out, and learning other people's perceptions of this thing called life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticangel02 View Post
    Can an INFP be outgoing and social and so very chatty when the occasion is right?
    In the right circumstances I can talk your ear off for hours on end about things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    In the right circumstances I can talk your ear off for hours on end about things.
    But is that more one-on-one or in a social group setting? I think most don't have an issue with being talkative and the like when they're around a friend or family member. Being out with strangers is something different, wouldn't you say?
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