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    Default INFJ posers? Really?

    So, browsing around certain threads in this forum, I've seen the mention of "mistyped INFJs" or "fake INFJs" more than once. It seems like word on the streets is that lots of INFJs aren't -actually- INFJs, but possibly just were unable to objectively type themselves (do I have that right?). Or something.

    My questions are, then:
    1. What sort of characteristics do you look for in INFJs (in these forums, or in real life) that are pretty much -crucial- to being an INFJ? Are there any characteristics like this?

    2. What sort of characteristics (or lack thereof) are generally, or possibly even absolutely, NOT INFJ characteristics - thus alerting you to a possible mistype?

    I'm interested because I've seen the term around and I was curious as to why some of you thought this. I don't mean to start anything bad by asking this
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    It's in the nature of Ni to see things from multiple viewpoints, this could be in anything. A dispute, a way to tackle an issue at a job, etc. On here I've seen some INFJs (not really INTJs surprisingly) that are probably ISFJs, because of this lack of viewing things from other viewpoints when in disputes. That's where it shows through the most for me. Or you will have these people who are obviously an ISFJ (with their tag INFJ) or an ESFJ (tagged ENFJ) just because they are interested in this theory, they are "imaginative," and are capable of making intuitive leaps, and they think that that's what it means to be N.

    I haven't really got anything for you for things that *aren't* INFJ characteristics, that's a bit broad for me to answer.
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    I think INFJs are capable of being very diverse in terms of their beliefs. Very much based on life experiences. What I dislike is when people tell an INFJ that they aren't an INFJ unless they believe in something particular. Oh what you are against socialized medicine? Uhh ohhh you're not an INFJ! INFJs want to help people ergo they are into socialism... its ridiculous.

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    Those both make sense.
    But, Midnight Arbiter, I know for myself that I am very capable of seeing things from a lot of sides. But for me, it's the stress of conflict that (sometimes) makes me go "tunnel visioned." I become jarred by the conflict itself that I just zoom into that one viewpoint.

    After I cool off and it's all over, I realize the multiple viewpoints, etc. and usually feel really bad.

    That explains it for me, anyways.

    Keep coming with the insights! I'm glad I found this board. It's so interesting .
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    Also remember that this is a pretty biased society. INFJs would be, statistically, one of the most likely types to take part in an online Psychology Forum. So if you're questioning the insane amount of INFJs we have here, then don't really.

    But as for those who are mistyped, I totally agree. People like to live up to images they contrive of themselves. It's all about feeding your ego. This really is narcissistic paradise for many.
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    I think one of the biggest things an INFJ has to have is a strong desire to make a difference or to be true to themselves/follow their "path" as they intuit it. These are definitely necessary for someone to be an INFJ imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scortia View Post
    I think one of the biggest things an INFJ has to have is a strong desire to make a difference or to be true to themselves/follow their "path" as they intuit it. These are definitely necessary for someone to be an INFJ imho.
    Same applies for the INFP. I must admit that I don't know a single person I would call an INFJ, but then again, I probably wouldn't recognize it if I saw one IRL
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    Quote Originally Posted by One With Soul
    INFJs would be, statistically, one of the most likely types to take part in an online Psychology Forum. So if you're questioning the insane amount of INFJs we have here, then don't really.
    Haha, I'm not questioning that. That has occurred to me before :-p.

    Part of the reason I ask is because a girl I know typed herself as an INFJ via the Facebook MyType application. In some ways it makes sense... but I REALLY thought she was more of an ISFJ. She doesn't seem open like most INFJs (not to say that ISFJs aren't open - no offense to ISFJs), and seems very tunnel-visioned as far as the world goes. But I could be wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by scortia
    I think one of the biggest things an INFJ has to have is a strong desire to make a difference or to be true to themselves/follow their "path" as they intuit it. These are definitely necessary for someone to be an INFJ imho.
    I think that makes sense too, as well as the constant need for personal growth and feeling that you're never living up to your potential (this is my experience, anyway).

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    Same applies for the INFP.
    My mom's an INFP and she definitely possesses this feeling. She and I connect so well on that level. It's really nice to share that with someone.
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    At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if other mistypes themselves. We cannot judge who really holds particular type preferences because only the individual him or herself can make that assessment. People are also not just their psychological types, and the complexities that lie within all of us is a mystery in spite of our more perceptible similarities. In my day to day life, I don't like to go around typing everyone, and if someone claims to have specific mbti preferences, then I won't try to retype them either if they don't fit my understanding of their type. What you see on the surface is not always the whole truth--particularly with INFJs.

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