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    Default "The Know-It-All", bestseller written by an INFP

    "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World"

    I just picked this up at the bookstore two days ago, and it's a very entertaining memoir. I'm pretty certain it's written by an INFP. The author is a magazine editor attempting to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z. He's refreshingly honest, openly neurotic and painfully self-conscious, but at the same time, his sense of humor is totally awesome!

    Anyway, thought I'd recommend it! This discovery was so delightful to me that I thought I'd ask if you guys know of any other books written by INFPs?

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    I have a strange feeling our kind has a rather bad habit of being prolific writers, at least from a few other threads based on this subject. Might have something to do with it being easier to write about the stuff in our heads than it is to talk about it.
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    Yes, that's probably true, and I'm not immune to the dream of eventually becoming a published writer myself. I've just never encountered a book before where the type of the person writing it was immediately discernible as an INFP. And especially one where the INFP humor was so apparently showcased. I do know that another good book called "Eat, Pray, Love" was written by an ENFP, but that was after I saw a TED talk with her in it... Does anyone know what Oliver Sack's type might be? I like his books very much, and I'm not sure if he's an NF or an NT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runvardh View Post
    Might have something to do with it being easier to write about the stuff in our heads than it is to talk about it.
    This reminds me of an idea. I really want to attribute this idea correctly, but unfortunately I can't because I remember where I read it. I think it's in the "Fearless Creating" book. Anyway, the ideas goes like this: all art both fundamentally reveals and hides the artist at the same time. So, art springs from this source of both wanting to be hidden, yet revealed, to the world. Rings true for me, might not for some though...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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