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    Default Is it possible to be an Introvert who is an ENFP?

    I believe I am ENFP, but only because I think my strongest function is Extraverted Intuition. my scores in each of the functions are:
    Ne and Fi: 30/30
    Ni: 23/30
    Ti: 22/30
    Fe:15/30
    Se: 11/30
    Te: 9/30
    Si: 8/30

    some Introverted Qualities about me are:
    1) need a lot of time to be by myself
    2) tend to "shut down" under stress
    3) my Enneagram type is 4w5 both of these types are introverted
    4) when I was a little kid I was very quite and docile
    5) prefer to talk to people 1 on 1
    6) horrible social skills naturally, I had to work SO hard on them
    7) extremely deep
    8) dislike small talk
    9) when I was a little kid, I was like Bastian Bux from the Neverending Story or The Little Prince (both pretty much archtypical INFP children)
    10) growing up, most of my friends were girls because I enjoyed having tea parties, playing with animals, and playing dress up to playing sports. I did have a few male friends and I was adventurous and liked wrestling, even if I was too gentle to be any good at it
    11) I have had well developed values since age 8 (and probably earlier)
    12) I am not sensitive now, but I was when I was younger (if an animal died, I would cry for hours)
    13) although my intuition is stronger now, I believe my feeling was stronger as a child

    however, I have a number of qualities that I just don't see an INFP having
    1) extremely assertive
    2) extremely outspoken
    3) kinda sensitive, but not really
    4) I talk a lot
    5) I am not conflict avoidant and sometimes find it amuzing (although I'm not aggressive at all)
    6) rational
    7) most people are offended by me and I really don't care =P
    8) I have a powerful voice and I have trouble speaking softly (although this is mostly because I am a classical singer and I have a VERY big voice naturally)
    9) an ENFP with low extraversion seems more likely than an INFP with low introversion
    10) many of the introverted traits I mentioned overlap with intuition
    11) I am a good leader and terrible at following orders (this might be because I am an entrepreneur)
    12) my introverted sensing is horrible
    13) I get things instantly that many people take years to understand

    so I guess what I'm asking is; is it possible to have the cognitive function order of an ENFP, but to be an introvert, and if so; am I an ENFP introvert, ENFP extravert, an XNFP (if this is possible) or an INFP?

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    Oh boy. You're like me.

    Except I cry more and have developed introverted sensing.

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    How is being deep an I > E thing? :/

    ENFP's are the 'introverted extrovert'. Welcome to the club.
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    since when introverts cant be leaders?? its well known tha theres advantage for CEOs to be Introverts because they can focus better on leading, arent distracted so much, dont overly communicate with their employes
    the same with being assertive. if its very imp to an infp she/he will be outspoken - just look at ivana orleanska
    most things on your not-infp list dont really sound related to i/e.

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    Your Ne and Fi are just of similar strength. That's how I am too. A introvert is someone whose strongest function is introverted...since you're Fi and Ne are equal (that's what I get too in tests)...you can see how the definition is a bit too vague to be practical sometimes.

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    Those function tests imho are interpreted wrong. Just because you have a higher score in Ne than in Fi doesn't mean that Ne is your first and Fi your second function. It just means that you could relate to more of the questions in a certain way. It does not tell really how often you use your functions in your real life, even if the tests would be really perfectly formulated, which they aren't I guess.

    Lets say you relate to more things which are in the test an indicator of Function Ne than those things which indicate Fi. Lets say you relate to Ne1, Ne2, Ne3 and only to Fi1 and Fi2. Now that doesn't say how much you use those described behaviours in your life (or better, how you would prefer to behave). Ne1+2+3 combined for example could just play a rather small role in your actual life than Fi1+2. Simple said you could spend 3 hours per day using Ne1+2+3 and 4 hours using Fi1+2. Then you would use Fi more often than Ne although you could relate to more aspects in the test which describe Ne rather than Fi, and so you got a higher score in Ne than in Fi although you actually behave more often in a Fi way than in a Ne way.

    Maybe I am talking just nonsense so those who here have way more experience with MBTI than me could just point out that I am being stupid now, but that's how I understand it.

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    The shadow of the enfp will be the istj. So yes, that is most certainly possible. But as it is your internal demon, you would probably want to be careful giving out to much on the leash.

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    I'm an introvert and I'm an entrepreneur.

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    ^ aren't we all....

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    Quote Originally Posted by animenagai View Post

    ENFP's are the 'introverted extrovert'. Welcome to the club.
    Can you provide some sort of link backing this up?
    I would appreciate it since my readings and knowledge have told me something different.
    Misinformation is a huge pet peeve of mine and I would hate to think I am carrying around misinformation in my head.
    Thanks.

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