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    I forgot somewhere on the web INFJ is like the main personality type for Japan. Anyone know anything between INFJ and the country Japan?

    Also, any INFJs experience encountering japanese people? Everytime I go to this japanese restaurant everyone always smiles at me, and I get treated so nice...it's one of those INFJs experiences (being called weird/not here)

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    I've studied Japanese for about 5 years, have lived in Japan for almost 2 and a half years, studying and teaching English, and have also worked as a Japanese translator at a Japanese company in the States.

    The super-niceness you're getting is something that all guests, visitors, and/or customers get. It's part of the Japanese culture to be effusively welcoming. But that courtesy only goes so far.

    I experienced 8 months of being treated so nice and people being very interested in me while I was an exchange student. When I went back to Japan 2 years later and worked as an English teacher it was a totally different experience. Visitors and 'stayers' get totally different treatment.

    Same thing when I was translating. My Japanese boss would usually not return my 'good morning' when I came to work.

    I'd be interested in hearing more about where you read that about INFJs being really common in Japan. But based on my years of experience, I don't think the 'niceness' you're describing can be attributed to MBTI.

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    FWIW:

    A close friend of mine who I believe to be an INFJ (though he tests INTJ) has spent studying a year in Japan after having obsessed over Japanese stuff for years (notably Neon Genesis Evangelion and other anime). He loves it there and wants to return to Japan later in life. (I miss him already just thinking about it. )

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    Edward Norton, who I believe to be an INFJ, studied Japanese in college and after graduation worked in Osaka for some time before returning to pursue acting.

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    I miss my INFJ-friend in Japan as well

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    As I understand it, Japanese courtesy is Fe applied in a somewhat introverted, reserved manner. I certainly understand how this might appeal immensely to INFJs who all too often get "run over" by the pace and recklessness of Western socialising.
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    I went to Japan for two weeks this February and I absolutely loved it.

    I think there are a lot of INFJ characteristics in Japanese culture: Organisation, general kindness, passive-agressive behaviour, quirkiness, depth


    A French guy I met in Japan said that Japanese people might appear at first very reserved, as if they don't have any emotions, but if you look closer just their ways of showing emotions are far more subtle, they have deep feelings but you need to know the culture to pick up on that.

    Because they are so tuned in to recognising subtle signals they also pick up really quickly how other people are feeling even if they might not show it. The French guy said that living in Japan has made him far more sensitive towards other people's feelings. >> That sounds pretty INFJ to me.

    However one thing that an INFJ might find annoying about Japan is the Japanese trust in rules and doing things not because you understand them but because a rule tells you to do them. Also Japanese people might appear unauthentic to us since they will cover up their true emotions and put on a happy front.

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    My brother is an INFJ too and he's been living in Japan for almost 10 years now. I've always thought it was very adapted to him as a country. He teaches French there and seems happy about it (he's also married to a Japanese extrovert who acts more French than he does)

    I'm also very attracted to it culturally but I don't think I could live there. Too individualistic for the whole group mentality thing. And I need space.

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    The data we have on Japan (there's an official Japanese version of the MBTI and a very active type association) is that the most common type is ISTJ. They also consider their country's archetype (the type mode that is encouraged by the culture) as ISTJ. I heard the head of the Korean type association, which also has ISTJ as their archetype, talk about their societal rituals, including generosity with strangers and their version of Thanksgiving, as methods to make sure that their very T society pays attention to F.

    The French type association president described just the opposite--how having Reason as the goddess of the French revolution and heroising DesCartes is a very Feeling culture's way of trying to infuse Thinking.

    Makes typing other cultures very difficult if you're on the outside...
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    Quote Originally Posted by edcoaching View Post
    The data we have on Japan (there's an official Japanese version of the MBTI and a very active type association) is that the most common type is ISTJ. They also consider their country's archetype (the type mode that is encouraged by the culture) as ISTJ. I heard the head of the Korean type association, which also has ISTJ as their archetype, talk about their societal rituals, including generosity with strangers and their version of Thanksgiving, as methods to make sure that their very T society pays attention to F.

    The French type association president described just the opposite--how having Reason as the goddess of the French revolution and heroising DesCartes is a very Feeling culture's way of trying to infuse Thinking.

    Makes typing other cultures very difficult if you're on the outside...
    That's really interesting. Are there internet sources for the French thing? I'd like to read about it. We're definitely passionate people, in the good and the bad sense...

    In my brother's case I was mainly thinking of I (he's a strong I) and to a slightly lesser extent, J.

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    The presentation notes used to be out at Association for Psychological Type International but they didn't add them to their new website...

    Here's the website for the French type association. Ich spreche Deutsch so I can't tell you what's actually there. Association Francophone des Types Psychologiques
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    Quote Originally Posted by edcoaching View Post
    The data we have on Japan (there's an official Japanese version of the MBTI and a very active type association) is that the most common type is ISTJ. They also consider their country's archetype (the type mode that is encouraged by the culture) as ISTJ. I heard the head of the Korean type association, which also has ISTJ as their archetype, talk about their societal rituals, including generosity with strangers and their version of Thanksgiving, as methods to make sure that their very T society pays attention to F.

    The French type association president described just the opposite--how having Reason as the goddess of the French revolution and heroising DesCartes is a very Feeling culture's way of trying to infuse Thinking.

    Makes typing other cultures very difficult if you're on the outside...
    Thats so interesting to think about. It makes you wonder about american culture and the way that super-friendliness (expressed feeling) and extroversion are so highly valued within it. Though I guess in our culture its not to make up for the overwhelming amount of T in the populace.

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