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    Default How to tell the difference between ISFP and INFP?

    How would you tell the difference between these two?

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    ISFPs are the cool-looking ones. Quickest way to tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    ISFPs are the cool-looking ones. Quickest way to tell.
    I'm not sure I'd be able to tell. Do you have any examples?

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    I've heard the flame test is quite accurate. In terms of non-destructive testing, look at whether they find things like absolute position and colour more important, or patterns and the relationships between things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I'm not sure I'd be able to tell. Do you have any examples?
    Not really, no. Just trying to get the thread rolling.

    The problem is that I'd have to post non-famous examples of the types, since I suspect the famous ones have been heavily influenced by stylists etc. The only non-famous ISFP I know outside of this forum is my sister, who probably wouldn't appreciate me posting a pic of her.

    Possibly a better way to tell is that INFPs often think of themselves (or have in the past) as philosophically-inclined. ISFPs probably don't.

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    From youtube, this is pretty classic INFP from the ones I've known. The facial expressions after 0:43 are signature.

    YouTube - Personality Tests and INFP-ness

    There are almost no ISFP videos on youtube though .
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    I seriously don't think I've ever seen an unattractive INFP chick. What's up with that? Where are they hiding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    How would you tell the difference between these two?
    Are you speaking in a physical sense, only judging by their face? I'm not sure I could do that.


    I would go about it the same way you determine the N/S divide for any type, by observing where their attention is.

    Both types are ruled by Fi, being their leading judging function. But how do they pick up that information in which to judge?

    Do they pick it up from the outside world, things they see with their eyes, very concrete, simple things, and focus directly on those things?

    Or does it come from inside, a gut feeling, broad, big picture ideas that are related to what they see with their eyes, but not no where as concrete as the thing that provided the spark for the idea.

    I think that's what Jeff means when he says INFP are philosophically-inclined, because they are primarily idea people. That's not to say ISFPs can't or don't philosophize, but it's merely secondary to their primary nature.
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    The INFP will probably come across as either more esoteric or analytical while the ISFP will come across as either being more "down to earth" or visably artsy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenity View Post
    Are you speaking in a physical sense, only judging by their face?
    Not really, but yeah I have trouble with the below....

    I would go about it the same way you determine the N/S divide for any type, by observing where their attention is.

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