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    Here is what he says about INFP musicians:

    • They have strongly held people centric values and this usually shows up very strongly in their music
    • They tend to be more interested in the song and the message than the musicianship
    • The self expression, the meaning and the message is what's most important
    • How things feel to them is really important, which is very subjective and personal; as a result they tend to want creative control and have a hard time delegating to someone else and so they tend to be band leaders or solo artists
    • As a result of Ne - intuiting the connections between things outside of yourself in real time - what feeds this is experimentation, exploration, doing new things and seeing what happens. So, they like novelty and to do things they haven’t done before, in contrast to INFJs who like to iterate and refine things over time; they are likely to be the kind of artist to play a show and not their hits because they want to do things they haven’t done before


    Here are examples of INFP musicians:

    Bob Dylan
    Fiona Apple
    Corinne Bailey Rae
    Ben Gibbard
    Joni Mitchell
    Ben Harper
    Zack De La Rocha
    Heather Nova
    John Frusciante
    Neil Young
    Bob Marley
    Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
    Eddie Vedder
    Bobby McFerrin
    Tracy Chapman
    Fred Schneider (B-52′s)
    Sarah McLachlan
    Elliott Smith
    Carlos Santana
    Sixto Rodriguez
    Ronnie James Dio
    Clark Graham

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    I'm pretty convinced that Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Bjök, Ian curtis, James Morrison, Thom Yorke, Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and Amy Winehouse belong to the INFP house.
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    Franz Schubert is the stereotypical INFP.

    Other INFP composers include:
    Hector Berlioz
    Peter llyich Tchaikovsky
    (possibly) Edward Elgar

    INFPs are the stereotypical "tortured artist" (present-day emo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    Franz Schubert is the stereotypical INFP.

    Other INFP composers include:
    Hector Berlioz
    Peter llyich Tchaikovsky
    (possibly) Edward Elgar

    INFPs are the stereotypical "tortured artist" (present-day emo).
    Thanks. I grew up listening to a bit of Berlioz and Schubert, it's interesting to know.
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    Bob Dylan is definitely an ISFP, I think Joni Mitchell and Neil Young are as well, but I'm less sure of them. Fiona Apple is a great example of an INFP musician though.

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    In my experience, forumites who type people like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell ISFP are pretty often suffering from the influence (directly or indirectly) of Keirsey's biggest mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckful View Post
    In my experience, forumites who type people like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell ISFP are pretty often suffering from the influence (directly or indirectly) of Keirsey's biggest mistake.
    That was a really excellent post. I think you are right. I think performers are often ISFPs but not so much artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    Bob Dylan is definitely an ISFP.
    Yeah, I watched Don't Look Back and No Direction Home recently and nearly all my doubt that he is an ISFP with well-developed Ni has been extinguished. I think he's a highly atypical example of his type though (partially due to being 4w5, which is far more common among INFx's), so I can understand why he's mistyped as INFP or INFJ so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckful View Post
    In my experience, forumites who type people like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell ISFP are pretty often suffering from the influence (directly or indirectly) of Keirsey's biggest mistake.
    Nah, I'm just super obsessed with Bob Dylan and he just doesn't strike me as a Ne-user at all. Read his autobio Chronicles, watch documentaries, read what people close to him have to say about him. That dude is no INFP. And any amount of N in his lyrics are much more Ni than Ne.

    I don't have time to fully get into this (I'm just on my 15 minute break), but when you read about his attitude towards performance (and make no mistake Bob Dylan identifies strongly with his performing side), it's classic ISFP. Perhaps I should return later and expand.

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