Hello all - I am new here, so you have no posts to reference, but the question is driving me nuts!
The Main Question: A familiar one I see (from previous posts in this section) - am I a "socially-oriented" INFP or a shy ENFP?
Background: I have taken the MBTI in the past (10 years ago). I scored as INFP. I have taken the test two times since - typed as INFP. Generally, the I vs E is 55% / 45%. I totally agree with the NFP part. (At one point, I was enamoured with being a J, but ... I am not a J. I got over it.) In enneagram testing, I am 9w1, the Peacemaker. Agree with that too.
The Initiating Event for the Question: I recently took another online quiz that scored me as ENFP. That's not as important though as the fact that it actually prompted me to read the descriptions for ENFP for the very first time. And subsequently I read this: INFJ or INFP? a closer look.
Previously, I never questioned the introvert part until I realized there's a distinction between being an Introvert and being very SHY (or having lower self-esteem.) So I retook the MBTI, framing any relevant question with the following: "How would I answer this if I did not feel shy?" I scored as ENFP.
So - because I understand this is not an uncommon dilemma, and one with no quick answer (darn), I ask: how can I find out? What are some signposts to watch for? What is the difference between being an Fi dom (INFP) or an Ne dom (ENFP)? How does that express itself in daily life?
A little bit about me: I feel impressions from people all the time. I am always conscious of what they are doing and I get feelings and draw conclusions about them & their lives. I see that as intuitiveness, but how does that differ from simply picking up feelings? I never like big crowds, but feel left out when I'm not doing something with people. I enjoy time by myself, and do feel that people can suck energy away from me, but that's because I sense they want more energy than they are willing to give back. I am not gregarious, or boisterous, or any huge stereotypical E traits. I do have strong feelings, but they can overwhelm me and I have some anxiety responses around that.
Summary: The prospect of surrounding myself for all these years with an inaccurate paradigm is astounding! I have barely scratched the surface of this, but if anyone has some inspired sentiments to share on the topic - tell me!