hmm, when I was a child I probably would have tested ENFJ/P (lol, very ADHD, had to take meds for it, tended to wander off, was late to *everything*, thought the best stuff were the things with the most colors in them, would talk to everyone at 60 miles a minute, got bored easily with friends and would wander off to sit by myself in the closet for hours, loved art and science, tended to wander around the school yard making up stories and muttering to myself, liked to collect shiny things, very smart, very spirited, wanted to *save* everything, was known for going out in rain storms to pick up the worms in the gutter so they wouldn't drown), in my teens I tested INFJ (hardly talked, scribbled in note pads a lot, would freak out about breaking the rules, very very specific in my language use, definitely ocd, was distrustful of everyone, very smart, very abstract, willing to argue every point, thought everything I thought was right, had a thousand judgment opinions on everyone, was very secretive, usually only had one or two friends, never felt like I fit in, did a lot of community service, very intuitive and spiritually aware, didn't feel peer pressure but was terrified of people getting mad at me). Now I'm....a lot like I was as a kid, minus the opinions about everyone's value.
The *problem* with that is that I'm from a dysfunctional home, and both my parents are high Js, so there's no guarantee that most of my youth didn't show me as part shadow of my true personality. I also had untreated clinical depression until about half-way through college (which I *know* will change a person's personality).
Could I just be an xNFP?
So, what do you all think?
btw, when I took the test in the book Please Understand me II the only definitive thing I got was that I'm an NF.
...did you actually read the book?
I actually gained a great understanding of all the temperaments, and quite a few of the types. The difference between INFP and ENFP seem minimal but on the whole ENFPs are more likely to chamipon causes they believe in (being vegetarian, speaking out against the man... all that fun stuff)
INFPs are usually more interested, according to Please Understand Me II, in settling conflicts within themselves and between others.
Thank you for trying, Chrisinorbit, but...according to *that* then, I'm an infp because "settling conflicts" within myself and between others is paramount to me. BUT, I can can become firey when I feel that someone is not...treated properly. i.e. the only time I ever yelled at the office staff at my school was when a boy tried to commit suicide in my class and they wanted to blow it off as nothing. I was frantic that the kid needed help and was possibly being abused at home (he was 8 years old) and furious that they'd think it was just a 'whim' to be dismissed. I also refer back to the whole saving worms thing. I also tried to save birds, squirrels, and turtles, and lizards. I have a lot of 'soap boxes' as they say.
"I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."