I'm posting it here because my question has a bit more to do with self-identification than defining Fi in general.
I just looked at the http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...antage-fi.html thread for descriptions of my own thought process in action as described by others who might share it (since it would be cool to be able to articulate this sort of thing to myself ), and I realized that I am actually not sure if I have some of these abilities/characteristics (particularly the recurring examples) in common after all. At first I chalked it up to the whole 'remember that I am my own person and I don't expect to be just like anyone else' thing, but it happened frequently enough to give me pause. So now I have to wonder...Might I be unaware of how I even use Fi? Maybe I use it in an immature way? I rely on it to an extent that it's become unhealthy? Or... maybe I am not Fi-dom after all?
I am a little bothered by the thought. I've attempted to figure this out for some time, and I'd like to believe that I've reached a level of introspective ability that I can accurately tell what I think or feel about something such that I'd be able to tell with what functions I identify best. Oh well...
These are the quotes from the thread that stuck out the most to me- I'll put what I thought of in response beneath each one. I hope nobody is bothered that I am quoting them for such a purpose! Please tell me and I'll try to edit it out (I admit to still being new at this ).
The 'seeing though falsehood' thing confuses me a little. I can't remember the last time I felt like I could see through somebody's motive (in real life, anyway. I don't seem to have trouble with this when I read stories.), so I wonder if I have done so at all. Maybe... At the same time, however, I do get annoyed when I feel like somebody is taking me for a fool or treating me like I should just follow them blindly. But...how would I know if I was right about that? I just get a feeling at times...would that (use of the actual word 'feeling' aside ) really be an Fi thing?
The second paragraph would be very encouraging, if it weren't for that insidious perfectionism that rears it's head from time to time. I thought that I'd cured myself of perfectionism in the past , but it turns out that I still find myself feeling inadequate in regards to personal writings and art in general. It makes me not want to try stuff, particularly artistic pursuits, because of the (inevitably) bad beginning.
I really admire the things that everyone in that thread said in regards to the strengths of Fi, and I did think that my perspective was shaped by some of those traits. I wonder if I am still trying to identify as many positive aspects of the type ISFP as possible. I've had to step back and force myself to not look for complete identification with type descriptions or function use descriptions, so please tell me if you think that that might also be the issue.