I feel like an ignorant dolt for asking this, but is my dad an INFP or an ISTJ?
Keep in mind that these types differentiate by three whole letters. However, my question still stands as feasible because both INFP and ISTJ exhibit use of Fi and Si.
Now, I previously believed my father to be an INFP with strong Te tendencies because Te apparently develops in INFPs around middle-age. (Or so some theories suggest).
However, upon completing the MBTI test in Please Understand Me II, his result was ISTJ.
The composition of his characteristics -
-Easy to get along with strangers
-Very politically conservative
-Wears very formal clothes, as if he is at work 24/7
-Does not like to experience variety unless forced
-Dry sense of humor that usually consists of erratic behavior
-Good at reconciling separate parties when needed
-Does not appreciate criticism (He does not make this apparent, but I can sense some sort of Fi ruffling underneath his posterior)
-Often refers back to memories when conversing with people
-Loathes destruction of property, even in the slightest sense
-Goes through great lengths to avoid damaging things
-Very passive aggressive
-Anal retentive about money/time spent
-Can hold abstract conversation quite pointedly
-Often listens to talk shows involving politics
-Quite intelligent, with copious vocabulary
-When a new or challenging experience presents itself, has a funny and befuddled expression on his face (:steam: :confused: :ouch
-Does not watch movies or entertainment very often
The more I describe him, the more I realize that he's probably a guardian temperament.
I can't believe I thought he was an INFP!