INFPs seem...softer to me. Lacking the cynical edge that us INTPs seem to have.
They're more fuzzy and huggable. And I usually kick myself if I'm as harsh to them as I would be with an INTP. I don't mind telling an INTP to "stop your bitching", but I'd be more hesitant about such with an F.
Sorry about the slapping last night, kitty.
Quit appologizing, it's bad enough when I do it . I would expect to be slapped for those kinds of comments (thought they're scripted in the game) so really I thought it was funny. I find that even as an INFP, INTPs who understand the type and want to deal with it right tend to pussyfoot around me too much. Yes, 90% of my judgements are based on my values; yes, I love hugs and cry at happy endings; but I'm not made of glass here people! LOL
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INFP, 6w7, IEI
I accept no responsibility, what so ever, for the fact that I exist; I do, however, accept full responsibility for what I do while I exist.
All of my best friends seem to be INTPs. I guess I'd be friends with INFPs, too, if I knew any that were capable of being my friend.
Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?
One of my best friends is an INTP. I would agree with many of the assumptions in this thread. We share the same values, but I'd say we approach them from slightly different angles.
I think it is a good combination, I try to teach him to be calmer, and not get into worthless arguments; he can help me to realize when I need to be less passive in my beliefs, so we kind of balance each other out.
So I was wondering how similar are these two types? Because my dad (who I think is an INTP) and I are very similar, like we have the same views and tend to look at things in a very similar manner. I mean it could be his job, which is a biomedical engineer, and the fact that he's into computers he built several and did HAM radio growing up use to fix everything. Also at 63 he still knows the latest technology. He started out as a Journalism major, but felt he didn't have the talent to be successful and switched to mechanical engineering. I hate science classes, I can read a science article or two, but take a whole class...boring. I'm not good at math and he is. But I'm also thinking of switching out of film, as so many people are in the major and I don't think I have much of a chance. He's very introspective as am I, and we both get accused of not caring because we don't wear our feelings on our sleeves. He does have alot of friends, but my mom said that that's from knowing these people for years. That in a new situation he has a harder time, though all of his friends are from Bars. I mean he could be an E. We both pick up computer software fairly fast, him faster then me, but he's also taken the time to study it. As I've just kinda spent 5 minutes here and their.
So think it's possible that he's an INTP? or is their a slight chance that he's an INFP? Or think I typed myself wrong?
The only distinct similarity is to derive the final decision from within.
Yet the two types are radically different because the dominant function of one is the antithesis to the dominant function of the other.
Moreover, whilst Introverted Feeling strives to be internally driven, it is unable to be so unlike Introverted Thinking, due to a lack of clear perspective and the need for affirmation from others. The latter leads them to be almost wholly defined by how others feel about them.
In summary, on a very superficial level the INFP may appear to be individualistic because they are internally. Yet their internal drive is supplied externally, namely by the world of people. Thus, in essence this is not at all like the mindset of the INTP who tends to strive to make decisions based solely on his own, impersonal judgment.
Contrary to what I said earlier, the similarity which has ensued as a result of the commonality of introverted judgment is superficial. That is merely the aforementioned internal drive. The essence of the INTP is individualistic, impersonal judgment, and of the INFP, harmonization of the self to the will of other people.
"Do not argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." -- Mark Twain
“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”---Samuel Johnson
and of the INFP, harmonization of the self to the will of other people.
But it's going to be a hell of an internal war between wanting harmony with other people and wanting to be true to self and not wanting any constraints. Continual angst over this issue. The only relief found in introverting and getting away from the pressures that other people provide.
It is not just harmonization of the self I seek to achieve, but harmonization of everything, with everything, in a broad sense. I want everybody to be harmonized. And in a sense, this may just be because, if everything, and everyone was harmonized with everything else, it would be a nicer world for ME to live in, in effect still being an aim of the self. But even with examining the meaning behind such actions, It still means I will not always harmonize myself to the will of other people; if I perceive somebody to be disruptive of harmony in the grander scheme of things, I will not give in to their will, more than likely I will oppose it.
Sometimes harmony is unwarranted and undesirible though and whatever discontent this brings me, I understand it's my internal problem and I have to cope with it. Better to feel discontented with things and cope with it rather than try and harmonize with something that is clearly wrong. This world is not ready for harmonizing as it is now and there's a lot more growing pains to go. The study of history helped me to see a lot of this.
This world is not ready for harmonizing as it is now and there's a lot more growing pains to go. The study of history helped me to see a lot of this.
I think this often. At the same time the opposing thought in my head is "Well somebody has to try push things forward." To do nothing and cut myself off from the worlds problems, or to fight against what seems like a tide of ignorance. The worlds never going to be perfect, but I think we should all be striving to improve it. Then again, who is to say what is improving the world, and what is turning it to shit, it's hardly objective.