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    Default I always get INFP, but important components of the description do not ring true...

    I've taken various tests dozens of times, and I almost always get INFP. Looking at each trait individually, I would say it would fit. I am an introvert (but not at home, more on that below). I am pretty sure I am an N. I am certainly an F, and I'm probably a P.

    But when I read the various descriptions of INFP, I see that they always describe the type to be very focused on their lives being harmonious with their "values", that they have "strong commitments" to "causes they believe in".

    I don't relate to that at all. I, in fact, don't have many causes that I believe strongly in, and for the causes/morals/etc I do believe in, I can easily argue for the other side. I enjoy arguing just for the sake of it (but about issues I'm detached from..and I'm detached from most issues). I'm not really focused on making the world a better place.

    What matters to me is nostalgia for childhood, the aesthetic beauty of the world, impressionistic moods and feelings I want to capture. Or just being with my family. So I'm a F in that sense, but I'm not emotionally connected to being a humanitarian or anything.


    Also, I am a very different person at home than I am in public or at school.

    At home, I am very much an extrovert. Yes, I do spend time in my head, but I'm loud, hyper, attention-seeking and I enjoy fast-paced conversation. I am also like this with cousins who I consider siblings. Except for a few things, I share all my feelings, my ups and downs, and I get depressed without interaction with my family or family friends. People who know me say I am talkative to the point of being annoying. I ask too many questions. I act like a hyper 5 year old at times.

    Outside, at school, I'm very private, reserved, and quiet. I dread public speaking, social interaction, and I live in my own head exclusively. I was voted "most quiet" in one of my classes, which would make my family laugh.

    So yeah. Any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
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    Yeah...I just really want to see if I can hit upon a type that fits me. I want to understand why it doesn't fit. If anyone has any help to offer, that would be great.

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    You might be an ISFP...

    From that tiny bit, I felt like you sounded a little like me!
    On a few test, I'll get INFP as well. But on this test: Myers Briggs Personality Test MBTI Personality Types, I got ISFP. And the description hit a bit closer to home for me.

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    you sound a bit like my lil sister and i think she was isfp.
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    That description reads ISFP to me.

    What makes you think you're iNtuitive?

    iNtuition doesn't necessarily mean you like to daydream nor does it have any direct correlation with creativity. ISFPs are some of the most creative types. As you've described yourself, I don't think I see an NF in you. I can sense that you are probably a realist whereas we INFPs are idealistic messes.

    Have you look into the cognitive functions? Fi? Se? Ne?

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    I agree that you sound ISFP. I have a feeling a lot of ISFPs test INFP because of the way MBTI tests for sensing functions. All the functions are stereotyped a bit when simplified into the 4 letter dichotomies.
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    Thanks for your help, everyone. I'm gonna read a bit about ISFP, it might fit. I have done the cognitive processes test, but I didn't save the result.

    I suppose one of the reasons I thought I might indeed be an INFP is that they are described as writers. I think, at heart, I am a writer and that's the subject I always excelled at in school.

    Thinking about it, though, what I love about writing is descriptive imagery. I seek to capture elusive feelings that have no name and communicate them through sensual imagery..so sensing is involved?

    Any way to clarify whether I am an S or an N? =)



    Again, thanks!

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    Tonight I actually just got someone I know to take the test who is definitely an ISFP, and she got INFP. She said the same stuff, that she is pretty intuitive and all. Well, you can be an intuitive person and still have a sensing preference! You do sound like an ISFP.
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    Sensors can be writers, too, summerdew.

    I've already alluded to Kerouac tonight, but I don't mind doing it again. He's an ISFP, one who is continuously confused for an INFP when he is not. The man had Se. And I think you do, too

    I hate to explain the S/N preferences themselves because it's easy to oversimplify and then get things wrong. Here is a very basic definiton of Ne and a very basic definition of Se, but there again it's hard to look at a single function without understanding how it works in conjunction with the other functions in a type's "system" (FiNeSiTe for the INFP and FiSeNiTe for the ISFP). Plus, those definitions* of Ne and Se are so simplistic that the tendency to put what we think the description means in the place of what it actually means is great.


    *If someone has better definitions, please feel free to link away!

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