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Thread: What am I?

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    I originally tested as INFP (this was 16, 17 years ago- I was 14). In college, I continued to test INFP.

    I lost touch with MBTI for several years, and rediscovered it after having my two children, during a time when I wanted to reconnect with my husband. We bought and read Please Understand Me II and used it as a launching pad for discussions about ourselves, each other, and our relationship. At that time, I tested ISFJ.

    After some time self-identifying as an ISFJ, I began to wonder whether it really fit me. I then began to self-identify as an INFJ.

    Now, I'm pretty sure I'm not a J. Could I have been right all along, and I'm actually an INFP? Did I need the motivation of motherhood to find my true ISFJ self? Am I just a scatterbrained INFJ? Or, is it all wrong and I'm actually an ISFP or an INTP?

    A note: this is all very light-hearted and slightly tongue-in-cheek, as I am no longer convinced that MBTI is useful as anything but a vocabulary and a system for describing (not prescribing) human behavior. There is too much ambivalence, subjectivity, and reliance on navel-gazing involved for me to think it's scientific, but that doesn't mean we can't use it to describe ourselves and each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I originally tested as INFP (this was 16, 17 years ago- I was 14). In college, I continued to test INFP.

    I lost touch with MBTI for several years, and rediscovered it after having my two children, during a time when I wanted to reconnect with my husband. We bought and read Please Understand Me II and used it as a launching pad for discussions about ourselves, each other, and our relationship. At that time, I tested ISFJ.

    After some time self-identifying as an ISFJ, I began to wonder whether it really fit me. I then began to self-identify as an INFJ.

    Now, I'm pretty sure I'm not a J. Could I have been right all along, and I'm actually an INFP? Did I need the motivation of motherhood to find my true ISFJ self? Am I just a scatterbrained INFJ? Or, is it all wrong and I'm actually an ISFP or an INTP?

    A note: this is all very light-hearted and slightly tongue-in-cheek, as I am no longer convinced that MBTI is useful as anything but a vocabulary and a system for describing (not prescribing) human behavior. There is too much ambivalence, subjectivity, and reliance on navel-gazing involved for me to think it's scientific, but that doesn't mean we can't use it to describe ourselves and each other.
    My guess is having children encouraged the growth of the S and J preferences. Also, IMO, the desire to connect is very NF.

    Good thing you added that note! Some people take this stuff way too seriously. I find it fascinating but at the end of the day we are more than just four letter acronyms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I originally tested as INFP (this was 16, 17 years ago- I was 14). In college, I continued to test INFP.

    I lost touch with MBTI for several years, and rediscovered it after having my two children, during a time when I wanted to reconnect with my husband. We bought and read Please Understand Me II and used it as a launching pad for discussions about ourselves, each other, and our relationship. At that time, I tested ISFJ.

    After some time self-identifying as an ISFJ, I began to wonder whether it really fit me. I then began to self-identify as an INFJ.

    Now, I'm pretty sure I'm not a J. Could I have been right all along, and I'm actually an INFP? Did I need the motivation of motherhood to find my true ISFJ self? Am I just a scatterbrained INFJ? Or, is it all wrong and I'm actually an ISFP or an INTP?

    A note: this is all very light-hearted and slightly tongue-in-cheek, as I am no longer convinced that MBTI is useful as anything but a vocabulary and a system for describing (not prescribing) human behavior. There is too much ambivalence, subjectivity, and reliance on navel-gazing involved for me to think it's scientific, but that doesn't mean we can't use it to describe ourselves and each other.
    Here's a thought. If you didn't need to maintain a structured lifestyle (J preference) would you do so anyway? It's my understanding that those with an innate J preference would.

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    I have no real idea overall, as far as 4-letter type.

    You do seem to promote closure more than the self-professed P's, though. You're very casual about it, compared to most J's, but you still naturally make decisions. I don't think it is all learned; even P's who are forced (through parenthood or whatever) to practice closure still fret a little about their decision, seem hesitant, tend to flux more about... but you are perfectly content to make decisions.

    That is why I perceive you as a relaxed J, sure of herself and easily able to change her decision (as long as a direction is chosen) than as a P. You do not really seem to "get stuck on your decision" like some stereotypical J's, you simply like to have a direction chosen and change if you need to. This level of self-certainty just seems J to me.

    (I watch this happen in the modbox when decisions have to be made, watching how the J's vs the P's act. The P's don't act. We clarify the situation and explore it, but have to force ourselves to commit to a course of action.)

    you definitely do not torture yourself / agonize the way the typical INFP does.
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    I know an INFJ in RL who reminds me very much of what I know of you, in some ways, (very un-J-like in some ways) which leads me to think INFJ. I don't know any ISFJs for comparison.

    You certainly don't seem like an INFP. FWIW, which is not much, since I know I barely even know you on the forum, let alone what you're really like in life...

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    Yeah, I not sure about a J or F prefence but IMO, she's very NF. The desire to re-connect seems NF, maybe ...

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    I think that you are an INFJ. Being the least common, and among the most unusual of all MBTI types, INFJs are frequently misunderstood. The Ni-Fe combo allows for the INFJ to easily see the perspective of other people. Thus, it isn't uncommon for an INFJ to relate to several other closely related types. Also INxJs are usually the least J of all J types, so it isn't uncommon for INFJs to be confused as to whether they are a J or P. INTP sounds quite improbable. If it helps, I have noticed several INFJs who seem to be rather strong in their tertiary Ti, thus occasionally giving off an IxTp appearance.

    My final verdict on you type is INFJ with a relatively borderline situation on the S/N dichotomy.
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    If she's an INFJ, then I'm probably not.

    I believe that I think differently from her in many ways. She seems more of an INFP to me. ISFJ isn't something I would believe because she doesn't seem like an SJ, but she almost totally lacks that Ni vibe. INFP fits her best, to me. She definitely doesn't seem like a T.

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    I reckon IxxJ

    I think you're too balanced on both the F/T and S/N front to call either way. But definitely I and definitely J.

    Either that, or ISFJ with only a very slight S and F and moderate J preferences, so your dominant Si is kinda, well, not dominant!

    athenian, I've said before you never come across as INFJ to me, I just can't see it, even after reading that thread about your type, I still think you ooze ISFJ-ness.
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    Why J, sub?

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