So, ever since I first got into MBTI through someone linking me to one of these internet tests, I’ve “known” I’m an INTP. After a while I got more into the theory and learned about Jung’s cognitive functions (Fi, Te, Si and so on, I don’t know if there’s a better word for them). Me having Ti-Ne-Si-Fe made sense to me, and I didn’t give it that much thought. Then my interest in MBTI faded for a while.
Now, however, my interest is back, and I have some doubts. I’m wondering if I’m instead of INTP is an ENTP or an INFP (or, by extension, an ENFP, I guess). I have a few different reasons for my doubt. The ENTP thing is partly due to the Enneagram and partly due to me thinking about my functions more in depth.
I’ve never really gotten into the Enneagram because it feels too arbitrary to me. However, I decided to give it a chance and really think it through properly. Now, the thing is that while the description of the behaviour of 5 fit me, the motivations do not, and my Enneagram savvy friend tells me the Enneagram is mainly about motivations. Looking at those, the best fitting type is 7. But the instant reaction from most people when I mention INTP and 7 I the same sentence seems to be “You sure you’re not ENTP instead?”. And well, no, I’m not sure.
Also, as I mentioned, it’s the thing about the functions. What first got me thinking was the fact that I use Fe so much, more than I (consciously) use Si even. I chalked it down to me having grown up around loads of Fs and also to the fact that while I may use Fe more than Si, I still find it more draining. However, I’m not so sure about that last thing, and the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking about Ne and Ti too. Maybe I do use Ne more than Ti? How do I tell?
I’ve always figured my dad’s and ENTP, however, and if our discussions are any indication, I’m more INTP (than him, at least). How it usually goes is that he’s talking about something, and then I sit and think about it a while before I say something, and then, at the second I shut up, he starts talking again. That would sound like me introverting to use Ti before I answer, while he jumps right to new Ne possibilities immediately, right?
Anyways, on to my INFP worries. Now, this comes totally from an outside source. There was someone who told me that I present more like an INFP than an INTP, and well… I can’t really go outside and look at myself, so I’m asking for what you think, and maybe some foolproof way to determine, if there is one. I don’t think I have Fi, it sounds very alien to me, but maybe it’s because I’ve mixed it up with Ti.
Thanks in advance! (Ohai there Fe...)