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    Default Who am I?? INFP, ENFP or INTP??? Please help.

    I am not sure what type I am. The first time I took the mbti I came up very strongly INFP in all categories(+85%). However, at the time that I took this test I was going through a depressive episode. At the time I thought this was the perfect description of me, because I was so overwhelmed with my emotions and feelings. But after a little while, I began questioning if I was really as deep and in touch with my emotions as INFP's are.

    The next time I took the test was a few weeks later. I had just started taking some antidepressants. This time I came out as INTP. Although the T/F were very borderline (basically INXP). This description sounded like me, except for the description of how cold and logical INTP's are, especially in relationships. I think I use feeling more than that.

    Now, a couple days ago I took the test and I come up INFP again. However, this time both my I/E and T/F were very close. (xnxp) This made me think that I could be an ENFP so I read the descriptions for ENFP, and it probably sounds the most like me out of all the descriptions. Especially the description of ENFP relationships.

    I always assumed that I was introverted because of how much talking I do with myself. But I think I figured out that is just the iNtuition talkiing to me, and that the difference between introvert and extravert is that intro likes to be alone mostly while extra doesn't like to be alone too much. And I definitely would rather be out doing something with friends than sitting by myself if I had a choice. I used to hate being alone, but now it's getting a little better (maybe because of the antidepressants?)

    I am pretty sure that I am on the extraverted side, because I do truly enjoy being with people and going to parties and bars. It just matters who I am going with. If I were to stay home alone while my friends are out I would not be able to stand it. I'm pretty good with people for the most part and I get along with everyone, but I do have a tendency to be shy sometimes when it comes to meeting new people, especially girls.

    I attribute this to childhood issues of insecurity and shyness. I think these issues are what causes it to be hard for me to meet new people, even though I want to. Or sometimes I might just get an idea of who the people at a bar or party are in my head and decide through intuition that I am not really interested in talking to them anyways.

    I've heard that ENFP can be the most confusing type to classify as they are kind of the quiet extroverts, so that would make sense that it has taken me three or four different times to kind of figure this out. However, I am still not completely sure and would appreciate anyone else's input and advice.

    Anyways, sorry if this is a little long... But if anyone has anything constructive to say that would be appreciated. For now I am just going to classify myself as XNXP.

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    ENFP... quiet extroverts

    Sorry that's not helpful right?

    ENFPs are more difficult to negotiate with than INFPs. ENFPs can be very emphatic where as INFPs stay in the negotiation even though they may well make it clear that they are not going to change because basically they prefer the answer they have at the moment. ENFPs are more likely to get all flustered in those conversations.

    Oh and it would seem that ENFPs, when stressed, are like mini cyclones. They pick up everything and scatter it.

    INFPs seem more likely to get focused and pushy... ie they go more ESTJ sergeant style.

    Possibly the biggest clue lies in the difference between EP and IP.
    If you collect all the information, no matter how trivial, and then sort through it then you're more likely to be an EP.
    I you judge information as it arrives to you and only assemble with those pieces of information which appear to be relevant then your more likely an IP.

    (Oh and from the number of times you said "I", my guess is ENFP more than INFP but that's just a guess)
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    The most easiest way I found is to see it this way:

    - Where do you get your energy from?
    - Being with people, outside environment>> then Extrovert
    - Being alone and reflecting >> then Introvert

    - How you take in Information?
    - Patterns, abstract, intuition >> N
    - Facts, actual >> S

    - How you process Information?
    - How it makes you feel, your own value system>> Feeling
    - How logical it is, rational methods, impersonal analysis >> Thinking

    - How your actions and plans are?
    - Open ended, no closure, possibilities >> P
    - Done deal, planned, rigid >> J

    This was explained to us by our lecturer, it made much sense to me, as its easy to understand and remember.
    Hope it makes sense.


    PS: Yes ENFPs are the quiet extroverts, we need alone time to recharge ourselfs, but we still get our energy from people. And being Extroverts, we think aloud. So we will be in shopping centres at a shoe sale talking to ourselfs saying "Wow nice pair, I wonder if its on sale" loudly!

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    If you're answering the test as best you can, then there's no reason to be unsure about who you are. MBTI is just a descriptor, like political part affiliations. People aren't born democrats or republicans, they just develop views that fall somewhere along that spectrum. They usually don't fall perfectly in either camp, since people's political views aren't always organized neatly. Your question is kind of like a person who is pro-life and anti-big government freaking out because they don't know who they are. See?

    Moved from NF Idyllic.

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    i disagree with edahn.

    as long as you look at it from a function viewpoint, you should be able to figure out your best-fit type. forget the tests; they can't be very accurate. research Fi, Ne, Si, and Te (because you seem like quite an obvious xNFP). decide whether Fi/Ne/Si fits better than Ne/Fi/Te.

    and not that this means much -- i get the INFP vibe from your writing. you seem more inner world focused than an ENFP would be.

    good website for function information: Terms With Nonobvious Meanings

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    Yes, I agree, you sound more INP than ENP. I have not read enough your stuff to see how much F or T you sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Yes, I agree, you sound more INP than ENP. I have not read enough your stuff to see how much F or T you sound.
    my general rule is that INPs that claim to be on the border of T and F are most likely F.

    plus, listen to this "However, at the time that I took this test I was going through a depressive episode. At the time I thought this was the perfect description of me, because I was so overwhelmed with my emotions and feelings. But after a little while, I began questioning if I was really as deep and in touch with my emotions as INFP's are."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dissonance View Post
    my general rule is that INPs that claim to be on the border of T and F are most likely F.
    Yes, intellectually I agree with this, but I speaking of my gut feelings relating to his posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dissonance View Post
    i disagree with edahn.

    as long as you look at it from a function viewpoint, you should be able to figure out your best-fit type. forget the tests; they can't be very accurate. research Fi, Ne, Si, and Te (because you seem like quite an obvious xNFP). decide whether Fi/Ne/Si fits better than Ne/Fi/Te.

    and not that this means much -- i get the INFP vibe from your writing. you seem more inner world focused than an ENFP would be.

    good website for function information: Terms With Nonobvious Meanings
    Out of curiosity, what do you disagree with? If it gets interesting, I'll split it into a new thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    If you're answering the test as best you can, then there's no reason to be unsure about who you are. MBTI is just a descriptor, like political part affiliations. People aren't born democrats or republicans, they just develop views that fall somewhere along that spectrum. They usually don't fall perfectly in either camp, since people's political views aren't always organized neatly. Your question is kind of like a person who is pro-life and anti-big government freaking out because they don't know who they are. See?
    i don't disagree with the literal meaning of this post. but it seems like you're implying that he should stop trying to identify his type because it's JUST a descriptor.

    and i don't think the democrat/republican metaphor holds either. cognitive functions are distinctly defined. i think it's quite useful to explore and build a mental model of the function interactions in your own mind.

    maybe you just took issue with the title of the thread "who am i". it should have been "what's my MBTI type" or something...

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