I realize that this post kind of rambles and does not yet give enough information for you guys to type me. I feel like it's necessary background though.
So, I can be kind of sensitive. And feel like I am values driven. I'm intelligent and like to think about philosophy and religion and literature. (But also physics and history and politics and sports.) I'm shy. I'm a slob. I like to think of myself as different.
So I thought I was a pretty standard --if such a thing exists-- INFP. And I can answer online questionnaires in such a way as to back this up. But I'm shy, as mentioned above, and I wonder if that is screwing up the results.
Do I try to lie on these questionnaires? Nope. But many of the questions are very abstract, IMO: Are you factual or speculative? Are you future of present oriented? Do you like reading about theories? Do emotions affect your decisions. Etc.
It's hard for me to be sure if I am answering these correctly and so I am easily swayed by what I think my type is even if though I may only be 51% sure I am answering the question truthfully.
I am not smart enough to criticize these questionnaires, but after reading about the cognitive functions, I feel as if I may have been mistyped.I identify with Ni, Se, Ti and (maybe) Fe. I say maybe because Fi's idealism kind of resonates too.
When I read the quick check stickied above, I am not directive in my language usually, unless I feel as if I am the more powerful in a relationship --for instance with younger siblings. I wonder if I have some shyness/inferiority hangups going on that keep me from being truly directive.
Now that I'm in these weeds, is it possible that I'm a shy extrovert? I know that with my family and close friends I am usually in the center of the conversation. If there are people who I like interacting with, I will be out interacting with them. Not in my room reading. When I am in a comfortable social environment where I can be myself, I am among the last to leave. However, I never initiate conversations with strangers and never have a desire to do so, but this may just be my inferiority complex coming through.
So MBTI scholars, where should I begin? I'm fairly certain that I'm an N and not an S, but I suppose that even that is in question at this point as I hear that a lot of people like to believe they're complex N's and not simple S's (whatever that may mean.) Somebody help me figure out what to do next. Because I think learning about myself in this way will prove helpful in life.