Well yes, the tests are not 100% accurate, but neither are our answers... Do you like change? Do you feel the need the mix things up quite often? Or do you prefer to keep things the same?
On a different note, I have met only one INFJ in real life, and they drive me insane. Although I appreciate their phenomenal memory, and brain power, they are very, very clingy, and emotional, and just generally too complex for my simple (or so I would like to think) ISTJ self... From what you said, this doesn't sound like you, but obviously no two people are the exact same, even if they are the same type......
No, I'm not terribly fond of changes, especially in routine. Like I said, I have a specific place for reading, but I also have specified places for studying and going on my computer. I abhor when teachers change test dates to cater to the students who didn't do their work on time. If that's the case, those students deserve to fail.
I'm not clingy at all. In fact, I never initiate any emotional connections with my friends. Now, that's not to say that I don't respond when they initiate them. I'm simply not prone to create an emotional, feel-y situation.
I am female, if I didn't mention that in my original post, and I did test as an INTJ. I think it's very interesting that the INFJ is the least "F" of the feelers. I think I'll look at the portraits of both the INFJ and the INTJ and highlight what I relate to in each of them after I get a little more feedback. Thank you for your in depth response. Also, it's nice to know that I'm not alone in thinking that cognitive functions just aren't the best way to type yourself.
Edit: Sorry that the pictures of my results are so small.
As you probably know, you got reasonably clear IN_J (and IN_J-equivalent) scores on both those tests.
And reasonably strong T scores, too, of course, but I'm still treating that as your one potentially undecided dimension. In light of those test scores and after rereading some of your OP, though, maybe I'm more on the fence than leaning F at this point.
I'll be interested to hear what aspects of any of those INTJ and/or INFJ profiles provoke a notably strong "just like me" or "not like me" reaction.
You seem like a clear INTJ to me. Very Te, almost enough to be dominant if not for the blatant introversion. Could be an ISTJ, but there were a few things in there that tipped the balance in favour of intuition.
My apologies for leaving this thread unattended for such a long time! Finals and the holidays got the better of me. Thank you all for your insights! I'm going to decide which bits of the INFJ and the INTJ portrait I relate with the most (as I said I would). Stay tuned!
As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.
INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions.They believe that they're right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves - there's always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don't believe in compromising their ideals.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring. (NOTE: Not a parent, so I'll ignore this.)
In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not.
The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement.
What I've bolded is what I identify with. I'll do the INTJ next. If you have a different source/article you'd like me to read on the types that you believe to be more accurate, I'd be happy to check it out.