I'm rather new to the whole MBTI thing. I've taken a few online tests and tested as INFP.
The result from http://www.humanmetrics.com/:
You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%)
And when reading the descriptions, I can identify myself with both INTP and INFJ. Actually, the INFJ seems even more accurate. Now, I know it doesn't really *matter* which one I am, and I know every person carries a bit of everything inside them. I'm just curious to know if it could be distinguished.
I'm rather indecisive but at the same time needing closures. I have many contradictory qualities, such as the need to plan and control things but also to be spontaneous (I guess that's because I'm very creative and somehow the space for spontaneity allows me to use my creativity more).
Some other distinctive qualities:
- I'm very conscientious and feel easily guilty even for things that have nothing to do with me! This is very exhausting and usually I'm intellectually aware of it but not able to change it.
- I'm natural with language(s). I learned to speak, read and write at an unusually young age. I also learn foreign languages quickly and easily.
- I'm very creative and idealistic. Sometimes I lack the ability to put my ideas into action, to realize them in this world. It's often hard for me to find the optimal level - I'm either hyperactive and over-confident (when inspired) or insecure and nearly paralyzed. I also have the tendency to fantasize a lot and sometimes I forget the "real" me or I can't distinguish myself from the ideas I have. I suppose this is typical for INFP's.
- I'm really curious about other people indirectly. I like to hear/read their stories and sometimes "spy" on others while avoiding direct contact.
- I'm really introverted. I want to and need to spend a lot of time by myself and definately have a rich, complex inner life.
- In group situations, I can usually sense other's emotions and needs and tend to forget about my own. When I'm by myself or with people who are really close to me, I stick to my ideals and can be very stubborn, but when I need to face a conflict or a "difficult" person I get scared and start to please the other. I hate it.
- People usually see me as calm, caring and intelligent. I experience all emotions very strongly and it can be really painful. I don't show much of that to strangers, but with the closest ones (especially love partners!) I can be quite a drama queen.
I thought that maybe the reason I test as a P is because a lot of the questions in the tests are something like "Are you never late?" "Is your work desk always clean an organized?" and I have to answer no - I'm not very good at keeping things in order but I suffer from that! I need to know what's going to happen, I dislike surprises, need a lot of time to make desicions. I also feel much more harmonious in tidy places. I've always been really picky and sensitive about clothing materials, foods, people, noises... Some people have called me a control freak and I guess they are not completely wrong.
I think a lot of this has to do with me being an HSP (a Highly Sensitive Person)- which means having a higher-than-average sensory-processing sensitivity. I get easily overwhelmed by external and internal stimuli. I was wondering whether this could contribute to my confusion about the J/T part. Maybe I'm an INFP but sometimes appear as INFJ because of the need to control the environment in order to avoid overstimulation? Any thoughts?
Thanks for reading. And sorry for any spelling mistakes, I'm not a native English speaker.