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    Default what mtbi type does this describe?

    i have always tested infp on mtbi tests, but i've never felt that the descriptions of infps remind me very much of myself at all, bits and pieces of them do a little bit, more so if i am sad at the time, but all together not so much.

    but the following description describes me to a "t" and i am curious to see what type you would give it; and if you are an NF, whether you feel this describes you at all, esp. if you are an infp. i am the shy version mostly, but depending on the circumstances i can be very much like the outgoing version too (though less so lately). it's a long description, sorry for that, i highlighted the key parts.

    They possess strong and attractive personalities. They fall into two principle types: one shy, sensitive, gentle and patient; the other exuberant, lively and exhibitionist, sometimes hiding the considerable depths of their character under a cloak of frivolity.

    Both types are strong willed and forceful in their different ways and have strong convictions, though as they seek truth above all things, they are usually honest enough to change their opinions, however firmly held, if evidence comes to light which persuades them that they have been mistaken. They have a breadth of vision that brings diverse factors into a whole, and can see both sides of an argument without shilly-shallying as to which side to take.

    Consequently they are unprejudiced and tolerant of other points of view. This is because they can see the validity of the argument, even if they do not accept it themselves. They obey the Quaker exhortation to "Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes," and are prepared to learn from everyone.

    Both types are humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined, sometimes ethereal, and idealistic, though this last quality is tempered with a sensible practicality. They are quick, active and persevering without being self-assertive, and express themselves with reason, moderation and sometimes, a dry humor.

    They are nearly always intelligent, concise, clear and logical. Many are strongly imaginative and psychically intuitive. Their philosophical and spiritual bent may be dangerous in that it can drive the subjects into an ivory-tower existence where they meditate on abstractions that bear little relevance to life. On the other hand it can help the many who have scientific leanings to combine these with their yearning for the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man, and to embark on scientific research to fulfill their philanthropic ideals of benefiting mankind.

    When some cause or work of this nature inspires them, they are capable of such devotion to it that they may drive themselves to the point of exhaustion and even risk injuring their health

    Both types need to retire from the world at times and to become temporary loners. They appreciate opportunities for meditation or, if they are religious, of retreats. Even in company they are fiercely independent, refusing to follow the crowd. They dislike interference by others, however helpfully intended, and will accept it only on their own terms. Normally they have good taste in drama, music and art, and are also gifted in the arts, especially drama.

    In spite of the often intensely magnetic, forthcoming and open personality of the more extrovert kind of Aquarian, and of their desire to help humanity, neither type makes friends easily. They sometimes appear to condescend to others and take too little trouble to cultivate the acquaintance of people who do not particularly appeal to them.

    They do not give themselves easily - perhaps their judgment of human nature is too good for that - and are sometimes accounted cold. But once they decide that someone is worthy of their friendship or love, they can exert an almost hypnotic and irresistible mental attraction on them and will themselves become tenacious friends or lovers, ready to sacrifice everything for their partners and be faithful to them for life. However, they are sometimes disappointed emotionally because their own high personal ideals cause them to demand more of others than is reasonable. And if they are deceived their anger is terrible.

    If disillusioned, they do not forgive.

    Among the faults to which they are liable are fanatical eccentricity, wayward egotism, excessive detachment and an inclination to retreat from life and society, and a tendency to be extremely dogmatic in their opinions. Circumstances - for example, continuous opposition to a cause they hold dear - may cause the atrophy of the openness of mind that is one of the their most attractive traits.

    They may express a lack of integrity in broken promises, secretiveness or cunning. Simmering anger and resentment, rudeness or, worse, a tense, threatening silence which may suddenly burst out in eruptions of extreme temper, these are all part of the negative side of this group. This can also reveal itself in a sustained hatred for enemies that is capable of enlarging itself into a misanthropy toward the whole of mankind.

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    There's a theory someone said somewhere: If you're unsure which you are, you're an INFP. It's not very often that INFJs question whether they are INFPs or not.

    Also, there's a function assessment test somewhere here in which the results tell you which functions you are using the most. For you, Ne and Fi will probably be the highest. Odds are you are an INFP.

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    The bolded parts sound like an INTJ description.

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    This sounded like an INFP description.

    Shy, sensitive, internally focused corresponds with the Fi, and the exhibitionist aspect to the type corresponds with the Ne.

    INFPs, just like INTPs tend to vascillate between solitary, low-energy approach to life and this wild, erratic force that needs to go on adventures incessantly just to stay stimulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrielle View Post
    Also, there's a function assessment test somewhere here in which the results tell you which functions you are using the most.
    This is not that test.

    This is.

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    sounds INFJ to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    sounds INFJ to me.
    Yes, I would go with INFJ way past INFP on this.

    But I can see why Zergling suggested INTJ. I searched the paragraphs for things that differentiate T/F and there were not as many as I thought.

    At least things can be narrowed down to INxJ, though I still favor INFJ.

    BW, you really need to base your guess on more than the first paragraph of the description.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zergling View Post
    The bolded parts sound like an INTJ description.
    that's what i was afraid of.

    it is a description of my astrological sign: Aquarius. it isn't the best description of aquarians out there but it is ok--the only thing this one doesn't capture that better ones do, is the playfulness aspect...as long as i am comfortable i can be like a playful little sprite. (carebear said somewhere about needing playmates, what he said sounds very much like me).

    i am not bossy so much as opinionated---if i have an opinion and am genuinely curious, i don't act like a shrinking violet, stereo-typical, run from debate infp; but i listen to what is said and will change my mind if it makes sense...actually, i store everything and have even years later told people that i thought they were right after all about something i had originally disagreed with them. if i don't have an opinion or think something is boring, i say nothing unless forced.

    the consensus seems to be that i am a "j" but the thing is i never test "j" ever, not even close. my "f" and "t" are sometimes almost 50/50 (though "f" always wins). but my "p" and my "j" are always pretty far apart.

    mr or ms. bluewing, where is your thread to find out my true self?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meursault View Post
    that's what i was afraid of.

    it is a description of my astrological sign: Aquarius. it isn't the best description of aquarians out there but it is ok--the only thing this one doesn't capture that better ones do, is the playfulness aspect...as long as i am comfortable i can be like a playful little sprite. (carebear said somewhere about needing playmates, what he said sounds very much like me).

    i am not bossy so much as opinionated---if i have an opinion and am genuinely curious, i don't act like a shrinking violet, stereo-typical, run from debate infp; but i listen to what is said and will change my mind if it makes sense...actually, i store everything and have even years later told people that i thought they were right after all about something i had originally disagreed with them. if i don't have an opinion or think something is boring, i say nothing unless forced.

    the consensus seems to be that i am a "j" but the thing is i never test "j" ever, not even close. my "f" and "t" are sometimes almost 50/50 (though "f" always wins). but my "p" and my "j" are always pretty far apart.

    mr or ms. bluewing, where is your thread to find out my true self?

    I am an INTJ. Everything you bolded describes me.

    Just because someone is INTJ doesn't mean that they don't have feeling; when you talked about "humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined, sometimes ethereal, and idealistic, though this last quality is tempered with a sensible practicality."... actually, I won't quote all the things.

    I'd read the geocities INTJ description; maybe you might find you recognize yourself there more? INTJ - The Free-Thinker
    Everything you bolded describes me.
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    I identify with significant portions of that. However, I'm an Aries. I think horoscopes of necessity are guilty of exploiting the Forer effect.

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