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    Default INTP? ENTP? INFP? ISFP? ISFJ? ISTJ? I can't decide . . .

    So just about every time I've taken the test I've gotten a different result. The first time I took it 3 years ago, I tested INFJ. But that didn't seem quite right. I researched and read up on most of the types, but to no avail. Then I took it and tested INFP, then ISFP, then INTP, then ISFJ, then ISTJ. . . But to be honest, every time I took it after the first go, it was basically a joke, because I had quickly figured out how to manipulate the system to get the results I wanted.

    So naturally I took to learning about the different cognitive functions, so I could type myself. The type that I currently most relate to is INTP, but I'm still not certain as I am quite observant of my surroundings in day to day life, I'm normally the first to notice a physical change in the environment (e.g. a person walks by; a napkin blows away), although I normally don't verbalize my observations, and I have a hard time hiding my facial expressions. I'm decent at piecing together clues to figure out a situation by noticing whats in front of me and then connecting it with things I know from the past. I like to think that I take other people's feelings into consideration, but I don't think that is my default setting. My default brain analyzes my surrounding environment and tries to figure out how I would paint or draw it.

    I'll describe a photo, to add more insight to how my thought process works (I got the idea from another forum post I saw a while back) Klipsch-Image-S4-II-Black-Lifestyle.jpg

    My first thought after thinking she's cute, and looking at her physical appearance was, "I wonder where she's running, oh I wonder what music she's listening to." I took a second look and realized she had a purse slung over her shoulder. Oh maybe she's not on a run. Going to the gym maybe her hair is tied back and she looks like she's physically active. But where does the photo link to on the web. *checks url* amazon. I wonder what this is an ad for. *Visits amazon page. "Of course, an add for headphones, I should have figured that one out."

    One more just for funcanberra_hero_image.jpg:

    First reaction: Hot air balloon. That is a very vivid hot air balloon. Wait, is this a digital drawing or a photo? *larger picture loads* Photograph. Wow that hot air ballon has extraordinarily vibrant colors. It looks like there is a hot air balloon show going on in that town. I wonder if there are people in the building on the left watching from their windows? I wonder what town this is? The architecture and pond makes me wonder if it's in DC by the lincoln memorial, (tangent thought MLK speech was over there, and there was a scene in Forest Gump filmed there) but I don't think there are that many mountains in DC, or are there? It must be nearing sunset by the looks of the sky, it's too yellow for it to be sunrise. *Looks at ballon again and starts analyzing how the sheer fabric and light would make the various colors appear, and I start to wonder how I would paint it*

    Anyways, so after reading this what do you think my mbti type is?

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    INTP functions are close to INFJ.. In my typing I've pinpointed my issue that I am an INFJ with exceptionally high intuition and Strong T function...

    you could be the opposite... maybe you are a bit of a romantic as you first notice the pretty girl... Usually INTPs aren't too concerned with physical appearance which is something I share with the type... but you seem to be opposite.

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    although, intuition isnt necessarily an observational kind of thing...

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    oh also when I took the socionics test it gave me a strong INFJ type... did you try socionics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneandonly View Post
    oh also when I took the socionics test it gave me a strong INFJ type... did you try socionics?
    If you tested INFj in socionics that correlates with INFP in the MBTI.

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    I don't at all mean to sound unpleasant , just my thought: I never truly understand how people cannot determine their own types. Like really. How can one not know if they're a feeler or thinker, or if they're intuitive or sensing. How can one not even tell if they're INFP or... ISTJ ?

    Anyway, by the way you describe those photos, you're just no way an INFP, I can tell you that because I can only my own type best. Could be a T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris34 View Post
    So just about every time I've taken the test I've gotten a different result. The first time I took it 3 years ago, I tested INFJ. But that didn't seem quite right. I researched and read up on most of the types, but to no avail. Then I took it and tested INFP, then ISFP, then INTP, then ISFJ, then ISTJ. . . But to be honest, every time I took it after the first go, it was basically a joke, because I had quickly figured out how to manipulate the system to get the results I wanted.

    So naturally I took to learning about the different cognitive functions, so I could type myself. The type that I currently most relate to is INTP, but I'm still not certain as I am quite observant of my surroundings in day to day life, I'm normally the first to notice a physical change in the environment (e.g. a person walks by; a napkin blows away), although I normally don't verbalize my observations, and I have a hard time hiding my facial expressions. I'm decent at piecing together clues to figure out a situation by noticing whats in front of me and then connecting it with things I know from the past. I like to think that I take other people's feelings into consideration, but I don't think that is my default setting. My default brain analyzes my surrounding environment and tries to figure out how I would paint or draw it.

    I'll describe a photo, to add more insight to how my thought process works (I got the idea from another forum post I saw a while back) Klipsch-Image-S4-II-Black-Lifestyle.jpg

    My first thought after thinking she's cute, and looking at her physical appearance was, "I wonder where she's running, oh I wonder what music she's listening to." I took a second look and realized she had a purse slung over her shoulder. Oh maybe she's not on a run. Going to the gym maybe her hair is tied back and she looks like she's physically active. But where does the photo link to on the web. *checks url* amazon. I wonder what this is an ad for. *Visits amazon page. "Of course, an add for headphones, I should have figured that one out."

    One more just for funcanberra_hero_image.jpg:

    First reaction: Hot air balloon. That is a very vivid hot air balloon. Wait, is this a digital drawing or a photo? *larger picture loads* Photograph. Wow that hot air ballon has extraordinarily vibrant colors. It looks like there is a hot air balloon show going on in that town. I wonder if there are people in the building on the left watching from their windows? I wonder what town this is? The architecture and pond makes me wonder if it's in DC by the lincoln memorial, (tangent thought MLK speech was over there, and there was a scene in Forest Gump filmed there) but I don't think there are that many mountains in DC, or are there? It must be nearing sunset by the looks of the sky, it's too yellow for it to be sunrise. *Looks at ballon again and starts analyzing how the sheer fabric and light would make the various colors appear, and I start to wonder how I would paint it*

    Anyways, so after reading this what do you think my mbti type is?
    The way you interpreted the pictures indicates strong Ne usage. I'm gonna say INTP or ENTP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arctic Hysteria View Post
    I don't at all mean to sound unpleasant , just my thought: I never truly understand how people cannot determine their own types. Like really. How can one not know if they're a feeler or thinker, or if they're intuitive or sensing. How can one not even tell if they're INFP or... ISTJ ?

    Anyway, by the way you describe those photos, you're just no way an INFP, I can tell you that because I can only my own type best. Could be a T.
    The deeper I dove into the system the less sure I became. If you have only studied INFPs how can you be certain another type does not better describe the role of each of your functions?

    What first hung me up in determining my type was my Fi, Ti and Ni all testing strong. The most obvious solution is INxJ, but identifying the role each of these functions plays in my consciousness should point to one type (my guess is full circle to INTJ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opalescence View Post
    If you have only studied INFPs how can you be certain another type does not better describe the role of each of your functions?
    Did I say I have only studied INFP? Maybe it's an INFP thing, I just know that I am it, with all the functions entailed.

    I can read people easily, and I can pretty much tell the types of the people I'm close to. But I cannot tell the type of every single person I've interacted with.
    Sometimes it is the clues that you pick up yourself through your own observation tell so much more about a person than the selective so called clues or descriptions they choose to give you.

    After all, we are the products of what happened to us, good or bad or in between. Our past shapes us. For one who hasn't had the chance to test oneself in various scenarios and experiences, or still too young, what kind of reference does one have to give solid answers to all of these long personality tests? Some may choose the answers that describe the ideal self that they want to be. We all want to think that we're creative, capable of deep emotions, different, reasonable, sensible, empathetic, sentimental, supportive, etc. etc., but only our past experiences can pinpoint whether we're truly respectively so, or sadly we just want to think that we could be but we haven't been and we never could.

    One's type settles as one has been through enough. And if something profound and greatly significant happens, type might change again to certain extent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arctic Hysteria View Post
    Did I say I have only studied INFP?
    You didn't. Sorry for that leap.

    I agree those less experienced may have less practice to refer to in self-typing, and many (if not most) do present and identify with an ideal self. INPs seem to have the most difficulty with initial self-typing, so it's fortunate your type was obvious to you. My indecision could well be a marker of youth, though unlikely so simple.

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