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    I read online and it seems that ISFPs are supposed to be grounded in the present and their environment, good at sports, in tune with their bodies and graceful and with good reflexes (among other attributes).

    Now, I'm very clumsy, I walk around lost in thought all the time which ends up with me breaking stuff (or hurting myself), I have the reflexes of a sloth and I almost never notice signs or stuff around me. I just got back from holiday and my ISTJ travel companion drove me crazy... and vice versa.

    I read the online descriptions of INFPs and it sounds so much like me (other qualities rather than just the clumsiness) yet every test I do marks me as an ISFP (and with a strong S too).

    Keirsey and Meyers-Briggs are just trying to drive me nuts, aren't they?

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    Tests are more unreliable than self-assessment, so you're whatever description fits best in all likelyhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flak View Post
    Tests are more unreliable than self-assessment, so you're whatever description fits best in all likelyhood.
    I totally agree with this assessment. You should also be careful of buying inot some of the stereotypes of the descriptions, i.e. ISTPs are mechanical, ISFPs are artistic etc. It would benefit you to first learn the core temperament that fits you best. This is the test that I usually recommend to people to determine their temperament. Then as Jack Flak says, you should do some serious self-reflection. Itís no guarantee, but if you can determine your interaction style, it would shore up your type. Since you seem inclined to IFP, you may already determined that your interaction style is ďBehind the ScenesĒ.

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    ^LOL Based on "Interaction Styles" I seem to be ENFP. Let me take a closer look at this business...OK INTP on 2nd more deliberate try. I feel better now, whew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flak View Post
    Tests are more unreliable than self-assessment, so you're whatever description fits best in all likelyhood.
    Like Jung said, everyone is an exception to the rule but it's only human to seek to categorise everything (and everyone), you see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "?" View Post
    I totally agree with this assessment. You should also be careful of buying into some of the stereotypes of the descriptions, i.e. ISTPs are mechanical, ISFPs are artistic etc. It would benefit you to first learn the core temperament that fits you best. This is the test that I usually recommend to people to determine their temperament. Then as Jack Flak says, you should do some serious self-reflection. Itís no guarantee, but if you can determine your interaction style, it would shore up your type. Since you seem inclined to IFP, you may already determined that your interaction style is ďBehind the ScenesĒ.
    I'm aware of course not to read too much into these 'stereotypes' but there does exist a substantial modicum of truth in some of them. I guess I straddle the two types (INFP & ISFP) somewhat.

    Thanks for the prompt replies.

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    Sometimes as individuals, we don't fit nicely into categories. You could be a really grounded INFP or a really loopy ISFP.

    I'm not particularly good at sports myself (though I was better as a kid when I was more active) and I'm very clumsy. I have good reflexes, and I notice a lot of things around me, but I can also be so focused on one thing that i ignore everything else and run into something or forget where I'm going. So, there's nothing in your self-assessment there that definitely says you're one or the other.

    For me, it's pretty obvious that I'm an S. I don't care about abstract theories, hypothetical questions, vague beating around the bush, etc. I like people to get to the point and talk about real, tangible things. It doesn't mean I don't have an imagination or wonder about the unknown, because I do. But my imagination is very reality-based, if that makes any sense. And I wonder about the unknown as an occasional fun activity, it doesn't consume my thoughts. On those rare occasions it does, my eyes start watering and I quickly tell my head to start thinking about something else before my mind explodes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OperaLover View Post
    I'm aware of course not to read too much into these 'stereotypes' but there does exist a substantial modicum of truth in some of them. I guess I straddle the two types (INFP & ISFP) somewhat.
    Not straddle, one is your dominant and the other your secondary. The test alluded to in my previous post will most like result in your temperament style being SP or NF with the other following closely. My temperament is SP/NT which is why I confused myself as INTP for years. However unlike the INTP, my interaction style is "Chart the Course".

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    Whatís it like to be you? (isfp)
    Probably Iím the happiest when things are just a little different everyday. I donít want to commit to any particular way to be. I want to be able to be a lot of ways. In my mind, I am peacefully assimilating myself to a lot of different situations, flowing easily between them all. Most people donít understand thereís a lot going on inside. Itís always different, and if itís not always different, itís no fun.

    When Iím someplace, doing something, Iím really there. The whole experience is related to that time and place. And people only see the part of me that is with them that day. Thatís who I am for that day, but little do they know that tomorrow I might be different.

    Iím reserved when I first meet people, but I am friendly, warm, and outgoing once Iíve gotten to know someone. I really enjoy listening to people, hearing other peopleís stories and learning about them. I remember a lot of the details. I ask a lot of questions and like the challenge of recognizing where people are coming from and why they might be coming from that perspective. I love the give and take of conversations. I really feel thrilled and excited learning from that intellectual energy combined with that emotional energy. It gives me a sense of the person. In any situation, I love the give and take, the playfulness and energy, the excitement and a little bit of competition, a little bit of one-upsmanship. But when it becomes abrasive and people personally attack others, Iím offended.

    I have a lot of interests and I can get interested in one thing, and then something else comes along and that looks fascinating. I enjoy using the skills that I do have, and theyíre varied. Iím always on the lookout for something that uses my skills and abilities, that will give me variety and still be stimulating and let me have a mission with people. In my best jobs, I was connecting with people and problem solving and often using tools, adapting equipment or techniques.

    My nature is when things get to a crunch, Iíll make something happen that will make it all right. I just know that I can do that and will do that. I love solving people problems.

    But part of me shivers if someone tells me their expectations of me, even if theyíre expectations I have for myself. I need the freedom to be able to change my mind or direction. I like to get a feel for what theyíre looking for and then just make it happen and hope they enjoy it. And donít ask me how I did it because I have a difficult time communicating that. Itís whatever moves me at the time. I probably donít even remember half of what Iíve done. I can spin around doing nothing and then spend two minutes and get something done. Itís a whole process that I canít communicate, because itís not something that can always be written down on paperóbecause when Iím doing it, Iím enjoying it. Itís like Iím in a different world. Itís not a task to meóitís a creative outlet.

    I enjoy family and friends. I enjoy being with them and doing things with themódeveloping that relationship, bonding with them. I carry through with my commitments and Iím a very responsible person. Deep friendships are important to me, but not too many.

    When I am angry I get quiet. Others donít know though, thatís the problem. Because itís not an external, visible reactionóitís more passive, turned inward. Iím trying to think it through to figure a way to get my point across so they understand because I wouldnít want to attack somebody. Thatís something about me, that noncommunication, or withdrawal.

    I like recognition. Itís very important to get complimented soon after an accomplishment. If something goes unnoticed or unrewarded, it doesnít have the immediate impact that I want. Iíve been learning my own positive self-talk. I tend to be a workaholic at whatever it is I am doing. You might say Iím a perfectionist. I want people to be impressed with my performance. I donít want anyone to be unhappy with my performance so I continue to perform, and that is kind of a driving force. It has been a constant struggle to not overdo it. I need a positive environment to work in and I need the people Iím working with to support me.

    Whatís it like to be you?(infp)
    I have a very internal focus. I think I look at myself through other peopleís eyes, but sometimes I can lose touch with how things work for me. Then I can get introspective, going very deep and staying there, not coming out too quickly or easily. Somehow I find it very difficult to put into words and communicate the things that really matter to me. Most people donít have the foggiest notion about what goes on with me.

    I like harmony and seek consensus and do well with the deep issues. My values and the things that are important to me often feel outside the mainstream in the sense that I feel impinged upon and uncomfortable with so much of what goes on. Iím too private to push my values on to other people, but I am convinced that one ought to be congruent in their own life if they are going to expect congruence from others. In a sense I hold other people to that standard, and I worry about my own incongruities, inconsistencies, and contradictions. Groups can be hard. I can put myself in the group process so rapidly and so completely, and itís important not to get sucked in. I need to be predictable about what I believe.

    I am a global thinker and I like to learn interactively. My thoughts need to be connected with some person or value. On reflection, donít all thoughts have to be connected to something? I feed new information into other things Iíve read and my thoughts, and I can have a marvelous time just sitting with ideas. And I like to discuss or write things because I seem to have a lot in my head and Iíve got to get it out. I love bringing together different eclectic ideas and seeing whatís similar. I like to have my own ideas, hear others ideas, and have ideas challenged, bantering back and forth. Chitchat has no interest for me. I tend to do a lot of mental rehearsal and play in problem solving, and the fun part is figuring out how to do something. Motivation comes when something has real meaning or value for me, and while I enjoy ideas I donít like having my values challenged.

    For me, asking questions is just a different form of being quiet, a way to explore an inner thought stream or check out of reality and back into my thoughts. Sometimes I chuckle at myself that there is really no sequential way that I work though tasks.

    I have always trusted my intuition, even before I was aware of it. I enjoy talking to people. Itís interesting to learn about them, where theyíre coming from and how they invent their reality. And I have an innate talent for reading between the linesóto hear what hasnít been saidóand a sense of what needs to be said and done. I tend to form impressions right away about people, and most of the time I feel pretty good about my impressions but sometimes I am way off. At least if the people have good intentions, I can relax.

    I enjoy seeing people enjoy who they are, and I get a lot of joy helping others discover that they have value. Being able to help someone in their darkest hour, to communicate across differences and find common ways of working together, that is very satisfying because then there is a real sense of closeness and acceptance and a genuine pursuit of helping people heal and achieve their goals. I hold on to relationships even though we may go long periods without seeing each other, and I cherish those long associations.

    Iím concerned about how others feel when they are around me. Lack of honesty or ethics or integrity in interactionsówhen someone is saying one thing but doing anotheróreally puts me off. So does when someone doesnít honor, or accept as valid, my communication or feeling as I try to talk to them about something that matters to me. And I donít need to talk about myself. I donít enjoy it. Sometimes Iím frustrated trying to communicate, and sometimes a metaphor or a joke or a story is a way to effectively express myself so what Iím saying can be heard by someone who hears or experiences things differently.

    I donít know what I am going to do next, but I trust in myself that something will come in as a new idea, with challenge and inner meaning. Whatever it is, it will be right. Although I would never actually say it, it feels as though I am grounded in the very being of who I am when I talk like this.


    So, do either of these sound like you? I really like these type descriptions. Thanks to them, and "?", I finally found my type.

    You can read all of the types here: Best-Fit Type : Exploring the Multiple Models of Personality Type

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaltyWench View Post
    Yeah, as I said in another of these topics, that ISFP description is the best description of me I've ever read.
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