Both types seem highly intuitive about people but I'm curious about what each type's strengths and weaknesses are in relation to reading people? What are the differences?
Interesting question considering they get their abilities "to read people" from different places altogether it seems, from dominant right to inferior:
The INFJ is: IN, EF, IT, ES
The INFP is: IF, EN, IS, ET
INFJ's have a stronger introverted intuition, whereas the INFP's have a stronger introverted feeling. So on the one hand you have an empath almost capable of seeing things happen before they happen and on the other, one that is able to understand peoples feelings and ideals very quickly. The INFJ's ability is almost supernatural, and the INFP's is from a tuning so fine, no other type can feel it. By supernatural I mean, they've deducted several personality traits and characteristics as readily as the person entered the room, without even questioning them, like a mentalist or psychic, jumping from point a to point g, without explaining b,c,d,e,or,f, and then giving a response based on their feelings. By fine tuning, I mean an ability to process and read someones emotions with the same speed, however giving a response from a place of expressing intuition of that persons feelings.
Almost the same response, expressed in a completely different way. The INFJ's intuition is second nature and readily available in all matters all the time unlike any other, whereas the INFP's understanding of feelings is second nature as they are primarily interested in the ideal behind the object, and so read out of the person (infp) not into (infj). If that makes sense.
By all means disagree with me, but that's what the data seems to indicate.
Apollanaut, FINALLY, someone who totally gets me! I not only feel things that are going to happen, but I'm up at night and can't sleep, for example, 3 days before the tsunami on the Indian Ocean, I was up at night and had this horrible feeling something bad was going to happen coupled with a deep sense of helplessness. No one knew why, it was Christmas, and didn't make sense. I've had dreams that in more than one case have come true. It's not so much that they happen all the time, because they are very rare, it's just that when they do, they are cosmic. So when people ask if I'm a psychic, I never go so far as to say yes, but simply, I dunno. Most of it, I take with a grain of salt, and don't put much stock in, but some of it affects me so personally, I barely have the words to express it.LOL!
Hmm... that kind of spider-sense intuition I don't have. My mom does, though. She doesn't talk about it much anymore (probably because she has been in an institution and they might have made her more skeptical about it), but she used to. She had a "weird feeling" and then a big ship sunk on the baltic sea. She has sensed some people dying and so on...
My intuition is more connected to human behavior. Most of the time I know feelings other people have even if they don't show them at all. There are people who give me the creeps for no reason at all and then, if I am forced to spend a lot of time with them, they see that I see them and become really freaky when I am around. This "ability" has made me very critical about movies, actually. I can see so easily when an actor isn't really in the character that it has many times ruined my movie watching pleasure
Oh, I do have dreams that came true. They were all about very mundane situations. I have tried to figure out why I saw them, but haven't found any answers...
This is all very true for me as well. Most of the time when I have those prophetic feelings, they're wrong. I’m fairly decent at judging people’s intentions, however. The problem for me is that I typically read people off of the vibes that they're sending, making it a very black and white situation, so occasionally I’ll be mistaken. It’s difficult for me to trust my intuition anymore, unless it’s a situation where it only affects me.