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This is a discussion on The Rarity of ENFP within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I heard that we ENFP's are RARE. Like Golden Eggs. But - it seems like the internet forums are absolutely ...

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    The Rarity of ENFP

    I heard that we ENFP's are RARE. Like Golden Eggs.

    But - it seems like the internet forums are absolutely full of ENFPs...

    So... why do you think we have such an online presence?
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I heard that INFPs are even rarer, but look at how many of them flock here.

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    Unknown Personality

    ha! that title got my attention ENFP rare?! enfp RARE?! NO way! I think INFJs are rare, and they are, even on the forums I reckon.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    We do likes to talk about ourselves.

    And everything else in the world.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Oh, and to answer the question:

    Hmmm.. well, I'm sure a good number of us are pretty into MBTI, some of us even obsessed.

    Another reason is we enjoy theorizing and endlessly discussing something of great interest to us especially if it's in regard to ourselves.

    ENFPs, although seemingly open books, have a very personal inner world that they protect and reserve. The internet is a good platform to channel some of it.

    It is a whole community of people. We love to feel connected. Even if it's the internet. Truth is, much of the world doesn't know about this or would like to hear us rant for hours about something so selfish as our little habits.

    Even in our alone time we are connected. Hell, this is my alone time and I'm using it to reach out to others, even if it's beyond my immediate world.

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    Unknown Personality

    Yeah I think NFs are usually interested in this. I'm interested in understanding things about my self and other NF personalities. But in real life, what percentage of people are intested in this? Not many, so we have to connect through the Internet.

    I wish I could meet more ENFPs in real life. I've only met 1 that I know of.

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    Unknown Personality

    Actually, statistically speaking, we're one of the more common N types. I think it was 8% of the population as opposed to the 25% of N types as whole.

    Keep in note that this is just a personal observation, but I believe most of the supposed "ENFPs" I see are mistyped. This seems to be fairly common in group of people without in depth understanding of cognitive functions (especially in regards to the judging functions, most notably between Fi and Fe), as well as S's mistyping for Ns (possbly due to S's usually, and rather unfairly, being seen in negative light in many MBTI communities). In fact, most of the "ENFPs" I see looks a lot more like ESFx's.

    Since Internet is the sea of easily accessible information that can lead to flux of shallow knowledge, I can see just where the mistyping may occur. This may account for the large number of "ENFPs", especially online. I do, however, believe true ENFPs are pretty rare. Another possible explanation is that N types, as the minority, may be more likely to seek the answer to their difference through MBTI.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Quote Originally Posted by Arioche View Post
    Actually, statistically speaking, we're one of the more common N types. I think it was 8% of the population as opposed to the 25% of N types as whole.

    Keep in note that this is just a personal observation, but I believe most of the supposed "ENFPs" I see are mistyped. This seems to be fairly common in group of people without in depth understanding of cognitive functions (especially in regards to the judging functions, most notably between Fi and Fe), as well as S's mistyping for Ns (possbly due to S's usually, and rather unfairly, being seen in negative light in many MBTI communities). In fact, most of the "ENFPs" I see looks a lot more like ESFx's.

    Since Internet is the sea of easily accessible information that can lead to flux of shallow knowledge, I can see just where the mistyping may occur. This may account for the large number of "ENFPs", especially online. I do, however, believe true ENFPs are pretty rare. Another possible explanation is that N types, as the minority, may be more likely to seek the answer to their difference through MBTI.
    I agree, but do you think it's because people themselves wrongly or because the tests themselves are wrong

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    Unknown Personality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zobster View Post
    I agree, but do you think it's because people themselves wrongly or because the tests themselves are wrong
    Many of them seem to rely solely on tests to determine their type. Which lead me to believe that people are not looking into themselves deeply enough, or is simply lacking sufficient knowledge/motivation to find their true type.

    Through time, I came to the conclusion that the tests are just about the worst way to type yourself. Period. Not only is the MBTI meant to be based on self evaluation, it's about cognitive functions, meaning types cannot account for certain actions, traits, stereotypes, abilities, activities, etc. -- everything most tests seem to rely on. Often enough, they also fail to account for the real pointer -- preference of cognition that is the most natural.

    Another reason I believe test to be an inferior method of self evaluation is that the question itself is predictable and transparent; One can easily get the result they want. Using common stereotypes (which totally are not helped by the trait --> function format of these tests), many seem to answer these easily predictable questions in order to get their idealized type. Tests are effectively reduced to a back up reassurance to affirm a person's own ideal personality...and somehow, the stereotypes of ENFP seem to be adored by the community.

    I must also mention that there are serious bias/shallowness in most of the tests. Among the myriads, perhaps the most noticeable being that most test think all F's are Fe (as opposed to ENFP's Fi), and all S's are sack of pebbles. Oh, and don't get me started on F = stupid, emotional, illogical, warm, pussies versus T = heartless, sociopathic, logical, evil geniuses.

    Anyhow, relying solely on tests is a very bad idea.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    it depends where you're looking. i find in some places (like my college) most ppl are sensors and i've only met one other ENFP (or NF at all) there.
    whereas in other places, if you meet one- you're likely to meet a few more. like buses :P

    overall we're not that rare, there's always one or two of us sniffing about.. and the reason we're so common on this forum is that NFs are just the type who would most be interested in mbti. when i first found out about mbti i went around preaching it to everyone, and most ppl, except for enfps, weren't interested at all


 
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