What kind of theories are you talking about?
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What kind of theories are you talking about?
Hey, this is brilliant. Great timing too because I've been having an introvert/extrovert dilemma. Would now be a good time for the Introvert/Extrovert song? No, probably not. But you get the idea.
The sources you left will really help once I get around to them! (aka once I feel in the right state of mind for self discovery)
People can find both introverting and extraverting energizing given certain circumstances, but there's one mode that really costs the least / nets the most energy. If people were really "borderline I/E" that would mean their function stack switches, which is really against the definition of 'preference' and theory.
As example: xNFP -> I: FiNeSiTe, while E: NeFiTeSi. Gives really different inferior functions. Plus having two dominants means they cannot be much differentiated (developed). Differentiation being basically a sign that you're healthy and developing as an individual, lol. One could simply not function.
Lexicon of Jungian Terms | New York Association for Analytical PsychologyDifferentiation consists in the separation of the function from other functions, and in the separation of its individual parts from each other. Without differentiation direction is impossible, since the direction of a function towards a goal depends on the elimination of anything irrelevant. Fusion with the irrelevant precludes direction; only a differentiated function is capable of being directed.[ Ibid., par. 705.]
Theoretically, you can also 'solve' this by figuring out which are your functions and then determining your inferior. The dominant's attitude is your E or I, so to speak. But the catch is that you really have to know which functions you do/don't have, so yeah. xD
Also if you're reading about intro/extraversion, extraversion (with an A) is not the social extroversion but extroversion as is meant in the theories.
hmmm, I'm not sure either
(btw is it just me, or are a lot of INFP tagged people unsure if they are really INFP? lol)
I always scored INFP on online tests I took (except INFj on Socionics - which is basically the same),
on this cognitive functions test on MBTI I always score very high on Ni AND Fi though,
Ne and Fe are both "only" good developed, and well, you said I shouldnt look too much at behavior.. but it seems to me that I'm not that Ne, but neither really Fe in my behavior (since I'm not very extraverted - in the sense of MBTI extraversion - in general, maybe?)
Se always seems to be my least developed (and I totally agree with that - i'd much rather live in a more abstract world. the real world is so boring :|),
also Te, and Ti scores are very low and Si low-medium
I have no idea what my prefered type is, the whole system is confusing me, since I seem to be some kind of "special case" where the theory doesnt really make sense
I'm very inconsistent in general, I swap around alot the way I think and see the world,
sometimes my Te seems to be very high, where I prefer a structured and analytical approach, where I like to use ToDo lists, and where I am critical and objective in discussions. (not only the behavior though - I really see the world different on those days)
on other times I'm back to Ne/Fi (I think) where I hardly can focus on something for too long and drift off with daydreams, and HATE to do something of the things I wrote above, prefer to do something creative or just dive into a good story, and where I am sensitive and subjective..
sometimes I'm even totally down to earth and "sensing", where I often question the choices I made and wonder about how I can be so disconnected all the time ^^
well, I really have no idea
maybe someone can give me some tips? :|
I read quite a bit already, but I'm not sure I understood everything
(some descriptions I'd rather read in my native tongue, but yeah, english only with MBTI)
otherwise feel free to ignore my wall of text,
I dont think it contributes much to the thread anyway
I don't know much about MBTI and when I did the test for the first time I had no idea about Fi, Ne and things like that were, but since everything that the description of an INFP said applied to me very well I assumed I was one for sure. Now that I know something more I can say that I am one because my Fi is very high and there's no way I can be a Thinker, and because I noticed other things that make me similar to other INFPs. I tried to think of myself as another type but I can't do it. I just... feel that I am an INFP.
i haven't done the test in a while.
i switch between intp and infp, being only a bit more on the feeling side (according to tests taken aged 16, 17 and 18/19). to be fair i'm probably more infp, though, or... it really doesn't matter. in my old age i'm beginning to think i may actually be an enfp. pushing myself away from the world is more due to negative levels of self-esteem >_< ???
As an INXX, I probably have a lot to say. I'm PMSing right now, though. So, I'll say it later.
I've been interested in MBTI for more than 10 years. Recently I've been diagnosed as ADHD & shockingly have recently discovered connections to that as well as MBTI!
I'm no professional or anything, but over the years I've taken countless versions of MBTI tests to make sure I wasn't being self - biased. Results come out predominantly INFP though there are variations here and there.
I really appreciate how you broke this information down because I've constantly doubted being INFP because of the differing outcomes, but now that you've cleared up the Cognitive & Behavioural aspect I'm certain I'm INFP!! Thanks for the information for it is most definitly helpful & informative!