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Why don't we have this thread?
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What's the relationship between Fi and Se and what does that mean in terms of navigating the world around you?
Also why does the personalitypage descriptor say ISFPs may not have an easy life?
To any ISFP who feels like answering...
How did you know you were an ISFP? Was it an "aha!" moment when reading the descriptions (either of type or cognitive functions), or did it require more introspection?
That was that. :)
Do ISFP's sometimes get lost in fantasy that they lose all sense of reality?
For me it was more of an aha effect. I was reading about hypersensitivity which I had come across not long ago and doing this I stumbeled into I think a Keirsey related site which linked to an online test. This test first classified me as an INFP, but to which I couldn't relate completely. I then read other types and upon reaching the ISFP it was obvious to me. Another one of the moments when I discover a key piece of information that finally validates and confirms what I was suspecting for long. (and also some things I also knew but wouldn't admit to myself ;) )
It was therefore also a relief, as I still have a hard time trusting my deductions and feelings sometimes, despite them proving frequently true.
Do you find yourself avoiding anything too deep or distant from reality? And are you always aware of your surroundings (like descriptions seem to imply) or can you be fairly unaware/distant?
Also, what are your thoughts like? What do you daydream about? (sorry for the barrage of questions, but I'm trying to figure out if I'm INFP or ISFP xD)
Same as INFP I suppose, a hectic lifestyle that doesn't align itself with my heart is not a life that I want.
LiquidLight made a good observation from my Type Me-thread. He was right, but what it really took for me to realize why I am an ISFP came to me recently when I read about the inferior functions, that what I thought couldn't be inferior thinking really is what tricked me in to doubting Fi-dominance. I'm good at math and such, the difference is that my attention span to such logical tasks is very limited and quickly gets tiresome.
The ending was explained further in a patch that explains a lot of the plot holes in the previous ending, but for me personally the indocrination theory is the real ending to the Mass Effect triology as it's the perfect metaphor for conquering yourself being the only real way in which you can save the world, and fighting the supposed indoctrination gives just that, an example of what the human will and spirit is capable of. So I guess it's not congruent "with reality" in a sense, but that isn't a concern for me as I very much prefer to keep my own version of the truth, and in relation to what it means to me.
Another thing "distant from reality" is that I'm very much interested in spiritual growth, and in trancending the world. The result it seems is that I'm more than anything trancending myself, integrating myself better in to the world, a side-effect that I didn't forsee but do welcome. An example of a topic of interest to me would be Astral Projection, and theories about different planes or higher/altered states of consciousness.
Avoiding emotional depth I do at times when I feel that I have enough going on inside of myself, and as a sort of relief from constantly being in to it. As a teenager I avoided my own emotions via sex and video games.
But at other times (when no threat present) people will adress me and I sometimes completely miss it..
I do not find me actively avoiding too distant or abstract thoughts, I just don't arrive there very often, because what drives my thoughts are my interests, and most of the time they will center around something with at least a possible practical impact on the tangible world. This is one of the reasons I'm Agnostic: For me we can not nor will we ever know what's the truth, at least not with todays means, therefore has no impact whatsoever on my current life, which is what counts most. I will of course sometimes think about abstract and highly theoretical stuff, too.
I did however score very close in the N vs. S department with 56%, so that may explain why I seem to exhibit some INFP traits more than other ISFPs. I was actually first classified INFP by the Test but noticed something was off.. For mear the case is pretty clear that I am an ISFP :)
You have to consider that individual history also has big impact on this all. e.g. My disinterest, sometimes even dislike, for spirituality and people who are all too obsessed with it is also part to my mother being an ENFP and sometimes, let's say very enthusiastic, about her beliefs ;) I clearly remember being open minded in that direction as a kid, too, but my mothers unconscious tries to impose her beliefs on me in combination with her naivity and trusting sometimes making her belief really ridiculous stuff only after reading it in a book.
That all was kind of an overdose of spirituality for a sensing oriented child I guess, and so I first completely rejected it by getting Atheistic and; after feeling distanced enough I guess, finally getting agnostic and accepting it.
I still don't like to be bothered with such stuff too much, though, as said before.
It's just not really relevant to my life and how I perceive it.
So when practical I either spend time thinking on how things work, and how they could be done more efficient, or even how a possible completely different (better) version of them could look and work like. This is always in some practical context, though, thinking of machines, systems, organizations, somehow "real" things (I'm actually good at organizing, only not with myself ^^). Or I find myself going through, sorting out and setting into context the impressions and experiences I made since the last time I did that.
When I'm not thinking practical thoughts I often find myself either fantasizing (thinking of storys, making them even up at times, fantasizing how they could have continued, etc. Central themes here are always strong emotions)
Last edited by Nevar; 06-29-2012 at 08:35 AM.
I think that's what you're asking for. :)
I don't believe I have a hard life. I think because of Fi they assume we will end up alone. xD I think INFP's have it harder with Ne.