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This is a discussion on Are you proud of your type? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by sleepinghyacinth Well, I'm not NOT proud of my type, but I feel like most people look down ...
Definitely proud of my type. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'd hate to be boring!
EDIT: Who wouldn't want to be lumped in with the likes of Alexander the Great, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, etc.
I'm happy to be this type and feel that most of the others of the INTP type who I interact with on this site are very honest, intelligent people and I'm happy to be among them. I'm not so proud about the stereotypes surrounding this type and the misunderstanding directed towards it. Stereotypes in general depress the crap out of me, and I wish there was a way to get rid of em.
I had a bit of a learning curve with my type. At first I was happy to have found something that made sense of how I've been my whole life though the descriptions were so depressing ('you are boring and a doormat and people will always take advantage of you' one said bluntly and the others said similar though generally in nicer ways), then I came to personality forums and found a lot of prejudice against my type and wanted to be INFJ which I also partially identifed with. Then I decided nah screw that, be the best me I can be. I've found out what the general limitations of the type are - now it's time to challenge myself to push through those and get past those stereotypes. So I've worked a lot on trying to get past some of the things I didn't like in the descriptions.
Long story short, there are things I love about my type that I really don't want to change about myself but there are things that I dislike but now that I can see them clearly I can work on them. So basically yeah, I'm pretty happy and I'll get happier the more I work on getting past the limitations
Certainly,what is produced by way of the IXFP are among the greatest of compositional works that redeems the soul in terms of re-introducing by way of craft the nature of true beauty (Ex.Bob Dylan,Auguste Rodin,John Milton, Mozart,Beethoven,Kierkegarrd,St. Augustine,St.Francis of Asissi,etc.)
INFPs are AWESOME! I'd never want to be another type!
I've always loved who I was even before I knew anything about types, and the other INFPs I know are some of the most interesting, kind, genuine, fun people I've met. With us there's no pressure, you can just be yourself.
I think with ISFJ's it's very interesting.
Kind of like sts said, I think at first we're some of the types that are least proud of our type, almost to the point of being ashamed of it. This isn't true across the board, but I'm willing to bet most ISFJ's probably don't feel proud of a lot of things in their lives, especially before learning about something like the MBTI. It's possible this is also true for ISFP's, INFJ's, and maybe INFP's.
However, I think as we ISFJ's learn more and more about our types and how we function, as well as when we interact more and more with other ISFJ's, we tend to gain a lot of confidence and become more proud of our type. We stop taking our strengths for granted and see the true value that we have, and we start understanding the weaknesses that the other types have.
So I think in general ISFJ's probably initially are not proud of their type, but once they grow and mature, they're likely to feel like their type is equal to that of others.
In general, though, I don't think ISFJ's ever feel like their type is superior to any other. It's not impossible, but I've yet to talk to one who thinks that.
For years, those close to me told me I was special, but also thought I was a broken toy.
I am a guy very comfortable with his masculinity, but who also possessed a sensitivity and intuition usually associated with the finer gender.
I remember taking a test on learning styles with a bunch of fellow cops. The class was to help us hone our interviewing techniques, so the instructor wanted to show that most folks learn visually, some learn by hearing, and a small percentage learn hands-on (kinesthetically). When I tested off of the chart on the kinesthetic scale, the instructor asked me, in front of the others, if I was a pretty emotional guy. I responded that I was in near tears at the moment, just trying to make fun of it.
But that test lead to other tests and the discovery that I wasn't a broken toy after all. I was just an INFP, one out of 75 for men.
Later, our family shared our home with another family while they looked for housing in our area. The Dad was also INFP, and the two families marveled at all of our common attributes. We were both strange ducks.
Today that knowledge helps me to understand that my reactions are different from the norm. It has also led me into a part-time post-retirement career where I met with troubled folks one-on-one to hear their issues and discuss responses. While I struggle in a normal group setting - All Wall Flower, all the time, I do well both by myself and in very small group settings.
I have learned while the extrovert can join a group discussion and seem to share with the entire group, any effort I have to join the discussion soon becomes a separate one-on-one discussion with the rest of the group eaves-dropping.
I have to learn to stay back and pick those moments where my INSP traits go to work to take the conversation to a deeper and more intimate level.
Today, I understand that I tend to be an introverted technician, feeling his way to new truth, never satisfied at one spot, but always looking.