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    INFP - The Idealists

    INFP vs. INTJ

    Ive recently been doubting rather I am an INFP or not.

    You see I resonate with many of the INFP descriptions. But the INTJ functions seems more accurate for me than the INFP functions.

    I'm aware that INFPs and INTJs both have Fi and Te functions. Perhaps that can be where their similarities come out. But I feel like my Te is stronger than my Fi. Yet perhaps my Fi is developed well enough.

    I'm complimented often on how "sweet" I am. But I feel like if I let "the real me" out I would be misunderstood as cocky, know-it-all, blunt or rude. For 1) I believe that I am a know-it-all I'm just not confident enough because of my lack of education. 2) I am nice possibly because I tie in my morals with my logic. Morals are very important for success it would only be logical to use them. Right? Also I've been raised on morals as well. My father seems to have brought out my heart and my mother my head... if that makes any sense.

    I criticize like everything. Everything needs systems and results and my brain (lol). I often wish that I can take over the world and program everyone's brains to work properly (-that's soo my goal- mwahehehe!).

    But anyways, I sometimes feel like I have split personalities; my INFP side and INTJ side. I haven't put enough details I know.. not a details person.

    But anyways feel like I have Ni the strongest and Fi doesn't feel as strong as Te. (But I don't feel like I'm educated enough for a well developed Te? Plus I'm lazy and disorganized apparently but that's because I spend so much time analyzing and/or prioritizing things over cleaning my bedroom)

    Help? Please? Maybe?



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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think you should fill out one of the questionnaires. I think it is very possible that you're an INFP, but may not feel confident?
    Having no education doesn't mean you'll have no (or little) Te. It's possible that your Te is developed greater than Si.
    Would you say you're a sentimental person? Nostalgic?
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    What @TTD187 said.

    I'm picking up a pretty distinctive vibe from you but I'd rather withhold judgment for a while. You can pick any one of the three questionnaires and post your answers here. For what it's worth, my favorite is @Spades's What's My Type Questionnaire .
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    INFJ - The Protectors


    INFP's and INTJ's are fairly different kinds of people. You might get a better handle on your T/F preference and J/P preference if you rely less on "function-based" typing methods.

    I'd be interested to see your results on
    this online Big 5 inventory test. Why not give that test a try and post your scores, including percentages? I wouldn't pay too much attention to the "descriptors" you get at the end of the test. The test is more useful as an indicator of preference, and people generally don't seem to resonate with the "profiles" you get at the end.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Teybo View Post
    INFP's and INTJ's are fairly different kinds of people. You might get a better handle on your T/F preference and J/P preference if you rely less on "function-based" typing methods.

    I'd be interested to see your results on
    this online Big 5 inventory test. Why not give that test a try and post your scores, including percentages? I wouldn't pay too much attention to the "descriptors" you get at the end of the test. The test is more useful as an indicator of preference, and people generally don't seem to resonate with the "profiles" you get at the end.

    Hmm. Interesting. Well my results were:: Global 5: sloan RCUAI; sloan+ |R|cuai; primary Reserved; R(72%)C(64%)U(64%)A(64%)I(54%)

    Also, I feel in between both T/F and P/J...
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by NighTi View Post
    What @TTD187 said.

    I'm picking up a pretty distinctive vibe from you but I'd rather withhold judgment for a while. You can pick any one of the three questionnaires and post your answers here. For what it's worth, my favorite is @Spades's What's My Type Questionnaire .
    You're getting a vibe that I'm an INFP. Right? I think anyone would.
    But i'll try that .. I'm busy with school finals and crap. So it'll have to be later.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by judiyqing7 View Post
    Hmm. Interesting. Well my results were:: Global 5: sloan RCUAI; sloan+ |R|cuai; primary Reserved; R(72%)C(64%)U(64%)A(64%)I(54%)

    Also, I feel in between both T/F and P/J...
    Based on your results, that's an INFP score. R = Introversion, C isn't too important, U = Perceiving, A = Feeling, I = iNtuition. If we're taking the scores seriously, you're closer to S/N than you are J/P or T/F.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by TTD187 View Post
    I think you should fill out one of the questionnaires. I think it is very possible that you're an INFP, but may not feel confident?
    Having no education doesn't mean you'll have no (or little) Te. It's possible that your Te is developed greater than Si.
    Would you say you're a sentimental person? Nostalgic?
    May not feel confident that I might be an INFP? No. Ive never said that I'm pretty sure. My sole goal is to find which type I point mostly towards which may be none. Since this mbti system seems almost impossible to follow. Whatever personality type I am I happy with it I'd just like to be able to understand it.

    Edit: sorry. I didn't notice the other part of your message. Hm. Um.. sentimental? Nostalgic? Sometimes but I'd have to say often times not. I usually try to shut out any sentimental emotions. I guess. But what would explain my Fi ? It doesn't feel like my dom function.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Ollyx2OxenFree View Post
    Based on your results, that's an INFP score. R = Introversion, C isn't too important, U = Perceiving, A = Feeling, I = iNtuition. If we're taking the scores seriously, you're closer to S/N than you are J/P or T/F.
    You're saying I'm more in between S/N than T/F and J/P? If I haven't been even more confused ......

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    INFJ - The Protectors


    Quote Originally Posted by judiyqing7 View Post
    Hmm. Interesting. Well my results were:: Global 5: sloan RCUAI; sloan+ |R|cuai; primary Reserved; R(72%)C(64%)U(64%)A(64%)I(54%)

    Also, I feel in between both T/F and P/J...
    As you can read about here, those results correlate with the MBTI INFP type. The Big 5 test you took has two key benefits over many other tests. The first is that because you get to scale how much you agree or disagree with a certain statement, as opposed to just picking from two options (yes/no), your results are more likely to indicate the strength of your preference on each dimension. The second benefit is that because the test items are not MBTI specific, test takers are arguably less likely to "bias" their own results by selecting answers they think would generate a specific MBTI type. Said another way, with the Big 5 test, it's a little bit more difficult to "intentionally" pick answers to produce a certain type as a result.

    So, turning now to your percentage scores, your preferences for the Big 5 correlates of Feeling (Accommodation) and Perceiving (Unorganized) are both moderately strong, and in fact stronger than your preference than the Big 5 correlate of Intuition (Inquisitiveness). Based on these results, your type is more likely to be INFP than INTJ.

    Two quick things that persuade me against INTJ as your type:

    I'm complimented often on how "sweet" I am. But I feel like if I let "the real me" out I would be misunderstood as cocky, know-it-all, blunt or rude. For 1) I believe that I am a know-it-all I'm just not confident enough because of my lack of education. 2) I am nice possibly because I tie in my morals with my logic. Morals are very important for success it would only be logical to use them. Right? Also I've been raised on morals as well. My father seems to have brought out my heart and my mother my head... if that makes any sense.
    INTJ's and INFJ's have a strong tendency to act like "know-it-alls", but if they are not particularly self-aware, they may not see themselves as know-it-alls. All the same, IN_J types, especially when they are younger, often just can't stop themselves from being know-it-all snobs. The "confidence" is built in for IN_J's, so to speak, so when you say that you could be a know-it-all if you just let it out, I'm inclined to think that you're more likely an INFP than an INTJ. "Letting it out" when "it" is their know-it-all pedantry is the default way of being for young IN_J's. That doesn't seem to be your default way of being. Your default mode seems to be holding things back to protect yourself and other people from your own incisiveness, which is consistent with INFP's. INFP's are more likely to listen carefully, think critically, and then make up their minds once they've considered everything, but it takes a lot to push an INFP to really get in someone's face and be obnoxious and "know-it-all".

    Related to that, INT's are, in my mind, among the least likely of types (especially as teens/young adults) to be often called "sweet". INT's usually have a hard time prioritizing other people's feelings and emotional reactions. They would much rather just say their opinion bluntly and move on. If you peruse this thread, you'll see that female T types have a tendency to be seen as, well, "inconsiderate". This is probably tied to gender expectations and cultural attitudes about women, but in any case, if you're being called "sweet" more often than "inconsiderate", that's a point against INTJ for you.

    At this point I recommend reading through different IN profiles and seeing what resonates with you. If there's something you feel is "strongly me" or "strongly not me", that might be a great thing to discuss further.

    IN__ Profiles, compiled by reckful:

    INTJ Profiles
    Official MBTI Manual
    Keirsey (Please Understand Me)
    Kroeger & Thuesen (Type Talk)
    Hirsh & Kummerow (Lifetypes [abridged])
    personalitypage: Portrait
    personalitypage: Personal Growth
    personalitypage: Relationships
    personalitypage: Careers

    INTP Profiles
    Official MBTI Manual
    Keirsey (Please Understand Me)
    Kroeger & Thuesen (Type Talk)
    Hirsh & Kummerow (Lifetypes [abridged])
    personalitypage: Portrait
    personalitypage: Personal Growth
    personalitypage: Relationships
    personalitypage: Careers

    INFJ Profiles
    Official MBTI Manual
    Keirsey (Please Understand Me)
    Kroeger & Thuesen (Type Talk)
    Hirsh & Kummerow (Lifetypes [abridged])
    personalitypage: Portrait
    personalitypage: Personal Growth
    personalitypage: Relationships
    personalitypage: Careers

    INFP Profiles
    Official MBTI Manual
    Keirsey (Please Understand Me)
    Kroeger & Thuesen (Type Talk)
    Hirsh & Kummerow (Lifetypes [abridged])
    personalitypage: Portrait
    personalitypage: Personal Growth
    personalitypage: Relationships
    personalitypage: Careers
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