I was thinking about this stuff a few days ago, and reading over some of the personality types. I'm not certain because I didn't test at the time, but I think a couple of years ago I was INTP, because it sounds just like I was. Overtime I became a more..kind person, I suppose? Working hard to be kinder and help others until it became natural. When I first tested, I got INFP, and at the time it was spot-on. Now about five months later I've re-tested and gotten ISFP which now sounds accurate, and now the sensing and feeling parts are my highest. 

So what do you think? Did I actually change? Has it happened to you or somebody you know?

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comrade larry the bandicoot (not verified) says...

forgot to add-

one my most recent test I got ESTJ, which sounds almost nothing like me now...

but maybe it will later??

Kevin an INTP (not verified) says...

Type doesn't change. It's HOW you are answering test questions that are giving you different results. Throughout our lives and development we have periods that we grow. Sometimes out of need we will adopt behaviors or add skills to perform (at work,school, or in interpersonal relationships). We are born with natural preferences and develop them naturally. These natural preferences are our true selves and true type. Our adopted behaviors or skills can be temporary or can over time become habit. Even if we become good at the new skills or behaviors, it doesn't mean we naturally prefer them. They still take more effort and energy to use than those things that come naturally to us. Our brains still use the same functions and processes in our natural order. The personality test attempts to uncover our natural preferences.

Sometimes during our periods of growth, our developing skills and behaviors are fresh in our minds. We will have a tendency to answer test questions in a way that reflect what we are STRIVING TO BE or how we want OTHERS TO SEE US. When we answer test questions we must answer truthfully. That means our answers have to reflect our natural preferences. In order to do that we must know ourselves well and be able to judge ourselves objectively. 

Most people I've known that get changing results on the Myers Briggs have trouble answering objectively. They just don't know themselves well or are not used to looking inward in an objective way. Their answers almost always reflect what they strive to be or how they want others to see them. When you answer a test question you have to imagine yourself in many scenerios over a long period of time. Look at your behavior patterns in these situations to find your true preferences. You have to dig deep and be objective. That's the only way to get accurate results on a self report personality assesment.

Gallus (not verified) says...

You make it sound like INTP's cannot be nice. I am an INTP. I think that i'm nice. I'm just socially challenged. 

64CAD says...

I know, right? I'm an INTP, and I'm pretty nice.

RuthSings says...

Yes, people do tend to shift and when we shift in a positive direction, we usually call it "personal growth".  If you keep rummaging about the 'Net looking for more info on MB typing, you will eventually find that there is more to it than the 16 types.  The rougher edges of my INTP personality have been causing distress to others around me (and therefore to me) since I was a child.  I used what I learned from MB typing and picked out some things in my personality to work on. Nearly 30 years later, I've made some progress and I occasionally test as INFP now, when I'm feeling particularly warm and fuzzy on testing day.  Warm and fuzzy are not typically INTP traits, but they can be developed.  But whenever I'm feeling my usual cold and analytical self :D, I test true to my long-term INTP basis.

Katherine2015 (not verified) says...

The same thing happened to me recently, just in your reverse order. Months ago I felt like ISFP described me pretty accurately, but today I took the test again and got INFP. My heart dropped more and more the further I read about INFP because I related to it so much more. ISFP and INFP are just one letter off, and I believe it's very possible to be borderline between the two. As time passes, I believe we experience new things that can change us and how we interact with the world. Months ago you answered the questions based on an INFP way of thinking and now it's changed over to ISFP. If we continue to grow as people, in another few months or a year it could change again. At least you know you're I*FP and that * can allow you to choose whichever letter rings truer to your heart. 

Softrbreeze says...

I almost always test INTJ but INTP is a close runner-up for me so occasionally I will test INTP on a MB personality test depending on the questions and how I feel that day.

64CAD says...

The type will never change. I think you meant the person, you. Yes, of course people change. Some people are INFPs and they become ENFPs. Although I'm not sure how likely that would happen, people do change. And... are you suggesting that INTPs aren't as kind as INFPs, or that they're mean? Because that's not true. By the way, I'm an INTP.

 

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