Did any of you score INFP and INFJ? I am confused as to what I am. Maybe I am both? Does anyone else have this problem?

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HyperZen (not verified) says...

I am about 50/50 when it comes to J and P. It's all about your preference. For example, I was raised to be a J (organized and a planner) but my preference is toward P (flexible and willing to go with the flow); however in some circumstances I need that J, like with my HIGH P finance, otherwise nothing would ever get done. I'm also very close on the T and F scales, although not as close as J and P. I was also raised to be a T and use logic for everything, but I am naturally an F and find that if I use my T to override my F, everyone suffers.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can relate to you, i don't think you understand XD

Josh S (not verified) says...

Yeah 100% the same

Guest (not verified) says...

For me, an INFP, the P is less about going with the flow and more about the way to feel people, emotionally. Feeling with people rather than judging them or judging your surroundings and rather feeling your surroundings.

mauvepirqate says...

Technically, the meyers-briggs system formally acknowledges that peoples' personality type will change slightly due to life experience or particular phases of hardship. Sometimes the change is temporary, and other times it is more permanent.

Either your test scores were right on the cusp of P and J (which would make it understandably easy to float between them) or you've experienced a completely normal aspect of changing slightly, over time.

If you're looking to categorize yourself as a particular type, then first consider that change is normal. But, if you're definitely attached to categorizing yourself anyway, then consider this: Perhaps the "personality type" that you "spend the most time in" is how you can categorize yourself. For example: I've taken the meyers-briggs test many times over many years. About 90% of the time I score as INFP, but there have been a few phases in my life where I've scored as INTJ. Looking back, those were times in my life where I was being particularly demanding of myself to make some major changes in my life's direction. It's only understandable that I'd need to take a more "hardass" perspective, at least temporarily, in order make those changes. But, none of this changes the fact that during most phases of my life, I've tested as INFP.

The moral of the story:
1) You're human, and you change.
2) Keep track of changes and trends in your perspective, over a large period of time (20 years). This will help you identify your type.

mauvepirqate says...

...I accidentally pushed submit twice.. I hate that.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken these tests many times...I always get Infj coupled with other types. With this specific test I keep getting that I am 4 different personality types with the Infj. :(

conarphillips says...

Me! I just made a conversation about this very issue. Personally I tend to swing more towards ENFP instead of INFP

lexie.white says...

Actually speaking, P and J doesn't have the traditional connotation that most people assume when you initially take the MBTI test. Although both have determined traits, the more important science behind MBTI is the cognitive functions. The cognitive functions for INFP are Fi (introverted feeling, i.e. craving novelty, staying true to your morals, being an individualist), Ne (extraverted intuition, i.e. seeing all potential possibilities and outcomes to events, taking one idea and expanding it into many different potentialities, being slightly 'random'), Si (introverted sensing, i.e. looking to the past for life lessons and experiences, being nostalgic and introspective), and finally Te (extraverted thinking, i.e. organizing your surroundings and environment, sticking to schedules, etc.) Each of these unique functions act different according to their prevalence, so INFPs have very strong Fi and are therefore very defendant of their morals and want to be original and authentic with their ideas, and have very weak Te and therefore tend to be a tad unorganized. However, it is perfectly possible that an INFP could have a well-developed inferior extraverted thinking, and it is this inferior extraverted thinking that is often why INFPs mistype themselves as INFJs, since the traditional MBTI test says that being a J means that you are organized and like schedules, even though INFPs all have extraverted thinking, which is essentially the same.
Now, the INFJ functions are very different from INFPs, in fact they are OPPOSITE. INFJs display dominant Ni (introverted intuition, i.e. internally taking in ideas and analyzing them, seeing patterns and limiting options to find just one possibility, Ni-users tend to be good at predicting events), Fe (extraverted thinking, i.e. wanting to maintain group harmony, caring about the needs of others before yourself), Ti (introverted thinking, i.e. adhering to an internally devised logic or rationale and easily spotting out logical inconsistencies, wanting to understand how things work) and finally inferior Se (extraverted sensing, i.e. living in the moment, being impulsive, and generally being in tune with the current surroundings and environment). INFJs because of their dominant Ni tend to be very decisive and are the most 'mystical' of the types because of their ability to predict future events.

Regardless, I think it's perfectly possible and natural to change your personality type over time, as events in our lives can change how we view the world and how we interact with it. Either way, I hope that I might have helped you in some way shape or form!!

rmcgowan3 says...

WOW, that thought provoking. Cool.

Ingrid31 (not verified) says...

Thank you, Lexie. That was very helpful. Im definitly an INFP. I totally see the difference now.

vince (not verified) says...

there is a great web site that will defiantly be able to advise which you are, http://infjorinfp.com/

Guest (not verified) says...

Although I am an ISTJ (a very high, conservative ISTJ), I have seen that some people are on the "boarder line." Obviously meaning that, you could bounce back and forth between the two traits within your life. Sometimes you can be more J or sometimes you can be more P, given the circumstances. However, since I am still fairly new to the idea of Type Theory and its initial ideas (only have been studying for about a year and a half), others may argue that you can only be one certain dichotomy. Since I am not a "boarder line" for any of my dichotomies, this is really the only idea/possibility I can contribute.

sophie.hammond17 says...

As my username shows, I have the exact same problem! I skew more towards INFJ (I think, after visiting infjorinfp.com and reading a lot of articles on Personality Junkie, but during times of stress I act more INFP-like.

HappyBeingINFP (not verified) says...

Ha Ha. i'm worse than u. i have above lines for opposite words for three letters, 'I', 'F' and 'P'. only 'N' is clearly selected. well, i first read about INFJ, some facts are right, but not the others. then, i read about INFP, wooop, almost every word is for me. then i stop looking for other types, just declared myself 'INFP'. well, i think, that's what we choose to respond to the circumstances we face.

V (not verified) says...

heres the thing, I totally relate to every article about INFP but also every article about INFJ, the more I dig to find out which one is more dominant the more I'm convinced that I'm nearly 100% both. I'm also the middle child in a big family and a Gemini, so basically fml, I'm the strangest most missunderstood person I've ever met. Also the "family therapist" which is a thankless job, most especially when I say anything too honest....

IreneM (not verified) says...

Hi,

I am a INFJ who also had a J that scored to the P, but I think that it is due to the fact that while I truly believe in my J, I am aware of the fact that P can be more practical when dealing with other people, so I try to have my J under control, even if I feel naturally inclined to it.
I guess it could happen something similar to those inclined to the P that can see the certainty in the J. That’s the nice thing about this test: it allows certain flexibility.

Elisa Grice (not verified) says...

I think it's not so much what you've learned overtime through living life, but what you are wired or naturally inclined to do. You were basically trained to be organized, but what comes more natural how often do you not FEEL like having to organize, but doing it anyway because you know there's a benefit? Someone explain it to me like that and my results came out much more clear. Just think is it something you struggle with doing but do it anyway or do you get enjoyment out of organizing things and hate the thought of a messy room [just an example quite extreme lol but just for reference]. Just because we can do it doesn't mean we always want to or feel like it.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a female INFJ who scored as an INTJ about 23 years ago and am an even split between the two. My husband is an INFP, but like me.. balances between INFP and INTP. We definitely aren't the same people, but we do understand each other fairly well.

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