I believe this problem as been debated to death elsewhere. Kudos to this thread: http://forums.intpcentral.com/showthread.php?t=2406
quote CreativeChaos (INFP):”The weakest point with the “T” for me (and this is stated in descriptions I’ve read) is that it is very difficult for me to NOT take things personally in my “real” word. It is difficult for me to be “objective” when it comes to relationships, period.”
quote Birdnest(INFP):”Yes, I think you can develop analytical thought and drop some feeling if it doesn’t help you along the way, or learn to express feeling more under certain circumstances that might not have been there before. I think you can round yourself out by adapting more of one or another types, but that your core is probably still the same underneath. “
I kinda think I am an ‘INFP’ when: I write in paragraphs, and go on rambling. I kinda of believe I was a pretty strong ‘F’ when I was younger and really emotional. Used to daydream a lot, loved reading imaginative fantasy (still do: except now I like magic realism and Patrick O’Brian), liked poetry. I probably didn’t use much ‘T’ or rational behavior until I was 19 or so. Cried all the time when young over stuff like sad guitar songs or just being spoken sternly to. Read horoscopes in the past but sticks to religion now. Like films from Wim Wenders. I become very emotional in relationships.. drinking more brings out my ‘F’ and smoking tendencies. I type as an INFP if i search for my feelings. (i’m 53% ‘F’) I use too many smilies and ‘..hmmm’s.
I kinda think I am an ‘INTP’ when: I structure my thoughts, and rationalise decisions after being unable to use ‘gut instinct’ to decide. I help ‘F’ people see the side of ‘T’ people..lol! seems like I do understand them. I still daydream, but I spend loads of time analysing and second-guessing myself using the web. I used to read bad science fiction from Asimov and read new scientist when young(hehe), and I love reading film criticism or listening to a good critical analysis. Like films from David Lynch. I am still pretty sane when drunk… I type as a INTP when I think of my working style. I write, ‘I think’ often.
someone also said that most females who can’t figure out are probably INTPs because of the social stigma associated with being a ‘T’. I do remember a few years back thinking I should use more thought so I could survive better in school. Could also be the case I am developing my inferior extraverted thinking (Te) as a result of acknowledging its usefulness in life. To be honest, I don’t know which I am.. don’t really want to settle it now. Could this be also typical of an INXP? 🙂