infp facts

Facts about the INFP
  • On personality trait measures, score as Artistic, Reflective, Careless, Sensitive, Flexible, and Appreciative
  • Among least likely of all types to suffer heart disease
  • In men, among least likely to report chronic pain
  • Second highest of all types to report marital dissatisfaction
  • Among most likely to have suicidal thoughts in college
  • Tend to be more successful than the average in learning a foreign language
  • Among types most likely to be dissatisfied with their work
  • Personal values include Autonomy and Creativity
  • Overrepresented in occupations in counseling, writing, and the arts

The fact is, infps are not “over emotional”, we only feel 3 actual emotions which are:

A. “This is so incredibly beautiful, look at it, it’s blowing in the wind life is amazing”

B. “I’m gonna slit their throat!!!!!”

C. “I am retreating to my inner world and I feel everything at once so intensely but also I am absolutely numb.”

I’m an INFP but I’m not-

I’ve been seeing certain stereotypes being passed about the INFP, and I just want to explain and disprove some stuff

  •  We don’t always feel stuff on a deeper level. Despite us being the queens and kings of introspection we can sometimes be a little ignorant about how WE feel. We do our best to understand others yet sometimes its incredibly difficult for us to understand ourselves. We end up over thinking our emotions making a big deal over nothing.
  • We don’t always believe in second chances. An INFP has most likely dealt with someone breaking their trust and it can sometimes be a little difficult for us to trust people completely. 
  • We’re not all artists and writers. An INFP just wants to end suffering in the best way they can or do their best to help other people. This leads us to purse careers in science fields, counseling or psychology, humanitarian work and teaching.
  • We’re not emotionally weak. A general stereotype for INFP is that we’re giant cry babies. Yes, sometimes we feel things on a deeper level but we have learned to deal with our emotions due to years of being an INFP.

Cancer Sun & Rising
Scorpio Moon
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INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.INFP children often exhibit this in a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates (as with Anne of Green Gables’s “bookcase girlfriend”–her own reflection) and whose stuffed animals come to life like the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse.

MBTI Chuck Norris Facts

ISFJ found the fountain of youth, but he wasn’t thirsty.
ISTJ went skydiving and his parachute failed to open, so he took it back the next day for a refund.
ISFP can play the violin with a piano.
When ISTP was a baby, he didn’t have teddy bears. He had real bears.

ESFJ can unscramble eggs.
There used to be a street named after ESTJ, but it was changed because nobody crosses ESTJ and lives.
ESFP won gold for sitting in the crowd at the olympics.
ESTP protects his body guards.

While learning CPR, INFJ actually brought the practice dummy to life. 
Before going to bed, the Boogeyman always checks his closet for INTJ.
INFP can sit at the corner of a round table.
INTP uses a stunt double during crying scenes.

ENFJ donated his heart to a hospital… twice.
ENTJ will never have a heart attack.  His heart isn’t nearly foolish enough to attack him.
ENFP broke a mirror and got 7 years of good luck.
ENTP teaches math to solve its own problems.

Inconvenient INTP #3

INTP will never, ever be entirely sure they’re INTP, which makes this post’s title sort of ironic. One moment of excitability and zaniness is enough to sway thinking towards ENTP. A morally charged philosophical discussion later and the question goes towards dominant Fi and INFP. Relay towards facts to form a theory and it’s INTJ. Use reality as a basis to form an idea and suddenly the INTP is an ISTP. 

This process will never end as long as Ne is so significantly more powerful than Si.

MBTI + Untrue Facts
  • "facts" taken from my fav, @facts-i-just-made-up
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  • xNTP: Studies show that if you begin a sentence with "Studies Show" then everyone will believe you.
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  • xSFJ: There are 16 known books bound in human skin. 14 of them are copies of "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks.
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  • xNFP: The films Bridge to Terabithia and Up were written from a bet between John Lasseter and Katherine Paterson to see who could make the most children cry.
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  • xSTJ: There's a tree with roots so deep they passed through the planet and grew another tree on the opposite side.
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  • xSFP: In the original screenplay for The Matrix, Neo takes a blue pill and goes on to a successful career in Interior Design.
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  • xNTJ: Napoleon underestimated the Russian Winter because of his own fond memories of making snow angels and forts.
  • Mostly forts.
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  • xSTP: Much as dogs can smell fear, chickens can smell loneliness.
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  • xNFJ: The box-office underperformance of "The Fault in Our Stars" has been blamed on the unknown lead actors.
  • The movie's fault, it seems, was in its stars.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch: INFP [Marvel Comics]

There’s no doubt about it, INFPs are unique. They lead their lives according to an inner compass that can often lead them off the beaten path and in their own direction. INFPs are also gifted with a creative spark that allows them to generate new, unconventional and even revolutionary ideas. Their thoughts and ideas are frequently focused on people, and they have an easy time relating to - and understanding - their fellow human beings. In fact, INFPs often appear to have an x-ray vision into the inner-workings of other people. Most successful INFPs attribute success to an innate ability to flex their style to meet others more than halfway. This makes them naturals at effective communication, and they are usually considered to be excellent listeners – rarely judging, just seeking to understand.

INFPs have very strong personal values, which have a large impact on their actions and decisions. They seek to feel that they are living their lives in accordance with their values and what “feels” right to them. Unlike their INTP colleagues (who are exceptionally logic driven), INFPs are uncomfortable making decisions based predominantly on impersonal, logical analysis. INFPs trust their hunches more than most, and have a tendency to read between the lines of what others are saying more than any other type.

Strengths: Idealistic | Seek and Value Harmony | Open-Minded and Flexible | Very Creative | Passionate and Energetic | Dedicated and Hard-Working

Weaknesses: Too Idealistic | Too Altruistic | Impractical | Dislike Dealing with Data | Take Things Personally | Difficult to Get to Know

Descriptions from 16personalites and Type-Coach.

Times my friends and I have been so stereotypical of our MBTI types it hurts (part 19)
  • ISFP: Guys. This is bad. I'm looking at pictures of pizza online. I need help. And pizza.
  • ISFJ: Let's make pizza next weekend!
  • ISFP: How do i solve my current pizza problem though?
  • INTJ: Probably by eating something. You're just hungry.
  • INFP: You could make bagel pizza! Wait, you don't have all the stuff for that. Never mind.
  • *several minutes pass*
  • ISFP: so I ordered a pizza
  • INTJ: Sometimes I don't believe you're a real person, ISFP.
in defense of individuality (again)

Just some of my thoughts on this post. I really appreciate the wish to destroy stereotypes, A LOT! But the tendency I see is that’s it’s more substituting one stereotype for another. I don’t mean to attack the OP or the people who identify with the post, I just wanted to share my critique on the content and why I don’t agree with its style of speaking for all or most or “average/real” INFPs.

Instead of having the stereotype of INFPs as cinnamon rolls, it states other traits of INFPs as supposed facts (”INFP’s are rarely sweet, typically not unconditionally kind, they don’t hide in the corner shyly and they don’t act cute.“). You can’t destroy stereotypes by making generalised statements, because that will only form new stereotypes (how do you know INFPs are “rarely” sweet? That’s such a subjective trait any way, it’s like beauty, it lies in the eye of the beholder. Well, and I do hide in the corner shyly.). Also, I don’t like the comparison to ISFJs. Why is it wrong to stereotype one type but for another it’s okay? I find the last sentence sounding rather insulting to ISFJs (”And when people describe the lovable INFP, they mostly just describe an ISFJ, and thats a little invalidating.”), though I’m certain it wasn’t meant that way. And pushing the cinnamon role stereotype over to them seems to me to practise just what is being attacked in the post.

“INFP’s can be way meaner than ENTJ’s, more flippant than ENTP’s, more hostile than ESTP’s, and the big take away is that they often are,”

This is packed with generalised statements taken for solid truth - since when is being mean a typical ENTJ trait, being flippant THE ENTP trait, and ESTPs are traditionally hostile, apparently? And to top it of, INFPs are often more so? What enables you to say that? How many million INFPs do you know? Are you seriously saying that being mean is a personality trait of a whole mbti type and that one type is normally more mean than another?

Then I don’t see how a lot of “average” INFP traits named actually contradict being sweet/shy/cute. For example:

“INFP’s are the kind of people to ask others to turn off a movie they hate, or refuse to go to a certain place because they had a bad experience there.”

Why can’t I do that AND be sweet? I don’t see any universal rule stating that having an opinion is incompatible with gentleness, sweetness, or needing protection (or whatever else falls under being a “cinnamon roll”).

“but the AVERAGE INFP might also posses some traits of being closed of, judgemental, tactless, unharmonious, opinionated, inconsiderate of others, and downright mean.”

Through this I read that the point is just to state that INFPs are only human beings, like everyone else, but there’s so much generalising in the rest, it just contradicts the point.

“Honestly, the mark of an INFP isin’t even being caring, loving, emotional and turbulent. It’s being imaginative, prosey, figurative, out-wardly intuitive, and idea-driven.”

I think being an F-dom necessarily makes you emotional and care a lot, in what way is another question. Why replace Fi-traits for Ne-traits? Why are they supposed to be more of a mark of an INFP than emotionality? Just because emotions go inward and not outward, doesn’t mean they’re less real. This is why I wouldn’t want anyone to judge me based on my behaviour (or at all); because it’s what on the inside and the intentions that count the most and define a person. Naturally, this will differ from INFP to INFP, but that’s just my point - individuality! Of course there are INFPs who are cold, anti-social, distanced, not-sweet, and a billion things more, but that doesn’t make these people the norm, just as much as I’m not the norm. There is no norm! There is no “average” or “real” INFP! I don’t see the merit of substituting one stereotype with many more and at the same time using stereotypes for other types. It’s just generalising and doing harm to individuality, and that’s the enemy.

“ If you’re a phase 3 INFP“

I don’t know what it means, but it gives me the uncomfortable feeing of being a Pokémon.

Well, that’s my bit. Just my personal opinion and how I read the post, but I think the problems I have with it are worth mentioning.