PHQ | QUESTIONS: INFP Mistyping As Other Types

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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode, Joel and Antonia answer a question from an INFP listener about coming out as other types on personality tests.

In this episode, Joel and Antonia answer a question from an INFP listener about coming out as other types on personality tests. #INFP

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  • INFP

    The first time I ever tested and most others times I came out as an INFP. However there have been a few instances where my results were either INFJ or INTP.

  • Lisa

    This is exactly me. I have tested as INFJ more than once. But over many years, I always come back to INFP. Antonia said it very well. I have the cognitive functions of the INFP. I am very strong on introverted feeling. Conscientiousness can test out as being judger like, even though it is a value driven process. The glove fits. The caller is not alone.

  • Jac

    My first test result was INFP and I’ve never looked back. I actually don’t know why I have such certainty about it either. I spend about 10 years prior to learning my type researching ancestry. Maybe it exercised my Ne so much that I can see a clear difference between that and Ni?

  • Elle

    I can resonate with this. I am (100%) an INFP but was confused for a long time thinking that I was an INFJ because I am the same – I like to plan and I don’t like mess.

    As I have got older, I am definitely much more spontaneous and love to do things ‘off the cuff’ as I’ve worked on my Ne, but I still don’t love improvising. My Ne can come in fits and starts too, depending on my mood/mental and physical health etc If i’m in a good place, I am much more likely to utilise Ne but when I’m feeling low or unwell, I will tend to go to Si.

    The broken window analogy works for me too – because I can be scatty and unfocused (thanks Ne!) I have to keep on top of things – whatever that is – otherwise I’ll fall into ‘all or nothing thinking’ i.e. oh well, if that’s broken then I may as well not look after anything. And that isn’t a great place to be for me.

    The part where you said you write down what you’re going to say before saying it really hits home – I still do that if I have to make an important or scary phone call or have an important discussion – it orders my (often scatty) thoughts and makes sure I don’t forget anything important. It just takes the anxiety away a bit.

  • ryan

    When you take the tests remember who you was look as far back as you can almost to childhood and answer the questions truly to who you are. I think if you dance in your head exercise in your mind dream of winning a gold medal create a hole new political system all well watching gardeners world your probably an infp. just guessing do you think so.

  • Jennifer Ryan

    I’m an ixfp with what I believe to be an istj mother. I think this has lead to a lot if confusion for me concerning mbti as well. I have tested as intp but have come to realize that I’m actually a feeler, which explains a lot concerning my relationship with my mum. She was often exasperated with me and obviously could not handle dealing with my feelings. How many times have I heard “stop being so sensitive” or “stop being so neurotic” or “stop crying, you’re just making it worse”. I tried and tried to be what she wanted so I learnt to hide or repress a lot of what I was feeling. I think I discounted my feelings in a lot of ways for a long time and this habit has stayed with me. Now I am beginning to learn how to drive with my feelings….it feels awkward right now and scary, but it actually feels right. Amazing how much influence your parents can have on you.

  • Jennifer Ryan

    Typing as other types, totally relatable. I’ve messed around with the testing and have found that my type changes depending on how I’m feeling or what I’ve been doing that day. It’s feels like I change who I am depending on what hat I have one. Because of this I disregarded all the tests and began focusing on the functional stacks which is still confusing but it helps to know that as an introverted feeler I actually have all of these “characters” in my repertoire and that this situation is consistent with my type. Still can’t decide between infp and isfp.

  • Michael Lomotey

    I can relate to the person’s situation heavily. A few years ago, I took the Meyers Brigg test and came out as an INFJ and i was confused but I’ve just recently discovered that I’m an INFJ after spontaneously deciding to do further research into my personality type on a whim last weekend. I’ve read numerous articles on personality hacker and introvert dear that have confirmed it for me.

    • Heather

      I can relate to the caller 100%. I recently took the official MBTI test after being frustrated at constantly getting differing results from online tests – namely INFJ, INFJ and INFP. My official result from the MBTI test was INFP, although my estimated type in the courses directly after the test was ISFJ again. I was a bit disconcerted with the INFP result at first because I actually hate spontaneity, I like to plan ahead to a certain extent, I am never late, I’m pretty organised and I do like a loose daily routine as a framework to feel comfortable. At the same time though, rigid routine can literally bore me to tears and I detest being micro-managed at work. I am totally with you that the breadth of self-knowledge of an INFP means that the testing can quickly become inaccurate. I often wanted to answer “both” or “neither” rather than “either/or”. I feel like I am a walking contradiction at times, but I didn’t feel like the test would be able to reflect that. But hearing you can still be an INFP even when you aren’t the spontaneous type has cleared this up for me, because everything else about INFP feels spot-on (so maybe the MBTI test isn’t bad!). The main thing for me is the mirroring of other people’s emotional states – I can feel it that I have an extensive emotional resource available to me, but I am more comparing someone else’s experience with something inside of me rather than taking on their feeling for them. I am also a creative, artisic, daydreamer type who was discouraged to take that path careerwise and went into office work. It has been food for thought that maybe developing my more spontaneous side would help me to grow.

  • Cass

    I’m an INFP that often tests out as INTP, but I know after reading all of the info that I could get my hands on that my true type is in fact INFP, so I definitely relate to your situation, but I just had to buckle down and try to understand the different types, and what I really feel.

    • Annie

      Cass, I spent over 2 decades “as” an INTP before realizing that was a repressed and somewhat trauma-influenced part of me coming out by stuffing down emotions and meaning. My true INFP is finally out and learning how to drive. 🙂 Cheers!!!

  • Ashly

    This makes a lot of sense to me, and makes ne feel better. I’ve thought I was an INFJ for the longest time, because that is what I kept getting on the tests, and a lot of tue characteristics applied. But when I read the synopsis of the INFP, and continued looking further into it – THAT is who I am. There isn’t one thing about that personality type that isn’t true of me (at least not that I’ve yet found). It helps to know that others are mistyped.

  • Carissa

    This makes SO much sense! Like the woman who kept getting results as either an ISFJ or an INFJ – the same happened to me. I know that ISFJ are a pretty common type, and I always thought to myself, “I feel way too misunderstood to be such a ‘common’ type”. So, I finally just broke down and read one by one each of the personality types. I identified myself as an INFP, it fit just like a glove and I was ecstatic! I felt as though I had finally found how I tick inside – I had finally found some answers to where I didn’t feel like I was lost. So, this is really great information regarding those who really feel they are an INFP but keep falling back with, “well, what if I AM an ISFJ?” or “well, what if I AM an INFJ?”. Thanks so much for the information!!!

    • Cheryl Springfield

      Same here and brand new to this…I test INFJ on several…yet on 1 my results were 100% for both INFJ &INFP.How is that even possible? I can’t even say for sure because I appear to be both!😕🙄

  • Mona

    I love to listen to your podcast but please change end music – is the worst.

  • Nigel

    The “broken window principle” resonates with me extremely strongly… I’ve never heard it described in such accuracy! The tendency to let everything slide if just one thing is out of place or ‘not quite perfect’. I wonder if it could be related to enneatype as well? I am an INFP and enneatype 9w1 with a perfectionist streak so I think it could make sense. The relationship to a strong sensor tendency would make sense too as I have a strong SJ mother. Breaking out of routine and the familiar and being ‘adventurous’ has always been an issue for me… except when it comes to trying new foods.

    • Cheryl Springfield

      I am also a 9w1…possibly 9w5.

      Test for INFP and INFJ…am I the only person who managed to take these tests and wind up more confused?😵😵

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