Here is a second post about INFPs, one of 16 Myers Briggs personality types. I first took the Myers Briggs personality type questionnaire when I was about 16, because my Mum had taken the questionnaire at her work and thought it could be helpful to take, to help to understand a bit more about myself, which kinds of subjects could be helpful to study in high school and possible kinds of careers, which could be helpful and feel most natural and comfortable to do, based on the Myers Briggs personality type 🕊🌸 I came up as being an INFP when I first took the questionnaire and also a couple of times I took the questionnaire again to check in my early 20s. I enjoy learning about INFPs to help to learn and to grow, including how INFPs are unique and how best INFPs can offer and share their unique gifts with the world and to help others 🌸
INFPs are one of 16 Myers Briggs personality types, and the four letters in the word INFP stand for introversion (I), iNtuition (N), feeling (F) and perception (P). The four letters help to describe four preferences, which are most natural, and feel most comfortable to use, to help to understand and navigate the world 🕊
As noted on 16personalities, INFPs are true idealists who are always looking for ways to make things better. Further, although INFPs may be seen by others as being calm, reserved and possibly shy, INFPs have an inner passion which can truly shine through. Because only 4% of the population are noted to be INFPs, there is quite a high risk for INFPs to feel misunderstood. Although, when INFPs are able to find like-minded friends they can be close to, they will feel a fountain of happiness and inspiration.
INFPs and cognitive functions
Each of the 16 myers briggs personality types are also noted to have four cognitive functions. Learning a bit about the four cognitive functions of each personality type can be helpful for understanding each of the types a bit more, and understanding a bit more about how you understand the world, and navigate the world around you. The four cognitive functions for the INFP are noted to be Fi (introverted Feeling), Ne (extraverted iNtuition), Si (introverted Sensing) and Te (extraverted Thinking).
As noted by type in mind, the cognitive functions help to put language to the way each of the 16 personality types process information and make decisions. Further, each personality type can be referred to by their top two functions (an INFP would be FiNe) and the internal functions are described as being the cognitive functions used internally, where as the external functions are the ones you use to interact with the world around you.
Fi (introverted feeling)
Fi is noted as being values, which come from within. Further, Fi is a decision making process, which is very interested in creating and finding its own moral code and what the INFPs instinct or intuition communicates to them is right, which is often based on how INFPs would like to be treated themselves. Further, INFPs tend to be very considerate of others, and can take quite a long time to consider their own beliefs and ideas to ensure they seem right. The process of creating and finding values can take quite a lot of time and requires solitude, and authenticity is often highly valued by Fi.
Ne (extraverted iNtuition)
Ne is noted as being the general way in which INFPs gather and take in information. Further, Ne describes how an INFP can use their intuition to find patterns, underlying principles and ideas, and to form connections as they communicate by talking, writing or creating. Ne can flourish when offered new and interesting ideas and concepts to consider, and consistently seeks out to find new inspiration from the outside world. Because Ne is paired with Fi and comes after Fi in order of preference, Ne will most often be used by an INFP to explore values and ideals in all possible facets.
Si (introverted Sensing)
Si is noted as being the INFP’s third cognitive function and helps to offer a sense of grounding to Fi beliefs and values. Si also helps to add organisation, structure and detail to the internal world, led by Fi. Because Si places a high value on real world experiences and it’s impressions of them, INFPs tend to have a clear idea of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to values an INFP has had a lot of time to develop. INFPs also keep all of the interesting experiences and information they gather in their mind in an organised way, to help for future reference.
Te (extroverted Thinking)
Te is the INFP’s fourth and inferior function, and could be the achilles heel of an INFP because it is not inherently as strong as the other cognitive functions. Te describes a very sensible and logical orientated way of solving a problem. Further, Te is noted as being the side of an INFP, which naturally looks to find a better solution to a problem, to improve the efficiency of a process, or to critique and to refine what is already in place. INFPs generally prefer only to use Te when necessary, rather than to make all of their decisions with Te.
(as noted by type in mind)
Are you an INFP too, or a different kind of Myers Briggs personality type?
16 personalities webpage
type in mind webpage
Please note: I also wrote an earlier blog post about INFPS, one of 16 types in case you would also like to read a second blog post noting a bit more about INFPs (please check the link) 🕊🌸
Further resources: please note, if you would like to learn more about INFPs, you could also check the 16 personalities webpage, the personality page webpage, the type in mind webpage or Sarah’s blog INFP Insights, a blog about INFPs and helping to empower INFPs and all types (please check the links) 🌸 a couple of helpful books about all of the 16 myers briggs personality types also include Please Understand Me (1984) by Keirsey and Bates and Gifts Differing (1980) by Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter B. Myers 🌸