What does INFJ

Michael Pierce presents: The INFP

You can find Michael Pierce's video via this link. For those who are not (sufficiently) proficient in English, I have made the following translation of the spoken word:

An excursus to make the video and the translation easier to understand:

Functions of the INFP: Abbreviation
1. introverted feeling Fi
2. Extraverted intuition Ne
3. introverted feeling Si
4. Extensive thinking Te

INFP presented by Michael Pierce

(translated by Sascha Faber)

David Keirsey called them a "healer". I've also heard the nicknames "idealist" and "dreamer". They are also described as overly idealistic and able to see the good in everything. They are especially reserved and shy, but passionate about defending the weak. They appear dreamy and detached from the world while walking around their wonderland. In short: friendly, well-meaning daydreamers.

It is also worth mentioning that the INFP and the INFJ are the two types that are most confused in the Jung’s community. From a behavioristic point of view, both appear remarkably similar: both are mostly calm, reflective, caring, and passionate about their beliefs, and often express them artistically. However, they are in no way interchangeable. The processes underlying their behavior are very different.

As always, let's take a look at the features.

INFPs are perceptive types (in the outside world). This means that they prefer the extraverted perception and the introverted judgment. Accordingly, their judgment criteria are based on subjective inner information while simply observing and absorbing objective information and experiences. You could also say that they are more receptive to their outside world and more aggressive towards their inner experiences.

Her preferred methods of doing this are extraverted intuition (Ne) and introverted feeling (Fi). Extraverted intuition is innovative: it perceives and looks for new possibilities based on objective facts; she finds the most promising and brings them to life. Feeling introverted is individualistic. It has deep, personal passions and convictions to which it holds on even against external resistance. He particularly values ​​the freedom of the individual to express himself and to be true to himself.

Third, they are similar to ENFPs; both prefer extraverted intuition and introverted feeling. The INFP, however, prefers introverted feeling more than extraverted intuition. Nonetheless, in a certain sense they are the same types or at least sibling types. Personally, I like to refer to NFP types as “dreamers” because their relationship with the outside world is shaped by passive observation of the unreal and the possibilities and ideas in the outside world. They draw their passion and aggression from their inner convictions, which develop in isolation from the outside world and become a kind of personal dream. Accordingly, both their relationship with the outside and their relationship with the inside have a dream-like quality. Of course, the term "dreamer" is just a nickname that helps me to remember the essence of NFP and does not mean that all NFPs loll around in cornfields and do nothing.
The INFP is now a “dreamer” whose individualistic beliefs outweigh new possibilities. He is mainly concerned with developing, discovering and expressing his deepest inner feelings and values.

The word that I think best describes the nature of the INFP is "dream world". Feeling introverted is a feeling or desire that develops in isolation from the outside world and therefore appears strange or even unpleasant to others. While it is of secondary importance in the often bizarre ENFP, it constitutes the essence of the INFP, which is known for its peculiarity.

More than any other guy, apart from the ISFP as the only competitor, INFPs struggle to “be normal” if they don't despise normality in and of itself.

The original garden of this peculiarity, the INFP's personal dream world, is a huge cave system made up of the Arabian Nights. The caves are filled with lots of strange and wonderful treasures that remain hidden from the outside world. Meanwhile, a strange and inviting light glows from inside the cave. The purpose of the INFP's many explorations into its dream world is to discover the source of that glorious appearance. Behind the extensive, original and rich artistic creations so characteristic of the INFP is the attempt to describe the nature of the strange light and to convey its beauty and warmth.
The INFP is often tempted to spend a long time exploring its caves in search of the original fire. In a way, he lives a double life: the desolate reality full of a less original, adapted mob and all its injustices, hypocrisy, cruelty and din, and next to it his own spirit, in the midst of self-created worlds that illustrate his values ​​and passions.
INFPs feel an urge to fathom themselves and to work every millimeter of the cave system of their psyche and to carefully keep a record of all their treasures. They find their inner workings attractive, but are afraid of letting others participate, especially if they have been criticized and misunderstood in the past.

Since the INFJ and the INFP are often confused with one another, I think it is instructive for an understanding of the INFP personality if both types are compared. Both differ in two important ways.

First, the INFJ is problematically unaware that its intuitive insights are entirely subjective. An INFJ may be inspired by a drop of water, reflect on how it represents the true nature of the cosmos, and develop a grand vision about it, forgetting that the only worldly evidence of his vision is a drop of water. INFJs find it difficult to discern the subjective origin of their seemingly objective visions.

This is not the case with the INFP; he is fully aware that he is discovering his own cave and not reality. Because this is what it's all about. The INFP does not want it any other way. He wants to explore his own passions and not someone else's or even a collective passion or truth out there in the dreary world full of cruelty and rags. The INFJ is always looking for an objective truth based on actual observations in the real world and applicable to real people. The INFP, however, tends to present its insights as subjective truths, liberated from normal laws of logic, fact, or public opinion, and it also encourages others to explore their own caves rather than sacrificing their identities to the community.
The INFP is more in agreement with the following statement: "It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you put your heart and soul into your beliefs". The INFJ, on the other hand, tends to join the belief in objective, universal truths and conclusions.

The second difference between the two types lies in the extraverted feeling of the INFJ, which prompts them to give up their personal needs in favor of a charitable cause and a greater cause.
The INFP, on the other hand, shies away from such a request. His identity is a valuable possession, and he is not interested in being merged in such a way that he is barely distinguishable from others. This appears to the INFP to be counterproductive. Often he regards the rejection of one's own convictions in favor of false public opinion as a disaster. The INFJ, on the other hand, sees the disaster in clinging to selfish false beliefs to the detriment of a clear commons. The INFP tries to remove all pollution from the outside world and to get closer to its own values. The INFP does not like adaptation for its own sake. If he does something, it is only because he has first made it compatible with his inner values ​​and not because he tries to align himself with the values ​​of others.

Hence, INFPs really want to love what they love with all their hearts. This gives them tremendous depth and abundant passion for their feelings, whether it is externally apparent or not.
The second function of the INFP is extraverted intuition. He is more passively observant towards his outside world, in contrast to the INFJ, who is more aggressive towards his outside world. Despite the dream-like state, the INFP observes the outside world directly and develops a clearer idea of ​​it than the INFJ. Of course, his observation is intuitive, i.e. he perceives the possibilities and potentials of objects and ideas. Similarly, INFPs are often sharp-minded because of their ability to foresee events and confrontations.

While introverted intuition is looking for a deep understanding, extraverted intuition is looking for a broader understanding. she pulls new Insights complete Insights before. What she loses in depth in the process, she compensates for with a versatile perspective on things and a greater reference to reality. Therefore, INFPs like to write from different angles, as this allows them to explore several possibilities at the same time, instead of just one possibility at a time. This can be seen well in the various characters of Shakespeare, but also in the pseudonyms of Kierkegaard and even in George R. R. Martin's television series "Game of Thrones".

The third function of the INFP is the introverted feeling (Si). This is an introverted perceptual function. The INFP is like a painter who records his past experiences while adding his own interpretation of what happened. His extraverted intuition outweighs the introverted feeling. Hence, the habits and routines and thorough preparation inherent in the introverted feeling are not immediately present in the INFP. However, the introverted feeling is not suppressed. Therefore, the INFP has much less difficulty than the ENFP in dropping the anchor and developing an appropriate routine.
Introverted feeling helps the INFP to pay more attention to details, so that it can look carefully at all sides of an object in a controlled manner in order to make its point of view unassailable from all sides. An introverted feeling also gives him a livelier picture of his inner dream world, rich in consciously chosen colors, landscapes, people or whatever the INFP attaches importance to.

The weight of introverted feeling suppresses the function of extraverted thinking (Te), which aims to achieve objective goals, even at the expense of personal values.
The INFP rejects this idea and represents personal values ​​at the expense of the fulfillment of objective targets. He wants to find out what's really important to him before deciding to make it happen. The result of this is that he often does nothing.
INFPs are excellent writers and advocates of good causes and ideas, but they find it difficult to lead protest movements effectively in order to get something done effectively. They get their pleasure from expressing their feelings, not from pursuing them. Whenever they pull themselves up to do this, they come into contact with their extraverted thinking. At times it appears to them to be a clumsy, crude tool, and their attempt to approach things logically and immediately may seem childish and barely effective until they learn from their experiences to balance their introverted feelings with their extraverted thinking.

The suppression of extraverted thinking poses another potential problem. INFPs suppress inductive thinking or the drawing of logical conclusions from objective facts. The INFP is notorious for ignoring facts and evidence contrary to matters that matter to them. This often happens with the argument, born of frustration, that reason and logic alone cannot guarantee truth. There are subjective truths stemming from feeling that oppose the logic of the masses and are still true.

The summary shows: The INFP is shaped by its “dream world”. He enjoys exploring his personal caves in search of the pure light from their depths. He seeks the subjectively emotionally felt truth and is an advocate of the idea that it is important to develop one's true being. The extraverted intuition gives him an alert mind and diverse perspectives. He is aided by the carefulness of the introverted feeling that adds more detail to his inner world. Because extraverted thinking is suppressed, it is difficult for him to make the transition from simply expressing his vision to fulfilling it. He also tends to ignore any argument or evidence that goes against his values.
Thanks for reading / listening; and to all INFPs out there: Thank you for sharing your beautiful inner light with us and reminding us to discover our own.

Michael Pierce presents: The INFP