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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  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

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