» ARE INFPS AND INFJS ONLY ONE PREFERENCE APART?
It's a common misunderstanding that if types differ in only one preference, for example, the Thinking/Feeling difference between an INFJ or an INTJ, then they must be very similar.
This is not the case. There is far more to type than the individual preferences.
What matters is how the sets of preferences combine to produce each of the 16 unique types. The whole is greater than the sum of the preferences, (with apologies to the great philosopher, Aristotle, for misquoting him).
What is the dramatic difference between INFJs and INFPs?
Beyond the individual preferences upon which each of the INFP and INFJ personality types are built lies another layer of important complexity called the eight cognitive functions.
It may come as a surprise, but the INFP and the INFJ have no cognitive functions in common. This is a dramatic difference.
This makes INFPs and INFJs superficially appear very similar but in truth they are not the same. It is not, as I read so frequently, "Only a P/J difference". Unquestionably not! When I read of people who say they move between being an INFP and an INFJ I know they don't yet understand the implications of their cognitive functions.
» HOW CAN INFJS AND INFPS BE DIFFERENT WHEN THEY ARE BOTH FEELING TYPES?
Another misunderstanding about the MBTI is that all Feeling types are the same. They are not. There are eight different Feeling types not just one.
The way the Feeling preference presents in the INFP is not the same as the way it influences the behaviour of an INFJ. Also, the order of importance given to the Feeling preference in the INFP Is more dominant than in the INFJ. One runs predominantly on Intuition - the INFJ - and one runs predominantly on Feelings - the INFP.
INFPs and INFJs climb different mountains, pick flowers of contrasting colours, and are spurred on by uniquely different goals.
Why is there confusion between INFPs and INFJs and why does it matter?
I know the real differences between INFPs and INFJs can appear complicated and challenging. That is why I'm only outlining a skeleton of difference to begin the journey to greater understanding.
It matters if we are incorrectly typed. It means we fail to understand ourselves and our own drivers of our behaviour, and we are not authentically ourselves.
It also means the information we may read online can be confusing because the INFPs and the INFJs are not clearly enough differentiated. The information about INFJs is becoming seriously diluted and tampered with by INFP overlays.
» THE PROBLEM OF BEING CLASSIFIED AS AN INFJ WHEN THE PERSON IS AN INFP.
I believe there are numerous people who are classified as INFJs (usually by a free online assessment) who are really INFPs.
I met a lady recently in a workshop I was running. She was clearly an INFP but told me she was an INFJ or INTJ. She was neither. When I suggested she was an INFP she was puzzled and dubious. Yet, when she read the INFP description it was such an accurate reflection of her personality she felt deeply understood.
It doesn't matter whether you are an INFP or an INFJ, but whether you have the correct MBTI type classification.
Planet INFJ: The Book
How can I be sure that i am an INFJ or INFP?
"Planet INFJ" explains the cognitive functions and the differences between INFPs and INFJs so that we can all more fully understand each other and ourselves. There is no right type, there is just the right fit for you. Have you validated your type yet?
- "Planet INFJ" provides accurate descriptions of both INFJs and INFPs and the differences and similarities between them. The whole of chapter 5: "Am I an INFJ or an INFP - how can I tell them apart?" is dedicated to explaining the contrasting types clearly so that both can be understood. Self-understanding is a vital component on the path to success and happiness.
- It is more authentic to read a description of INFPs by an INFP rather than through the lens of an INFJ. "Planet INFJ" provides you with the story of the life and career of an INFP written by Seb, an INFP. An INFJ could never have written it in the way he did. As you will see, even his manner of writing echoes a different style from all the INFJ writers. I am amazed at the INFP differences, he brings them to life, brightly.
- Personality type is not a competition to see who has the best one. It is a striving to find the correct fit so we can be accurately and entirely understood, both by ourselves and others. It's quite a journey to understand all the triumphs and tragedies on Planet INFJ, let us be your travel guide.
» WHY KNOWING YOUR REAL TYPE IS ESSENTIAL.
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