The INFP Dichotomies – The INFP MBTI Letter Dichotomies

The MBTI ® “Letter Dichotomies” refer to the pairs of psychological preferences—represented by letters such as “I” or “E”—that most type tests force you to choose between. The letters and their corresponding explanations are as follows:

 

I is for Introvert Introverts:</p>

 

Gain energy or ‘recharge’ through alone time.

Prefer to maintain a small circle of close friends.

Generally feel most comfortable while alone. Are perceived as quiet or reserved by others.</td>

E is for Extrovert Extroverts:</p>

 

Gain energy or ‘recharge’ through social interaction.

Enjoy having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Generally feel comfortable in the company of others.

Are perceived as ‘outgoing’ or sociable by others.</td> </tr>

N is for Intuitive Intuitives:</p>

 

Are ‘big picture’ thinkers.

Are quick to recognize patterns and make connections between abstract ideas.

Are more concerned with theories than with concrete facts and observations.

Focus the majority of their attention on conceptualizing future possibilities.</td>

S is for Sensing Sensors:</p>

 

Prefer dealing with the physical world of objects to the intangible world of ideas.

Are realistic and down-to-earth in their observations.

Prefer learning facts first and theory second.

Focus the majority of their attention on either the past or the present moment.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

 

F is for Feeling Feelers:</p>

 

Prefer to make decisions based on how they feel.

Value interpersonal harmony extremely highly.

Are naturally in tune with the feelings of others.

Value emotional truths over logical truths.</td>

T is for Thinking Thinkers:</p>

 

Prefer to make decisions based on logic. Value accuracy over harmony.

Are not naturally in tune with the feelings of others.

Feel more comfortable dealing with hard logic and facts than with emotions.</td> </tr>

P is for Perceiving Perceivers:</p>

 

Enjoy the process of exploring their options more than they enjoy reaching decisions.

Work in bursts of passionate energy (often as a deadline approaches).

Feel trapped inside of strict plans or routines.

Feel most comfortable when they have many options open to them.</td>

J is for Judging Judgers:</p>

 

Enjoy having decisions made, even if it limits their options.

Work toward long-term goals steadily and consistently.

Enjoy following specific plans or routines.

Prefer settling on one option to exploring various  possibilities.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

 

Of course, if all of these categories were mutually exclusive, the world would be in trouble. Introverts would never leave their homes. Extroverts would never leave parties. Intuitives would lack the ability to see, hear, taste and touch the world around them. Sensors would be helpless to form plans or strategize.

The truth about type is that it’s significantly more complicated than sorting people into categories such as “Feeler” or “Thinker.” Personality type, at its core, is a reflection of how you process information and reach decisions. Sometimes you do this by venturing into the world and gathering new information. Sometimes you do this by withdrawing and analyzing what you have available to you. Each of our brains processes thoughts, feelings and experiences a little differently. And those different methods of gathering and processing information are known as our cognitive functions.

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