Sierra's View: INFP

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010


This past weekend at the cabin we had a LONG four hour talk over brain types. Somehow, whenever Mckenna comes into town, the topic of conversation always turns to this fascinating subject. I have begun to study brain types more and have become decent at pointing out what particular people are.

My brain type is INFP.
Want to know more about me? Read the following:

INFPs are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves

INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things.

Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. They are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.

INFPs do not like conflict. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed don't really care whether or not they're right. They don't want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand everyone's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.

In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause.

Very high standards for themselves and others. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit. In group situations, they may have a "control" problem. Many INFP's struggle with depression because they think will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.

Talented writers (hence the blog ha). They have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counselling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good, and in which they don't need to use hard logic.

INFP's are the daydreamers in our society. They are the imaginative, creative beings. They are often the musicians, the artists, the actors and writers. Normally, they are reserved in real life and are constantly surprisingly others by thriving on stage. Though not competitive in everyday life, if you get them on a sports field, INFP's will become overly competitive and quite aggressive if needed. They work hard to win a game whether it be a board game or athletic event. This is where the perfectionist side comes into play.

INFPs present a pleasant face to the world. They appear to be tranquil and peaceful to others, with simple desires. In fact, the INFP internally feels his or her life intensely. In the relationship arena, this causes them to have a very deep capacity for love and caring which is not frequently found with such intensity in the other types. The INFP does not devote their intense feelings towards just anyone, and are relatively reserved about expressing their inner-most feelings. They reserve their deepest love and caring for a select few who are closest to them. INFPs are generally laid-back, supportive and nurturing in their close relationships. They're very sensitive and in-tune with people's feelings. Slow to trust others and cautious in the beginning of a relationship, an INFP will be fiercely loyal once they are committed. With their strong inner core of values, they are intense individuals who value depth and authenticity in their relationships. They will be uncharacteristically harsh and rigid in an offensive situation.

Tremendous loyalty and commitment to their relationships. If they are not involved in such a relationship, the INFP will be either actively searching for one, or creating one in their own minds.

INFPs tendency to be idealistic and romantically-minded may cause them to fantasize frequently about a "more perfect" relationship or situation. They are constantly looking for "something more."

INFPs are not naturally interested in administrative matters such as bill-paying and house-cleaning, but they can be very good at performing these tasks when they must. They can be really good money managers when they apply themselves.

One real problem area for the INFP is their intensive dislike of conflict and criticism. The INFP is quick to find a personal angle in any critical comment, whether or not anything personal was intended. They will tend to take any sort of criticism as a personal attack on their character, and will usually become irrational and emotional in such situations.

Their dislike of conflict and criticism can foretell doom and gloom for intimate relationships. These INFPs will react with extreme emotional distress to conflict situations, and will not know what to do about it. Since they will have no basis for determining what action to take, they will do whatever they can to get rid of the conflict - which frequently means lashing out irrationally at others, or using guilt manipulation to get their mates to give them the positive support that they crave. This kind of behavior does not bode well for healthy, long-term relationships. Individuals who recognize this tendency in themselves should work on their ability to take criticism objectively rather than personally. They should also try to remember that conflict situations are not always their fault, and they're definitely not the end of the world. Conflict is a fact of life, and facing it and addressing it immediately avoids having to deal with it in the future, after it has become a much larger problem.

INFPs are very aware of their own space, and the space of others. They value their personal space, and the freedom to do their own thing. The INFP is not likely to be overly jealous or possessive, and is likely to respect their mate's privacy and independence. In fact, the INFP is likely to not only respect their mate's perspectives and goals, but to support them with loyal firmness.

In general, INFPs are warmly affirming and loving partners who make the health of their relationships central in their lives. Although cautious in the beginning, they become firmly loyal to their committed relationships, which are likely to last a lifetime. They take their relationships very seriously, and will put forth a great deal of effort into making them work.

deep internal values; idealistic, romantic, appears calm; generally reticent; creative, avoids conflict, sensitive, aware of others’ feelings; sacrificial, welcomes new ideas; flexible, interested in learning and writing; composer; language skilled.

So there you have it. A very LONG explanation of my complicated self. Make sense now? :)

What is YOUR brain type?


  1. i cant remember>...INSP...INFP?...INPF>>>THSI? SHIT?!?! hahah jk i am in that kind of mood today. hahah :)

  2. It makes total sense to me and I think it describes you very well. :)

  3. I don't know, but one day i want to know! so that means WE MUST HANG OUT SOON :)


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