How Functions Work: Inferior Te (ISFP/INFP) (2023)

How Functions Work: Inferior Te (ISFP/INFP)

The inferior function is the hardest to understand and describe. It embodies the part of us that we are least accepting of. Although we are often unaware of its activities, it would be inaccurate to describe the inferior function as “weak” because all of our core functions are powerful in their own way. The power and force of the inferior function actually comes from the mistaken assumption that it has no power. We underestimate the inferior function at our own peril.

The Role of the Inferior Function

As you develop, it is natural to become more dependent on the dominant function and unwittingly repress the inferior function in order to give the dominant function as much conscious control over life as possible. However, the dominant function cannot handle reality on its own without feeling increasingly overextended as you push it to the upper limits of its strengths while turning a blind eye to its weaknesses. As you press down harder on the inferior function and resist its perspective, it will gradually feel too constricted and its repressed energy will begin to “leak" into your conscious mind in the form of inexplicable urges or compulsions, especially when you feel frustrated or emotionally vulnerable.

(Video) INFPs/ISFPs and Inferior Te: How it Shows Up & Why Te Integration is Important

When you rely too heavily on the dominant function for extended periods of time, the functions below it cannot work in a healthy way, and the inferior function remains deeply submerged in the unconscious mind as you keep repressing that perspective in favor of the dominant function. As the dominant function becomes stretched beyond its capabilities, you will feel increasingly stressed because there will be many life problems that you cannot handle with such a narrow and limited perspective. When life stress depletes your focus and mental energy to critical levels, the dominant function will “burn out” and cause you to lose control of yourself, and this then allows the primitive impulses of the inferior function to “erupt” from the unconscious and take over your conscious mind, a.k.a. being “in the grip” of your inferior function. The degree of reactivity of the inferior function will be related to the force with which you repress its activities. Because the inferior function’s view of the world is the opposite of what you are used to, you will unconsciously resist that perspective even as it floods your consciousness. This results in a distorted view of reality and the weaknesses or destructive side of that function will manifest. By releasing the pent up energy of the inferior function, you can find some temporary relief from stress; however, the extreme out-of-character or destructive behaviors that arise can often exacerbate the problems that were causing the stress to begin with, which can potentially create a negative pattern of destructive behavior.

According to function theory, the psyche is a self-balancing mechanism. When the inferior function erupts, it is sending you a message informing you that your psyche is out of balance because you are directing most of your mental energy to the dominant function. This means that there is a positive side to the inferior function in terms of telling us where we need to grow and improve in order to rebalance ourselves. Learning to use the inferior function appropriately will recalibrate energy distribution so that your psyche can establish better equilibrium. Therefore, instead of repressing the inferior function, we should gradually learn to be more aware of it and less resistant towards it. Although you cannot use the inferior function as your main approach to life like a dominant function, you can learn to respect it for its strength and power. As you come to understand the value of the inferior function and the advantages it can bring you in daily life, its power to disrupt your conscious mind will gradually fade. You will then gain a new perspective for understanding life, which will lead to more adaptive and effective behaviors.

Inferior Te

Fi-doms can use Te consciously for tasks that require attention to external standards, order, and predictability. For instance, when working on a project, one needs to understand the standards for evaluating the final product and then organize/plan linear and logical steps to complete it properly. However, since Te is the opposing force to Fi, Fi is very prone to overriding and repressing Te and misunderstanding its fundamental nature. While Fi-doms can use Te in very simplistic ways, they cannot fathom using Te as a “main approach to life” like a dominant function, and therein lies the main source of psychological conflict.

(Video) INFP and ISFP: Te Inferior (Extroverted Thinking)

Fi focuses on understanding individual experience by fostering awareness of the internal psychological world of values, needs, boundaries, limits, thoughts, feelings, emotions, preferences, etc. When Fi-doms rely too heavily upon Fi, they will identify with Fi’s activities, using the depth of personal experience to construct the foundation of their identity. Because of this, Fi will feel continually threatened by the Te perspective because Te has the potential to disrupt or shatter one’s ego-image. Te is focused on applying universal standards/judgments as well as securing efficient outcomes through making broad generalizations. But Fi tends to misinterpret Te as being cold, sterile, critical, uncaring, disrespectful, and even aiming to erase individual differences. Ultimately, Fi forcefully rejects the Te perspective because it fears that universal standards and generalizations will degrade individual experience and, without valuing one’s own experience, one’s life no longer has any special meaning. Therefore, unhealthy or immature Fi-doms do their utmost to reject Te in order to protect their ego-image as a “unique, sensitive, and reflective” person.

However, when Fi-doms rely too heavily upon Fi and suppress Te, they will develop an overly subjective and solipsistic view of the world. Instead of using Te appropriately, Fi will use Te to confirm its own biased judgments, values, or expectations. In other words, Fi-doms will develop a maladaptive tendency to misinterpret external standards of worth or achievement, for example, they might see those standards as oppressive and needlessly oppose them, or they might unwittingly adopt misguided moral values that they unreasonably impose upon themselves or others. When Fi is not functioning in a healthy manner, Fi-doms will be more prone to behaving in ways that seem irrational, self-centered, oversensitive, or obstinate, and this will lead to ever fluctuating self-esteem and a buildup of feelings of isolation, inadequacy, or worthlessness, especially when they are unable to organize or express their ideas/values coherently and, as a result, find it difficult to achieve any meaningful goals in life.

No function can be fully suppressed, so inferior Te will leak into consciousness in strange ways. Proper Te desires predictability and is completely comfortable with seeing external reality as having strict rules, structures, and boundaries that one should adhere to in order to make life as smooth and efficient as possible. This can create an underlying sense of restlessness or rebelliousness in Fi-doms because Fi fundamentally requires the freedom to determine and honor its own boundaries and limits. Thus, when Fi becomes overextended, Fi-doms may exhibit somewhat desperate attempts to push back against external standards/structures as a way to reinforce their own right to self-expression and defend against the stifling and inflexible nature of Te. For example, they might: look for superficial ways to express their self-image outwardly, explore “alternative” ideas or ideologies in order to avoid the feeling of being mainstream/ordinary, endlessly seek out “meaningful” experiences to immerse themselves in, be quick to detect “phoniness” or insincerity in others, be quick to point out flaws or inaccuracies in “the system”, focus too much attention on the idea of wrongdoing or injustice, adopt a rigid or black/white approach to morality, be overconfident about the truth and coherence of their own moral judgments, judge people who go “by the book” as unimaginative or controlling, become oversensitive to criticism, become too withdrawn or conflict averse, try to limit their social interactions and experiences to what they deem personally acceptable/comfortable, and so on.

However, this means that Fi has not understood the real source of its own unease and so the underlying conflict remains unresolved. Fi sees Te as the “enemy” rather than as an important and helpful part of one’s own psyche. The longer this conflict between Fi and Te goes on, the greater the likelihood of succumbing to “the grip”. Fi might try to resist a grip experience by projecting its confusion outwardly onto others. Not wanting to turn a critical eye on itself, Fi might blame the outside world for its own failure to engage with Te, e.g., by judging other people as being too conforming and/or criticizing social structures as being too oppressive. On one hand, Fi-doms crave connection with the Te world and unconsciously desire to have the mental clarity, effectiveness, and achievements of the best Te-doms; on the other hand, they resent themselves for this desire and then withdraw defensively, creating a self-pitying mindset of feeling underappreciated or inadequate, all the while ignoring the real problem. The more they resist the objective standards of the external world, the more they will feel bound or defined by those standards.

(Video) INFP in the grip of inferior function (Te)- Example

Fi-doms can be emotionally triggered in a variety of ways, such as: having an important personal value violated; spending time in a negative, hostile, “bottom-line”, or toxic social atmosphere; being subject to criticism; witnessing harsh criticism directed at others; undergoing experiences that spark fear of losing or being separated from important people; having their attachments to people demeaned or invalidated; seeing people callously ignore/dismiss serious personal/societal problems; dealing with people who are inauthentic or dishonest in relationships; dealing with people who are inflexible or domineering; dealing with people who rush into judgment without considering the viewpoints/feelings of others; feeling pressured to abide by rigid deadlines, rules, routines, or procedures; not being heard or feeling disregarded by others; feeling their efforts are unappreciated; being unable to coherently/convincingly verbalize their thoughts or feelings when they need to influence outcomes; feeling that their work is meaningless; feeling real or imagined inadequacy because of failure to set or reach personal goals.

When they become stressed and mentally fatigued to the point where Fi can no longer maintain its dominance, unhealthy Te urges will finally erupt from the unconscious, driving Fi-doms to surrender to Te in a negative or destructive manner. The ways in which these psychological urges manifest behaviorally are often unique to the individual and the circumstances. They might: become suspicious/paranoid and more prone to snapping or blurting out hostile thoughts; engage in biting sarcasm or cynicism and project their pessimistic expectations onto the world at large; indulge in destructive fantasies directed at the people they dislike; harshly attack people who are negative or critical; aggressively nitpick or criticize people’s mistakes and berate them for being incompetent; seek out conflicts or pick fights with people they disagree with; become controlling or excessively concerned with being organized; etc. They will lose their natural caring and tolerant nature and instead obsess about truth or accuracy, becoming moody, irritable, combative, accusatory, or legalistic in their thinking. Focusing in on logical consequences, they might feel an urgent need to take action to correct perceived mistakes or prevent negative outcomes but ultimately fail because of hasty ill-conceived plans/actions. As a result, they might eventually turn this negativity or condemnation inwards and criticize themselves for being inadequate, incompetent, worthless, insensitive, or out of touch with their own core values. They might feel as though their entire life has amounted to nothing and all things might suddenly seem impossible/doubtful as they lose faith in their ability to stay true to themselves while still participating in the world.

In order to properly avoid a grip experience, it is essential that Fi-doms learn the real value of the Te perspective and the advantages it can confer. For Fi-doms, successfully emerging from a grip experience usually requires solitary reflection and engaging in relaxing/distracting activities where they are free to be themselves and can allow negative emotions to dissipate on their own. Talking out their problems might be necessary but only with people who can listen without judgment, criticism, or advice-giving. Once the intensity has faded somewhat, Fi-doms can release some negative energy by engaging in productive Te-related activities that require a positive focus on planning or practical action. Whatever activities are chosen, they should accomplish two goals:

  • to release and expend Te energy in a way that emphasizes its benefits, rather than using Te to lash out or desperately control situations
  • to decrease the dominance of Fi, thereby allowing it to regain its kind and accepting attitude

Because access to the inferior function is extremely difficult to achieve due to its opposing nature, the auxiliary function must also be used to relieve psychological pressure whenever possible:

(Video) ISFP in the grip of inferior function (Te)-Example

  • ISFPs can use Se-related activities to improve their ability to engage flexibly with the external world through being adventurous or creative and learning more about new people and experiences outside of themselves (in order to view the world more objectively).
  • INFPs can use Ne-related activities to improve their ability to engage flexibly with the external world through creatively pursuing interesting possibilities and exploring new people and ideas outside of themselves (in order to view the world more optimistically).

Ongoing type-related development for Fi-doms:

  • accept that you have a need for achievement and competence, then work on building up the skills that are required to reach your goals
  • counterbalance your feelings of inadequacy by acknowledging your existing skills, talents, or achievements
  • be more realistic in your goals/expectations in order to avoid undue stress/anxiety
  • use Te consciously to develop good verbal critiquing skills
  • use Te adaptively to discover/analyze logical connections, alternatives, or pros/cons (i.e. learn critical reasoning skills)
  • use Te to support Fi by working towards goals that are important to you or your value system
  • improve your critical writing skills so that you can express ideas more coherently
  • avoid being too harsh on yourself or others by moderating your idealism through gathering more facts/details before making judgments (broaden your view of situations beyond your personal experience)
  • learn to use problems/criticisms objectively as a way to improve yourself in the direction of your values/ideals
  • analyze your own values, standards, and self-image to make sure that they are healthy and reasonable, otherwise they will lead you further and further astray from your own well-being
  • try to understand the strengths and weaknesses of Fi so that you can learn to see yourself more accurately and adjust your vision when necessary
  • reflect on how your relentless need to use your own experience as a frame of reference affects you and the people around you
  • make efforts to genuinely understand and build up the natural strengths of Te; observe healthy Te-doms and learn to appreciate their style
  • envision, recall, or experience real-life scenarios where Te is more capable or effective than Fi at handling reality, so that you can learn to consciously and comfortably choose the most adaptive behaviors
  • Read the Type Development Guide for more detail about personality growth and self-improvement (mbti-notes.tumblr.com/development)

adapted from: Was That Really Me?: How Everyday Stress Brings Out Our Hidden Personality. Quenk, N. 2002.& I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the Sixteen Personality Types. Pearman, R. Albritton, S. 1996.

related: dominant Fi, Te / auxiliary Se, Ne

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(Video) Developing Te (ISFP & INFP)

FAQs

What is the inferior function for INFP? ›

The INFP, for instance, may regularly indulge her inferior function, Extraverted Thinking (Te), when focusing her energies on being responsible, organized, or dutiful. Similarly, the INTP may routinely chase his inferior function, Extraverted Feeling (Fe), by striving to garner recognition or affirmation from others.

What is the inferior function of Isfp? ›

The inferior function of the ISFP is Extraverted Thinking or “Te” for short. They use this function when they need to organize their environment or make decisions in an objective, logical way.

How do inferior functions work? ›

The fourth-preferred, or inferior, function tends to be the least interesting to individuals, and they tend to have even fewer skills associated with it. Development of this function tends to come in late midlife. It can be the source of great stress, or it can be a seed for significant development.

What is it like to have inferior te? ›

ISFP/INFP: Inferior Te

Inferior Te users tend to feel insecure about their ability to structure their lives, or be effective in the real world. They may feel the need to maintain some form of order and discipline, but oftentimes struggle to do so, and judge themselves harshly for this failure.

Are INFPs immature? ›

INFPs who are especially unhealthy or immature can function with a warped introverted feeling process. They can be overly-sensitive, quick to take offense, and insistent that only their views and values are valid.

Can INFPs be cold? ›

Of course, INFPs are reserved, self-conscious, and very private about their inner lives. On the surface level, this explains why INFPs seem cold. INFPs, though they don't like being called shy, are really often just “shy”, in some of the stereotypical sense of the word.

Why are ISFPs so quiet? ›

Because ISFPs are introverted individuals, they tend to be reserved and quiet around new friends or people they do not know well. ISFPs are very private and often keep their true feelings to themselves, so they can be difficult to get to know.

How can you tell if a girl is an ISFP? ›

Women with the ISFP personality type

ISFP females tend to be reserved and adaptable. They are likely to place a high value on others' feelings, often basing their decisions on emotional impact, rather than blind logic. They may be fairly unconventional and are likely to find their own way of doing things.

Who Should an INFP marry? ›

The most compatible personality types for INFPs are considered the INFJ, ESFJ, and ENFJ personality types. The joint function is the extroverted feeling (Fe) that allows INFPs to explore the more adventurous side of their personalities mutually.

How do ISFPs use te? ›

Their Te draws conclusions about external circumstances and their Fi provides the subjective response to those Te judgments. The world relies on ISFPs (and INFPs) to use this Te-Fi process to identify potential injustices and to ensure that the individual (Fi) doesn't get lost in the system (Te).

How do you develop extraverted thinking INFP? ›

How do I develop extroverted thinking as an INFP? That's the inferior function, and it would naturally develop as you mature. You can help it along by coming out of the ego position (introverted Feeling), and paying more attention to objective logical information.

Is inferior function unconscious? ›

Because the inferior function—sometimes called the lost, missing, or repressed function—is the most unconscious of a type's four functions, it is the most difficult to access and integrate. This is why it is commonly symbolized in dreams as being buried deep underground, undersea, or in a dark forest.

Are INFP extroverted thinkers? ›

For the INFP their extraverted thinking helps them to see things from a clear perspective, looking at the facts enough to be able to find a logical answer to the problem. INFPs will use this function when it is necessary, rather than allow it to help them make all of their choices.

What is the INFP shadow? ›

The Demon: Introverted Thinking

This is the shadow function that feels the most foreign to the INFP. As Mark Hunziker says, “Essentially, it's our inferior inferior.” When we see other people using this function (even in a positive way) we tend to see it as negative.

How do you deal with TE? ›

If you have TE, it's important that you're gentle when styling your hair. Avoid blow drying, straightening, or curling your hair until your condition improves. Frequent coloring or highlighting during this time can also damage and inhibit hair growth.

What makes an INFP angry? ›

Different Types of INFP Anger

Sometimes anger erupts because of ongoing or chronic stress. At other times, anger is the result of betrayal, a disagreement in values, or an insult. Because there are multiple forms of anger we can't address them all in the exact same way.

Which MBTI is most childlike? ›

ENFPs are often extremely childlike, even as they grow older and become adults. This quality is a big part of the ENFPs charm and appeal, and makes them positive and fun people to be around.

What makes INFP depressed? ›

Bottling things up can actually be a source of depression for the INFP, and so they need an outlet or someone to share things with. Sometimes the INFP can struggle with feeling disconnected from the world around them.

Why do people misunderstand INFP? ›

Conclusion. INFP individuals often feel misunderstood and even labelled as “crazy” by those around them. This is because INFPs process their thoughts and feelings internally, which can make them seem erratic or irrational to those who do not understand them.

Are INFPs socially awkward? ›

INFPs might feel awkward in certain social situations, feeling as if they need to behave a certain way to fit. They also struggle with the realization that they are different, and this can make it hard to know how to behave around certain people when they feel judged.

Why are INFP so special? ›

INFPs are unique individuals with a rare set of abilities — including the power to masterfully understand emotion and the human experience. At their best, INFPs bring emotional healing to others and inspire incredible change in the world. INFPs are also rare, making up about 4 to 5 percent of the population.

Does ISFPs overthink? ›

They want to be able to focus on what is in front of them, and try hard not to let their thoughts hold them hostage. ISFPs have rather tense inner emotions, which can be even more of an issue than analyzing facts and information that they process.

Are ISFPs smart? ›

For the ISFP there are so many things which they can excel in, and this is part of what makes them uniquely intelligent and equipped for different types of exploration. ISFPs are highly creative people with rich inner minds filled with imagination and unique ideas.

What makes an ISFP happy? ›

What makes ISFP happy? Those with adventurer personalities like people and situations that allow them to practice their passionate idealism. They need the space and time to make their own decisions about things, and to feel respected in the decisions that they make.

What is ISFP love language? ›

ISFP: Physical Touch

Gentle and sensitive, ISFPs are attuned to their loved ones' emotions and will feel a sharp sting when others disregard theirs.

Who is best partner for ISFP? ›

Although two well-developed individuals of any type can enjoy a healthy relationship, the ISFP's natural partner is the ESFJ, or the ENFJ. ISFP's dominant function of Introverted Feeling is best matched with a partner whose dominant function is Extraverted Feeling.

How do you tell if an ISFP girl likes you? ›

If an ISFP likes you, they can be both shy and flirtatious at the same time. They will want to be around you all the time, but at the same time, feel awkward doing so. They may also spend time working out their feelings, conflicted about whether they actually like you or if it's just momentary attraction.

Who is INFP bestfriend? ›

Other good matches for INFPs would include the INTP, INFJ, INTJ, and other INFPs. These types are likely to be compatible with each other because they have a good understanding of the Idealist's personality and mindset.

Who do INFPs attract? ›

The most socially compatible types for the INFP, according to C.S Joseph's Jungian depth psychology approach, are the ENFJ, INFJ, ESTP and ISTP. As an INFP I seem to attract and find comaraderie with ENFPs and all NF types and find the SJs nice but do not feel naturally connected to them.

What is INFP love language? ›

INFPs show a strong preference for quality time as a love language, followed by words of affirmation and physical touch. Though they experience extremely strong emotions internally, INFPs prefer to show their love by spending time with those they care about and engaging in the activities that they enjoy alongside them.

Are ISFPs dominant? ›

ISFPs ranked as having low dominance according to the CPI™ tool. This is likely because ISFPs, like their ISTP cousins, are very independent individuals who don't like to impose themselves or their agendas on other people. Giving everyone space, both personally and emotionally, is a high priority for ISFPs.

What do ISFP find attractive? ›

ISFPs do find some nerdy qualities to be attractive, but they often find themselves drawn to people who seem a bit odd to others. They want to be around people who have unique spirits and aren't afraid of being themselves.

Are ISFPs self aware? ›

ISFPs are very aware of their own emotions, which helps them become self-aware people in general. They are comfortable accepting their feelings, and will spend time figuring out what they mean. ISFPs also have very strong morals and beliefs, which they stand firm on.

Can an INFP be thinking? ›

INFPs are often seen as emotional people, and while their introverted feeling function is their dominant one that doesn't mean they don't possess a sense of logic and reason. INFPs has rich inner minds filled with imagination, new ideas and even logical thought processes.

What is INFP dominant function? ›

INFPs' Dominant Function: Introverted Feeling. INFPs are deeply aware of and in touch with their inner landscape. Their dominant Fi is inwardly focused and adept at evaluating and handling their personal tastes, values, and emotions.

How do you develop an INFP? ›

  1. Feed Your Strengths! Encourage your natural artistic abilities and creativity. ...
  2. Face Your Weaknesses! ...
  3. Express Your Feelings. ...
  4. Listen to Everything. ...
  5. Smile at Criticism. ...
  6. Be Aware of Others. ...
  7. Be Accountable for Yourself. ...
  8. Be Gentle in Your Expectations.

How can inferior Si be improved? ›

take responsibility for your mistakes and work to improve upon them. reflect on how your relentless need to chase ideas/possibilities affects you and the people around you. make efforts to genuinely understand and build up the natural strengths of Si; observe healthy Si-doms and learn to appreciate their style.

What is the difference between Ne and Ni? ›

In epistemological terms, Ne represents a form of divergent thinking whereas Ni represents a form of convergent thinking. My favorite metaphor for explaining the difference between Introverted and Extroverted Intuition is: Extroverted Intuition looks at an atom and sees all the possibilities of the universe.

What is the feeling function? ›

In Myers & Briggs terms, the Feeling function simply means there is a preference in making decisions by considering what the people involved in the situation care about and what points of view they hold.

What is an INFP like when stressed? ›

An INFP will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI type head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to become cynical, depressed, aggressive and prone to acute self-doubt.

Are INFPs good parents? ›

INFP parents are warm and considerate of their kids' feelings. Similar to INFJs, their families perceive them as outwardly decisive. Parents with preferences for INFP can feel stressed when forced to deal with the more mundane responsibilities of looking after their kids.

Which celebrity is INFP? ›

Famous INFPs include Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Chloe Sevigny, William Shakespeare, Bill Watterson, A.A. Milne, Helen Keller, Carl Rogers, and Isabel Briggs Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

What happens when you hurt an INFP? ›

The intense emotions of the INFP become more apparent when they are emotionally affected or hurt. They often report that they cry easily, but hate it. They usually dislike showing their emotions because they are so private.

What villains are INFP? ›

INFP AS VILLAIN
  • Amon Avatar: Legend of Korra.
  • Spike Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
  • Wilson Fisk Netflix's Daredevil.
  • Oswald Cobblepot Gotham.
  • Nagato Naruto Shippuden.
  • Isaac Heller/The Author Once Upon a Time.
  • Mother Gothel Once Upon a Time (Season 7)
  • John Clare Penny Dreadful.
7 Feb 2019

What is dark side of INFP? ›

1 - Self absorbed: infps dominant function Fi (introverted feeling), can make them quite self absorbed. They get so caught up in the rich internal world of their own thoughts and feelings and ideas that they don't consider others, or even pay attention to them.

What does high Te look like? ›

Dominant Extraverted Thinkers tend to be very organized. Their thought process is focused on the external, real world, rather than the inner world as it is for Introverted Thinkers. Thus they try to arrange the real world to suit their needs. They use their energy to make an impact in the real world.

What personality types use te? ›

Extraverted Thinking (Te) is one of eight functions first outlined by Carl Jung in his classic work, Psychological Types. It serves as either the dominant or auxiliary function for INTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ and ESTJ (i.e., “TJ”) types, as well as the tertiary or inferior for “FP” types (i.e., ENFP, INFP, ESFP, ISFP).

What does dominant extraverted thinking look like? ›

People with dominant Extraverted Thinking traits are natural organizers. They easily take charge, coordinating different people and parties to get things done. They love to lead others and can find themselves in leadership roles even without realizing it.

What is INFP dominant function? ›

INFPs' Dominant Function: Introverted Feeling. INFPs are deeply aware of and in touch with their inner landscape. Their dominant Fi is inwardly focused and adept at evaluating and handling their personal tastes, values, and emotions.

What are the cognitive functions of INFP? ›

The dominant cognitive function of the INFP personality type is Introverted Feeling, meaning they process information internally and prefer spending time alone than with others. Extraverted Intuition is the auxiliary cognitive function of INFPS, and so they base decisions and experience the world through intuition.

What is an INFP like when stressed? ›

An INFP will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI type head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to become cynical, depressed, aggressive and prone to acute self-doubt.

What is the INFP shadow? ›

The Demon: Introverted Thinking

This is the shadow function that feels the most foreign to the INFP. As Mark Hunziker says, “Essentially, it's our inferior inferior.” When we see other people using this function (even in a positive way) we tend to see it as negative.

Are INFP gifted? ›

INFP Giftedness and Intelligence

Sometimes marked as "less logical" than the INFJ, but truth is, INFPs tend to be among the top most common types to be gifted. their IF gives them an intuitive grasp of how the world works, and while this intuition is often dismissed, it is often very accurate.

Is INFP the rarest personality type? ›

INFP stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving. As such, this personality type often results in a quieter, more reserved person, with a significant emotional world but a "go-with-the-flow" kind of attitude. INFPs are among the rarest types, at around 1% of the population, according to Dario Nardi, Ph.

What types are attracted to INFP female? ›

The three personality types that INFPs are attracted to are ENFJ, INFJ, and ESFJ. Since INFPs value creativity, willingness to help, and exploring the world together, they often choose partners with extroverted feeling (Fe) function.

Are INFPs disorganized? ›

INFPs may find their life to be quite disorganized when they are being carried away by their imagination; they need something to ground them in reality.

Can INFP read minds? ›

In fact, an INFP is usually so good at reading people that we might even be able to know what they are thinking before they say it.

Can INFP be dominant? ›

The INFP and Dominance

INFPs ranked as having low dominance according to the CPI™ tool. These individuals are very independent in nature, and value autonomy and personal freedom. They dislike imposing their will on others and believe that everyone has a right to their own individual ethics and beliefs.

What hurts INFP the most? ›

Because INFPs are naturally sensitive, they may be more easily hurt by blunt criticism than others. INFPs tend to take critical feedback personally and are likely to feel upset or attacked by it.

What makes an INFP angry? ›

Different Types of INFP Anger

Sometimes anger erupts because of ongoing or chronic stress. At other times, anger is the result of betrayal, a disagreement in values, or an insult. Because there are multiple forms of anger we can't address them all in the exact same way.

How do you calm an INFP? ›

Let them talk and say all the things they been holding in. And receive those things with little to no judgement but also be genuine. An INFP spends a lot of time in their head and there's much they've assumed. Sometimes the thing they're mad about wasn't even true in the first place.

What happens when you hurt an INFP? ›

The intense emotions of the INFP become more apparent when they are emotionally affected or hurt. They often report that they cry easily, but hate it. They usually dislike showing their emotions because they are so private.

What villains are INFP? ›

INFP AS VILLAIN
  • Amon Avatar: Legend of Korra.
  • Spike Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
  • Wilson Fisk Netflix's Daredevil.
  • Oswald Cobblepot Gotham.
  • Nagato Naruto Shippuden.
  • Isaac Heller/The Author Once Upon a Time.
  • Mother Gothel Once Upon a Time (Season 7)
  • John Clare Penny Dreadful.
7 Feb 2019

What is dark side of INFP? ›

1 - Self absorbed: infps dominant function Fi (introverted feeling), can make them quite self absorbed. They get so caught up in the rich internal world of their own thoughts and feelings and ideas that they don't consider others, or even pay attention to them.

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