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INFP vs ISFP: savouring new possibilities vs savouring new experiences

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Published on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 09:45 by Bill McAneny

Golden Air​People often confuse the INFP and the ISFP, as they are both quiet, laid back, gentle enigmas. They are also both intensely private inhabiting their own internal worlds but there is a major difference: INFPs are future oriented dreamers who enjoy flights of fancy and seeing many possibilities while ISFPs prefer to stop and savour the sensory, real experiences of the moment to the max. Neither are forthcoming types, both love the new, both dislike structure or being controlled, however the INFP will look up and dream big dreams and the ISFP will look down, immersing themselves in actual experiences.

These are subtle differences but they help us better understand the two character types, which, paradoxically, are often the most misunderstood. Both are astute observers of life, caring and loyal: yet they experience the world in very different ways with the INFP wanting to see way beyond the here and now and the ISFP wanting to remain there until their need for experience is satiated and they move onto the next, new sensory experience.

The anomalous characteristics of the enigmatic INFP

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Published on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 16:49 by Bill McAneny
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DreamOne of the reasons the INFP is so difficult to fully understand is the anomalous nature of their personalities. They combine an intense curiosity and need to be in the loop with a quiet shyness. They are driven by meaning and deep personal values, but they tend not to share these or even at times be able to articulate them. This means the INFP can often be misunderstood, as they so want to be invited to the party, but the chances are they won’t show up.

The Double-A Side Dichotomy

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Published on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 14:38 by Bill McAneny

The BeatlesThe Sensing vs Intuitive dichotomy is an interesting one. It is all about how we experience the world and how we take in information. This is further determined by whether we are Extravert, in which case we orientate to the outside world, or Introvert, in which case we orientate towards our own inner world.

A really good example of this is in the lyrics of the Beatles’ ‘double A’ side single from 1967. On one side is the Lennon composed ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and on the other McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane.’ In the early days Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together but by the mid-1960s they were writing separately. And this ‘single’ represents their individual, very different character types extremely well.

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