Today is going to be the first video in a series of the differences between INFJs and INFPs in the Myers-Briggs system. Now before I start off, like everyone in the typology community–if you want to call it that–they seem to have… there are different schools of thought on how to define things, and there’s a lot of similarities between them all, but I just want to point out that I have learned a lot from Objective Personality, aka DaveSuperPowers so that’s where a lot of my understanding comes from, because I find it to be the most simple and straightforward explanation of typology I’ve ever seen in my 30 years of doing this. Speaking of which, the podcast is coming back as soon as… this upcoming Friday–maybe Friday or Saturday– and Dave Powers of Objective Personality– yes, the DaveSuperPowers himself–is going to be my guest. It’s gonna be an incredible episode, please tune in whenever it happens next week. All right so now let’s get into the video: the differences between INFJ and INFP. And today I’m going to be focusing on the differences that are caused by their dominant functions and inferior functions, because that’s really the biggest difference right there. Now don’t get worried if you don’t know much about the functions, I’m not going to be super focused in on them and using a bunch of obscure language, but just to start out: INFJs have introverted intuition as their main function; INFPs have introverted feeling. They’re very different, and this causes different … this causes different imbalances in their lives and this is probably the easiest way to get a handle on what you’re looking at or who you are: are you INFJ or INFP. I’m gonna be focusing a lot on the negative today, and I think honestly that’s what we should be doing. We should be focusing on the problems that our personality type cause, you know, what we cause in our own life, and use that to improve. Alright so first off, this is gonna make a lot of people mad right away, I think–is that to an INFJ life is more about things and concepts and to an INFP life is more about people, it’s about the self and others. So this doesn’t mean like INFJs or these cold robots who, you know, just see other robots walking around instead of people, and it doesn’t mean the INFPs are freaks who like, you know, talk to their seltzer water because they think it’s a person. It’s just more of a… for INFPs everything is a lot more personal to them, and for INFJs everything is a bit more impersonal. So INFJ’s are most imbalanced when it comes to organizing the information that they know, versus taking in new information. So an INFJ typically is going to want to limit the amount of new information that they take in, and what they do take in they’re going to want to shove through the same concepts over and over again. Imagine like square peg and a round hole: they’re gonna try to force the square peg through the round hole because they don’t want to think about any new information. They don’t want to look for a round peg, they just want to stick with what they know. Now INFPs are imbalanced when it comes to themselves versus everyone else. INFPs typically know who they are and what they’re all about, what they like and what they don’t like, but then the problem comes with how do they fit that into what everyone else likes and doesn’t like. They tend to want to ignore the spectrum of what everyone else thinks. Now I’m already probably making some people mad. Some INFJs who are like, “No man, I like new information!” And INFPs are like “No man, I always listen to what everyone else thinks!” OK, yeah, sure. I’m sure you do. It’s not like you can’t do these things; but you don’t want to. And when you do them, you feel really proud for doing it. Stereotypically an INFP will be like, “Yeah! I listened to someone else!” Stereotypically an INFJ will be like “Yeah! I took in some new information! This is great! Hooray!” Now they’re also gonna be afraid of different things. And before I get to that, why don’t we take a quick commercial break. Hey I’m Two Type Timmy, check me out! I’m INFJ and INFP! And I’m down here playing by the railroad tracks… just like I always do at this time… Looks like I’m–I’m here to stay on this channel! I know it’s probably old by now but you know what? What–what Timmy says… is what Timmy does! Timmy says, “I’m here forever!” I hope I don’t get hit out here… Thanks for sitting through that. Okay so INFJs and INFPs are like afraid of different things in life. An INFJ, because they are constantly limiting and ignoring the new sensory information, what’s coming in, they fail to gather new information, they’re always afraid of it. They’re like, “I know I’m missing something.” They’re like the parents in Home Alone sitting on the plane suddenly realizing that they forgot Kevin. That’s what an INFJs life is like. Meanwhile an INFP is gonna have big fears about how are they gonna fit in with everyone else. How are they going to take their values and priorities and make it work in the real world. How is their identity, which they know really well, gonna fit in with everyone else. So in that same vein INFJs are gonna be paranoid about “What am I not seeing? What do I not know?” Because they know that they’ve been ignoring things. Meanwhile INFPs are gonna be paranoid about “Why is everyone against me?” Because they’ve been ignoring what everyone else thinks. Now when it comes to problem-solving, when the rubber meets the road, in a situation where it’s like maybe time is limited and things are kind of stressful, they’re gonna solve problems in different ways. Because in these situations you’re gonna run back to: what are you best at, what is your dominant function? So an INFJ is always gonna run back and say, “I don’t care about the facts, I don’t care about the information, I don’t want any new information, what do I just know to be the overriding concept in this situation?” And then they’re gonna try to solve the problem through that. An INFP on the other hand is going to be like, they’re gonna run back to, “What do I know about myself? What do I know about what is good and bad? What do I like? And let me just go based on that. I don’t care what anyone else is trying to tell me, screw that, let’s just go with my values, my identity.” So INFJs are gonna cause problems in their lives by being kind of narrow-minded and over-controlling. And I know, yeah, you’re an INFJ and you’re open-minded and you’re not controlling. But when you create problems for yourselves that’s why it’s gonna happen. INFPs are gonna cause problems in their lives by being self-centered. And I know you’re an INFP and you’re so selfless, but when you cause problems it’s going to be because you ignored everyone else. And look, like I said everyone is going to have problems revolving around these two things. An INFJ is gonna have times where they feel like it’s really them against the world, and how are they gonna fit in; but overall they’re gonna, you know, those aren’t gonna be the biggest problems. They’re gonna be like, “Yeah I can kind of get through this, it’s not a big deal.” And there are gonna be times when INFPs are overcome with all the new facts they’ve been ignoring. But overall they’ll be like, “Ah, you know I can take in new facts, new concepts, not a big deal. I’m able to handle that. See like just now my battery ran out on my camera because I was failing to take in the sensory information of my battery meter. That’s why the camera angle might have shifted a little bit and I pulled down my base while I was, you know, trying to recover from my… from this wave of chaos that hit me. “Wow the video was good until he started just randomly playing bass, what was he doing there?” You know and generally what happens is, it’s like when you have these big huge problems in your life, a lot of times an INFJ’s mind will go to, “Why does this keep happening to me? Why is everything breaking down around me? Why am I always surprised by new crap? Why can’t I, you know, why can’t I stay on top of all of this information?” Whereas an INFP when bad stuff happens they’re gonna be like, “Why is everyone doing this to me? Why have people turned against me? Why can’t they, you know, accept me for who I am?” Those are gonna be sort of the things that go through your mind. Just think, if you’re trying to figure out if you’re INFJ or INFP, ask yourself when bad stuff happens in your life what is the thought, what is the question, that runs through your mind when you say, “Why is this happening to me?” Is it because of the people? Do you think it’s the people’s fault, everyone’s against you? Or do you think it’s the systems, the information, the things in the world, are they against you? The inanimate objects. That’s that in a nutshell. I’m sure some of you are gonna comment saying, “I’m more confused!” There will be more videos in the future going over more differences between these two types, and I hope that it can be elucidating and illuminating and perhaps even… another word that is big. Thanks so much for watching. Give it a like if you liked it, subscribe if you would like to see more videos in this vein, of this nature. Give it a like if you want to see me wash my hair, give it a like if you like greasy hair. 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