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[Aug. 18th, 2008|05:53 am]
INFP Community v2: Lovers, Dreamers, and Me


Are any of you INFPs who act more like a different type when you're at work?

I'm a journalist and I am extremely good at talking with people I've never met, being outgoing and just generally very extroverted, despite being a happy introvert at home on my own time.

Also, bringing up a discussion a friend and I had not long ago, do you think that there are "healthy" and "unhealthy" types of INFPs, or of any MBTI type, the way there are healthy or unhealthy levels along the enneagram?

[User Picture]From: reasonjo
2008-08-18 11:07 am (UTC)

I don't act differently so much because I'm at work, but when I'm comfortable in a situation my extraverted traits are much more obvious. People that know me well are often surprised to learn that I'm an introvert.

When I'm in a completely unfamiliar situation I'm usually fine too.. just like I am around people I know.


As soon as I'm in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable situation with people that I know a little bit, but don't know well I retreat into my shell. I've just started a new job and because the people I'm working with are still very unfamiliar I'm very quiet and keep to myself. In a few months when I feel more comfortable I'll start to behave more like "me" and I think that people will be shocked that I can actually talk! :)

I definitely think there are healthy and unhealthy variations of every type. I learned the term 'in the grip' in a course that I did - which basically means when a person is under a pressure or stressed out they don't 'function' as they should for their type and use their inferior function, which is immature, underdevloped and basically an unhealthy state to be in.
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