The 24 INFP Subtypes
More accurately described as the 24 moods of INFP
This speculative list of INFP moods has been adapted from a snarky forum post (by "Stuck" on www.INTPcentral.com) that proposed classifying those with the INFP personality type into four groups of six subtypes to better express their diversity. The basis for these subtypes relies upon the idea that members of a particular personality type will sometimes emphasize different favored mental functions. This is something suggested by some Myers-Briggs writers and by Socionics. Due to these variations, behavior can be unreliably inferred.
To determine your current mood, take an online Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test with results that list percentages for overall Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F) and Perception (P). Then order the results from the highest to the lowest percentages.
Based on online response and personal experience, these moods do not seem to be stable. People will change from one to another based on emotions, circumstances, and other variables.
Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert identifies himself as an INFP.
- INFP - "martyr" - In this mood, the INFP tends to sacrifice herself in an effort to promote her particular sense of truth.
- INPF - Don Quixote of La Mancha - Like a more refined version of the "martyr," an INFP in this mood tends to turn his very identity into a metaphor for the truth he promotes.
- IFNP - "transcendentalist" - This isolation-prone mood tends to idealize simplicity and a-rationality.
- IFPN - "sentimentalist" - A combination of strong sensory and feeling preference makes this mood prone to collecting various objects to symbolize emotional states and periods in time.
- IPFN - Bilbo Baggins (“master of baths”) - The combination of a highly fluid identity and relative sensory preference in this mood means the INFP likes an inordinate quantity of alone time.
- IPNF - "monk" - Stasis and detachment tend to mark this mood. Often mistaken for an INTP.
- NIPF - "Jedi master" ("Sith lord") - An INFP in this mood may create concord or discord without appearing involved. Its motives remain inscrutable. Of the INFPs mistaken for INTPs, this is the most dangerous from an INTP perspective.
- NIFP - "crusader" - Much like the "Jedi master", but with a strong sense of right and wrong, this mood excels at intuiting the motives of others.
- NFIP - "evangelist" - An INFP in this mood is like a more extraverted "crusader," and uses this power to make large groups of people feel good or bad.
- NFPI - "performance artist" (Lady Gaga) - This mood generally manifests as an "evangelist" turned up to 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, and may make others uncomfortable.
- NPFI - "flower power" ("Zen seminar disruptor") - They want to mediate, but tend to rely on the single answer: "We're all one, man!"
- NPIF - Noah ("zookeeper") - Likely to notice and include those left out by others, an INFP in this mood collects personalities into elaborate menageries of potential. Everyone has a place in the grand scheme of life.
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- PINF - “philosopher” ("false INTP") - Those of this especially calm and absentminded mood may mistakenly claim the type that fits their feelings about themselves the best, the INTP.
- PIFN - "angry aesthete" (“lover of beauty”) - Tying their identity to art, an INFP in this mood is angry about the very existence of art of low quality. Unfortunately, they're usually right.
- PFIN - Elliot Smith (“lyricist”) - This poetic mood combines skill with words and patterns to express feelings in writing or song that would be more difficult or uncomfortable to say in a plainer fashion.
- PFNI - Stevie Nicks (“collaborator”) - More extraverted than a "lyricist", an INFP in this mood will usually rely on help from others to promote their agenda, whatever that may be. Lucky for us, it's usually artistic.
- PNFI - Totoro - An INFP in this mood knows that the possibility for dreamy cuddles is endless. Just don't piss it off.
- PNIF - Bukowski - I told you not to piss Totoro off. An INFP in this mood is more comfortable with combining seemingly incompatible things (at least in the eyes of others) and less averse to conflict than usual for the INFP type.
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- FINP - "moralist" (“counselor”) - The SJ of the INFP universe, an INFP in this mood carries a very robust moral code and is not shy about expressing it.
- FIPN - "veterinarian" (“caretaker”) - Healers in every sense of the word, these are like the "moralist", but they tend to focus on the physical body of the "patient" first.
- FNIP - Samwise Gamgee (Snuggie) - An INFP in this mood is always trying to find simple solutions to the emotional turmoil in people's lives. Once they find such solutions, they try to apply them wherever possible.
- FNPI - "cuddle puddle" (“champion”) - This nurturer tends to use its very personality as an emotional ointment for the troubles of their subject.
- FPIN - "fur suit" (“cosplayer”) - An INFP in this mood is preoccupied with the possibilities for refined emotions. This can lead it to a variety of novel solutions for self- and group-expression.
- FPNI - Care Bear - A less refined version of the "fur suit," an INFP in this mood tries to craft novel emotional solutions for each separate relationship.
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The list takes advantage of the fuzziness and non-Jungian way many online MBTI tests analyze one's personality. Many of these tests ask questions to determine whether you prefer "feeling" over "thinking," "perceiving" over "judging," "intuition" over "sensing," etc. This is not how I suspect Carl Jung would have approached it. He instead would have looked at what specific ways of thought one prefers, such as "introverted feeling" vs. "extraverted feeling."
But the vague approach of online tests allow you to come up with a nuanced theoretical list like this one in which, through these crude rated categories, the "flavor" of one's particular form of INFP-ness can be guessed at.
Keep in mind, however, that even if people are NIPF, for example, they still prefer introverted feeling more than extraverted intuition. That preference is what defines someone in Jung-Myers-Briggs as an INFP. What the result NIPF would suggest is that their weak preference for introverted intuition is perhaps higher than for many other INFPs and their preference for one or both sensing functions may be unusually weak. Likewise their weak preference for extraverted feeling may be especially weak even though introverted feeling dominates them, and/or their preference for extraverted thinking may be stronger than the norm.
The placement of Perceiving and Introversion also is a lens through which a person's preferences can be guessed at.
I will repeat, however, that these theoretical moods are not stable in my opinion. Though originally titled as "subtypes," they are not technically subtypes at all, because they describe inferred behavior and not -- as the MBTI types do -- preferred ways of processing reality. Hence, they could be more accurately labeled the moods of an INFP.
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