There is a world of difference between Thinkers and Feelers, and INTP and INFP personality types are good examples. Even though they share three of the four preferences, they come across as very different people.
Now, of course, both types are introverted and enjoy their time alone. They are also intuitive types, which means they think in terms of what could be rather than what is. And finally, they are both Perceivers and want a certain degree of flexibility in their lives instead of planning everything.
But this is where their similarities end. The overall portrait of the INTP is very different from the INFP. Consider this: INTPs are known for their logical and analytical nature. They are someone who doesn’t necessarily enjoy the company of others and would rather research, analyze, and devise plans for something interesting.
INFPs, however, present themselves as artistic and original individuals with a highly developed sense of personal values. While introverts, INFPs are compassionate and empathetic individuals who put others before themselves.
In contrast to INTPs, who don’t think all that much about other people’s feelings, INFPs are very sensitive and understanding people who focus on how to make others comfortable and happy.
INTPs filter information and consider only what they believe is proven and relevant, while INFPs read between the lines, constantly trying to guess other people’s thoughts and emotions.
Emotionally expressive INFPs make decisions based on their feelings and in accordance with their values. In contrast, cool-headed and detached INTPs decide on things only after careful analysis and research.
INFPs’ reasoning may sometimes become clouded by their emotions and love toward certain people, while INTPs know how to preserve their impartiality and objectivity.
The INFP’s goal is to make the world a better place, while the INTP is focused on understanding the world as it is.
INTPs and INFPs have slightly different learning styles as well.
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First of all, INTPs tend to challenge and test their teachers in order to see if they are a trusted source of information.
INFPs, on the other hand, have another requirement for their teachers. To optimize their learning experience, INFPs want their teachers to be engaging and personable, and they want their teachers to be interested in their students personally.
Second, there is a difference between the types of subjects they prefer. INTPs enjoy abstract concepts and problem-solving, while INFPs favor subjects that allow self-expression and self-exploration.
Because INTPs and INFPs are interested in different areas, to begin with, they naturally choose different careers too. It comes as no surprise that INTPs are drawn to mathematics, engineering, science, technology, engineering, etc. They also want a work environment that allows for privacy and independence and as little social interaction as possible.
INFPs, on the other hand, want to work on something that is meaningful to them. As mentioned earlier, INFPs want to make a difference in this world and lean toward careers in social work, education, counseling, psychology, and the arts. And while INFPs also love peace and quiet, they want to work with like-minded individuals rather than completely alone. They make caring and supportive colleagues whom everyone enjoys having around.
When it comes to personal relationships, INTPs value independence and autonomy. They may have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, but they are usually chosen based on common interests rather than anything else. They do not necessarily know much about their INTP friends, as INTPs are not good at expressing their emotions.
On the other hand, INFPs value deep and meaningful connections and are happier in a small circle of friends and family. Even though INFPs are good at guessing other people’s feelings, they are often confused by their own conflicting emotions and need plenty of time alone to self-reflect and recharge.
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