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(If you’re in the middle of trying to figure out whether or not you’re an INFJ or an INFP, remember that these aren’t intended to describe your individual interests or values, but rather how the two types are ‘wired’ differently.) The Driver process can also be called the “dominant cognitive function.” It’s the mind’s first point of contact and the primary lens through which everything gets filtered.For an INFJ, this dominant process is technically called Introverted Intuition, but we’ve nicknamed it “Perspectives.” Perspectives is a learning function (technically called a “perceiving function”), and works by watching one’s own mind form patterns.
Already, there’s a major difference in how these two types see the world.
INFJs are leading with an intuitive, learning process and INFPs are leading with a feeling, decision-making process.
For many INFPs it may be surprising to learn that they lead with a decision-making process, since decisions can be grueling for this type.
Decisions are made by “checking in” to ensure that they are in alignment with one’s values and identity.
There is a saying that the more personal something is the more universal it is.
Over time Authenticity understands that they aren’t alone in their feelings.
They are simply more aware of them than other types.
There may be no two types mistaken for each other more than INFJs and INFPs.
And while they may look similar from the outside, they are very different creatures inside.
Add to that, INFJs and INFPs are two of the personality types most interested in personality psychology, so an incomplete understanding of how these two types are differentiated can cause a lot of personal frustration (not to mention internet arguments!
) This article is intended to be a deep-dive, side-by-side comparison of their similarities and differences.