Margaretha Von Tratta (via nuttersandcutters)
On demande aux femmes pourquoi elles ne font que des films à propos des femmes. Mais on ne demande pas aux hommes pourquoi ils ne font que des films sur les hommes.
Simplified to the extremes, one is a dreamer (INFP) and the other is a doer (ISFP). It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s a good starting point. Both obviously lead with Fi, which knows how it feels and what it wants, and weighs everything according to its personal values and belief system.
But the next two functions show way different behavior: the Ne in the INFP is imaginative, dreamy, and more interested in sharing ideas and stories (NFPs are natural storytellers, because their ideas build on one another); Se in the ISFP is more concrete, in the moment, and interested in going out and doing things, or creating things with their hands (because they are very hands-on).
INFPs are more likely to read and have a broad base of interests; they’re going to get fascinated with things and read everything they can about them, then stockpile that information in their Si for later reference, as they build a bigger worldview. Their Ne-Si works in tandem to create ideas, but also consult how things have been in the past, and check their memory banks for earlier experiences and knowledge relating to whatever they are working on. INFPs love patterns, and connecting unconnected things – that’s their Ne working; they like coming up with possibilities in any given situation (why is my friend late? They’ll have 10 possible answers). They tend to be imaginative, so they may even name the tangible inhuman things in their life; their car and their computer may have names.
Their Si gives them a sentimental attachment to the past, and an interest in re-experiencing it; they like to revisit places they’ve been, ideas they’ve explored, and the history of their family, culture, organization, etc. History interests them because they know they can learn from it. They’re the sort of person to pick up, and keep, things for sentimental reasons, or to treasure a family heirloom passed down to them; it’s significant because it is tied to their family, and their memories of that person. They recognize subtle sensory things, like taste or smell, and take comfort in familiarity. They might not feed their Ne new experiences, because their Si is content revisiting old stomping grounds.
ISFPs start out in life as “doers” looking for action. Many of them are painters, because that involves their hands and their imagination both; most artists are ISFPs, particularly the sculptors. Se enables them to easily synch with their environment to produce something. They love the thrill of the present moment, and look around them for things to do; ISFPs are likely to be highly physically active, and enjoy doing more than reading. They’ll be out climbing trees, horseback riding, taking fencing lessons, building kites, jumping off roofs, and showing a little bit of a daredevil side to their personality. Firsthand experience to them is much more valuable than book learning (Si trusts book information, because it has succeeded for others before them; Se wants to try it out on its own).
Their Ni makes them enjoy spending time alone, to let their imagination plot out a future course of action. They like to think up new ways of seeing things and are pulled to mystical things – symbolism, archetypes, and the unknown. Because Ni is a futuristic function, it gives them insights into what will unfold so that they can plan around it accordingly. It gives them a career to work toward, and the ability to plan out the steps needed to accomplish that longer-term goal. They typically aren’t sentimental and have little interest in the past; for them, it’s all about the present (Se) and the future (Ni).
Out of the two, the INFP is more likely to brainstorm, share ideas, and write stories; the ISFP is more likely to garden, go skydiving, or paint a gorgeous landscape.
ETA: An example of INFP and ISFP contrast are Sara Crewe from The Little Princess, and Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. Sara is very imaginative and comforts herself with stories and make-believe; Mary is much more concrete, doesn’t much care for make-believe, and wants to do REAL things — like restore a garden to its former beauty. Eventually, doing so awakens her awareness and appreciation of the magic (it kickstarts her Ni), whereas for Sara, the magic was always there (Ne).