I had to say it, not because people would like it, but because it was right. Perhaps you have been in a situation like that. Feeling Perceiving types draw a sense of pride from being able to go their own way in life, speaking out what they feel is right. They feel strongly guilty for times when they decided to stick their head in the sand, or lie or break their ethics. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and want to be authentic in their actions and words.
This type is primarily associated with integrity, and the ability to do what is right even if nobody else sees things the same way. When this type must, they will go their own way and will do what is necessary in the name of their ethics and their personal beliefs. This is an individualist type with strong beliefs. They can form opinions about things quickly and often have a strong sensation about whether they like or dislike someone or something. In flow, this type is able to act and be themselves freely. Under stress, this type feels controlled by social norms and expectations about how they should act, speak, or dress.
Nickname: The Individualist, The Character, The Innocent
Found in flow types: ISFP, ESFP, INFP, ENFP
Cognitive function: Feeling Perceiving
Intelligence: Ethical Intelligence
Key terms: Nature, Innocence, Honesty, Authenticity
Feeling Perceiving Strengths
The Feeling Perceiving type at their best is a champion for the individual, someone that will allow and free people to be themselves and go their own way. Feeling Perceiving types care about you, who you are, and what you want. They are interested in other people and often act as reporters, figuring out every little quirk and fun trivia about you and your personality.
In flow, this type will know something to say or do that is right. They are often respected for their character and are not easily swayed by public opinion. Their ability to listen to and see others is high. They spot things about you, how you act, how you dress, who you are. They are quick to form an opinion about you and can help you get important feedback on your current lifestyle or behaviour.
The Individualist type has a natural quality to them. Their behaviour strikes you as authentic, wild, and real. They seem to be fully themselves, always. They don’t seem to be affected by what other people think of them, though they would be quick to tell you otherwise. Feeling perceiving is the intelligence of ethics and matters of how we should act, what is fair, what is right, and what is wrong. This is an intelligence that we use to make decisions not on practical or rational grounds but on our personal feelings and values. When asked what you want, you will answer differently than when asked about what is best. The first question is a question of values, the second is a question of tactics.
Feeling Perceiving Weaknesses
The primary struggle for Feeling Perceiving types is the tribe and the public around them. Sometimes, you have to compromise and listen to reason. Other people sometimes have valid opinions and sometimes do know better than you. The individualist can assert themselves against public opinion both in good times and bad.
They can sometimes struggle to keep their mouth quiet, and they don’t enjoy bartering or negotiating with others. They are often unwavering and relentless about what they want and sometimes they can make ethical discussions black and white.
It’s hard to make concessions when you strongly feel that something is better than another thing, and compromise can make you feel disappointed, as you know you gave up on what you really wanted most of all. Sometimes, you’ll have to cool your heart and play out a situation tactically, and you know you can’t always speak your mind. But if you get what you want playing games, you also feel worse about the outcome.
You may say “I want to do this, but I should be smart and do that instead.” And then you’ll try to do the smart thing. In the reality, the smart thing may just be the easy thing, so rather than trying to be smart in a relationship, try to choose to be happy, even if it’s difficult.