The way I’ve come to see it, feeling perceiving types are people that are the most in flow when they can act in tune with their own feelings. At their best when they can follow and make decisions based on their personal sense of right and wrong.
Feeling Perceiving flow types tend to represent good heart and integrity. You’re authentic and you set yourself first. You find it shameful to try to be someone else or to act or pretend to be something different than what you are. You find it hard to go against your ethics, even if you can benefit from it. It makes sense then that your weaknesses are your feelings and that you sometimes let your heart overrule your brain.
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
Studying the INFPs and ESFPs all alike, I’ve found the greatest strengths of feeling perceiving types tend to be their confidence and passion for being themselves. They feel at their best when they are standing up for what’s right, even when nobody else will. In fact, they like setting a positive example and will do what’s right even when it looks bad to others. So they represent going your own way, and speaking your truth, even when it’s inconvenient.
You have an innocence to you, and that means you’ll ignore what the system says. You might know deep down that sometimes. It’s good to play it smart, but most of all, you want to do what is right. And you like the idea of doing what’s right, even if it makes you a fool. You don’t want to compromise yourself and your moral compass and you hate the idea of being inauthentic or lying just to get ahead of others or to protect yourself from getting hurt. That’s your strength summed up right there.
Now, the highest ideal for the feeling perceiving type is in not just doing what is right for yourself, but in doing what is right for humanity along with it. Ideally, you want to believe that by going your own way, you will inspire and set a good example for others to follow. If you can be yourself and be authentic you can also help other people. So what I’ve found is Feeling Perceiving types need to learn to place their faith in something higher than themselves, to learn to trust other people on a deeper level.
I think a lot of the time, Feeling Perceiving types fear to not meet other people’s expectations. The more people believe in you, the more you fear you may disappoint them. But if you can push through this fear and learn not just to be yourself, but also to set a positive example for others. You can also become a hero and an ideal for other people to strive towards.
Feeling Perceiving Weaknesses
The weaknesses of feeling perceiving types is found in their struggle between their feeling perceiving desire to trust other people. But also between their thinking perceiving bad habit to second guess people. In times when you feel you’re getting too deep into something, you can find yourself thinking of reasons not to trust a person. That means you may start playing it safe and relying on games to protect your feelings.
But this tendency can also keep others from ever coming close to you. And so, it may make you feel like all relationships are deeply pointless. Everyone will hurt or betray your trust one day, and you’d rather get out before that happens. This can keep you from ever giving of yourself to others, and can make you appear closed or even selfish. Now, there’s nothing wrong with trying to protect yourself, especially with new people. But you want to learn the right and wrong time to be guarded.
Still, you do want people to prove you wrong, and an important part of this is your hate of dishonesty. If you feel that people have been dishonest or in any way inauthentic with you, that can cause you to second guess the entire relationship. Was anything real or was everything just a facade? While most of the time, Feeling Perceiving types tend to show a deep respect to other’s feelings… In these times, they can become aggressive and harsh towards other people. When you feel betrayed, you may find yourself planning ways to get retribution and to