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What is honesty?

The virtue of honesty is found the most in XXFPs, and in people that seek an authentic self-expression, in which their words, expressions, and behaviour truly reflects their inner life. People who value the virtue of honesty tend to be described as natural, real, modest, and humble individuals. This can for example include INFPs, ENFPs, ISFPs, and ESFPs.

Honesty is a positive virtue in music and art which is often about challenging fakeness and revealing deeper things about us as human beings. Honesty is also an important quality for a reporter or journalist, and people who value honesty can often channel this into a need to discover the truth about people.

Visual characteristics:

People who value honesty tend to have more warm and emotional reactions, showing visible authentic pain, joy, relief, and anger, without trying to guard their true feelings on the subject. Often, the voice tends to have an authentic or pained quality, and when reporters articulate words, their words will often “break” and crack unexpectedly, as if these types can’t help but express emotion and show distress. 

The open-minded jaw is hallmark here, relaxed, free-flow, and often pulled back, showing that the person is open to listen, and emotionally open to what you have to say. This is paired with feeling or appearing less sure of yourself, and appearing guarded or as if you don’t want to share, because you fear being judged for what you share.

The Reporter

Truth is however, often a question of perception, and we all perceive things differently. There are always multiple sides to the coin, and the reporter knows this. The reporters goal here is to get the different sides of truth out: to make sure everyone’s voice has been heard and all arguments have been voiced.

They may tell you “It’s important that people hear your side of the story.” in times of social outrage. In other ways, these types may struggle with sharing and asserting themselves. Because truth is always nuance, always complicated, always different to every person, it is harder to feel confident and sure of yourself. Because of this, it’s often hard for many reporters to take initiative, to speak out, to hold presentations and assert themselves at work. “Who am I to..?” is a question I often hear from Reporters.

Yes, who are you? If you develop a strong identity and can maintain your individuality, it can become easier to champion yourself and to take space in the world. Often, mature Reporters will develop a very honest, real, and vibrant individuality. They tend to stand out as cultural icons with a strongly developed personal taste, personal hobbies, unique interests, talents, and behavioural quirks. 

Listening Intelligence

Reporters tend to show high listening intelligence. They listen carefully and can understand what people say better than most people. They are able to notice when something seems genuine or ingenuine. They pay careful attention to a story to make sure it adds up. They think about how they would have acted or how they would have handled a situation and they think about how people act and conduct themselves in these situations. 

Story Memory

The more you are able to remember about what someone has said and the more details and nuances you can keep in your head after reading a story or watching a movie, the better your story memory. With story memory, we can more easily notice contradictions and when details do not add up. 

We can also use our listening to remember what someone has told us and to pass it on to other people in an as exact and honest way as possible. This is a great quality of a Reporter, to be able to hear what someone has said, and then to forward it to the community so other people can become aware of it too. 


An attitude is a way that we have developed to act or deal with something. For example, do we choose to speak out, or do we choose to listen and analyse? Do we choose to do what is right or to do what gives the right results? 

FP-8 The Truth Teller

Feeling Perceiving types are not known for being ambitious. They are typically modest and do not see themselves as better or more worthy than anyone. We should all do our best, the FP-8 believes. But the honest leader may still feel that the ethical responsibility mainly fall on them. I have a duty to get the truth out and to get people to be honest and good to one another. I must make sure people treat each others in an appropriate manner and that everyone is respected for their lifestyle. Because of this, they may still attract leadership positions and positions of responsibility for other people. 

FP-9 The Listener

You will typically notice this type as balanced and fair. They see all viewpoints and want people to be able to speak freely with them. Everyone should have a say and everyone should feel that they can be open and honest around you. The FP-9 praises themselves on being non-judgemental and accepting. Ideally, they want to focus on showing consideration to everyone, seeing all perspectives, and finding a way to find balance between different views. But the FP-9 may also easily feel brushed aside and invisible, like they hear everyone, but who hears them? 

FP Hero – The Free Speaker

With a courageous and inspiring personality, Feeling and Perceiving heroes embrace adventure. They want to be the best people they can be and pride themselves on being considerate and showing ethics and character. They want to be the person that dares to speak the truth even if nobody else does, and do not fear conflict if it means letting the truth out. They take truth further than most and try to show in how they dress, act, and what they do, that they have strong ethics and good personality. 

FP-1 The Evaluator

The Feeling Perceiving 1 tends to make an excellent lie detector. Their pride is their gift of analysis and of understanding what people mean. Using their ability to listen, they can read much into a situation and can hear and see more than most in a situation. This includes knowing when another person is being inauthentic and being able to analyse something from many angles. The FP-1 is highly conscientious and wants things to be right and fair. They care a lot about ethics and personal responsibility and struggle with feeling that people never meet their expectations. 

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