Introverted Feeling types seek to understand the inner self and what is good and bad and who a person is. Why do we do what we do? To the Introverted Feeling type, we do things because of how we feel. With introverted feeling, we form opinions and intentions for how we want to act. Who am I? What is important to me? How should I act or behave in this or that situation? Introverted Feeling concerns itself with subjective intentions and beliefs about what is right and wrong, and represent hypothetical rather than applied ethical views.
Nickname: The Counsellor
Found in flow types: INFP, ISFJ, ISFP, INFJ
Cognitive function: Introverted Feeling
Intelligence: Ethical Intelligence
Body language: Open and relaxed lower lips
Key terms: Sensitive, Introspective, Pensive, Personal, Purposeful
The Counsellor Type
The counsellor type is focused on understanding the personal realm of motives, intentions, and subjective reasons. Everyone has their own explanation or thought behind what they do and we all have personal values or reasons for our behaviour. The Counsellor seeks to understand their own as well as other’s intentions in order to know how to act and deal with various situations.
Typically, this all leads to the development of a personal sense of ethics or ideas about what is good. These ideas may go directly against the system and what is pragmatic. So a common anxiety as an introverted feeling type is to feel you have no place or role in the system and that your ethics are impossible or impractical.
The Introverted Feeling type can feel sensitive, because they take things personally. They hold emotions inside and seek to explain the emotions and how they feel and why they feel the way they do. They may not show much emotion outwardly but tend to instead let their emotions fuel their action and behaviour. The question is: “What should I do if I feel angry?” or “How should I deal with my anger?” or “What would make me upset?” Often, the introverted feeling type is removed from the close emotional context of a situation. They may not recognise how their environment or other people influence their mood but absorb it and internalise it.