Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/Idealist

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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Introduction | Four polar dimensions: E/I, S/N, T/F, J/P | Four basic temperaments: SJ, SP, NT, NF | The sixteen types
QuickTyping | At work | Criticisms | Further reading

The Idealist is the same as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/Intuitive Feeler and includes the following four personality types: ENFJ, ENFP, INFJ, and INFP. Idealists are one of the rarest types of personality, the other being the Rationals. Famous Idealists include Princess Diana, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mohandas Gandhi, and Mikhael Gorbachev.


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Idealists are the Diplomats. They spend their whole lives searching for their unique identity. The idealist prefers to think abstractly about the future and how issues will affect the people around them. They are more focused on the intangibles than the nitty-gritty of daily life, so they may appear detached or in another world. Unfortunately for the idealist, gracefulness and body awareness are not their natural gift and they are more likely than not to be less adept at sports or other activities that require high body awareness. If an idealist is skilled at sports it is most likely to be from training rather than natural ability. They are often dreamers and crave for a better world, which can also make them quite invested in philosophical or political questions. They often possess social grace and charisma, as well as the ability to inspire those around them, but also can appear overly sensitive and dreamy to others. They generally possess a talent for verbal expression and are also often artistically inclined, even though they focus more on the abstracts forms of art than tangible ones. They have often passions for writing, poetry, music or humanitarian sciences like social studies and philosophy. They often have a strong, idealistic sense of values which at times clashes with those around them and tend to be advocates for social justice and care for those less well off than themselves. At their worst they can be manipulative and self righteous, believing themselves to know better than those around them. If healthy they also can be quite self aware and are good at determining the motives of themselves and those around them.


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NFs flee from corporate management and gravitate towards helping professions where they can contribute to society and humanity, such as teaching, counseling, politics, and the clergy. Their individualism could lead to careers that focus on personal growth and development, and journalistic work that appeals to their idealism and truth-seeking.


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NFs are generally good communicators. Idealists can be indirect in speech and use metaphors or analogies to make points. Rather than talking about things in an objective way, they key in more to the reactions that people have to what they are saying and how the topics relate to their own feelings and values. They talk about relationships, values, and intangibles.


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The iNtuitive in the idealist makes him less fixed on personal appearance. NFs are unconventional and at times even artsy, and wear clothing that communicates their values, which may lead them to appear more like hippies than court-ready lawyers. If a Judger, the NF will take more care of his appearance than if a Perceiver.


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