the annotated INFP


Here is keirsey.com's description of an INFP Healer Idealist. I've classified its various statements as follows:

As will be seen, almost every statement in the description can be classified as one of the above. The description contains almost no information.
Healer Idealists are abstract in thought and speech,
Barnum statement. Yes, I've had abstract thoughts from time to time. Thought and speech are essentially abstractions.
cooperative in striving for their ends,
Flattery. Note that the complementary personality type is not "uncooperative", but "singular" in striving for its ends.
and informative
Flattery...
and introverted in their interpersonal relations.
Parroting. When I answer (b) to a series of questions like Does interacting with strangers: (a) Energize you (b) Tax your reserves, I'm not impressed when you tell me I'm an introvert. It's what I've already told you.
Healer [sic] present a seemingly tranquil, and noticiably [sic] pleasant face to the world,
Flattery.
and though to all appearances they might seem reserved, and even shy,
Parroting.
on the inside they are anything but reserved, having a capacity for caring not always found in other types.
Flattery, and Barnum too. Even if I'm an uncaring bastard, I can have a "capacity" for caring.
They care deeply-indeed, passionately-about a few special persons or a favorite cause,
Flattery, Barnum (few people would claim to be passionless about their favourite causes) and tautological too (my favourite causes and special persons are the ones I care about, by definition).
and their fervent aim is to bring peace and integrity to their loved ones and the world.
Flattery.
Healers have a profound sense of idealism derived from a strong personal morality,
Barnum statement. Few people would claim to have a weak personal morality, or a strong personal immorality.
and they conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place.
Arguably flattery, though this is as close as the description comes to a statement that someone might disagree with.
Indeed, to understand Healers, we must understand their idealism as almost boundless and selfless, inspiring them to make extraordinary sacrifices for someone or something they believe in. The Healer is the Prince or Princess of fairytale, the King's Champion or Defender of the Faith, like Sir Galahad or Joan of Arc.
Extreme flattery. When I read this ten years ago I was puffed up like a balloon.
Healers are found in only 1 percent of the general population,
Flattery, unsubstantiated. (Keirsey.com used to have a chart showing the percentage of people who scored "Healer" on their test. The figure was closer to 10-12 percent as I recall. Now the chart is gone. Helps maintain the illusion).
although, at times, their idealism leaves them feeling even more isolated from the rest of humanity.
Barnum.
Healers seek unity in their lives, unity of body and mind, emotions and intellect,
What the hell does this even mean? Content-free flattery.
perhaps because they are likely to have a sense of inner division threaded through their lives, which comes from their often unhappy childhood.
Subective validation. The careful cold-reader's "often" and "perhaps" offset some potentially wrong specific predictions.
Healers live a fantasy-filled childhood,
Barnum.
which, unfortunately, is discouraged or even punished by many parents.
Barnum. The bet hedged with "many", which also leaves the sentence open for subjective validation.
In a practical-minded family, required by their parents to be sociable and industrious in concrete ways, and also given down-to-earth siblings who conform to these parental expectations, Healers come to see themselves as ugly ducklings.
Flattery. "I'm an exquisite flower! I just haven't been recognised by all these dull down-to-earth people all around me." Also, subjective validation (I happen to have no siblings), and probably a Barnum statement for those who have siblings.
Other types usually shrug off parental expectations that do not fit them, but not the Healers. Wishing to please their parents and siblings, but not knowing quite how to do it, they try to hide their differences, believing they are bad to be so fanciful, so unlike their more solid brothers and sisters. They wonder, some of them for the rest of their lives, whether they are OK. They are quite OK,
"And we'll tell you just how OK when you subscribe to our free personality improvement service!" These statements lie somewhere between Barnum and exploiting the subjective validation effect.
just different from the rest of their family-swans reared in a family of ducks.
The en-dash instead of the em-dash makes this sentence especially ridiculous. Flattery. Barnum statement.
Even so, to realize and really believe this is not easy for them. Deeply committed to the positive and the good,
Flattery.
yet taught to believe there is evil in them,
Subjective validation. Also, Barnum (a fairly safe bet for anyone with a vaguely religious schooling).
Healers can come to develop a certain fascination with the problem of good and evil, sacred and profane.
They can indeed, though they possibly won't. Subjective validation.
Healers are drawn toward purity, but can become engrossed with the profane, continuously on the lookout for the wickedness that lurks within them.
Barnum, subjective validation. Clearly aimed to flog their self-help book at people from a Christian background.
Then, when Healers believe thay have yielded to an impure temptation, they may be given to acts of self-sacrifice in atonement.
A Barnum statement for all you repressed Christians out there.
Others seldom detect this inner turmoil, however, for the struggle between good and evil is within the Healer, who does not feel compelled to make the issue public.
Barnum.
Full descriptions of the Healer and Idealists are in People Patterns or Please Understand Me II
Of course! How much are they?
Princess Diana is an example of a Healer Idealist.
I'm afraid you've lost me there.

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