Differences between IEI (INFp) and ILI (INTp)

1. INFps are more vulnerable to logical manipulation than INTps. However INTps in contrast, are often more vulnerable to emotional or ethical manipulations than INFps.

2. When assessing an option or available choice, INFps tend to focus more on how the choice could benefit them (what it would potentially yield) than INTps would. On the other hand, INTps would be more cognizant of the potential risks and potential losses that may accompany the decision that INFps may unconsciously minimize.

3. INFps are more inclined to believe there are relative truths than INTps. That is, this relativity is perceived by INFps as an extenuation of the differing beliefs, opinions, intentions, etc. of each person.

4. When INFps form opinions of others, these opinions are formed under the influence of their attitude towards the group to which the person belongs. To INFps, it is incomprehensible how it is possible to belong to two opposing groups at the same time:, i.e., "you're either with us, or with them and against us."

5. INTps are more likely to believe in objective truths than INFps. That is, INTps are more likely to believe there is a correct or best way of doing something than INFps.

6. When working on a project, INFps experience more discomfort (than INTps) if the project does not have a clearly delineated end-goal or result. This happens because INFps have more difficulty monitoring and understanding how the project is developing than INTps because they are outside of the process.

7. INFps place greater value on their resources than INTps. For INFps, resources like their money, time, sleep, etc., fall into their "inner personal space," and the INFps will be more likely to deprioritize an interest if it starts to drain these resources too much.

8. When something is perceived by INFps as being incorrect, they are more likely (than INTps) to ask why it was done that way. Instead of necessarily trying to correct the person who made the error, INFps attempt to understand the person's reason for their decision/action.

9. INTps are more likely (than INFps) to use special rituals or other culturally accepted formalities when forming relationships with others. What that means is that the emotional proximity and relationship status for INTps be more externally predetermined. Additionally, INTps generally progress in relationships through stages, and therefore are more familiar with these stages than INFps. INTps tend to be more linear in their relationship progression than INFps, and INTps assign importance to the formalities of recognizing the start and end to each of these stages.

10. INTps are often more interested in studying systems, structures, and functionality than INFps.

11. INTps are more likely than INFps to use "emotional anchors" that resonate with their internal emotional condition. These emotional anchors could be a book, a movie, a place, a song, etc. INTps use these anchors to strengthen their inner emotional state and thus will repeat the experience: e.g., re-reading a book, re-watching a movie, continually going back to a place to experience the emotions associated with it.

12. When conversing, INTps types are inclined to communicate in the form of monologues, where each party has "its turn." Because of that they subconsciously attempt to transform a dialogue into a series of monologues. Conversely, INFps tend to prefer more of a question and answer style format.

13. INFps are often better at solving and minimizing interpersonal problems, where as INTps often struggle understanding them.

14. INTps are more likely to make decisions based on logical reasons than INFps, who are more likely to make decisions based on their own feelings.

15. INFps are relatively better at assessing the emotional atmosphere occurring in a group or during an activity than INTps.

16. INFps tend to prefer using persuasion as a means of convincing others to do something, where as INTps prefer to use argumentation as a means of convincing others.

17. When developing a plan of action or process, INTps tend to see themselves as "within the process"; they are immersed in it. Often because of this, they have more difficulty managing several plans at once. On the other hand, INFps tend to place themselves "outside of the process"; they dissociate from it. For them the process or situation is something external from themselves.

18. INFps are more likely (than INTps) to seek new and novel experiences rather than returning to something already lived through. They will generally only re-read a book, re-watch a movie, or revisit the same place if they have forgotten it or are hoping to learn something new from it.

19. INTps are not as inclined to compare and verify concepts as INFps. INTps assume that these can have only one unique interpretation (the "correct" interpretation), and INTps often do not think about the fact that the other person may be interpreting them differently. Much more than INFps, INTps apply concepts such as "objective reality," "unequivocal facts," and de-emphasize concepts; INTps consider that they know the "right" way of doing things, how something "truly is," etc.

20. INTps are more likely than INFps to perceive and distinguish themselves primarily through personal qualities. INTps focus on individualism more than INFps.

21. The "comparison and verification of concepts" is a more common phenomenon among INFps than INTps. This comparison not only concerns INFps methods, but also their understanding, terminology, etc. INFps are attuned to the fact that different people might understand and interpret different concepts and terms differently. They perceive terminology as well as actions of other people as part of the subjective concept inseparable from personal opinion, position, intent, etc. In contrast to INTps who perceive terminology as "objective," INFps understand personal differences behind terminology (this applies even to well established terms) and they attempt to compare and verify them.

22. INTps attitude towards a specific person (more so than INFps) is based on their personal characteristics (authority, intellect, personal achievements, etc.) INTps recognize superiority of certain individuals drawing from their personal qualities

23. INTps tend to internally combine emotional exchanges with other activities rather than separating them out like INFps. E.g., INTps see having fun occurring simultaneously with other activities, such as work or even serious affairs. INFps are more likely to internally separate out having fun with other activities, although the two can be interchanged at a high frequency.

24. When something is perceived by INTps as being incorrect, they are more likely (than INFps) to tell the person who made the error what they did wrong and how to do it the right way. INTps are focused on who made the error and helping them to correct the mistake.

25. When meeting someone knew, INFps are not as likely as INTps to perceive "getting to know somebody" as a special kind of activity. INFps know very well whey they are getting acquainted (i.e., what the purpose of the relationship is, be it business, personal, travel, etc.). INFps, in contrast with INTps, do not divide the process of getting acquainted into consecutive stages; rather INFps immediately establish the necessary emotional distance in contact and can regulate it if needed. To bridge the gap between poorly acquainted people in a group INFps amp up the emotional tone; this can be mutually experienced happiness or misfortune. The name and title of the person are of secondary relevance to INFps and their relationship with the other person.

26. INFps, more than INTps, frequently perceives and defines themselves and other people through group associations. INFps focus on collectivism over individualism.

27. INTps place greater value on their interests than INFps. For example, INTps will maintain high levels of energy and focus on an interest they value, even deprioritizing their other resources to maintain the interest. For example, INTps may spend a large amount of energy on an interest they value, often to the detriment of their time, sleep, relationships, money, etc.

28. INTps pay more particular attention to aspects of a situation or plan that are insufficient or lacking. This can be interpreted by others as INTps having a negative assessment of various situations and events (.e.g, "the glass is half empty). On the other hand, INFps pay more attention to what is actually present in a situation, and this can be interpreted as an affirmative or positive manifestation of the surrounding world, situations, possibilities, and prospects (e.g. "the glass is half full").

29. INFps are often able to form quicker opinions of others they have just met than INTps. This is based on the ability of INFps to draw conclusions about the person based on the groups the person belongs to; INTps are more reluctant to make these inferences.

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