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12 Variations of INFP: Zodiac and the MBTI

12 Types of INFP: Astrology and the Myers Briggs

Before the Myers Briggs gained traction in the world, astrology was king. Perhaps it still is, but it looks as though the MBTI may be in a position to dethrone the ancient pseudoscience in the near future. The Myers Briggs has been growing more mainstream in recent times while interest in astrology appears to be gradually declining. Just compare these two charts from google trends showing the search volume from 2004 to 2016 for keywords “Myers Briggs” and “astrology”.

astrology google trends

astrology google trends

Nevertheless, while few can deny that the MBTI provides a more credible and psychologically sound system for understanding what makes people tick, it does not account for everything there is to the human psyche. It assesses cognitive preferences but where did those preferences come from?

The 12 zodiac sign archetypes are a bit like caricatures but they tell a different story than what the 16 Myers Briggs types portray. Is it possible that one informs the other? It seems that most people know about the description of their zodiac sign and so it is possible that either through cosmic forces, or cognitive biases, the traits of our astrology sign may become intertwined with our self image to the extent that we subconsciously become more like our sign whether or not we are predisposed to being that way innately (as astrology would suggest).

Within each Myers Briggs type tribe there is a significant amount of variation due to the fact that everything is evaluated on a spectrum. Many people can be borderline; just barely qualifying as one type or another. Could astrology account for some of the variation within types? Maybe an INFP Aries is more combative than an INFP Pisces?

For the sake of speculation, here is an interpretation of how the INFP Myers Briggs personality might vary across each of the 12 zodiac signs.

INFP PISCES

The INFP personality is almost indistinguishable from the sign of Pisces. They are both described as dreamers and idealists with a deep and vivid inner world. The INFP and Pisces are highly imaginative and their creativity is fueled by a fascination with abstract ideas and impressions they form about the world. They are unique and off-beat, but very compassionate and kind. They have difficulty being objective and keeping their emotions from impacting their judgement. They are prone to emotional ups and downs and depression can pose a problem. Their sensitive natures may compel them to frequently withdraw from the world and it’s harsh realities. Escapism and creative outlets provide a refuge through which they can recharge their batteries and restore emotional balance.

Kurt Cobain (INFP born February 20)

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  • 3 comments

    1. Gina Brown

      Why do you suppose all of the INFP examples here are male? Just wondering–I didn’t look at any of the other MBTI types.

    2. hazlewest

      I never knew someone went through the effort of doing this…

      I’m an INFP & Gemini, and have oddly found myself very relatable to the specifics traits only really explained in both the type & sign. It’s wierd as hell… I don’t know what to beleive, but I don’t doubt it either.

    3. Liann

      hazelwest Just be yourself. Sure, it’s fun to read about all that. In the end it’s YOU who defines who YOU truly are. Who knows? Some people change. It’s not always a bad thing. It can be positive. Hope this helps. (Personally, I find MBTI more trustful than Astrology. Sure, both aren’t definite. What I like about MBTI, tho, is that it’s OK if your type/category changes as time passes by, as we humans are capable of changing as time passes by.)

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