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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 VIRGO

The INFP Virgo is likely to be something of a perfectionist with their craft. They may be very analytical about understanding what they feel and why they feel it. They are probably very self aware and will have developed an intensive understanding of themselves and their flaws. These INFPs may be especially sensitive to criticism and judgment by others yet at the same time may be very opinionated. They are liable to exhibit a more modest demeanor and self deprecating humor. They have high ideals and standards and it is probable that they take an interest in self-development and improving themselves in many areas of life. It is likely that these types of INFPs complain alot and can be very fussy and argumentative.

George R.R. Martin (INFP born September 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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