I have noticed that there are a fair amount of people online who identify as INFJ’s, but clearly aren’t (at least it’s clear to me).
I have two minds about this issue:
a. Let them think what they want because…live and let live, I guess. And some people seem to have a psychological investment in being an INFJ, which I wouldn’t just want to cruelly rip away.
b. Not let them think what they want because many of these faux-INFJs are very vocal about what constitutes INFJdom based solely on their own experience, which of course leads the picture of INFJ off-course if you have enough of these highly vocal faux-INFJ’s speaking out.
My policy on this forum has been not to say anything about this phenomenon unless a person specifically asks me what type they think they are, or just wonders aloud in the forum. Also, even if this occurs I’m likely not to answer them because I’m a busy person and offer personality typing as one of my services.
However, to the degree that I care about this forum, I didn’t want it to be a repeat of, say, Personality Cafe, where there is obviously (to me) a lot of people that are mistyped and spreading erroneous information about their type (not just INFJ) to such a degree that the public discussion is valueless from a type perspective. And on a type forum, this seems to be particularly deadly to its relevance.
What’s more, true INFJ’s will care about this, whilst the other NF types won’t. And this site is particularly NF-heavy. In my experience, if a person thinks they’re an INFJ, and they’re not, they’re most likely to be one of the following types: INFP, ENFJ, and ENFP, in roughly that order.
That’s just my experience, and that’s not too bad, because if a person thinks they’re INFJ, they’re still in the same basic category of NF, and all NF have a lot of general similarity.
I mean, in other online places, I’ve run into the most random types thinking they’re INFJ. ESTJ’s even
And I can imagine if that started to happen on this forum…it would be intolerable to me.
This doesn’t just apply to people mistyped as INFJ’s, it could apply to any person that is mistyped and spreading erroneous information about their supposed type, but it just so happens to be a particular issue for the type of INFJ, and particularly on this site, as Stellar Maze is obviously INFJ-centric.
So, what I’m putting out to the community is whether they think it would be valuable for me to call these people out or let them be or something else?