topic posted Fri, June 10, 2005 - 6:51 PM by  kalikat
I'm wondering about spirituality and the INFJ

Do you consider yourself spiritual (vs. religious, and yes, there is a difference)?

If so which piece of the INFJ do you think helps tilt you in that direction? I am thinking I's are more inward, therefore more prone to meditation, than the E's - not that spirituality always includes meditation. But inwardness seems to be an innate factor of spirituality. Know any E's that are spiritually oriented?
I'm also wondering if F's lean more towards spiritual life than the T folks, maybe only in that T's may be more cynical or logical than F's...

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  • Re: Spirituality

    Sat, June 11, 2005 - 12:16 AM
    I know plenty of spiritually-oriented ENFPs.

    Introversion and introspection are not the same thing. Extraverts are just as capable of being introspective, meditative, philosophical as anyone.
    • Re: Spirituality

      Mon, June 13, 2005 - 3:41 PM
      I agree that extroverts can be introspective, but do they want to? Would they put the energy into that, if where they are most comfortable is out in the world, with people and lots of distractions...maybe they are philosophizing in big groups of people rather than turning inward.

  • Re: Spirituality

    Mon, June 13, 2005 - 12:28 PM
    Kalikat (wow, what a great name! Where does that come from?),

    Hmmm. I think that's a complicated question. I'm an INFJ and I consider myself to be exteemely spiritual, but my spirituality is my own brand of it and I don't necessarily subscribe to any particular brand of religion. However... I suspect that's true for a lot of INFJ's and INFP's (the most spiritual people I know are INFP

    I think spirituality means different things for different people, though. You and I may have one form of spirituality, but my ENTP girlfriend has a completely different one. Is either one better than the other? I don't think do. I do, however, think that my spirituality is more important to me than hers is to her, but I'm not sure I can generalize that to all ENTP's.

    What tilts us in that direction? Wow. I don't know. If I had to guess I'd say it was the inquisitive nature of the N more than the I or F, since most of the S people I know don't tend to be as concerned with spirituality on an inner level (don't jump on me! I didn't say all S's! There are exceptions to everything!). Maybe it's that they seem to be more concerned with the application of spirituality and less concerned with the implications of it? Maybe I'm full of crap? ;) I dunno. That's just my take on the matter.