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The Comprehensive INFP Survival Guide

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Published September 30th 2016 (first published September 27th 2016)
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Harkeerat of the Apollo Cabin
“Perhaps what every INFP longed to hear growing up is simply that it’s okay to feel things as deeply as they do. It’s okay to be overjoyed one moment and filled with despair the next. It’s okay to feel the pain of the whole world on your shoulders and to find its redemption inside tiny, fleeting moments. It’s okay to break down. It’s okay to let in happiness. It’s okay to be terrified about what comes next and to find beauty in the most unexpected places. It’s okay to ride every tidal wave ...more
Lara (Bookishsolace)
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I have been fascinated by personality types since years, so I was particularly excited when offered this book. I am an INFP and often feel misunderstood by others, but also by myself. The book helped me understand myself so much more and while I thought to know a lot of INFPs, I learned so many interesting new things. It was also totally amusing when I recognized myself in the writing, which happened quite often.

I personally
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know. Another MBTI book, Lauren, really? Weren't you an ENFP? Literally, didn't you just read Priebe's ENFP book?

Okay, okay. Yes. Yes, I did. However, after reading this, I'm 99% I mistyped myself, as INFPs are prone to do. Afterall, I've been testing as an INFP for YEARS. What, suddenly I like to surround myself with people and I'm an extrovert? Yeah, so I retook the test and answered all questions with an extrovert angle. Thus, ENFP. I'm dumb. Apparently we're also guilty of
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, lighthearted and therapeutic. After reading this book I feel recharged and I am now ready to crack on with writing my first novel <3 This book certainly motivates me to dream on and dream away, writing in my cave at home ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Meyers-Briggs is my guilty pleasure. I am almost embarrassed to admit indulging in it but I do. If you have a fascination with this pop-psych phenomenon then this book is an excellent guide to this personality type the INFP. It digs deep and explains the nuts and bolts of the personality stack and even gets into enneagrams (god listen to me). If you are into this type of thing and have tested INFP and have no shame in liking Meyers-Briggs or even if you do this book is an excellent guide. ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the most complete book about the topic I have read so far. And a bonus: it's also kind of therapeutic.

It's the basic about INFP but it's developed in a more 'profound' way, touching hidden and subtle parts of the matter that nurtured and satisfied my curiosity.

The theoretical part in the beginning is hard to grasp at first. It's very intangible and easy to mix and get lost in the middle of all those terms: Fi, Ne, Si, Te: introverted Feeling, extroverted iNtuition, introverted Sensing,
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-discovery
All the online personality tests always gave me the result of INTP, portraying me as an emotionless robot. In fact, I do not give a damn about the emotion of my conversation partner (as I expect everyone to be mature enough to know how to handle things without personal emotions), sometimes I found myself saying things too straight to the point which certainly made some people upset or think that I was being mean. But deep down my gut telling me that something was wrong as I have the ability to ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5: it’s no longer very late at night, so this will be semi-coherent. This was a really good review of the INFP personality and gave me a lot of clarity into some aspects about myself. However, the constant usage of “he or she” was very jarring and awkward to read, especially when the author would use “they” shortly afterwards, sometimes even in the same sentence.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an awesome book that complements your book collection. it had things you could easily find on the internet that's why it didn't get the full five stars. however it did taught me new things or different approaches. I wpuld recommend this book for every INFPer who wants to read the differences, the comparisons about INFP, about the balanced INFP and unbalanced one, about careers, career mapping and more.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heidi Priebe's INFP survival guide is a good start for any INFP trying to understand him or herself. She explains the basics of the type and how well they tackle certain situations like their workspace, parenting, etc. She provides the pros and the cons while trying to help us handle some of those cons.

The most interesting chapter in my eyes was the one about the unhealthy INFP behaviors. Most INFP's know we are prone to mental problems like anxiety, depression and many others. Knowing this is
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a physical equivalent of receiving a hug for who you are. Even now, in my 20s, my family does not accept me for who i am and looks down on me for my hypersensitive and emotional nature. I have read several articles by Heidi which were all so understanding and empowering. It means a lot to read this and every word feels like an embrace, a gift. Thank you Heidi for writing this book. There were things in here I'm not ready to face yet which I will get back to, on a later stage, things ...more
Fanny Lundgren
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found it extremely interesting and just spot on. After I finished reading it I felt content and proud to be an INFP.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've been spending many years trying to be an extrovert and not even realizing it. My heart is full of love for people and wanting the world to have more joy, peace, wonder, etc. I'm often spontaneous, enjoy trying new experiences, can't say "No" when I feel like I should help someone and talk to people fairly easily, this all lead me to Priebe's ENFP survival guide, but while reading it I felt like something was off. It wasn't quite me, although many things did ring true. After studying ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This book frustrated me greatly. It bugged me, it prodded me and it was uncomfortable. Because it got it right.
This is me, so much me. So much I tried to deny and suppress for so long to fit in. Once I realised that I released a long held breath and I dove in. Excellently written, easily accessible and with a sense of humour it takes you by the hand and shows you what lies deeper than you realised and how to work with it.
It showed me why I feel the way I do and that I can make it better, I can
Magy Massoud
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"it's good to be loved, but it's profound to be understood "
This guidebook would make you feel understood more than you can ever imagine

When I first heard about the book, I was done with all the mbti and INFP cliche articles

At first, I thought I would find the same INFP stereotypes that I hardly can relate to

But it surprised me from the first page that I almost shed a tear! . Oh God! I never felt so understood that way before!

What happens inside my I I react to the
Kris (bibliomagus)
"We are beautiful creatures. With so many talents that aren't as common but sorely needed for this world. We keep a little bit of magic still in our hearts. We can see the potential in everything. If we could harness our creativity, it would have no bounds. We can be emphatic and gentle, but have a stronger core than you think. I could go and on. What would the universe be like without these little fairies called INFPs?"

This books really helps me to understand myself even more. Apparently I'm
Roxanne Morton
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
I loved this book! I found out so much about myself and mostly nodded along as I read, feeling completely understood, which is rare for an INFP. Most valuable to me was the discovery of why I fall in to a rage of judgement, criticism and cynicism when things go wrong or I’m under severe stress. I also found out why I will try something once and if it’s a negative experience, I’ll never try it again. Knowing how my personality type is susceptible to these behaviours will help me to manage and ...more
Dustin Isaacson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth a read

I bought this primarily to read about how to come out of the grip of inferior Te and read some suggestions for being my best self based on my personality type. I found the description of what it's like as an infp to be in the grip surprisingly accurate and the suggestions helpful. Much of the descriptions of the infp in relationships and such didn't strike a chord with me. They seemed to adopt the old loyal-to-a-fault stereotype of the infp that hasn't been true for me since high
Katie Suratt
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I've read MANY Mbti articles, and even though many of those articles were written by Heidi Priebe herself, there was more new material in this book than I expected (at least, new to me).

The chapters on growth, the unhealthy "loops," and the one on relationship challenges were particularly helpful, and I even found myself tearing up a little at some of the encouraging words this book has to offer for INFPs.

Five stars minus one for a) the amount of typos--there is a typo every few
Daniel Te
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, you don't even have to be an INFP to enjoy this book. Since INFP's are generally considered the most emotional personality type, this really is a guide on how to deal with emotions. It also goes in depth into interactions with other personality types, providing a lot of different perspectives on how one such individual would interact with others. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator may not be the most scientific measurement out there, but it does excel in allowing people to see a wide ...more
Kevin Maxwell
An interesting book. As an INFP myself who has taken it 3 times, I found much of it relatable, and I believe I will go back to it to understand a bit more of the logistics of the myers briggs test. I found some of the suggestions valuable but I did not really understand why certain suggestions were given. This left me a little confused about how to consider things in my personal life. It seems there are infp women who wrote this and I am an infp man. Perhaps this is the reason I could not ...more
Shane Hazlewood
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Analysis of INFP’s and Their World

I liked how this book revealed to me more specifically how the various cognitive functions of INFP’s work, not only in how it shaped my life growing up, but also how the dark side works and the cure for it.

I also like how at the end the book goes through how the INFP personally relates to each MBTI type. I love being an INFP even more now and know better how to survive as one in a world dominated by S’s, T’s, and J’s.
I wish this book focused less on the cognitive functions and science behind the infp and more on personal experiences. my favourite parts were the quotes and stories of other infp's. I did learn a few things but it wasn't as soul searching/eye opening as I expected it to be.
Bianca Mogos
I was looking forward to this book, and while I found some aspects of it very interesting, and I found like someone was just simply reading my mind, I got sooo lost in all the technicalities. Maybe should read it again when I have more patience.
Edna Wilkerson
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting INFP

A thorough discussion of all Myer Briggs personality types focusing on INFP and their interactions. Very detailed and goal oriented information makes retention difficult. It is an excellent reference text from which to pick out precise information.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book started off really insightful, and as an INFP I could really relate to what she was saying. However as the book went on it got a bit boring, with too many scientific references - it was hard to keep track! So I kind of gave up in the end.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to read but I really don’t regret it. The book is full of insightful advice and explanation for all INFPs out there. There’s some small typing mistakes throughout the book.
Mary Smith-hansen
Thorough exploration of the functional stack. I understand myself much better after reading this book. Highly recommend for INFP or anyone that wants to understand an INFP.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reminded me of my own strength. Fantastic book, if I meet any other INFPs I will recommend this to them. I return to this book whenever I feel frazzled or lost or confused.
Michele Pumphrey
An insightful read

This book spoke about the strengths and weaknesses an INFP has. Being an INFP myself, it helped me understand myself better which I greatly appreciate.
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