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The Comprehensive INFP Survival Guide

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ebook, 300 pages
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 t ...more
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 💖💖💖
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 mistypin
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, a
Iman  Malone-Dirige
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: infp-9w1
“We are beautiful creatures. With so many talents that aren’t as common but sorely needed in 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 empathetic and gentle, but have a stronger core than you think.”

This. All of this. Enjoyed this lovely INFP-A life guide within one sitting.

Naturally as a wholeheartedly optimistic open-book with beautiful chapters - I’ve known who
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
This book felt like reading my own Terms and Conditions of Use lol. Many ideas that used to bother me and which I didn't know how to formulate properly, turned out to just be pretty interesting aspects of my personality type. Also, a recurring thought kept coming to me while reading this book, -other than trying to find the equivalent of every single sentence in my own life- is that oh my god i's so exhausting to be human hhhhhhh Can't i just live???! Do I have to become 𝓶𝓪𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮 and dEveLoP mY Te ...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 o
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 p ...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.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Real eye opener.
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
Helen Hnin
This book talks about an INFP's function and life so perfectly. As an INFP, I want to understand myself. And this book explained me. ...more
Jerry André
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.
Imran Syed
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
A very comprehensive book on INFPs. Both healthy and unhealthy versions of the cognitive functions are discussed. A should-be-kept book for reference and inspiration as per need basis.
Alyza Raine

I don't know why exactly I decided to read this but the timing couldn't be more perfect.

I'm currently in the midst of trying to heal an emotional wound whose cause I'm having a hard time understanding and thus having a hard time coming to terms with. Up until now, whenever I drop everything I'd been distracting myself with and let myself reconnect to my feelings, I feel the devastation all over again. The most accurate description I can come up with is it feels like thousands of needles stick
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 cog ...more
Kenny Stewart
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you didn't already guess, I'm reading this in lieu of the manufacturer's manual which I was somehow distributed without. Naturally I found myself in tears at certain parts which resonated deeper than I had expected, and the ones that REALLY struck a chord had me laughing through the tears at how relatable they were. It was specific enough to make the target audience clearly defined, but broad enough to allow case-by-cases bases to defy expectations as they do in all theaters of life.

This book
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This type is keenly aware of all the versions of themselves they’ve opted out of. The wilder version, who is backpacking their way through South America. The studious version, who is completing their final year at Yale. The complacent version, who married their childhood sweetheart. The rebellious version, who is getting their nineteenth tattoo.

“INFPs are delightful, adorable, mystical, feely, spacey little balls of wonder!”

“They have a certain innocence, that is so admirable and pure. But when
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
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 no
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 prob
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 sch
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 pa
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 exactl ...more
I really appreciate all the insights given in the book, especially the interview parts and the parts where it explains the science behind each personalities. However I do find it slightly repetitive in the comparability parts, talking about the relationships between infp and other mbti. To me, that whole part sums up in one line: communication is KEY. Anyway, I’m really glad to see other people embracing themselves as infp :””) Overall, I would recommend the book if you’re interested in how the ...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.
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.
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.
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. ...more
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.
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