The Reporter (FP)


An XXFP Feeling Perceiving type has very high cultural intelligence. Their high cultural intelligence makes them appear like reporters. Because feeling perceiving is best described as your inner compass, the goal for this intelligence is to build a strong identity in relation to the bigger culture or the people around you.

Feeling perceiving

Feeling perceiving types have a sensitive emotional instrument. They frequently experience gut reactions or an inner feeling that something appears to be out of place. This reaction comes from analyzing and listening to others’ stories, watching movies, and reflecting on moral issues. The goal here is to identify harmony and disharmony, rather than to see if something is logical or accurate. Does a story someone is telling you match the kind of person they seem to be? Does the message seem authentic? Are their values aligned with yours? As a reporter, you are constantly balancing questions of right and wrong. The answer always depends on the person, the situation, and the intensity of the feeling.

Feeling perceiving is based on making sense of another person’s actions or beliefs inside you: if you were in their situation, would you have acted in a similar way? At a sign of disharmony, the goal is to identify the source of the disharmony and to purify it. The process of clarifying intentions and making sure people’s actions and emotions align is a very healing process.

Nickname: The Reporter (XXFP)
Basic desire:
 To authenticate or confirm something about someone or about yourself
Core fear: To be corrupted
Integrated by: Social intelligence (FJ)
Grounded by: Architectural intelligence (TJ)
Common types: Reporter detectives (ENFP) and reporter scouts (ESFP) as well as reporter philosophers (INFP) and reporter historians (ISFP)

Key motivations: To be unique, to be in touch with their inner world, to act in accordance with their values, to be pure and true to yourself.

Having the ability to think like an artist, your mind is always full of imagery; the difficult part is expressing this world to the outer world. Often the stories you weave in this mode, through reactive control, the storytelling network and the subjective network, are extremely meaningful to you, but hard to understand and express to others. Your dreams are a synthesis of the people you’ve met and the experiences you’ve had in life. But the meaning is metaphorical, not literal. It teaches you a lot about who you are and what is important to you.


Introverted Feeling, INFP, ISFP,

Cognitive functions

  • Identifying authenticity in stories, characters, and social actions

The reporter begins with deep inner reading to understand people’s intentions, beliefs, and actions. The goal is to first identify if something that you have experienced is authentic and real. If it doesn’t appear to be authentic, the feeling perceiving type asks questions and tries to clarify what the real meaning was. Secondly, the goal is to see if the message you have experienced is harmonious with your own beliefs and feelings.

  • Identifying harmony between your own values and the values of others

The reporters rarely use just words to convey meaning. Instead, they work with pictures, feelings, emotional pulls, and gut reactions. All these processes help signal to you if something is wrong or if something is right. Feeling perceiving finally works to resonate with beliefs that are harmonious with their own. If there is a big disharmony however, the reporter seeks to redirect themselves and the other, by backing off from the situation. It is rare for a reporter to add fuel to a fire or a conflict, unless extroverted thinking takes over. But then the priority is instead to restore justice.

  • Maintaining authenticity and inner harmony

The goal here is to honour and treasure their own unique identity and to remain true to their own way of being. But by doing so, reporter types also show respect to the other, with a different way of being. The message of feeling perceivers is this: there is nothing wrong with you, you don’t need to change to fit in with me, we all value things differently, and that’s okay. But as emotions and beliefs can often be internally contradictory and not always aligned, reporters constantly has to deal with the presence of disharmonies, both internal and external.

  • Decoding symbols and the messages in images

When the reporter experiences a feeling of purity and harmony, they may experience nuanced symbols and images that can help them synthesize or process a problem or conflict in the world. These images can tell them things about other people and about life, for example a person’s hidden past or a person’s hidden inner state of mind. This deeper reading can make them appear like seers or mystics. By sharing these visions with others you can help them put their experiences in place, resolving an issue they are dealing with.

  • Resolving internal conflicts inside themselves and others

As cultural intelligence, feeling perceivers must find ways to balance their own inner conflicts and to maintain inner harmony. In order to do this, feeling perceivers rely on daydreaming and storytelling, art, music, and reading, to find words, metaphors and symbols that can help answer why the disharmony exists to begin with. By gaining knowledge of the many differences of living life and by managing to purify themselves, reporters can become incredibly wise with age. Overtime, there comes a sense of fullness of understanding of others’ motives, actions, and ways of being. Cultural intelligence is ideal to understand people’s real essence, no matter how they try to portray it.


What is cultural intelligence?

Rather than logic, feeling perceivers seek harmony. Harmony is to act in accordance with one’s subjective values. To authentically represent one’s own perspectives. To act in a way that is in harmony with others, without harming others. This cultural intelligence is usually high in all feeling perceiving types, ESFPs, ENFPs, INFPs, and ISFPs alike. Harmony is superior to logic in situations when there are no clear rules, or when the setting is informal. Fields like art, music and writing are good examples. People with cultural intelligence have a knack for decoding social messages and cultural rituals, understanding the hidden meaning behind people’s actions.

People with feeling perceiving have a strong sense of justice and right and wrong. Inner harmony is key to an XXFP. Instinctively, a reporter grows up to be somewhat careful of the messy world around them. They are especially cautious towards being ethically inconsistent or impure in this world. Reporters take time to warm up to the people around them but also tend to become more attached when a connection has formed. Bringing what they feel on the inside to the outer world can prove difficult and they are often wrongly described as cold or as technical types. The strong warmth and radiance that can be found in the extroverted feeling types is here replaced by a more pure, clear, and contained type.

This is because reporters have a very subtle emotional process. The emotional gestures of a feeling perceiving type are generally more subtle and hard to notice, hinted by occasional cracks in their voice, shaky fingers, or a brief smile. Most emotions are kept on the inside and hidden from the outside. It is a listening and observing function, not a doing function. And it works best in response to an emotionally charged, social, informal situation. A reporter doesn’t plan their responses, but knows in the situation what it feels is right.

As a subjective type, feeling perceivers seek to be unique, to have their own perspective on what is good and bad, just and unjust, right and wrong; but also on matters of taste, fashion, and social conduct. It is not enough to argue to a reporter to do something differently or to start liking something they dislike. They need to form their own opinion and to think for themselves on what they want.


Integration

The reporter type experiences extroverted feeling as something outside them. Reporters are drawn to the warmth and brightness of other types. But they worry that this warmth is unnatural or impure. By being in the presence of an extroverted feeling type, the artistic process is boosted. When able to purify and see the realness in others, reporters briefly experience integration. Integration is when you simultaneously are able to use extroverted and feeling perceiving. In short:

  • Performers act with strong intentions and beliefs that are easy to analyze and interpret in different ways
  • Performers quick and grand displays of emotion are highly transparent and easy to study
  • And performers can more easily take social initiatives and start up campaigns that you can analyze

Grounding

At times when you are unable to resolve an issue or a disharmony, extroverted thinking can provide temporary grounding. The goal when a reporter uses extroverted thinking is justice. But if nothing changes, and problems keep coming to the surface, be careful to not let the influence of extroverted thinking become too stressful an influence on your life.

At best, extroverted thinking can help you stand up to those who intentionally seek to harm you. At worst, extroverted thinking can have a corrupting influence on your compass. It might be making your health drop, and making your judgement less about harmony and more about revenge or power. This can make you lose your way on your unique hero’s journey.