10 Things Every INFJ Personality Type Should Know
Updated December 25, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Avia James
“INFJ” is one of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator personality types. INFJ stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. As an introverted person, an INFJ often feels best when spending time alone. People with this personality type are generally intuitive, as they tend to focus more on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details. INFJs usually make decisions based on values and feelings. People with an INFJ personality are generally not spontaneous; instead, they like planning and being organized. INFJ is the rarest personality type among the 16 Myers–Briggs types, representing around one to 3 percent of the world population. They tend to be reserved, private, and reflective. Some people think that INFJs are shy, but that is a common misconception.
People with an INFJ personality type are known to be motivated, creative, and imaginative. They generally do not like living a pretentious life, and they enjoy being accepted for who they are. INFJs are also sometimes referred to as advocates, and they often have a high sense of morality and idealism.
INFJs are most often soft-spoken, strong-willed, or highly opinionated, and they fight for what they believe is right. It is difficult for an INFJ to use their strong-willed nature for their gain; rather, they prefer to use that energy to bring about balance in situations.
Let's take a look at a few things everyone should know about INFJs.
- INFJs Are Introverted And At The Same Time Extroverted
INFJs like to spend time alone and enjoy their privacy. However, there are times when many INFJs feel extroverted, and they want to be around people (although not typically for long periods of time). In fact, most friends and acquaintances of INFJs know them as extroverted and sociable individuals. People in such friendships may get confused because, at times, INFJs become overwhelmed and withdraw from people. INFJs are selective when it comes to choosing their real friends.
2. INFJs Like Helping People
People with an INFJ personality like helping others and making the world a better place for everyone. Although they can be strong-willed and decisive, INFJs do not use those qualities for their personal gain. Instead, they use it to help others. When people are in trouble, INFJs like providing thoughtful advice rather than telling others what they should or should not do. Instead, they can find the solution to people’s problems on their terms. Most INFJs see helping other people as their main purpose in life. INFJs enjoy participating in charities and non-governmental organizations. They genuinely care about people's welfare.
3. INFJs Love Meaningful Conversations
People with an INFJ personality type dislike small talk and prefer deep, meaningful conversations. Although they can sometimes be extroverted, as stated above, INFJs are largely introverted by nature and generally do not enjoy socializing. Small talk is polite and nice, but it keeps off emotional intimacy. Engaging in small talk does not help one learn significant things about others, which is why INFJs don't favor this type of communication. On the other hand, INFJs like to know about others’ inner worlds and talk about more significant life issues. They make great conversationalists and can easily read people; as a result, can strongly feel others' feelings. They are very empathetic and can usually feel the pain or the joy that others feel. This leads them to "take on" the problems of the world in many cases. Many people who consider themselves INFJs end up seeking the help of a professional counselor who can assist them in meeting their own needs instead of constantly “people-pleasing.”
4. INFJs Are Creative
INFJ personality types are highly creative and imaginative. They are compassionate and use this as a strength in helping people solve their problems. They enjoy finding solutions in all aspects of life, and their imagination can help them see a deeper meaning in many things. INFJs are passionate about using their creativity to help others too. The INFJ personality trait of being intuitive allows them to express their creativity, especially in writing and the arts. They have an excellent ability to bring out their intuition to the external world, perhaps making them successful in careers as writers, artists, and counselors. INFJ’s are also good at offering advice to people because they easily create the right response to the person who needs guidance. They can comfortably come up with different ways of solving the same problem.
5. INFJs Are Determined And Passionate
When INFJs believe that something is of value, they often pursue it with much conviction. They are quiet on the whole but have a wild passion for anything that is important to them. Their determination and passion for what interests them can sometimes be a surprise to others. Sometimes their conviction can be perceived as being stubborn. In these cases, their resolve does not always work to their advantage and instead may be a liability. In certain situations, such as in conflicts, finding a career, or when confronting troubling facts, an INFJ’s determination and passion may pose a challenge.
6. INFJs Enjoy Their Privacy
INFJs enjoy having alone time, and their friends may often become surprised when they withdraw. There are days when INFJs just “shut off” and do not want to be disturbed. The reason for withdrawing is not that they are anti-social; rather, it is because they like recharging their energy by spending time by themselves. Time alone can help them clear their heads. It can be hard for a person with an INFJ personality to truly open up, even to their close friends. They like keeping their personal lives private. Although it is not hard for them to make friends, trusting new friends is often difficult.
- INFJs Are Highly Intuitive
Their intuition is very strong, and it is as if they have a sixth sense or can predict the future. INFJs have strong hunches that some people may view as psychic powers. However, this trait is merely a result of their ability to detect patterns in different scenarios and connect the dots to draw conclusions.
INFJs can often see intrinsic patterns and may examine connections to find their significance. Those with INFJ personality traits can sometime sense that something seems wrong, and in those circumstances may find it useful to listen to their inner voices. Because of strong intuitions, INFJ’s trust their instincts quite a bit and, as a result, they are likely to ignore the opinion of others, which may, in turn, create conflicts.
8. Preferred INFJs Careers
An INFJ personality type is referred to as the advocate or the counselor. Because they are creative, intuitive, and empathetic, INFJs are often suited best for introvert careers. They are dedicated workers, but they prefer working behind the scenes in many cases. However, when requested to lead, they do so successfully. INFJs prefer jobs that have a peaceful working environment. Most INFJ personality types are likely to be found in careers that contribute to the wellbeing of society. They are dedicated and helpful workers who can carry out complex projects in organizations focused on humanitarian causes.
People with INFJ personality traits may consider pursuing a career that is consistent with their values in the counseling or healthcare sector. Roles such as doctors, spiritual roles, counselors, and psychologists are attractive options for many people with INFJ personality traits. Their creative minds help them in careers in the engineering and science fields too. People with this personality type may change their career many times until they find the path that best accommodates their values.
9. INFJs Like To Plan Ahead And Are Organized
INFJs tend not to like spontaneity, and they enjoy when things are well planned and organized. INFJs themselves are highly organized people and are likely to use day planners to guide their activities and tasks. INFJs can be idealists and place much significance in the future. When an INFJ decides to do something, they can generally be counted on to complete the job. A tendency to plan everything helps INFJs track their progress in achieving goals.
- INFJs Have A Strong Sense Of Emotions
People with an INFJ personality type have a strong sense of emotions. They are often empathetic toward others, and at times, they can neglect their own feelings. INFJs have the natural ability to understand other’s emotions, and they can sometimes sense the feelings of those around them. They can notice even the slightest change in other people's moods, and they are likely to know when something is wrong.
INFJs can sense how others are feeling not only emotionally but also physically. A person with this type of personality can often feel the physical pain of those around them. People with an INFJ personality type can handle intense emotions quite well without getting frustrated. However, INFJs are likely to become people-pleasers, and selfish individuals may misuse them.
Do you have an INFJ personality type? If you can relate to most of the above traits, then there's a good chance that you are an INFJ. To find out more about your personality type and how it impacts your relationships with others, you may consider speaking with a therapist.
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