ENFP personalities are known for their spontaneity, uplifting spirit, and out-of-the-box view of the world. INFJs are seen as warm yet reserved, introspective, and idealistic. It might surprise you to discover that these types happen to make ideal friends for the other! Despite their surface differences, there is so much more to this friendship than first meets the eye.
So what exactly makes these two types work so well together? Let’s find out.
1. They are inverted versions of each other
ENFPs and INFJs have their cognitive functions stacked in a similar order (Intuitive, Feeling, Thinking, and Sensing). This means they use a similar processing language to navigate the world. In fact, both types are an inside-out version of the other. This similarity provides a sense of easy familiarity between the two, even if they don’t always approach things exactly the same way. It also provides just enough of a difference to stimulate both types.
2. They tend to dive deep into discussions for long periods
ENFP and INFJ types are often underestimated for how deeply they engage in conversations. ENFPs are written off as too distracted or flaky, while INFJs are viewed as reserved and more observational. However, when these types can discuss the things they are passionate about or the ideas swarming around their minds, they can hold a conversation for hours. Because both types have a desire to discuss with someone fully interested, they’ll feel a sense of relief around the other.
3. INFJ types tend to offer some stability that ENFPs crave (even if they loathe to admit it)
INFJs are undoubtedly idealistic and dreamy, but they also prioritize some structure in their daily lives. Mainly it applies to planning out the future and bringing ideas to life in a practical way -- something the ENFP benefits from. ENFPs may say they want to be completely uninhibited by routine, but they do well from having a small amount of structure in their lives. INFJs can strike the perfect balance of organizing ideas and bringing them to life without going overboard on being rigid or too rooted in place.
4. ENFPs are social enough to help INFJs move out of their comfort zones
ENFPs are certainly social, even if they may not feel as extraverted as other types. They make connections with others easily but don’t feel the need to force interactions. INFJs can have a hard time opening up to people, even if they suspect the person shares their same values and interests. ENFPs can give the gentle nudge that INFJs need to step outside their comfort zones and allow others to get to know them.
5. INFJ provides a safe space for all the ENFP’s feelings
ENFPs often feel as though they have to continually put on a show regarding their emotions. They believe they always have to be upbeat and positive, even if they are struggling internally. INFJs provide a safe space for ENFPs to feel whatever they need to feel. They don’t hold expectations on how they are “supposed” to act. The ENFP thrives when given the ability to be their authentic selves.
6. ENFP provides a safe space for INFJs to express their unconventional or taboo thoughts
INFJs tend to have some pretty out-of-the-box ideas, and ENFPs are a perfect springboard for them. While INFJs may be hesitant to talk about what’s going on in their heads for fear of being misunderstood, ENFPs aren’t the ones to judge or criticize someone’s ideas outright. Also, ENFPs are unafraid to discuss taboo topics -- they thrive on them! INFJs know they can talk to ENFPs about any of their weird or strange thoughts, which is something they can’t always do with other types.
7. ENFPs generate ideas, INFJs find the solutions
Due to their Extraverted Intuition, ENFPs are a goldmine of ideas. However, they do sometimes struggle with which one to fixate on and bring to life. INFJs, leading with their Introverted Intuition function, scan through all the ideas that the ENFP is sharing to figure out the best route to take. ENFPs generate a ton of options, whereas INFJs source out solutions, which makes these two a perfect team.
8. They tend to feel like they’re in the middle of introversion and extraversion
While it’s true that all personality types have introverted and extraverted tendencies, ENFP and INFJ types often feel they land more in the middle of the scale than most. ENFPs tend to derive their energy from discussing ideas and concepts rather than distinctly getting that energy from people. INFJs share a similar desire to express their ideas, and are more likely to spend time talking to others about them without feeling as drained as other introverts in the same situation.
9. Neither are judgmental types
Both types may have strong moral codes for themselves, but they aren’t judgmental people in the grand scheme of things. ENFPs and INFJs are always looking at the bigger picture -- they don’t like to take anything at a surface level. Both are accepting of other points of view and are interested in understanding others better.
10. They make their relationships a high priority
ENFP and INFJs love to dive into connections with others, especially if they believe the person will understand them. Once both types feel they can be their true selves, they will go out of their way to strongly nurture that friendship because they know how important it is. They also aren’t ones to shy away from each other if there is a disagreement between them. They will strive to see the other person’s side of the story and find ways to work it out, rather than bailing at the first sign of trouble.
11. They are spontaneous and encourage that in each other
While INFJs plan things out a little more than ENFPs, both types are always up to try something new. ENFPs are spontaneous by nature, and INFJs are capable of flexibility. While some may discourage either type from being too unpredictable, INFJs and ENFPs will admire that trait in each other. They know there will never be a dull moment when they get together!