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The INFJ Personality Type

INFJs are creative nurturers with a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others realize their potential. Creative and dedicated, they have a talent for helping others with original solutions to their personal challenges.

The Counselor has a unique ability to intuit others' emotions and motivations, and will often know how someone else is feeling before that person knows it himself. They trust their insights about others and have strong faith in their ability to read people. Although they are sensitive, they are also reserved; the INFJ is a private sort, and is selective about sharing intimate thoughts and feelings.

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What does INFJ stand for?

INFJ is one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. INFJ is an acronym for the personality traits of Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, and Judging. The INFJ type is also called the "Counselor" and is described as idealistic, compassionate, and sensitive.

Each of the four letters of the INFJ code signifies a key personality trait of this type. INFJs are energized by time alone (Introverted), focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), make decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and prefer to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging).

INFJ Values and Motivations

INFJs are guided by a deeply considered set of personal values. They are intensely idealistic, and can clearly imagine a happier and more perfect future. They can become discouraged by the harsh realities of the present, but they are typically motivated and persistent in taking positive action nonetheless. The INFJ feels an intrinsic drive to do what they can to make the world a better place.

INFJs want a meaningful life and deep connections with other people. They do not tend to share themselves freely but appreciate emotional intimacy with a select, committed few. Although their rich inner life can sometimes make them seem mysterious or private to others, they profoundly value authentic connections with people they trust.

How Others See the INFJ

INFJs often appear quiet, caring and sensitive, and may be found listening attentively to someone else’s ideas or concerns. They are highly perceptive about people and want to help others achieve understanding. INFJs are not afraid of complex personal problems; in fact, they are quite complex themselves, and have a rich inner life that few are privy to. They reflect at length on issues of ethics, and feel things deeply. Because Counselors initially appear so gentle and reserved, they may surprise others with their intensity when one of their values is threatened or called into question. Their calm exterior belies the complexity of their inner worlds.

Because INFJs are such complex people, they may be reluctant to engage with others who might not understand or appreciate them, and can thus be hard to get to know. Although they want to get along with others and support them in their goals, they are fiercely loyal to their own system of values and will not follow others down a path that does not feel authentic to them. When they sense that their values are not being respected, or when their intuition tells them that someone’s intentions are not pure, they are likely to withdraw.

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How rare is the INFJ personality type?

INFJ is the rarest type in the population. It is the least common type among men, and the third least common among women (after INTJ and ENTJ). INFJs make up:

  • 2% of the general population
  • 2% of women
  • 1% of men

Famous INFJs

Famous INFJs include Mohandas Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Emily Bronte, Carl Jung, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Florence Nightingale, Shirley MacLaine, Jimmy Carter, and Edward Snowden.

INFJ Quotes

"The visions of the INFJs tend to concern human welfare, and their contributions are likely to be made independent of a mass movement."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"These seclusive and friendly people are complicated themselves, and so can understand and deal with complex ethical issues and with deeply troubled individuals."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"INFJs' nonstop search for learning, self-growth, and development—and wishing the same for everyone else—makes them very reassuring to others and people worth emulating."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about INFJs

Interesting facts about the INFJ:

  • Least common type in the population
  • On personality trait scales, scored as Sincere, Sympathetic, Unassuming, Submissive, Easygoing, Reserved and Patient
  • Among highest of all types in college GPA
  • Among most likely to stay in college
  • Most likely of all types to cope with stress by seeing a therapist
  • Highest of all types in marital dissatisfaction
  • Personal values include Spirituality, Learning, and Community Service
  • Commonly found in careers in religion, counseling, teaching, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

INFJ Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for the INFJ include writing, art appreciation, cultural events, reading, socializing in small, intimate settings, and playing or listening to music.

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Laforestgray says...

I took the MBTI Test between 1998' - 2000' and twice ealier this year before today ... the more I learn I feel and like I might not be an INFJ (maybe because it's a bit much to take in .... )

MB22/♊️ - INFJ - Ambivert 

 

From June 17, 2019 : At 1:08PM June 18th, 2019, I officially hit 50.   Damn lol.  

 

I'm blessed 

June - 06

18TH - 1 + 8 = 9    √9 = 3

1969 - 1 + 9 + 6 + 9 = 25, 2+5 = 7

Time of Birth  - 1:08PM, 1 + 8 = 9  √9 = 3

06 + 3 + 7 + 3 = 19, 1 + 9 = 10

√10 = 3.33 (rounded up)

3 + 3 + 3 = 9,  √9 = 

*Divide 10 by 3. 10/3 = 3.33 (you can round off your answer)

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What does my birthday June 18, 1969 mean?

Your birthday numbers 6, 18, and 1969 reveal that your Life Path number is 22. It is a master number that represents practical idealism and material mastery. You were born under the most powerful and potentially the most successful of all Life Path numbers.

#polymath #infj - #ambivert #gemini  ♊️  #masterbuilder22 *** Chinks in the armor/facade will show cracks over time. *** #authenticity  #integrity  #sincerity  #loyalty #humor #humility #INFJA

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  • Claircognizant "Clear Knowing" 

 

You just have a knowing about things. For many strong in this gift it feels like knowledge pours into the top of their heads. For you, you may have a "knowing" of their name.

It's alot to asorb

Justin Bowman says...

Finally, Finally, feel understood. 

Gustavo Capitao (not verified) says...

It is truly remarkable how we can be defined in simple words, for a long time I taught people would never understand me and I still do, in truth. It is amazing to feel that I'm not alone.

Penny Patt (not verified) says...

I completely agree! A huge amount of relief after finding out what we are. It's great to know that we're not alone.

Kaelyn Ashton (not verified) says...

As do I. It is almost as if I have been stalked though. 

Melmarie101 (not verified) says...

I love getting into deep conversations with the few people I let in, but then become somewhat embarrassed for disclosing too much such as my spirituality and high ambitions. I really want to open an art studio for people who need art therapy even though I'm not an artist. I would especially love to help give an alternative social outlet to people who are drug or alcohol dependent. I'm a bored pharmacist who wants to do more to help others. I'm pretty decent at a bunch of artistic skills but haven't committed to any of them enough to be an expert. I really just deeply love getting to know people and to help them learn to love their true selves. It's great to find like minded folks. Lately, I've become very aware of how different I am from others. Thanks you guys for sharing your insightful stories which have connected all of us. 🧡

Zahra (not verified) says...

Hi Melmarie, that's the only profession I keep coming back to-- to engage in a art healing practice. I feel like you don't need to be a professional academic artist in order to benefit from the art in a therapeutic manner. However, I do really seek to gain more knowledge and understanding of the human mind in pursuing my education to a master's in art therapy. Good luck to you anywhere you set your feet, may the door opens and unravels the most beautiful path in front of your eyes.

Somnath Singh (not verified) says...

Alright Folks!
We have a Whatsapp Group for INFJ now, Anyone interested can ping me on (+91) 7004249186

kehaj (not verified) says...

I am an INFJ. I don't know what a WhatApp group is it does but I know I want to be part of it

SOMNATH Singh (not verified) says...

Ping me on WhatsApp 

SOMNATH Singh (not verified) says...

Hmm..i see alot of people asking for a whatsapp group! if thats the case ping me on whatsapp (+91)7004249186.

(Where +91 is country code)

 

I will make a group there..i am also not very active on Instagram. 

So those who DM me..please pardon me if i reply late.

Lets do it then,whatsapp group of all INFJs folks around the world.

Whoever is reading this, send a WhatsApp message with this in reference. 

Nicole Cheaib-Makki (not verified) says...

Great Idea!👍

Arla (not verified) says...

I found this article is nice. 

I thought that people always have a different thought about me but it seems now I understand why. 

Finally, I met you all (INFJs), we are on the same page ^^

well... having group WhatsApp or zoom sounds good.

Misqty (not verified) says...

​INFJ Jackie of all trades, master of one... I've done construction, hydro-vac operating ((so I could save money to have/stay home w my child)), waitressing, running a poker room so that I could cook healthy for the players and rub their shoulders, and now I work in a chiropractic office.... I want a wellness center someday... a place dedicated to helping people learn how to be happy/whole/well mentally/emotionally/spiritually/physically... I love to write but hated trying to get my degree in English/Lit... need to finish my next degree in science/nursing. I'm now 40 and unmarried and beginning to feel a bit frustrated. I see bossy obnoxious lightly moraled women who barely love/respect their husbands and expect everything from them and I just don't understand it. Have any of you faced "the shoe drop effect?" Your mate is constantly in a state of waiting for you to be nuts or not sweet to the point that they push you away? I'm not their mom... I don't want to have to be nuts for people to care to listen. 

Anita_Belinski says...

Survivors. When I am thinking about global issues such as: warming, pollution, overpopulation, famine, wars, poverty, degradation of humans, animal's extincton, deforestation, I am sure that the world really need mntally healthy INFJ, INFP, INTP and other highly ethical types of personalities.

Helge (not verified) says...

Hi, sounds like an impossible task, considering we're just a small percentage of the world population. Most days it feels like the world is doomed, and the reason is the way average humans work.

Avantika (not verified) says...

I finally feel understood

Carrin... (not verified) says...

Hi fellow INFJ's I'm so happy to see the comments in here! I read that INFJ's can go a whole lifetime without ever meeting another INFJ. 

Jaki Viii (not verified) says...

The link from animator led to art director.

Kim2810 (not verified) says...

Hello fellow INFJs!!

Just wanted to say I agree with a lot of the things mentioned on this page. What careers have you thought of pursuing/ are pursuing now? Did you enjoy it? Also, any careers you have tried and hated?

For me, I'm thinking of going into research but don't fancy a pure research career. Any thoughts?

Saad Ibrahim Rasheed (not verified) says...

Hello Kim, I'm an INFJ as well. I'm hesitant to be prescriptive as people of the same personality type can develop very differently, but I'd like to share my experience - might help you.

In the past, there was a time that I was absolutely convinced that I wanted to become an engineer. I was incredibly set on it, passionate about it, made it my life, completed my Bachelors in it. However, after 2 years in the sector, I discovered that dealing with machines and inanimate objects and not people was ultimately not satisfying for me, and that my real interests lay elsewhere. Throughout all this I kept reading, watching the news, learning about the world and societies - finally dawned on me that I needed to change course. Long story short, I discovered the social sciences, the development sector  and I haven't looked back (much) since.

If I were to give you any advice, it would be to pursue a career that allowes you to exercise your emotional intelligence and strengths - counsellor, lawyer, sociologist, social worker etc. Hope this helps and have a great life!

ChristyB. (not verified) says...

I am a Biblical counselor. I exercise a lot of reading people's facial expressions and body language. I can tell what they struggle with (bitterness, depression, anger, shame, guilt, etc) just by looking at them. It's a great field.-Christy 

Kim2810 (not verified) says...

Yeap, exactly! I had the same reservations when choosing the course at university. I wasn't quite sure that I wanted to commit to doing one thing for the rest of my life (i.e. R&D). Thankfully, the university I am in allows students up to 2 years to decide on what to major in. So, in the meantime, I am exploring various industries :).

Anon INFJ (not verified) says...

I have a similar story to you - started out in quite an intellectual, logical career, found it unsatisfying and moved into social sciences and environmental policy. Very much happier!

Kim2810 (not verified) says...

That's great!! And thanks for sharing! :)

BeYourSelf (not verified) says...

Hi

I am working in IT as developer, but I am not finding it something I can do for long time. I am in same boat. Looking for options. I am more into working with child or in agedcare but I feel like I have wasted $$$ in studying Masters in IT and now I don't find it interesting. 

I wanted to persue research in human psychology but than I dropped that idea. :D

Kim2810 (not verified) says...

I see, perhaps you can try for some openings in the education industry? There's bound to be some openings because there is a growing demand for IT skills given the covid-19 situation?

SummerINFJ (not verified) says...

Unfortunately, there is not a growing demand for IT professionals. We're all on essential services only. No more setting up music studios or surround sound systems or TVs. If it's not your internet or home office that's down, we don't fix it anymore. It used to feel like a profession where I got to help people in so many different ways. Now it's just panicky older folks trying to figure out how to work from home.

Aida (not verified) says...

Hello to all INFJ's!!!

I really want to talk with you and discuss about our personality. How about creating WhatsApp group? 

Reach me out in Instagram: @aideloona

Akash _ Sky (not verified) says...

Yaaa it's very nice to create INFJ personality group 

Because we want to share our thoughts to each other

But I don't like to share my WhatsApp number publically....

In my contacts I share my thoughts with less than 10 persons....

If you want to create Instagram group  then my ID is 

@akashubale45

 

Ashina (not verified) says...

I don't have an Instagram but it would be amazing to communicate with other INFJs in a WhatsApp group

Somnath Singh (not verified) says...

I always wondered that why am I so different than people around me, our personality is the first layer of ourselves the interact with the outer world.
it is the cause of all harmony and conflict around you, neverthless it is not the core of who you are, if  you are willing you can craft your personality consciously also,
I am one of those few who comes under INFJ, and in many ways I am comfortable with most of my traits.
They are so unique, so I will keep them the way for they are now.
Remember that the persona should be the way the present situation demands, then only you can enjoy the surface of your life otherwise rigidity in your persona will only make you suffer and also people around you too.Well those who want to reach out can DM me on insta : Siddhartha4u. Would love to see other INFJ's
 

Blessing (not verified) says...

Thank you so very much!

This is a great piece am infj but I think also the environment and upbringing has changed how I respond,how I think and nature of my relating to people,I usually not feel like a loner I also worked on myself to the extend that I don't feel isolated.

I always give my contribution as welcomed and one principled that I have acquired in life is being assertive,firm yet warm,emathetic etc.

To be an infj you need to tell people or help them to understand you especially where you feel misunderstood.

My thinking though.

Thank you

BFM (not verified) says...

Hello everyone, feeling much of the same as everyone (obvi). I have always wondered if I would meet anyone similar and didnt realise until now that statisitcally Im at a disadvantage. If anyone would like to chat over zoom I would be interested to meet my fellow advocates, perhaps see if we ask ourselves the same questions? Could be nice, let me know!

Aroofa (not verified) says...

It would be nice to talk over a zoom call. Let me know your insta id or whatsaap. 

Shawn Nguyen (not verified) says...

Broo ik what u mean its crazy I just found out bout this I tried to open ppls eyes now I just dont care

SMT (not verified) says...

That would be great! This comment section is amazing.

Did you already do the Zoom?

Hariharan (not verified) says...

id love to chat over zoom too!

DCD (not verified) says...

I'm interested in chatting over zoom. 

Indira (not verified) says...

Hi! I really want to talk with you! Can you send me your instagram nickname,so I could text to you?

cuteinfj (not verified) says...

Isn't it beautiful how we are all expressing ourselves in here? We REALLY are not alone in this world.

We cannot solve all the problems of the world or our own, but we can try to change for the better, having deep connections is niiiiice.

How about we start a therapy group? LOL :)

Ainsley (not verified) says...

This makes me really happy to see. I am an infj and I have felt disconnected my entire life. It's nice to know there are people like me ☺️  

BFM (not verified) says...

Im down : ) 

One percenter (not verified) says...

LOOL sounds like your 5min of extroversion is taking over your introverted ways XD, I'm here for it though loool

confuzzled INFJ(?) (not verified) says...

Hello, random INFJ here.

i was wondering if any of you face the same difficulties in understanding who you are as I am. I am INFJ, but the last two characteristics are almost equally balanced. I share traits of INFP, INFJ, and INTJ, but most times I don't know which instinct to listen to. Notice that all of these personality types are introverts as well as intuitive, so basically, my intuition tells me to do three different things at once. My intuition is always right, but only if I choose the right side of me to listen to! 
what's also confusing to me is my path for the future. I have no idea what I will do or become, and the personality careers for my personality are so drastically different! I combine logical thinking with my imaginative world, my fear and love for people, my hate, fear, want, and love of social interaction, and so many other things it's so confusing!

i often over analyze every little bit of dialogue, thinking of what I could've done better. I focus on my various shortcomings rather than successes because of my rational and perfectionist nature. INFJs are supposed to cherish people and see the bright side, but I see their entire being. I have intuition about what kind of a person I see, and often I can guess what instrument they play (if any) I use my logic to succeed in academics, and avoid social interaction altogether. Of course, my humanity insists on trying. So which to suppress: the nature of personality, or the human nature? I am known for being weird, cool, and extremely logical. And yet, my imagination is completely overgrown! My stories in my head are the only place that I can truly live! This has led me to become pessimistic in nature and disappointed in reality.

why can't I just be one kind of person? Even a regular paradox of an INFJ would be nice.

anyone else have a problem like mine or is it just me? (also 100% antisocial)

Trix (not verified) says...

There are far more than 16 types of people in the world. These tests can help give you insight, but of course you are individual in your experiences. I like to think of each person as a single point of data on a graph. These labels are like big circles someone comes and draws to explain trends. 
I also don't know what I want to do. I feel that I have an eclectic mix of interests held together by my way of perceiving the world. The fact that everything is so complex and nuanced is what makes life so wonderful. We create narrative by circling events and insights in this complex multitude of happenings. Your desire to adhere to one personality is a desire to attach to a narrative (or profession) that already exists. Lean into the complexity. Create a good life for yourself. Leave the world better than you found it. 

Sunshinesmom (not verified) says...

Hi, it sounds like you'd make a good writer. It's  also cathartic. Maybe you can make a career out of it.

Aida (not verified) says...

Hi! Omg, me too facing these difficulties as an INFJ 😣 I worry about my future every minute. What profession should I take, who to become😐 It is really annoying. I can relate...

JordanJ (not verified) says...

Omg same! I have to try to figure out what I am going to do after high school, and it literally is like impossible because I feel like there are so many careers that I could end up doing. I am thinking something in healthcare or something with writing, but honestly idk. I feel like once I choose a career, I am going to immediately regret not doing another one. I am interested in so many things that right now I feel completely lost on where I should go.

Sashwat Singh (not verified) says...

You can go for career counselling ....  I am also confused in my career options 😔

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