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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).

How common 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 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.

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.

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

Quotes About INFJs

"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

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reikirach (not verified) says...

I really related to your post, I feel like an alien most of the time in relationships. No one has ever really 'got me' and relationships have been very difficult for me. I just can't seem to find happiness within because I'm so complex to most of the guys I've been with. Way too deep I've been told!!!  Actually I can relate to most of the posts and it's nice to know I'm not the only one... It makes me feel like I'm destined to be with someone who will never truly understand me. I have a great guy in my life but he does not understand me most of the time. I was starting to think I'm going crazy.

 

Thanks for all of the posts it makes me feel like I'm not alone in this world....I actually came here to see what the best career would be for my personality type seeing as I've just been made redundant and not been happy in any of my previous careers. I have always been naturally guided to counselling/life coaching/networking etc but have not had the self confidence to pursue it, even though most of my family and close friends say I would make a great counsellor. 

 

Chez (not verified) says...

Reikirach, same here!  I saw a cbt therapist who helped me so much, I would love to have that job but like you, I don't have the confidence.  My dream job would be a pet bereavement counsellor, but I'd never actually do it and I'm probably too old now anyway.

To any young people who are reading this:  Please don't be like me and fritter your life away in garbage jobs whilst fantasising about doing something else.  You get old before you know it - the time really does fly!

Oyunsan Dorjjadamba (not verified) says...

You are not alone! I am an alian too ;)))

Samantha Sarah (not verified) says...

reikirach, no you arent alone.   It must be possible as I found someone.  I have to tell you the shock to relatively recently discover just how well my husband knew me. Mostly :)  I think sometimes he doesnt know "what to do with me". 

 Frustratingly, I  spent years assuming that becasue he did  not relish the depth at which I enjoy diving ALL THE TIME  that  he wasnt as deep as I thought.   I was sooooo wrong.  I completely understimated him and I suspect many other people.   I must admit that Our points of connection are not as organic and as frequent as I wish but so much better than our earlier years.  

 I read somewhere else that for the people that are worth the concession , which he is, that we must learn to meet people half way.....is that settling?  ..my jury is still meeting.   

I have noticed a direct conection between my growth and awareness and my ability to recognise things in others I couldnt see before.  Appreciate before.  A spoonful of humility every now and then doesnt hurt.   

  Obviously Im here taking a refresher course on who I really am and am SUPER grateful for the few that I am able to connect with even if its for a short time. 

Been practicing gratitude like a religion. 

Its helping a lot.   

And Meditating on the fact that we are ALL connected on an energy level has also brought me much comfort.  Thats been a beautiful discovery.   The journey to self continues.  And also like you, I have had an inkling toward counselling/life coaching for sometime but was unwilling to pursue.  Things are changing all the time. 

 Take heart.  Be encouraged. 

reikirach (not verified) says...

Thanks Samantha, I can relate to your post for sure. My poor partner must feel completely lost when it comes to my depth. He is an ENFJ but he has no desire to have deep conversations about life like I do, and it has become quite an issue for me because I NEED to... I’ve had some big expectations of him that he just can’t live up to so I’m going to give him a break and attract my tribe of people to have those conversations with instead.

I’m really coming into full acceptance of who I am which has only taken 47 years lol... but better late than never hey... I’ve been on a spiritual journey for over 20 years and I’ve learned a lot and I’m very grateful for it all... I also find meditation helps and just being still... if I don’t get that time to myself I become very worn out. 

Its such a relief to know I’m not the only one out there who feels like this.... it helps me feel so much more connected... 

 

I am pursuing the life coaching route myself, I’m doing a course at the moment but I think my clients will be less main stream and more connected to discovering their life purpose and who they are and then taking the steps that could lead them down the road they truly want to go....it’s so inspiring and empowering watching that and if I can help even just a little I feel blessed.

You should pursue it if you feel inclined or explore it a little more maybe 😉

Rach

Samantha Sarah says...

 Rach, I'm almost 47 too!!!!!!!!! Like you I've felt the frustration of "it taking so long to get here" but ironically the only reason things are cracking open I believe is because I was "pushed" off the hamster wheel to enlightenment. 🙄😊

 

  Re: Building your tribe. I want in!!!

 

 I know that feeling of wanting what you want, in a partner,  But being FORCED outside your shell to get what we need!!  Lmao!!! Isn't that ironic? Under no other circumstances really. For me anyway. 

 

About your clients not being main stream : that is eerily similar to something a dear friend just said to me three days ago about who my clients will be. 

 

You just posted three weeks ago that you were thinking about counselling? 

 

How did you choose a life coaching course so fast? Do you like it so far? What's it called?

 

Nice to meet you!!!

 

Sam

reikirach (not verified) says...

Lovely to meet you Sam 😊 

it’s soooo good to know I’m not crazy and other people can relate... this site has helped me not feel so alone. 

Im just in the process of creating the group, I’m trying to think of a name... I originally came up with abundant blessing (blessing being a group of unicorns) and seeing as INFJ’s are the rarest group I found that fitting but as usual I always second guess myself lol.. 

You can find me here on Facebook (I hope I’m allowed to post here) if not my name on fb is Rachael Lee J

I would love to have you in my group.... where are you located? 

https://m.facebook.com/rachael.lee.79677

Thanks

Rach

Samantha Sarah says...

Awesome Rach!!  I'm in Nassau in the Bahamas! 

I don't think the name of the group is as important for the moment as the fact you just create it. I struggle with starting often  but it's in 'just doing it' that a natural way forward usually presents itself. And Anyway, a name can always be changed.😉 

Finding you on Fb now!!!💃💃

Phonenix (not verified) says...

I can really identify with you and Draco. This personality type can be a blessing and a curse. I’ve settled into my solitude and often summerge myself in meaningful things that brings me joy. I have come to even enjoy spontaneity, whether with others or by myself. 

SCR (not verified) says...

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bobby boshay (not verified) says...

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Guest (not verified) says...

hey

I just realised that i am not crazy, i feel exctly the same way.

you just made my day.

draco (not verified) says...

Haha! :) It's nice to know that my input on this matter may have helped you out in some way.

At some point I thought that I was crazy for thinking this way as well. Society will criticize anyone that deviates from the standards, but even those who consider themselves to be in the "standard" group, have their share of headaches as well.

I don't really care what others may think of me because, in the end, I'm the one in control of my own life, and that's how it should be. Don't let others control your feelings, just stay true to yourself and don't make any rash decisions when it comes to love. You may get hurt pretty bad in the process. It happened to me before and it was tough to get through it...

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm sorry it was hard, I understand too

Guest (not verified) says...

Yeah; often times it's easy to get caught up in the wanting to tell them about their problems, and it becomes really hard to imagine what they would feel if I told them what I think of them. Which creates problems, because then they might get hurt and see me as insensitive and stuff.

Guest (not verified) says...

And boy does it get lonely

Guest (not verified) says...

agreed

Guest (not verified) says...

I would agree that your result from this test could change over time. It is designed on the premise that questions are answered based on how the participant sees them self. This could most definitely change over time.

You can't expect the teenager who wishes to be a rockstar to see them self in the same light when they have grown older and decided to have a career or go to college or even just begin working.

LaurenKBM (not verified) says...

I've been an INFJ since I first took the test at around 14 years old, and I'm still an INFJ at 33. For what it's worth. I also knew I wanted to be a writer or artist when I was in elementary school. We can grow as people, but some things really are at the core of who we are. Maybe it's all that early-on ability to analyze self and others. I've been painfully self-aware my entire life. I know my abilities, my awkwardness. I often wish I had more blind spots. There's something to be said for blissful ignorance, but I feel like this is definitely not a quality of true INFJs. ;)

LJanis (not verified) says...

Years ago when I took the test I thought I was an INFP. I began formally studying who I am at 15, and know myself better now that I've been with my husband for 27 yrs, raised my children, gone through my 1st Saturn Return, 1st Uranus Opposition (WOW!) and menopause.  Delivered in a torrid storm from the Universe during my Uranus O, I also actually understand the grand Game of life that we are all playing, and who is against who (it's probably not who you think because most people don't know). I deeply resonate with the INFJ archetype. "...wish I had more blind spots." I've spent some time in my life envying the ignorant bliss that comes with disorders like Down's Syndrome. But now I know enough to understand why all this deep insight is the best Gift I could have, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Shannon W. says...

I really enjoyed reading your comment, I felt I can really relate. I know I’m different, have been since I can remember. Besides being an INFJ;  I am a definite Empath, Senitive and very intuitive. For any interested in astrology I am also a Cancer and fit pretty perfectly as we are described, for what it’s worth anyway, if it’s all a bunch of hocus pocus, then it’s totally conciquence I fit the crab. It’s nice to find others that “ get you “ as many people think I’m pretty out there or a white witch , gypsy etc etc lol

Dvan (not verified) says...

I am also a Cancer as well as an INFJ.  I used to be an INFP when I was younger but as time went on and I experienced life, I switched to INFJ.  

Shannon W. says...

I really enjoyed reading your comment, I felt I can really relate. I know I’m different, have been since I can remember. Besides being an INFJ;  I am a definite Empath, Senitive and very intuitive. For any interested in astrology I am also a Cancer and fit pretty perfectly as we are described, for what it’s worth anyway, if it’s all a bunch of hocus pocus, then it’s totally conciquence I fit the crab. It’s nice to find others that “ get you “ as many people think I’m pretty out there or a white witch , gypsy etc etc lol

Jena (not verified) says...

I am a capricorn . With being a INFJ. I fit capriocrn very well. The Sign describes me prefectly. I love astrology and checking up on my horoscrope online.

Lapearce22 (not verified) says...

First off, It is Down Syndrome not Down's Syndrome or Downs, and they are not ignorant.

While I understand that you most likely meant no harm in saying that, as a mom of a child with Down Syndrome, I am an advocate of making sure that people are aware of how they say things. 

People with Down Syndrome are not always happy. They experience all the emotions as others do, but yes, there is a blissful, non judgmental quality to their personalities that is easily admired, but can also be abused by others. 

So maybe next time just refer to the bliss as wonderful and not ignorant, because their ability to be loving, non judging, and living in the moment is purely beautiful. 

kitcat1123 (not verified) says...

YASSS! Love this!!:D

Guest (not verified) says...

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/ignorance

Lapearce22, the word ignorance does not mean unintelligent.  We are all ignorant to one thing or another, since we are unaware of it.  

Liinu (not verified) says...

hey Llanis, i've been really into working out the larger scheme of things etc. for a little while now.... also very much into astrology and have seen some crazy stuff with Neptune hitting my rising sign etc.... what you mentioned about the Game of Life sounds really interesting.... would you mind elaborating what you meant by the 'who is against who' thing...?  would love to hear your take on things.... thanks xx

Karen (not verified) says...

Yes! This is so accurate it hurts. I'm floundering a bit now though. What's your occupation now? Does it fit INFJs well?

ASelman (not verified) says...

I have one more semester left in nursing school and volunteer with hospice.  I have never been more fulfilled in my work.  There are tons of different types of nursing too from helping women have babies to pediatrics, general population, and long-term care or hospice.  And in all of these sects there are different layers of care intesity (medical-surgical/ immediate care/critical care,/transplant floors or cardiac).  It is very stimulating and those options are just the beginning!  I have truly found my calling in helping people as a nurse

Kay (not verified) says...

I agree with you. 

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken that test multiple times over the course of eight years and I have changed as a person a lot over time, but my results are always the same. My hobbies, my interests, and my career has changed but the core of who I am has not. I am interested in helping people but I have become jaded over time and then I read a little INFJ carton with the caption that read, The words I do not care are not in my dictionary, except when I am lying to myself. That made me think about what matters most to me and how being jaded does not change how much I really am a sensitive empathetic person. I am now deciding to go into social work. Thanks for sharing this article and thanks for listening to my mini rant. =)

Guest (not verified) says...

ARTICLES ARE BASED ON THE MOST COMMON CHARACTERISTICS AMONG INFJs FELLA. THIS DOESN'T DEFINE WHO WE REALLY ARE. HEHE

infj girlie (not verified) says...

YOU GO! hehe

Guest (not verified) says...

When I first took this test 15-20 years ago I was an INFJ - but the N and S part were borderline (so I took it repeatedly to try to make sure and it was always Intuitive.) With this test they have me as an ISFJ and the list of occupation fits and unfits is perfectly me. I think I changed a bit.

GuestAly (not verified) says...

Me too. When I first took this test I was an INFJ, and that seemed to really fit me. Years later I've taken it again and test ISFJ. I've been at the same job for 14 years and it involves a lot of focus and attention to details. I think life has made me more "S" though back then I sure was an INFJ :)
I also realize there are other things about us that make us "us" - not every INFJ or ISFJ is the same, etc.
I've done Strength Finders and some of my top strengths (Connectedness, Developer, Individuation) tie in to the INFJ profile gifts.
We are all so fascinating!

Randal (not verified) says...

Conscientious social workers and honest cops get a free pass into heaven.

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