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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 an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging. INFJ indicates a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). INFJs are sometimes referred to as Counselor personalities.

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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Daisy1 (not verified) says...

I was a valedictorian of my graduating class at my university. So it is true that INFJs are pretty good in school.

Podcast: The Truth with Bill (not verified) says...

Friends (INFJ's), we are biological vehicles that contain a soul. That soul is eternal, it is a fraction of the Divine. We live life after life until our soul has progressed to the INFJ field, this will be our last or close to our last bioligical life here in this physical realm. It is important that you know who and what you are so you can add to the Collective Consiousness, pushing each bioligical life forward. when our work is done there will be others in line as there were others before us. It is the purpose of this Realm and "life". Close your eyes and say to yourself, "Within this body I am free," three times, you will feel it and know.

Liblairian (not verified) says...

I just recently took the test (last time I took it was in middle school, and I can’t remember what I was.) I was curious to take it as an adult when I have a more firm grasp of who I am and what I believe. I think it seems fairly accurate. 

Fatima (not verified) says...

I believe we are fluid in our development and enlightenment journey. When I was young I took the test and it came as INFJ.. I guess to some extent I wasn’t aware fully of who I was or how to fit in or make sense of the world around me.. I didn’t give it much of importance 

through many life experiences that had its fair share of pain, joy and lessons I fluctuated between INTJ/INTP from 16personalities.com that result made sense to a certain level 

recently I decided to go deeper in the theory with CAR model using personality hacker book; that was a GEM! 

I am an INFJ.. the NT at certain life part made sense as I was blocking some painful areas.. my F T result almost equal 8-7 respectively. And the book goes in depth explaining how you go around those exercises and types 

the CAR model enables u to know ur functions, and thought process along with the traits that you show if your N function is developed or underdeveloped

recently with lots of reflection and means to strengthen thought processes, I feel more at ease navigating my emotions ... when I look back at the T result I used to fee confused as I also got some F aspects in decision making and other life experiences

 

great summary of INFJ type; please check personality hacker it helps you go beyond the types and develop your inner thought processes and sometimes that level of work is subconscious we just do it without thinking much about it 

 

 

Jack (not verified) says...

It figures infj makes the lowest average salary of all types. A lot to give but in real life misunderstood, not valued, struggling. This comes back to the type of society most infj live in. Western warrior society that values toughness.  Infj is honest and kind qualities that rock other people's boats and cause derision.

Empress says...

I am a very shy person sometimes i don't like when im around a lot of people in a small space because i feel trapped and I feel like im being closed in. Althrough I like being around a lot of people sometimes it can get to be too much to handle. I think i work best with other people that are like quiet and calm because ive always been happy to meet new people I just was not really that outgoing person. Like if i like someone I not just going go up to them and tell them that i like them because im a shy person when i first meet someone i'm shy because I don't know what that person likes to do what their favorite fruit , color , food, or sport is so like we may be different as soon as we meet and  I may not know it. I don't really talk to alot of people in school cause most of the time i like to be alone and do my own thing. I've always been like this ever since i was a child and still i like that. My sister doesn't like being around a lot of people too i get it from my mom alot. We have a lot of things in common she's a quiet person im a quiet person. When i go out in public and if i see someone i know i don't want to be noticed by that person because I don't like being seen by people that I know from school because it makes me nervous. It's not like im scared to be seen in the outside world i just don't like being in the center of attention all the time.If im doing homework for school I will most likley want to do it in a quiet place because i can focus on it more better. I love doing  thigns in a quiet environment because it makes me feel safe and relaxed. I can't work in a loud place because it makes me feel nervous and scared.But Im a very cool , calm person to work with if you work good with me and communicate and we share ideas with each other then we can work together.

 

Misty Dawn (not verified) says...

Many people want so badly to feel special (even though they already are and just can't see it) that they will tailor their answers to what they think an INFJ would say instead of what they as an individual really prefer. Another thing to consider when it comes to inconsistent results is how the questions are answered. I'd be willing to bet that the majority of people answer MBTI survey questions based on what they would DO as opposed to what they would PREFER. Personality tests should ALWAYS be answered with what your first instinct would be in the given scenario...NOT what you would actually DO, whether you like the answer or not.

Behavior is moreso based on conditioning and our experiences and is far less a reflection of our core personalities, especially as we get older and work to integrate our own unique selves into a diverse society of other individuals.

People are more likely to have gotten an accurate result if the test was taken as a child rather than waiting to take it until adulthood. As children we are inherently self-aware, whereas as we age we become more emotionally and behaviorally complicated, making it much more difficult to really know our core preferences for what they truly are since we spend so much of our lives learning how to balance our quirks with appropriate social behavior.

Mat (not verified) says...

I've taken a few different versions of the test and until recently had always thought I was INFP. It never really resonated well with me, I felt like I couldn't really relate properly to the kinds of barriers, strengths etc typically associated to INFPs. I'm enjoy the arts but am not overly creative. I get highly invested in a project that im interested in and developing sytems and procedures for work and typically my happier times I've tried to incorporate my work persona at home.

 

Depression has really changed my perception of the world but I feel like at my core I'm more of an INFJ that has fallen into unhealthy patterns and 'conditioned' in some ways. I have this deep intuition with people and find that I can figure people out quite quickly where people can have a harder time doing the same with me. If I feel like I can't express my feelings on particular topics I tend to stress out and "act out" engaging in sensory type experiences, whether it's drinking heavily/taking substances or something more positive such as focusing heavily on exercise. I'm prone to burning myself out and investing too much time into my work which doesn't really satisfy my need to "be more". 

Reading over articles on personality is proving to be a pretty good personal growth tool for me as I struggle with feelings of unsatisfaction/outgrowing some friendships. It can be lonely sometimes but I'm getting better and beginning to thrive more on my own. I'm also beginning to understand why I've typically been able to get the most out of people at work and why I've been relied on so much

Susy (not verified) says...

I'd like to share my experiences, since I felt so different at different ages. When very young I was shy but very energetic, barely able to contain my imagination until I could write down the stories I made up. I was an easy target for a manipulative step-parent, in that my distress at his put-downs and gaslighting was hilarious to him. I fought for my values the whole way and never forgot how it felt to be a powerless kid, which made me much more empathetic and protective of kids (and animals). As a young adult I embraced escapism and suffered with depression. Being socially isolated and in a controlling religion didn't help. But I lived alone and took care of myself, until at age 25 I met my now-husband, an ISFP. His music, reserved nature and easygoing personality matched mine so well. For all our differences, we both have strong ethical and creative values. He's taught me a lot about not getting so wrapped up in my head and philosophies that I forget life, about handling my stress, about accepting myself as I am, something that religion didn't encourage. Now after 15 years of marriage, I feel we've both grown up a lot. We've forgiven each other and compromised so many times over the years, now it's automatic to meet in the middle and help each other, no matter the "fairness" or what others think. Our kids are happy and sharp-witted, do good in school, an INFP and a ESFP (such a handful, that one). I am curious what the future holds for us, but one thing I know is I'm not hiding who I really am with anyone any more.

Gábor Szurdoki (not verified) says...

I did this test a lot of times but never made sense. Now, reading INFJ tells basically everything about me. Such a great step in self-understanding. Thank you.

Temitope Ogunnaike (not verified) says...

I think it is somehow true of my trait. It is accurate to a large extent

Temitope Ogunnaike (not verified) says...

To a large extent, it is accurate for my person

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