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INFPs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the INFP's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the INFP as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The INFP may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between INFPs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

INFPs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the INFP initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the INFP, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the INFP's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the INFP's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

INFPs in Love

In relationships, the INFP is nurturing, empathic, and loyal. Healers select their friends and partners carefully, looking for a strong bond and congruent values. They are self-aware and often spiritual.

INFPs tend to be open-minded and accepting of another's behavior and preferences, so long as their core values are not violated. They support their partners' individuality, and encourage them to explore their interests and ideas.

INFPs look for ways to compromise and accommodate other people, and often have creative solutions to interpersonal problems. They can be very sensitive, but often keep negative reactions to themselves because they are reluctant to engage in confrontation.

Close and harmonious relationships are important to INFPs, although they also need a lot of independent time to think and reflect. They often want plenty of freedom to express themselves and pursue greater self-awareness. They value a partner who is committed and loving, yet provides them with the support they need to independently explore the mysteries of life.

INFPs as Parents

As parents, INFPs are caring, supportive, and adaptable. They rarely establish a strict or structured household, preferring instead to address problems and situations as they arise. They often allow their children a lot of latitude and influence in making decisions, and may leave the creation and enforcement of household rules up to another parent.

Children of INFPs often find that they have the freedom to express themselves and make their own decisions until they violate their INFP parent's values. When values are in question, the Healer parent becomes firm and inflexible.

INFP Communication Style

INFPs are gentle, encouraging communicators who enjoy exploring options and ideas. They envision possibilities for people and are often good at coming up with creative, flexible solutions to problems. They are typically attentive listeners who try to adapt their communication style to the people they are dealing with. Compassionate and cooperative, they tend to be appreciative of other people and their ideas, although they may be reserved about sharing their own closely held values and ideas with people they do not know well.

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Jennifer N (not verified) says...

Hello, I've learned myself to be of infp brand. I appreciate your addition of reflection to the infp/tp type description.  I enjoy the clarity with which you wrote. 

About how we tend to perceptualize, how everything has system, and about how it's all about relationship with these systems. Wow. This past year I experienced the awareness of that, exactly. The words that came through were that it's all about relationship.  To everything. This experience we find ourselves in. As body-mind-soul journey-ers , in this universe. 

And so I found resonance with the bit you wrote. Because part of my growth of self-realization has been looking back and seeing how I used to feel possibly crazy- the way my mind works, and how it just seemed/s to have this insatiable drive to understand, to connect the dots, to assist and take part in the conversation of well-being and living in harmony with everything else in the universe... I felt crazy at times prior to learning about different personality types, because I was acutely aware that many in my environment didnt seem to have the same functionings going on. But as my exploration of self discovery has continued, I've now learned to embrace those innate curiosities and intuitive drive that makes me tic. And to see how I function in the world, with the gifts that it can bring- for the greater good of humanity and Gaya and all. And so as I've been striving to understand our human experience, and different ways to navigate our time here on this planet, I've found understanding on a deeper level than I had before, of the role of relationship in this human experience with one another. As I've been exploring that concept, I've also come to understand, to unearth this knowing deep within, that this experience, in this life, it's all about our relationship... to everything while we're in these bodies. And that of course, includes relationship of humans, amidst all the co-existing systems that exist in the physical world, in society, in the environment, in the energy realms invisible to the naked eye. 

Thank you for sharing.

 

Nuker89 says...

I agree. I am actually 56% feeler and 44% thinker, and around the same for Judging andperceiving. I'm barely majority INFP, and I can willingly or unconsciously switch to INTP. I think that I do this because as an INFP I value being well-rounded, and as that is a part of my ideals then I decided to learn to be both. It's too simplistic, because as an INFP I dont like conflict, but I understand there is a difference between debating and arguing. As a result, I'm a brilliant debater who understands feeling and logic but pulls out when it is a personal argument. 

Kadir (not verified) says...

I have come out as a strongly INTP personality, and fit quite well with the described traits. But this time INFP was a slight winner. I definetely have a "world peace idealism" side, and it may be more dominant then the dry logical side (actually a strong underlying pull like gravity). So, I found the whole of info on INFP very interesting, and find that that's an aspect of me at the very least. All in all, I still think I'm a strong INTP but I do have (like all people) a personality that won't fit in a neat rectangle and spill over on several sides, so it's quite enlightening to see myself in another mirror in INFP.

not a person bot05 (not verified) says...

I TOTALLY WANTED TO BE A DESTIST I AM DISAPOINTED

KaiIsMyName (not verified) says...

Awesome!

vpvenkatesh says...

This is awesome! I can see who am I? Excellent!

Guest (not verified) says...

Very cool and dead-on-accurate!

lovelymelody1 says...

This is exactly how I feel!!!

Giannina (not verified) says...

I am impressed

Guest (not verified) says...

this is freakishly accurate 0.o

Guest (not verified) says...

for me too. it really is quite weird

Abyss (not verified) says...

this is so much accurate! now i know who i really am and thanks for everything!

idcocias says...

So true

Guest (not verified) says...

This describes my friend really well! I also think that this could be the personality type of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series.

Guest (not verified) says...

:)))

Guest (not verified) says...

It is!! I always felt like I connected with her. Lol.

Guest (not verified) says...

With a name like "Lovegood" it better. Lol =)

Guest (not verified) says...

It's Lupin too.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you for the test. The description seems to be very much like me! Its good to be helped in finding out more about myself, thanks!

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so on point! I looooove it!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I enjoyed this experience. I was caught between the thinker and feeler but realized I was a feeler after careful thought.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can so relate....used to think I was a thinker too...thats what an INFP gets for thinking.:)

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm only slightly more feeler than thinker. I can relate to aspects from both sides.

Prettygirl (not verified) says...

As an INFP I have also wondered long and hard whether I was more Thinker or Feeler and I think I have solved this puzzle (at least for myself). The reason is the P. I am such a strong P that I continuously look at all the possible nuances and angles of everything. This gives off a very "objective" quality, which Has the appearance of a thinker.

Guest (not verified) says...

Every person is different. I am also a strong P (and N), but definitely not an F. So I don't recognize the split between F and T being unclear. However, I am also middle on the E/I scale, and can see myself in the descriptions of both ENFP and INFP. To me, that's the unclear part, which then makes me see you have a point, without actually feeling it...

Guest (not verified) says...

If you were a feeler; consequently, you would have FELT that you were more of a feeler instead of being more of a thinker and not thought it.

I am a feeler and every time I start a sentence I've realized that I use the words, "I feel like..." to describe what I want to do, where I want to go, how I want to do it, etc. As a Pisces, this also aligns with my sign as the "I feel.." Sign.

RJ (not verified) says...

Yes. I, too, was a toss-up betwixt T&F. I think I was an F in my early adulthood, moved to a T in my chosen avocation (English teacher), and now have migrated back to tipping the balance to the F side. I believe our code can sway one way or the other at different times in life when you are in between Thinking/Feeling.

ALF (not verified) says...

I agree with your view. I also think that INFP can slide up to INFJ if the P and J are fairly even.

Guest (not verified) says...

lol. The irony of your statement amuses me. "[I] realized I was a feeler after careful thought." Maybe I'm way off base, but if you're giving careful thought to this, perhaps you're actually a thinker?

I get it though. I struggle with the thinker/feeler dichotomy too, given that, in reality, it's more of a spectrum of how one relates than two mutually exclusive categories people fall neatly into. But my initial reaction to just about anything is always an emotion-based response. It's only after I've processed my emotions that I can detach and carefully analyze the situation. I think that's the defining criteria, the initial reaction.

I think people that are "genuinely" thinkers don't have to process their emotional response prior to objectively evaluating a situation. Rather, they react in an objective manner and perhaps bring their emotions into the mix at a later point to provide balance to their logical response (if they ever get to that, though I suppose it's possible that some thinkers never do).

Who knows though? I personally think we're all capable of taking on the attributes of many if not all the different types when a situation requires. Some types fit more naturally, others feel all wrong. And, of course, we are all comprised of complex and often contradictory elements that lend uniqueness to each of us, even when we do fit clearly into one type over another.

Dbirdey Capozzi (not verified) says...

I really appreciate your broad and open minded point of view. I agree that no person is locked into any one type, that there is a spectrum, which is interdependent on many aspects. This seems logical and full of common sense. I like who I am!

Catherine (not verified) says...

"Only after I've processed my emotions that I can detach and carefully analyze the situation."  This is so me and explains a lot of my introversion-- need lots of downtime for this important process to occur. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, it's so amazing to see an opposite point of view. As an INTJ with an extremely strong (T), I can say that I almost NEVER react in an emotional way unless I'm very stressed or something has been bothering me for a long time. Only after I'm done playing out the most likely scenarios to a few different reactions do I select and assign the proper emotional response that best fits the situation. And, of course, this I do in a split second, completely in my head.

Man, do I feel like a robot sometimes...

A thinker or feeler? (not verified) says...

As someone on the fence between an INTP/INFP I can relate. Though I often show up as an INFP in test results, I have gotten INTP as a result too depending on what questions asked. As far as thinking and feeling go I see myself in the middle and can't figure out if I am a thinker who's learned to use feeling or a feeler who's developed the thinking aspect equally. It seems I do both think things through and feel things through. I feel like both happen even if they seem like separate aspects/ separate thought strings in my mind. Either one of those can be triggered.

That said, it seems in stressful or sudden emotional situations my first response seems to be numb. I'm left reacting rationally and, perhaps surprisingly calm at the moment. Then a few moments (or a day) later the emotions will follow. I may have thoughts/ emotions of what  I wish I could have said or done (that weren't rational, but might have helped unload the emotional burden I feel after the fact).

This disconnect I have with thought/ emotion so far has been useful at my job. People can really get on my nerves, but I likely won't react to it even if someone really did upset me. At least not (immediately) react to it until they are long gone. But then depending on the upset, my emotions can really tear me up.  While I process those unpleasant emotions, I then try to imagine ways to improve or prevent from having the same outcome occur again. Or if I can't do any better, recognize when the other side might have been out of line and try to let to go and focus on the next situation.

That also said, I've had to mentally allow myself (or kind of develop a mental plan by recognizing a past experience to the present) to "emotionally outburst" or release some of my emotion when someone does push me to the point and the situation arises. I don't like doing it, but if I don't, then I'm left dwelling on those emotions even worse after the situation.  I'm not saying that completely relieves me from having to dwell on stuff, but it has helped.

MJI says...

I retook this test (and a few other tests) and found INFJ a more fitting result.

MJI says...

What made it hard for me to understand about my emotions is they act like the "weather" to me. I feel them and they effect me. They are part of the atmosphere of my consciousness,  but they don't become me (unless they reach a crisis level). If people around me are upset, then it will effect the "weather" too.  If I'm not in self analyzing mode I'll miss this important detail and end up wondering why my mood is the way it is, or more specifically why I acted out of character. Usually it is the thoughts and actions I notice first before I notice the emotion.

My emotions tend to get expressed through action. As a friend stated, he can see it in my art and in my creativity. For me it is harder to make the connection. Just that I feel calmer after doing something or talking it out vs brooding about it.

I'm not sure, but what I read about INFP and INFJ's, this seems more INFJ like as far as experiencing emotions.

Andi M (not verified) says...

Why not both? There is real peace and beauty in balance. (I'm the same, but I use both equally 😉)

Lily (not verified) says...

This is definately me!

Guest (not verified) says...

I like the idea of discussing the different aspects of life of the different types. I agree with most of the details written here except probably the 'occupations' part. Anyway, thanks for this!

Guest (not verified) says...

I like being a Healer

Jason.Walker550 says...

YES! :]

Guest (not verified) says...

lol same

Kerstan (not verified) says...

How amazing ... the accuracy in this astounds me !

Thank you ! =]

Guest (not verified) says...

nope

andreas.stokas says...

Great test. Reveals my personality in a way I never thought.

Leeroy Thinks (not verified) says...

I'm loving finding out about Jungian theory and being an INFP. It's like I've just found loads of people just like me and I'm not a total misfit anymore. Good luck and love to you all!!

NATHANs (not verified) says...

just like me~

Quentin (not verified) says...

Well you very well could be a misfit, but that doesn't mean you still aren't cool :)

deviana (not verified) says...

such as me...

Guest (not verified) says...

such as me...

ert (not verified) says...

i probably spend way too much time reading up on my personality type. It's just nice to finally see myself explained. I no longer wonder if I just have emotional issues because I feel SO strongly, or because I'm so reserved at first. I LOVE that it is just because I am ME, no apologies necessary :)

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