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How do INFPs communicate?

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.

What are INFPs like as partners?

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.

What are INFPs like 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.

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.

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empathetic (not verified) says...

So me.

Guest (not verified) says...

Please chime in if this sentiment rings true for you, as well:

Though a very adept person from a verbal standpoint, I often find myself struggling to articulate WHY I feel a certain way about something, be it something trivial or something of great importance. Though I realize that, "It just feels right" can seem like a legitimately unsatisfying response, it is often the best I can do. Also, I often find myself thinking (though less frequently saying), "Just trust me. I KNOW I'm right. I wouldn't say so otherwise." And it's true. If I did not know it fully at an intuitive level, I would own up to it. But if I DO know it, I don't much care for being questioned on it! Especially since, as alluded to above, I really CAN'T explain why! I just know it and let's get on with it!

I am just curious to see if others can relate to that experience. Again, please chime in on this.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can totally relate to that experience. Strong intuition- strong gut feelings, with the same problem, although verbally adept, struggle to express to non-N's by "reasoning" INFP, btw. I've had to learn (still in progress) how to express myself to non-Ns. (I'd be interested to know if this is particularly true for INFP's, or shared by N's in general.) Try not be put off or insulted by the questions. And, celebrate the fact that your gut feelings have, in fact, helped you many a time.

Guest (not verified) says...

Since we are 4% of the population, we are a minority. We HAVE to spend time listening and understanding others--it's a survival issue. I like being an INFP (though I can become an ENFP once in a while...). Greetings to others in our community!

Sakura (not verified) says...

Hello, this description fits me enough, after years of research on my type, I think I'm INFP (especially for the spiritual side and the truth about the world), although sometimes I doubt between INFP / ISFP because I n 'have not had enough experience in my life to bring myself to 100%.

If anyone can help me, I am not against,thank you in advance.

Ps: sorry for those who have misunderstood me, English is not my mother tongue.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was not too sure at first, but it matches me more than what my personality was last year

Guest (not verified) says...

It's interesting because I've been trying to build up a career in engineering starting as a technician in the military and I despise my job to a degree that is rather unsettling.

I came out as INFP at the test my shippmates and I took for leadership training and it's a bit astonishing how accurate it really is once you get down to it. I always wanted to be a teacher or massage therapist but kinda opted more towards a STEM career since there is more money/job reliability there but I just hate it so much.

The more I find out, the more I'm fascinated by it.

Guest (not verified) says...

I had taken a test before and it gave me I am an INFP. Today I was blown by how much similar my face is to Charlotte Bronte and on top if that I've read some people estimate her as being INFP(maybe). This thing is really accurate.(meaning the description of the personality). Because I am so much into arts, self expression, I'm drawing on regular basis, I like reading,actually I spend hours reading. All my life doing things that benefit people and getting involved in things that can benefit people like charities for children and eradicating world famine and lately trying to figure out ways of reducing world poverty are things that fill my mind most of the time. i understood long time ago other people are different and they seek different things and I'm OK with that. Well Im writing here in hope that maybe more people will resonate with these thoughts. My hope is one day world will be a better place with no people being subjected to famine, poverty and disease. I take the world of a doctor from 1900 who said a problem cannot be tackled by a single approach but rather by multiple approaches.

What I generally found is people don't have enough patience to listen to everything other people say, therefore it makes hard to understand the thinking process. Or sometimes if they understand they are not interested. Like who cares of poverty reduction policies? I guess for INFPs our mind is a wild place with many thoughts which are very hard to catch in a full sentence.

Before I used to think being Introverted was handicap, now I'm OK with it but it would be better if we would be able to be more efficient in communicating with others. Was also fearing mediocrity but now I'm realizing it might take allot of time until being able to excel in some field, especially some types of arts.

Nowadays close to my 30s I'm looking for truth about life,which until now I wasn't able to find but some pieces are starting to make sense, yet there are more to be discovered. I'm also looking into kind of a receipt for happiness, but I'm yet far to figure it out. I just hope that the years to come will set my mind more free, and more peaceful towards self.

Jeff C (not verified) says...

This is really neat! Describes me well. Thanks for the insight! It is nice to feel free to be myself!

Guest (not verified) says...

Any INFP type clasher(Clash of Clan) is welcome to join my new clan 'INFP'. There is only one clan with this name.

Guest (not verified) says...

Darn thats why I am stressed out and dissatisfied. I am technician at an electronics company.

Guest (not verified) says...

Aside from how accurate these descriptions are, my favorite part of this is reading the comments and seeing people like me. Most of these responses end in exclamation marks and exude a warm contentment, much of how I felt when reading the analysis itself. It's just pretty cool to see us all in one place :)

Joelle (not verified) says...

I used to be an ISFP for quite a long time and when I took the test again recently I changed to become an INFP.
(INFP was shown as my next dominat personallty type when I was an ISFP and now it swapped places and I have no idea why)

Guest105 (not verified) says...

being an INFP does not completely show who you are though, you determine that. even though it could show you a lot. Not all INFP's are the same .o.)

TM (not verified) says...

Pretty accurate :)

Eric Sixx (not verified) says...

This is so correct, it has me to a T. Its told me a lot of things I already knew about myself and I love who I am so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Talky (not verified) says...

Interesting and reassuring to read.

Also, this has to be the only comments box on the internet that hasn't lowered into intense arguing. Says a lot about INFPs!

Just Me (not verified) says...

Thanks for making me laugh because that is too true. A challenging aspect for me in being ans INFP is that when someone I love is physically ill or injured or emotionally upset, I get sucked into the vortex of that and, even in the realization that I cannot fix his/her pain, I would love to magically absorb their burden so they feel better. Yes, I have been known to run out in the street to get a cat out of the path of an oncoming car with total disregard for my own safety. Sigh.

Mouth (not verified) says...

Wow, so funny that I didn't notice that. Just basking in the warmth over here, lol.

Muranzo (not verified) says...

I'm an INFP, and a materials scientist and engineer... Weird passion to have for an INFP, but I see my engineering as an art form. If I had to do it all over again and choose something else, I would be a writer. But writers tend to not make as much money, and since I have the smarts for science, I figured I should use them.

Guest (not verified) says...

I wrote this earlier but felt this was relevant to your comment:

The descriptions of both INTP and INFP are overly simplistic when they imply you are either only understand technical systems (INTP), or that you are an illogical idealist that bases your decisions on feelings (INFP). Some people in both groups are most concerned of finding meaning and think in absolute truths. Some INFPs objectively understand how different people can effectively, realistically work together peacefully and happily. Many of these people can also transfer between what system they are interested in or change what system they are interested in over time (definitely if educated properly).

Everything is a system (people systems, government systems, technological systems, the ecosystem, etc.)- the difference between some of the people grouped in these categories is the system they choose to focus on.-

Carlos12 (not verified) says...

The video says INFPs tend to avoid conflict. I'm an INFP and I don't think that's necessarily true. If someone gets me riled up, I'm at the edge of my seat til I can set them straight! This girl in class suggested (hypothetically) a business could fire its custodians to save money and make sales associates do the work, because custodians are 'unskilled'. I got so mad! I'm the first person to speak up about what I think is right, even though I hardly talk in class.

Renz (not verified) says...

I took up tests before college and I was diagnosed as INTJ. Now, I'm a proud INFP. Everything is on point! I want to pursue things that would benefit the human kind, the environment and animals as well. The personalities and ideals toward life and work are so outright true. I thank the tests for letting me realize my inner self currently. Yes, people change. We are changing every now and then and I believe it's best to know yourself better from where you are today. It helps you grow into a person you want to be in the future! Now, I feel so light and calm and ready to take on what's ahead of me knowing that I have a greater purpose in life.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate, it's scary! I'm 100% an INFP, and have taken tests on so many websites. They have all come back with INFP. I'm proud to be me.

Zlaty (not verified) says...

Note the style that each personality type writes with. Check out the comments by each type, and you'll see that some types are more likely to gush their praise, and some are more focused on the practical part. It's really funny!

Tyana (not verified) says...

I got distracted, took a personality test, found out I was an INFP and saw that almost everything was exactly how it was. It's really cool to see how much is the same in how I interact with others. I am more concerned about how other people feel whenever I tell them something. When a friend of mine has a speech or something I always tell them how well they did and the things that they did really well with. Very rarely (I can't even think of a time I did this) do I tell them about something they did wrong. I also noticed that I do well in small group conversations and one-on-one conversations rather than big groups. In big groups and parties I usually find a spot and watch the other people enjoy themselves and feel happy that they are enjoying themselves. I may talk to one or two people but that is about it. I listen well according to some people I know. But when I am one on one with someone I tend to talk a lot. As you can tell...

I am a guest (not verified) says...

I would love if there was more of an understanding of this personality type. I have taken three tests and they all say I have this personality. It's hard for me socially because I'm a dreamer and not interested in the present. I would gladly sit and talk about the world and people and everything all day long. I'm so happy that I have finally found people like me. I just wish I was friends with them

Guest (not verified) says...

I found out i have a INFP personality. Seems others moods mine kind of mimics. Its like when i read about INFP personalities somebody actually knows who i am. Its really weird but i no longer feel misunderstood.

Cj4444 (not verified) says...

31,000 $ salary...yep. I've been exactly at that for years. I get frustrated with myself that I don't aim for some thing higher. But with higher salary comes too much stress and regiment. I've been a home health aide for years, yet have so much more potential. It's the most autonomous job I've found, other than working for myself. I did just get my massage license so hopefully that will be a little more challenging. I keep telling myself to work on that book I've started.

Guest (not verified) says...

I understand what you mean when you say you want peace with your job, even if it does not pay more. However, my question is how do you make $31k a year as a home health aide? Perhaps you work privately? Then, you'd have to pay for your own insurance. My understanding is that home health aides for companies in South Carolina make between $8.50 and $10 per hour, though the company will charge the family anywhere from $15 to $23. The company says there are so many fees they must pay that there is little left over once they pay the worker less than $10 hr.

MsDuckeyWuckeyGunks (not verified) says...

Well, I would say this is rather accurate. I prefer to keep to myself, than talk that much. This is amazing!! 10/10 IGN would play again

Hfontana (not verified) says...

You know, despite a lot of evidence that MBTI is not really accurate (There is particularly a statistic saying that formal MBTI tests have a replicability rate of 50%). I've found the types to be fascinating, and can't help but be obsessed by them. I think for this reason if any, that among all of the archetypes, this INFP must be close on. I've always been curious about what makes other people tick and that immortal question, "who am I?". Later I coupled this natural compassion and idealism with a pluralistic philosophy that is not so obsessed with absolute truths, which seems INFP like. Among some of my personality traits, I think the oldest and least flexible are INFP traits. I've always had that innate curiosity described above, coupled with a compassionate and accepting worldview. I have dealt with serious bouts of depression in my life, often due to failed expectations of others, self and feeling helplessly driven and controlled by those with authority over me. Also often I was the subject and dealer of ridicule as a child and teenager. People preyed on me I think for my perceived weakness both physically and temperamentally, my pedantic love for knowledge and my need for approval and affection from others. Enduring this life bitterly, coupled with my parents divorce and other personal and family calamities, I became a deeply resentful and scornful youth. My mind felt almost turned in on itself and on others sensitivities, which I had felt so crippled and weakened me in social life and possible success that they should be completely expunged and forcibly removed. This suffocation of feelings may have had me resemble somewhat an INTJ for some time. On the note to introversion, as a child I was naturally extroverted. Through teenage years I became highly introverted with a turbulent sense of self. One point mentioned in this article was the tendency for INFPs to fee they have been steamrolled by those who have a notion of the right way to do things. My father has been very guilty of this, forcing me down career paths and life decisions that might have suited him better than myself, ending up with an education in business and skill in manufacturing trades. I feel that, yes, this wholly ignorant and largely insensitive, often absent, always financially superior and domineering person who frequently referred to me as more of an employee than a son, has done well to add other traits to my person despite himself, and perhaps unlike some INFPs, I feel quite well rounded and have handled many professional responsibilities throughout my life. Perhaps for this reason, I have invariably tested within other personality types including ENTJ, ISTJ, ISTP and ESTP. My extroverted sensing skills have been quite sharpened through years working with my hands. Extroverted thinking has served me well in executing plans and communicating information bluntly on the fly. In the sense that introverted sensing may refer to looking upon personal and historical precedence for action, I do this quite a bit. In any event, these are some of my thoughts. Life has been strange as an INFP.

Guest 01 (not verified) says...

There are accurate ones but they are usually on paper. With these tests if you can take it some Student Services at High Schools or Colleges have them. Also some can be taken with a class. :)

Mamabear (not verified) says...

Freakishly accurate. What a great way to see how I can take my personality and use it to my advantage.

ExistentialJeny (not verified) says...

The personalities that relate to INFPs in certain ways seems very accurate from my experience (especially compared to other models I've seen). For some reason though, the men I've been most attracted to & felt were my soulmates were ESFP & ISTP. In the end I liked them more then they liked me. Of course, now I've met an ENFJ & see that we are a much better match, but there just must be fewer men out there who are single & looking of the types I'm most compatible with. That being said, INTJs & INTPs are likely to be my best friends when they have time & care & attention for me.

Mouth (not verified) says...

Wow if I knew where all you other INFPs were I might actually have friends. Lol. So hard for a weirdo like me to do something that simple, since people have a hard time understanding me but it's like all of you are in my brain!

TheCoffeeDrinker (not verified) says...

It says we are good musicians so we all should make a song together expressing how happy we are in being ourselves :)

magic (not verified) says...

so accurate its scary --- makes me happy knowing it identified me so well.. and that i'm not alone. :P but also sad knowing all the things i am trying to deal with / work through on my own.. from mental health to past traumas.. :'(

Lynn Litten (not verified) says...

We INFP's make such a small percentage of the population that it is difficult to form bonds, as we keep ourselves so contained in our own bubble. I wonder what would happen if we were all in the same room? I do feel the analysis of the INFP is spot on for me.

Evie Hanlon (not verified) says...

I wouldn't have thought so. Once you find yourself in the art/spiritual community we're pretty common.

Guest (not verified) says...

I wish they gave these tests in high school. It would have helped guide my career choices. Currently, I'm an accountant, but I'd much rather have become a fine artist or work in graphic design or Web design.

Anoop (not verified) says...

I used to think that I was kinda special and different from everyone. Well now I know how!
Some of my self images are updated ( or shattered) :P and I'm slightly disappointed about that ha ha
But hey.. I'm a goddamn healer! :D and I love being one.. that's what I've always done.

Thank you for these great tools and insights. It's like an oasis.

Guest (not verified) says...

oh no... material engineer here.. :(.. so that's why its so stressing... too late to back out. :(

Guest (not verified) says...

On one hand, I finally understood why i act a certain way, and why it is not a bad thing. It helped me in understanding myself and ultimately accepting myself for how I am. On the flipside, just learned that INFPs are the mosy likely to have suicidal thoughts in college. RIP me, I am going to uni soon and was excited about that. Now I know I am likely to seriously consider suicide. It is incredible how "Fun facts about INFPs" was not fun at all when you are the one suiciding :)

Suething (not verified) says...

This is about the 7th time i took this test and everytime I get infp (which makes sense and i am very content with the outcome, but I just tend to make a lot of tests to make sure). Also this description is spot on, I am so glad that it has been put into words so I dont have to search all over to find them.

thembela.associates says...

The Briggs-Myer personality type study/analysis is a God-send. I was so lost and feeling that I'm not normal and everything I am is wrong. And now that I have done the test and found out that I am an INFP personality (even though initial tests said I am INFJ but I am INFP to the TEE!), everything makes so much sense. I can now be confident about the way I think, my feelings, and ideals as intense and mind-draining as they are! Now I can smile and sleep well at night knowing I am ok. It's ok to want to help everyone, its ok to want the world to be a better place, its ok to have so many creative talents and have this burning feeling that I need to teach people or that I want to sit alone and write endlessly. I can go on and on... Thank you for this forum! This articles is so 100%!!

Guest (not verified) says...

How can I put all my ideas into reality? I have so many Ideas in form of music,writing,and busness like owning the ideal hotel. Please help me!

Ofentse (not verified) says...

I am very grateful to Myers Briggs for her constructive knowledge on personality types, which has helped me, especially since I'm still a youngster to reach my the destiny quicker on my journey of self-discovery.

Guest (not verified) says...

Lol this is hilarious! I'm an INFP and I'm a physician, I don't hate my job although I did hate residency which is excruciatingly painful for everyone in general. I may have preferred to be a writer I guess, but I'm enjoying where I'm at now.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm pretty sure this is me. Which is a bit awkward, considering im approaching senior year of high school and am now looking into colleges. I always kinda felt i would be an engineer, since my dad leans more toward stem (hes a doctor, who studied electrical engineering in college) and both my brothers are becoming engineers (though the second has doubts. :P). I'm not really sure i want to make any life-altering decisions based on information from the internet, but the "career" section, as well as the "famous people" (all artists. :P) makes me wonder.

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