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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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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.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's funny I always felt a kinship towards Princess Diana now I understand why.Poor me I'm an idealist and my entire family by birth are narcissistic psychopaths.No lie I spent many years in therapy.I have point blank asked my therapist if she thought from what I told her.If she believed they were.She told me yes she did.Now I understand why I am so hurt by it all.You wouldn't believe the things they have done.I know now though that no contact is the only way for me to go.Thanks for the test.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm confused, am I an INTP or INFP? I've taken 3 test, and 2 of the 3 have resulted in INTP, I range between 3% & 5% on F. They share so many similarities except one 'feels' they are right and the other looks to 'reason' and 'logic.' This is not enough! I have read that an INFP may mistake reason because they feel deeply that they are right and refute facts even after proven inncorrect. . .That's me, but don't we all? Haha Did I mention I also suck at math? I also find close ones feel they can put they're burdens on me, but I can't be there emotionally. . . that may because of the I. Hmm ...

Guest (not verified) says...

spot on!

noahschilhab (not verified) says...

i always wanted to be a vetinerian.

Guest (not verified) says...

Really on point! I realized that I know myself full well because my jobs so far had been teaching, writing, and filming. Also, I've wanted to study psychology so much but ended up taking a communications major. And I also prefer being self-employed! WOW!!! JUST WOW. This is amazing. I'm also amazed at myself because my life decisions have in so far followed my personality manual!

6021010 says...

this was totally me

Suz Filbey (not verified) says...

Hi, I use the Meyer's - Briggs assessment with all the students that I tutor. Although my main focus is to rewire their neural pathways to learn like the majority of students (most of my students have dyslexia), I also spend time celebrating their unique strengths and guiding them to set long and short-term goals. I would love to see any information you develop or receive on using type in academic settings. Thanks for providing this valuable website.

Suz Filbey
Orton-Gillingham Specialist

KatieAA (not verified) says...

Hey everyone, I'm a INFP like you guys and most of the profile fits me but I need some advice about somethings. I'm currently struggling with socializing with people. I constantly come off either rude, too clingy or forward, or just plain odd. When I'm okay with someone, I tend to find it easier to speak but it still is sometimes hard. How can i just fix this?

KatieAA (not verified) says...

Hey guys,

Im thinking of becoming a chef\buinesss owner. Do you think that is a good choice for a INFP?

Guest (not verified) says...

This really helped me out. I feel better now that I understand my personality type more. I hope that there is more information that I can find.

Guest (not verified) says...

Here is some additional information about INFP's:
- We have a very strong sense of personal values, thus we can be very opinionated although we don't always voice out our opinions.
– Our ability to empathize is very strong. Personally, when I hear stories about people's struggles and whatnot, I often cry because I can somehow feel the pain they are feeling.
- We are good at connecting ideas together and are usually quick to grasp concepts.
– We have a tendency to avoid conflict or pretend as if nothing is wrong when in fact we are dealing with a huge problem.
– One of our biggest flaws is staying organized––whether it be in terms of environment or schedule.
– We have a habit of planning––mapping out schedules and making lists––but we almost never push through.
– Common pet peeve: 'fake' people and liars

Guest (not verified) says...

i test as infp on many sites and different tests,93% ~I however when i hear infj's speak i really relate to them! ...

guest (not verified) says...

Can anyone tell me how come that the percent of people in population vary so much throughout all the websites about myers-briggs? Like is there one general statistic, the biggest?

John P. (not verified) says...

Because they all use their own variation of Jungian tests and look at their own sample data (which is a limited sample based on whoever chooses to use their instrument). There is only one official MBTI assessment published by CPP ( that uses a centralized scoring engine and is most representative of accurate "MBTI" personality sample data. 

Chrishun7 (not verified) says...

So... This is absolutely amazing. Throughout my whole life I feel as if I never truly fit anywhere and I was just a strange person who felt all these ways but now. Seeing everyone on here talking like this... Its literally like talking to myself! I feel incredibly thankful that there are others like me :) I think that there should be groups for people in this personality type so we can just talk haha 

Guest (not verified) says...

This was pretty accurate for me! I found it interesting that my husband was a ENTJ which seems to be completely opposite from me as a INFP. Are there any extroverted/introverted combos out there as well?

Kevion (not verified) says...

This is great information, because I've did several of the occupations that were on the avoidance list and I didn't like any of them. I wish I was given this information in high school instead of now that I am 33 years old.

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