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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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Rodney (not verified) says...

If you have the smarts, do it. There are all types different areas in law. I can be quite an activist against social injustice. So I can see a fit for you. If I knew then what I know now, I may have gone down the path of journalism, always seeking the truth. Only you will know. Hope this helps.

Guest (not verified) says...

As a prototypical INFP, I sometimes find robotic everyday communication (small talk) to be draining and stressful, often becuase I don't know what responses are appropriate and just end up worrying about making the other person uncomfortable. Because of this, it is easier to stagger back to Dreamland, and not face the world for what it is. There will be small talk, there will be apathetic people, there will be people who are unwilling to accept your help, and there is everyday drivel that will weigh you down. Life is a complicated balancing act. If I veer too far into Dreamland, I end up neglecting my everyday responsibilities (going to class, doing laundry, etc.), and if I sway too far into reality, I end up bearing the weight of the world on my shoulders.  Learning to walk this tightrope between Dreamland and reality is what allows me to be content with being part of the circus. 

eanan (not verified) says...

i'm infp but i would definitely like to be involved in politics at least in some manner, if not a major position, even though it wasn't listed lol. 

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Anders Wheeler (not verified) says...

The analysis was ok but the careers that came up were shit for me. Honestly I think it is bullshit. You can't decide on a career through a 15 minute test, sorry bout it.

anon127 (not verified) says...

well this explains why I want to die all the time 

woof (not verified) says...

looks like my job suit me;-P

AU (not verified) says...

For me, I'm in-between INFP and INFJ. I've done multiple tests and have always gotten either one of those two and have also read my percentages. As of now, it seems that I am 51% perspective and 49% judging. I personally think that most people don't fall exactly into their categories and instead are on the cusp of being multiple. How do all of you thing being in the middle of two categories works? Would it 'neutralize' it, so to speak?

Guest (not verified) says...

Strong INFP but because I found Christianity the truth and in the Bible we are taught the value of truth and also that only through Jesus can a person be saved, I will rather love people enough to tell them the truth than to let them be lost. I will rather put aside my feelings and obey than to live from feelings where they are contrary to Truth. 

A.m.f (not verified) says...

As an INFP I have been involved with many of the suggested fields: I was very imaginative and loved art as a child, as a youth I would draw up house designs (my dad was a contractor), I took writing workshops geared towards children's books, studied early childhood education and worked in schools (private and public), studied anthropology, psychology, am drawn to social sciences in general, volunteered as an ESL translator, took nutrition courses and am very interested in holistic health.

Currently, I manage a mobile massage business and am a lead coordinator for an annual nature/wildlife ecotour festival - I love connecting people with their passion or things that provide a benefit in some way. I am a trained Reiki practitioner (energy medicine), not practicing professionally at the moment.

I love working with intuition, creativity,  spiritual wisdom/life truths, helping organize events and network people (online vs phone), research and learning. I long to travel to more beautiful places in the world (nature, wildlife, sacred sites.) In my rare and coveted free time, I enjoy making soap and body care products and dabbling in silk painting or paint and sip projects with friends/family.

I do also get to flex my creative muscle managing social media channels for a local food manufacturing company. Unfortunately, the love has gone the past 1.5yrs and as an INFP it weighs pretty heavily, I struggle with inspiration. I'm grateful for the consistent paycheck (supplements my other jobs), health insurance, and most people I work with but the additional admin/HR and accounting tasks are repetitive (aka draining) and the business vision has turned heavily towards making money and less on balancing that with heart or building harmonious relationships. I feel like my skillsets are underutilized leaving a void. I'd ultimately like to focus on one main type of job - with variety and flexibility of schedule - as opposed to 3 part-time ones managing many tasks. I'm burnt out.

How to decide the direction to take when some have equal pull AND still pay the bills?? Get paid really well doing what we love - working smarter, not harder. Any practices out there that other INFP's have found helpful?

Thanks to everyone that has posted, it is interesting to learn how other INFP's are navigating the work and career realm of life. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Giving INFJ/P types a place to write is a good way to overload the cloud.

BerkHath (not verified) says...

Years ago I took this test -- INFP. I took it again only moments ago... with the same results. Obviously inate values don't change too much over time. For me, it's scary how accurate it is. Life is good.

Jooy Nguyen (not verified) says...

I am a freshman in college and is an INFP. I am majoring in Finance but am not sure if the job would fit me or not. I was planning to have journalism as a minor as well. Should I go for a Business degree or choose something else? I chose Business because I'm interested in economics and business but aren't really sure if these kind of jobs are suitable for abilities as well as my personality. Any INFP that has a different job please give me some tips ;^; 

Jooy Nguyen (not verified) says...

Actually, INFP-T is more accurate.

tennelle (not verified) says...

i am an infp too... i agree with everyone's thinking; feeling doesn't mean that we out our emotions over our logic, especially not when we're N people, it just means that our values are more important to us.

Elliot Boothe (not verified) says...

It's okay y'all I'm an INFP and I wanna die too. Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Bella Swan (Twilight) were all self destrucitve/suicidal and I am too

Michele Fawcett-Long says...

Hello Elliot. I hope that you will reach out to find support. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. They will understand, and they will be able to connect you with people in your area.

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