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INFP Strengths

Idealism. INFPs care deeply for others and believe it is their duty to make a positive impact on the lives of other people in any way they can. Because of this unbreakable commitment, INFPs are capable of great self-sacrifice, and they won’t compromise their ethical standards for personal benefit. INFPs are firm believers in the unlimited potential of human beings to achieve remarkable things, and they can always be counted on to provide encouragement or material support to those who are attempting to expand their horizons.

Integrity. Integrity means everything to INFPs, and that includes intellectual as well as moral integrity. Some people might accuse INFPs of being overly imaginative or of being willing to stretch logic to the breaking point in order to find the deeper meaning they insist must exist, but there is no denying that the deeply reflective nature of INFPs allows them to transcend the boundaries of imagination that so often prevent us from discovering new solutions to old problems.

Compromise. As empathic idealists, harmonious relations are like a balm to the soul for INFPs. In family settings or when working in groups, INFPs are highly effective as mediators because they are legitimately interested in the viewpoints of all and will go out of their way to make sure that everyone is given a fair hearing. They are enthusiastic advocates of cooperation and believe that no difficulty is insurmountable when people work together for a common cause. 

Dedication. It is easy to pay lip service to virtues like compassion, creativity, originality and open- mindedness, but these ideas don’t mean much unless they can be translated into real-world applications. Fortunately, INFPs are masters at doing just that. Passionate and committed to the cause, these personalities have a unique ability to mold and shape their surrounding environment in ways that promote self- improvement and transcendent achievement for all. 

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INFP Weaknesses

Sensitivity. Their deep compassion, sensitivity and commitment to originality allows INFPs to interface with their interpersonal landscapes in a constructive manner, but these feelings also leave them vulnerable to disillusionment and powerful existential angst. INFPs who venture enthusiastically out into the world can end up retreating into lethargy and depression when they discover their idealism isn’t always shared or respected by others, and their incredible talents can go completely to waste when they become too discouraged to continue.

Impracticality. While their insistence on standing up for justice and decency is admirable, the intensity of their feelings can occasionally leave INFPs unwilling to make compromises even when doing so might be necessary to get something accomplished. Sticking to your morals is admirable, but in the real world it may be impossible to accomplish anything unless the INFP can find a way to give and take a little and find practical, if imperfect, solutions to problems. 

Selflessness. INFPs have a tendency to neglect or suppress their own needs if they believe it is necessary to keep the peace or make others happy. When a person holds his or her insecurities inside for too long, it can eventually cause a blow-up or an emotional breakdown. Sensitive INFPs often suffer in silence, and this is a pity because INFPs and their fellow travelers usually have people in their lives who care about them a lot and would be more than happy to help them deal with their heartaches and disappointments. 

Vulnerability. Compassionate to the core, INFPs lead with their hearts rather than their heads and this can sometimes set them up for trouble. Unfortunately there are users and manipulators out there who are always on the lookout for easy targets, and from the standpoint of these individuals INFPS might as well have flashing neon signs attached to their foreheads that say “exploit me, exploit me!” Trust is a wonderful thing, but not when it makes you gullible. 

INFP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, INFPs should:

Learn to recognize the difference between compromise and concession. People who disagree with INFPs are simply seeing things from a different point of view, but to an INFP, it can feel like they are being backed into a corner. Instead of digging in their heels, INFPs must find a way to detach from the situation so they can comprehend the motivations of their opposition more clearly. If it is only a difference in values and not a lack of them that is responsible for divergent opinions, then INFPs should not expect others to give in to stubbornness any more than they would if the shoe were on the other foot.

Make sure dreams and fantasies are used to enhance reality rather than replace it. INFPs who look out at the world with idealistic eyes often see grand vistas of beauty and limitless possibility that others are not capable of perceiving. But INFPs sometimes choose to retreat into these fantasies instead of using them to solve real-world problems. Imagination can open the door to better possibilities, and INFPs should never lose sight of its transformative potential. 

Learn to respect the details. No matter how wonderfully inventive a new idea might be, it won’t get anywhere if the logistical details required to put it into practice are ignored or neglected. INFPs may find this aspect of the creative processes a bit boring, but they should challenge themselves to overcome their disinterest and pay attention to all those annoying details anyway. 

Seek out leadership positions. INFPs have strong egalitarian instincts, are natural conciliators, passionately believe in the utility of cooperation, are excellent listeners, and never fail to pay attention when someone has a new idea to share. These admirable qualities double as superb leadership skills, and no one who possesses them should avoid leadership positions simply because they aren’t extraverts. Above all else, leaders must have the respect of those they presume to lead, and INFPs are just as capable of gaining that respect as any other personality type. 

Accept themselves as they are without apology. Because their standards are so high, INFPs have a hard time forgiving themselves when they fail to meet their own expectations. They may also become indecisive and fall into a perfectionism so extreme that it cuts off their flow of creativity and makes it impossible for them to excel and achieve. This dynamic is unfortunate, especially as INFPs would never think of holding others to such impossible standards. For the sake of their mental health and happiness, INFPs must learn to stop comparing themselves to others and recognize that they should prioritize their own happiness.

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White flower (not verified) says...

Hi! Is there any INFP nurses? I'm thinking about pursing Nursing but I'm still not sure if it's for me. I find it interesting and I want to help people in any way possible. I've taken many career assessments and they all point me to a healthcare profession such as Speech Language Pathologist, Nurse Midwife, and Occupational therapist. But they also require a Master's degree but right now I want to focus on getting a Bachelor's degree. 

Thomport (not verified) says...

Yes. I'm am RN who recently retired from full time work.  I recently discovered INFP as a personality type.  It's me pretty much to a T. I excelled at nursing.  It was almost annoying to me all the attention and complements I received in my tenure. I just wanted to do my thing. Fortunately I worked in a specialty that was up and coming and discovering itself.  I was able to be very creative and had a lot input into the overall operation.  It was a medical facility inside a prison.  I actually loved the work.  I got a great retirement out of the job.  It was recognized a a law inforcement job (but my medical skills were necessary and employed in my day to day duties). I also initially worked in a hospital.  I loved it there too. Nursing took the shyness out of me, but I still need and enjoy my alone time. I say go for it.  The your innate qualities will prosper. 

Kaitlin W (not verified) says...

Yes that's funny that you ask. I am a registered nurse and I couldn't picture myself doing anything else. It feels like I was born to do this job. In fact it doesn't feel like a job to me. 
-INFP 

lori H (not verified) says...

I am a strong INFP and I have been a registered nurse for 20 years.  I believe it fits nursing very well.  The beauty of  nursing is there is a lot of choices for a career choice.  I am an aesthetic nurse working with lasers and I do tattoo makeup on the side for my artistic side.  We love to help people, and are natrual healers.    

Lori

White flower (not verified) says...

Lori, I really like that you are still pursing your artistic passion. That's great to hear! 

White flower (not verified) says...

Thank you so much for sharing! I really like that there are so many specialities and I hope I find one that I love. 

Andie.RN (not verified) says...

I am a nurse as an INFP. I find it very challenging. There are days where I want to work alone and that is not possible as a nurse. I dont enjoy the registered nurse position in a hospital. Therefore, I am going to be pursuing a masters degree in nursing education so that I can teach nursing, resulting in less labor and emotional stress. I feel that everyone is different though. You have to try it before you can ultimately know for sure. But if you get a degree in nursing and find that you dont like the bedside there are many opportunities that lead you to better jobs within nursing. Going higher is always going to be better. 

White flower (not verified) says...

Thanks for posting, Andie! I'm just having a hard time figuring out if nursing is for me. I think the only way I will know for sure is if I go through with nursing school and become a nurse. The jobs that I am attracted to require at least a Master's degree to become a Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Midwife. That's very cool that you are going to get your Master's! Hope everything goes great. 

sabmicah (not verified) says...

I just look the test and I am this, and that describes me so much. I am the friend that helps everybody and ends up getting no help back and being stuck with my feelings and saddness. I will hold up my feelings for months untill lI tell anybody, and usually ends with sobbing, even though I hate to cry. I am also a artist, and does digital art. It is so cool to find other people that can think the same way as me.

Syafiqah (not verified) says...

i am an INFP and an engineer. I have had few personalities test during my uni which inclines towards INFP or phlegmatic personality. Sometimes, when things drained me or bored me, im questioning about my career path. To stay and being engage to something that underutilized my values. Or to start over and doing what I wanted to do, which incling towards arts and creative making.

Sumpfmarie (not verified) says...

Engineers don't only design cars and bridges. I'm a mediator, idealistic horsewoman and engineer. So I design horse barns with the mission to imrpove life for domestic horses. Love it! And I can do more for the horses than if I had chosen an actual equine profession. Think outside the box and combine your talents with your mission. 

Kat&Scaz (not verified) says...

Hey Syafiah,

from one infp to another, follow your heart! You might be worse of for it monetarily and emotionally but you should do it anyway. Good luck!

Melanie J McDonough (not verified) says...

I was a civil engineer for a couple of years before I realized it wasn't for me. Got certified in a type of therapy and am crazy happy now and super fulfilled. Do what you are meant to! The world needs you. 

Liz L. (not verified) says...

Hi Melanie,

I’m also an INFP they have  considered going into counseling or therapy,  but not sure I want to go back to school for a MSW.  What type of therapy did you get certified in?

Jessica Secreto (not verified) says...

Hi Liz

I'm an infp as well and am just starting my second year of a psychotherapy MA and truly am loving it. Wish I'd taken this test a decade ago when I first entered school. Irvin Yalom really got me interested in therapy. Good luck! It's never too late to do something you're interested in. A lot of the fun for me is in the process. 

tabish rahman (not verified) says...

hi fella you are on the same page i will tell you that dont give up anything that you desire you should left those possiblity open and for whenever it will be possible for now do the best in what you should do until you find what you want

fellow INFP (not verified) says...

Why can't engineers have an artistic flair?  Who wants boring looking bridges and buildings or cars or anything for that matter?    Also you can relate to your workmates in a way that is unique to you.  Maybe your talents are best used where there is a shortage of them?   Cheers to you and God bless you.

 

EngineerLover32 (not verified) says...

Hello there my future spouse I am also an infp and have always wanted to end up with an engineer because of their hefty wealth and commintment to education. I am a great cook (I can microwave mac n cheese and make a mean ice soup) and have a voice like silk and will sing to you songs about good oral hygiene and proper food safety. plz respond to me my good dude-xoxo 

Caitlyn Baduria (not verified) says...

I think that if your dream is really towards to arts and creative making, you should go for it. Do you like engineering? Which one do you think you'd be more happier pursuing? I think pursuing the one you enjoy doing more should be the career you're pursuing. For me, I'm also an INFP and I REALLY love the arts (mainly music stuff) and want to pursue that, so that I will work hard towards on. Think about what will make you the happiest. I encourage you to follow what makes you the happiest, to follow what would be the most enjoyable to you as a career. :)

Elliot Jewel (not verified) says...

What about INFPs in love? Like two INFPs together?

tabish rahman (not verified) says...

lovely emotional fulfilling and no problems with any silence and conversation since both will be god at putting things on later they will tolerate lots of work and it can be the worse and best thing.

Weadee Mombo (not verified) says...

I'm not sure if this counts but my identical twin sister and I are both INFPs. We're roomates at university and shared a room growing up. Living with another INFP is a double edged sword. Conversation and silence both flow easily between us and I never feel bored with her. It's just comfortable if you know what I mean. The dowsnide really comes down to day to day things. We both push things to "later". Dishes never get washed, we're both disorganized and once we went months without folding or putting our laundry away. Whenever there's a problem, since we both hate confrentations, we'll bottle it up until one day we're both crying in frustration. This happen once a year at most though. Maybe a lot of this is because we're siblings, but in my case, living with someone that's the same MBTI as me, is like living with the best and worst parts of myself.

tabish rahman (not verified) says...

Dude thats emotionally fulfilling but physics painful lol since i put things on later for months and specially my laundry and just one day i think about it more than usual and hype up Myself for taking that pain lol. good luck its lovely

UBfairyINFP (not verified) says...

My boyfriend and I met when we were 14 years old and now we're 19 and 20. We're both types INFP and our relationship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. There's so much love and deepness and I wouldn't want anyone else. Love whomever you want to love, don't let their personality type get in the way of it. 

CJJackson (not verified) says...

No!!!! You need someone in a relationship with executive funation (External T or External F) in at least 3rd position.   It just won't work practically.

Eskulmo (not verified) says...

Completely agree. My husband is an INTJ. Nothing will get done around the house without him helping, motivating and directing. 

David says...

I need to show this to some people. It'll take a lot less time than trying to describe myself.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm INFP and make $120,000/yr. Glad I bucked the low pay trend.

Vladimir Wadegreene (not verified) says...

What do you do for work if you dont mind me asking?

Aubree luvsvladimir (not verified) says...

I have always wanted to meet a man named vladimir you have such a beautiful way with words I bet you have a jawline like chiseld marble-xoxo aubree

MBTI Obsessed (not verified) says...

For those of you struggling between two types such as INFP or INTP, it's often helpful to learn more about Kiersey's Temperaments.  There's four:  SP, SJ, NT, NF.  Lookin at our type, see which one uses has those two letters and no, there's not a logical breakdown.  Once you learn more about the four temperaments, you will be able to see which one "sounds like you" the most.  Knowing the four temperaments won't help you to decide if you're more a E or I or even a J or P.  But it will help you to see how the four temperaments work.  (These designations, by the way, go back to Socrates only he used different names for them.)  When I was learning about temperaments, I found it helpful to think of people I knew that fit each one.  So, now when I think of John, I know he's a perfect SJ.  Try it, it's fun! 

Zak (not verified) says...

What about an INFP and INFP

Kevin W. Burrows says...

I think INFP type is a tricky one. I have found my interest to explore different jobs in different industries to be highly exciting. It was the pursuit of opportunity that was the exciting part. Staying at the jobs is and was another story. I am at a cross roads because I have had to figure out why it is I can start but can't stay. I want to stay. In order to "stay" I have to be feeling engaged and interested in the actual work that I am doing. I have to feel freedom and understood in order to maybe "stay". Thoughts, let me know. 

Elle (not verified) says...

BIG YES!!! I'm at a crossroads between realizing exploring different jobs in different industries has been the most rewarding part about my life so far. However, the staying has always been the biggest issue for me too. I think in the beginningof a job, I am quite idealistic, then everything seems to change if I don't feel engaged/interested/ limited or begin to notice the job begins to compromise business ethics that you can only discover with experience. I start checking out. Email me if you want. 

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

Alia (not verified) says...

Dear Elliot,

You seem like a very gifted person that has a gift for the creative arts. Life can be challenging, I know that myself as I have been in the very same position before of feeling hopelessness but please remember despite what may seem to be evident circumstances their is a dream invisioned that is yours to have. Don't give up hope. 

 

 

Nowguy27 (not verified) says...

Hey,  Elliot. Life does throw curve balls at one from time to time. I've got my fair share as well.

Identifying with infp myself, each time something unpleasant happens, (meaning I don't get what I want), my first instinct is to withdraw inside to nurse "the wound".

I am starting to observe the self-talk that goes on. If it's leading towards love, I feel good. However, when it comes from fear, e.g. avoid such people/thing/situation, the INFP trait of perceiving instead of judging really helps me to back off from cookie cutter answers, and choose the road less traveled 😉😉

Many a time, this road leads to incredible adventures. I kid you not.

I am forever advising people to be grateful for the breath that we're given. Same advice I'd want to leave here. 

From: INFP type 

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.

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.

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.

BECCAINFPT (not verified) says...

I'm an INFP-T also!! I will share that one of the biggest struggles I have had is acknowledging that I am capable of MUCH MORE than what my personality profile says I am capable of doing/being. Just becuase our personality type doesn't typically do a certain thing does NOT mean that we are unable to do it. It simply means that TYPICALLY this personality is NOT found in certain fields. 

Personal Example: I am NOT a loud leader, I am more of a quiet, behind the scenes leader. But, within the last year I have spoken at my church 3 times and am currently directing a large play. It hasn't been easy. I like my quiet box. BUT, it has stretched me and I am becoming a good director, even though being loud and telling people what to do is NOT what I would prefer to be doing. 

Do what you love. If you start and find that you don't enjoy it, find something else. I know personally, it is difficult to stay at a job that doesn't line up with my values and what I am passionate about. 

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

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

wonder789 says...

I laughed too much at this. Witty humor. lol

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. 

infp all the time (not verified) says...

wow, I can say that what you write here is probably everything that I wish I can be. I have lots, lots of thought about what I want to do...I really love arts, paintings, music, stories, and mostly spirituality--I love to read books, and collect art books. And I always wish I can do more, but I always think I have less time to do it all. I just sometimes confused of maintaining my private with social life (which I also need, because I'm 51% Introverted and 49%Extraverted).  So back to my confuseness, I just feel like I cannot do all things that I want to do, and keep wondering why? Maybe, because I am also a thoughtful person, like I always think a loooong time before I decide to do something. And when I think of something I can think about it too much, so I need to write down what's inside my heart. I also love to analyze people, especially those who are interesting for me! So I read about this personality traits at like, most of my time when I can finally be alone and fulfil my curiousity to some knowledge. So, should I be taking courage to just do what I want just like you do? Because sometimes I am also worried that I can't complete the task or fulfil my goals. Or just get overwhelmed. But when I do nothing and just sitting down here, thinking, I also feel quite useless. Dang, it feels hard to be an INFP myself I think. Too much things that I'm thinking, and can't get over it sometimes. 

Kayla123 (not verified) says...

Wow, we sound like the same person! I am in the same boat, feeling the opposing forces of wanting to be creative adn inspired but also needing to pay the bills. Do you have any updates on your situation? Thanks!!

infp all the time (not verified) says...

yeapp, i also feel quite the same thing here. always wanted to do a job that will fulfil my passion, but doesn;t give good income. now i'm currently working in a company with a good paycheck but again, the work drains me a lot. But now i always ensure myself to hang on because I know that I'm working with some good partners at work, and my boss is also a good leader. And I also think that this condition probably can help me to have an endurance a little bit more, and a bit more again. So I can say, I am not satisfied with what I'm doing, but I also realize there must be another goal that I can reach. But I always know I won't be staying too long working in this kind of field (I am currently doing graphic design for companies, dealing with such things as tight deadlines, stressful and long hours, bad clients and communication sometimes, etc). And, I will pursue what I want to do later because currently I just really need money now. 

tabish rahman (not verified) says...

dude this is exactly what i want to do but i am now just a kid but yea it is what i want to do. that's wonderful

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