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The INFP Personality Type

INFPs are imaginative idealists, guided by their own core values and beliefs. To a Healer, possibilities are paramount; the realism of the moment is only of passing concern. They see potential for a better future, and pursue truth and meaning with their own individual flair.

INFPs are sensitive, caring, and compassionate, and are deeply concerned with the personal growth of themselves and others. Individualistic and nonjudgmental, INFPs believe that each person must find their own path. They enjoy spending time exploring their own ideas and values, and are gently encouraging to others to do the same. INFPs are creative and often artistic; they enjoy finding new outlets for self-expression.

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What does INFP stand for?

INFP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. INFP indicates a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). INFPs are sometimes referred to as Healer personalities due to their sympathetic idealism and gentle compassion for other people.

INFP Values and Motivations

INFPs value authenticity and want to be original and individual in what they do. They are often concerned with a search for meaning and truth within themselves. Following tradition holds little appeal for the INFP; they prefer to do their own exploration of values and ideas, and decide for themselves what seems right. INFPs are often offbeat and unconventional, but they feel no desire to conform. The INFP would rather be true to themselves than try to fit in with the crowd.

INFPs are accepting and nonjudgmental in their treatment of others, believing that each person must follow their own path. They are flexible and accommodating, and can often see many points of view. It is important to the INFP to support other people; however, the INFP may react strongly if they feel their own values are being violated. They especially hate being steamrolled by people who insist there is one right way to do things. INFPs want an open, supportive exchange of ideas.

How Others See the INFP

INFPs may initially seem cool, as they reserve their most authentic thoughts and feelings for people they know well. They are reflective and often spiritual, and often interested in having meaningful conversations about values, ethics, people, and personal growth. Typically curious and open-minded, the Healer continually seeks a deeper understanding of themselves and of the people around them. They are passionate about their ideals, but private as well; few people understand the depth of the INFP’s commitment to their beliefs.

INFPs are sensitive and empathetic, and engage themselves in a lifelong quest for meaning and authenticity. The mundane aspects of life are of less interest to this type, and they are more excited by interesting ideas than by practical facts. They typically accept others without question, and may take special interest in offbeat points of view or alternative lifestyles. They often have a special affection for the arts, especially the avant garde, as they love experiencing new concepts in self-expression.

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How rare is the INFP personality type?

INFP is the ninth most common type in the population. They make up:

  • 4% of the general population
  • 5% of women
  • 4% of men

Famous INFPs

Famous INFPs include Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Chloe Sevigny, William Shakespeare, Bill Watterson, A.A. Milne, Helen Keller, Carl Rogers, and Isabel Briggs Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

INFP Quotes

"INFPs excel in fields that deal with possibilities for people."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Healers care deeply—passionately—about a few special persons or a favorite cause, and their fervent aim is to bring peace to the world and wholeness to themselves and their loved ones."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"Clearly INFPs are best when whatever they're doing serves their personal values."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about INFPs

Interesting facts about the INFP:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Artistic, Reflective, Careless, Sensitive, Flexible, and Appreciative
  • Among least likely of all types to suffer heart disease
  • In men, among least likely to report chronic pain
  • Second highest of all types to report marital dissatisfaction
  • Among most likely to have suicidal thoughts in college
  • Tend to be more successful than the average in learning a foreign language
  • Among types most likely to be dissatisfied with their work
  • Personal values include Autonomy and Creativity
  • Overrepresented in occupations in counseling, writing, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

INFP Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for INFPs include poetry, creative writing, music, photography, theater, and visual art.

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Ti (not verified) says...

Hey Elle,

I didn't come here to read comments, but then found myself scrolling and saw yours. I myself have experienced a similar situation as I've gotten older. I'm a young professional, and I actually did end up going into the field I majored in at college, but after a hiatus for some months following. And honestly speaking, the reason I went into it was because I had a conversation with an old professer/mentor where I decided sometimes you just have to bite the bullet to get to where you want to be. For me that was going into a career so that I could pay off my student debt. 

That being said, all throughout my life I've found myself to be interested in something for 3 to 4 years, and once that time has passed and I feel like I've accomplished things that I wanted, I move on to something else. I've come to realize I like being a "Jill of all trades". My preset is not to just settle on one thing but for so long because I like to continously be learning through life. I went into college undeclared for this reason, and ended up switching majors three times before landing on something that maintained my interest. For me that was mass communications, specifically advertising because it married a lot of the things I was interested in. I see myself in it for now, but even saything this I know it won't be my forever job because it's not me to feel anchored to one thing. 

I said all this to say you don't have to have it figured out, but at the core follow your interest. I didn't mind switching majors because I knew eventually I would land somewhere I was meant to be. I also have always hated feeling discontent with what I'm doing. If it doesn't ressonate with you then why stay in it especially when you are paying for the education you are getting? Also, never be dissapointed in the decisions you make because at one time that's what you wanted, so there's no use seeing it as a fail. You will learn from the choices you make whether it be you never want to do that thing again, or that it was amazing and you want to continue in that direction. That's what life is, a series of oops and okays. All in all, take it one step at a time and don't be afraid to switch your major, but also don't be afraid to stay in it if you do find it interesting. It's what you're doing now, but doesn't have to be what you're doing always. 

I hope this helps!

Sunny (not verified) says...

I feel that I empathy too much and overly sensitive. All of this makes me feel stress, anxiety and anger in my body all the time, sometime it lead to emotionally burnout. I tried to focus on myself more than other but it’s so hard to act like you don’t care but you already feel it. 

And the other thing is I’m indecisive person. I often delay my decision until it got not time to make it, especially when I have to make a big decision for my life.

Anyone feel like me?

Sorry for my bad English
:(

Lillian (not verified) says...

Hi Sunny,

From my personal experience I would suggest to build and keep your own boundaries —— you don't have to be responsible for others' emotions and feelings, and you have no obligations of fullfilling others' expectations. You only have to do it when you feel the want and need to do it. Secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting others. When you are already burnout and exhausted, it's okay to say no to an "outside emergency". 

And maybe some helpful online channels:

Amy Young - a Youtube channel talks about building boundaries and self-care;

Woebot - an app designed based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where you could chat with an AI for daily emotional check-in, gratitude jounarling, practicing mindfullness, self compassion, etc. (It saved me, someway ;)

 

fskmjks (not verified) says...

I'm also really indecisive, I honestly hate it about myself so much because making decisions (even small and not super important) is sooo hard for me. As I get older it becomes more and more frustrating.

Mara (not verified) says...

Hey there,

I can't even explain how much I can relate to that feeling! I become easily frustrated when things don't work out. At the moment I feel very burnt out.

Often I don't know what to do...

Btw your English is perfectly fine :)

AJ (not verified) says...

i completely get you. i'm overtly sensitive, indecisive, and non confrontational. sometimes i feel that people think i'm weak. focus on you! you're not alone :)

hi everyone (not verified) says...

Hello, i'm very lost with what to do with my life. I'm in my second semester of university majoring in marketing and media after changing from a science degree (had no specific major). Now, I am very anxious about my decision. I am scared that I will never find my passion. :( .I don't know... should I have changed to nursing instead? 

Angie_14 (not verified) says...

Hi! I don't know much about majors in college but I do know about feeling stuck. Finding your passion is probably one of the hardest decisions you'll make in your life. It can take a few months or it can take a lifetime. The best thing you can do is look everywhere. Think about the things you love. Try taking a walk through a park or by the beach if you find yourself inspired by nature. Read books. Watch movies. Spend time with people you love. Try new things everywhere you look and seize every opportunity you have to learn something new. As for what you do in college, don't stress out too much. School is there for you to learn. So many people don't even go into professions similar to their major anyway. I think you should just pursue what your heart tells you to. Don't stress about what your decision can do for the future because you have the power to do anything you want. Whatever feels like the right choice in your gut is your best option. Think about hobbies and how you can work them into a career. You don't need to be in charge of Wendy's Twitter to have a job in marketing. Maybe you like drawing and could be a graphic designer. You mentioned nursing and science; if that's something you're passionate about then by all mean go after it. If you chose a major that will teach you a useful skill you can use later on that's great. If you chose something that relates to something you've always loved doing that's great. The best thing you can do right now is to work hard. Study hard in whatever subject you choose. Give yourself a break from time to time, but also never stop pushing to be the best version of yourself you can be. It sounds like you have a big workload in of you right now, and you'll thank yourself later when you get to the bottom of it. And trust me, your passion will come naturally. It might take a while, but you'll know when it's there. There's a good chance it can be a huge risk, but you'll never know until you take a leap. Just know that it's going to get easier. I can't stress enough to work hard. Ask for help from friends when you need it. I don't know about your life, so make sure to find good friends who are open and support you. A little bit of optimism goes a long way.

You have your whole life ahead of you, so relax and take things one step at a time. I'm rooting for you!

Danny D. (not verified) says...

Maybe think about getting a masters degree in psychology so you can be a therapist. It took me 'til my late twenties after dropping out of law to realize this for me. It's super easy for INFPs. 

Stasifile (not verified) says...

Hello,

I just read your comment about psychology

i have studied this and found the studies very interesting 

However when I went into the workforce, I was disappointed 

the industry often deals with people that have learning disabilities and high levels of aggression

This job gives me anxiety as I always feel that I can be attacked

many people don't try to use the suggestions and it goes nowhere

besides this, it's all about money and kpis, when you work for a company all they want to do is take the government funding

 

i am yet to still find a career that I can thrive in

RAMEN (not verified) says...

Infp here, and terribly excited to be one! 

Fatma Nadjah Manda (not verified) says...

I am an INFP. I really want to be a doctor. I am not sure if its the right job for me. Are there INFPs who are pursuing medical degree?

John Parker (not verified) says...

If you’re an INFP, you are naturally a healer...and doctors heal. If you have a desire for that occupation, God has given you that desire. Ask yourself why you want to be a doctor. The answer is always in the question. Good luck!

Aberam (not verified) says...

You can do whatever you like, pal. Just put your mind to it.

 

David (not verified) says...

You are overthinking things, I am a strong INFP so it's imortant for us to exersize different aspects of our personality. I love puzzles, does it fit my personality style according to the test? No. Everyone is more complex than a personality test could ever pin point. Do what you want to do. 

Anonymous (not verified) says...

Your personality type shouldn't deprive you from succeeding in a certain field. If it's truly what YOU want to do then go for it. Like people say work hard play hard. 

Jas (not verified) says...

Hey recent fresh graduate in community practice. I'll say there aspects I love and some that I hate (hate the billing aspect),, the beauracracy, and politics) but I love some of my patients. I'm told I'm one of the few people that actually listens and values their input when making decisions and that does mean something to me knowing that what I'm doing is making a difference. I think personally I would have preferred to specialize in a field of medicine that didn't require me to interact with my patients as much (anesthesiology, or another form of internal medicine) as I could do my job and not need to interact with anyone more than necessary. But I didn't feel like pushing on in school. I work 4 days on 3 days off and use my job to fuel my other hobbies/passions (rock climbing, photography, cycling, and spending time with my close friends). If it wasn't for the balance in my life I think I would dislike my work as well as my life. So having a good balance and creative pursuits definately helps. I don't know if I've answered your question in a way that makes your decision easier, but I'll say that whatever you do, how you view it makes the difference in how you'll enjoy it, the people that surround you, and what you do outside of your career make a big difference as well. Pursue what you think will make you happy but have other things in your life that make you happy and take your mind off of the stuff you really dislike with the healthcare profession etc..... 

Ahmad Nazmy (not verified) says...

Salam and hello my fellow Mediators, btw im the assertive type. Well, i didnt know anything about Medical Education, because im a trader. I see in a big picture such as world economy, its easy to make money alone by only trading. Well but i insist to pursue in Education in Medications. I think if we consume THC/CBD aka maryjuana in a right way especially during covid's season, the first thing that ll close down is actually Hospital rather than tobacco company. Does anyone ever getting sick after they consume maryjuana? Nahh if ur getting deaper in economic world, they say maryjuana also can be use as the currency. And if u want ur money to be in safe heaven, convert that paper to gold/silver. Anyway im sorry if my point of view is too idealist 😌

The Guy (not verified) says...

Hey Ahmad,

im thinking about becoming a tradr too. Without going into too much detail: It interests me on how you started into your career ? How long ago did you start into it ? Also I heard the market is very volatile and its pretty dangerous ?

Dr. Jessie (not verified) says...

Hello. I am an INFP who practiced as an MD for the past 17 years, 13 years as a Board-Certified OB/GYN. I now practice Integrative and Functional Medicine. I think we need INFP's in clinical medicine now more than ever. If you do decide to pursue medicine as a career, ask yourself whether you have extremely strong family and social support, as well as a strong sense of yourself. Before starting medical school, make sure you know how to care for yourself and listen to your body and mind when you need to rest and relax. I didn't have these supporting conditions while I was an Ob/Gyn and a single mother raising two boys. I struggled with deep depression, anxiety, and ultimately burn-out. I made the decision to leave conventional medicine to take care of myself. 

 

I also agree that the choice of specialty can be very important.

 

I am extremely grateful for the privilege of practicing as a physician, and I have finally learned that you must always care for yourself as well as you care for others!

 

Best to you!

Dr.Sanjeev (not verified) says...

May be not . But it depands which branch you want to pursue ...

Like i am now doing psychiatry... 

I am an INFP too

Sissel B (not verified) says...

Hi! I'm an INFP who wants to go to be a doctor too. I've been worrying if it's not the right path for me because I've always been told to be a writer or a painter. But I think the most important thing is to do what interests you. For me, that's endocrinology or forensic pathology. So that's what I'm going to do. Listen to your heart and it'll tell you what you should do. I wish you luck!

Payalin (not verified) says...

Hi! I felt so comfortable on this forum as there are so many people here who I feel I could relate well with. 
Last year I lost my grandfather and that kicked off several months of severe depression and anxiety. It was my first episode and I was quite lost dealing with it. It was nothing like I could have ever imagined experiencing. The constant guilt, feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy, sadness and apathy, fear of so many different things. Anyhow I started seeing a therapist and things improved. I quit my job because it became a toxic environment where my superiors were unnecessarily harsh and I couldn't cope with it. I took some time off and have now started working in a different sector which I have always been passionate about. But I'm still having some trouble focusing, working, staying motivated and correctly evaluating and appreciating my work. 
I was wondering whether our personality type is simply more prone to depression and anxiety? Have other people here also dealt with this? 

Adela F.K. says...

I found that I am an INFP-T. When I was younger, I was tested and found intellectually gifted. I have heard that a lot of intellectually gifted people struggle with their mental health. I cannot say that my mental health is directly correlated with my personality type, or my intellect, or whether its actually genetic or situational.  However, with that being said, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 13. I was also diagnosed with PTSD later on. I have quite a bit of trouble with emotional regulation. I find that most of my imagination and creativity is used towards self sabatoge. Most of my time during a day is used daydreaming and escaping reality. I disassosiate a lot and am very critical about who I am as a person. My mood swings are quite severe. I have always known this to be normal though. I was suicidal at age 8, and didn't decide that I didn't really want to die until I was 17. I have now spent the last 2 years of life deciding what I want to do with it. I still struggle, but I go to therapy every week. And perhaps this is a lot of oversharing (that would be my insecurity at work), but I am writing all of this, in hope to answer your question. I can't speak for anyone else, but if my testimony helps in the slightest, here it is.

Angel katsaro (not verified) says...

Thank you. I find work to be rewarding unless people are unpleasant to me. Then I find it unbearable. I hope your situation changes for the better. 

Misdiagnosed (not verified) says...

Hello, I am an INFP and I was diagnosed first with depression, then with bipolar disorder when I was 19 years old.  I want to share my story, in the hopes that someone might find it helpful.  I was always a sensitive child and teenager, I felt isolated, different, and like there was something wrong with me. However, my experience with clinical depression was situational.  I got in a fight with my mom, was kicked out of the house, dropped out of college, and was really struggling with what I wanted to do with my life.  I was put on anti-depressants and they led me to be suicidal (this isn't uncommon, particularly in teens and young adults).  I overdosed on the anti-depressants, which put me into a manic state.  This led to my diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and a year-long battle with being hospitalized and being put on a whole slew of medications. I am so thankful that I got pregnant because they took me off all the medicine that was making me feel worse.  It's been 20 years, I have not been on any medication and I haven't had any repeated incidents of mania or clinical depression.  Psychiatrists are too quick to throw out a diagnosis and hand out pills, and many times people are not ill.  They just have a different temperament or are going through some rough patches.  Things like cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation can be very helpful for anyone, but please be careful with the medication.  Check out the things that Dr. Peter Breggin has to say about it.

Hanna L. (not verified) says...

I just found out I was an INFP-T today and was reading your comment and can totally connect with your depression. While I haven't been officially diagnosed, I can assure you that I have depression-like tendencies. I think depression and anxiety are more common with our personality type based on the fact that we put others before ourselves a lot, and can get very critical of ourselves (or at least I do :) ). I wish you and everyone else reading this the best, and I hope this helps!!

MJ Reena (not verified) says...

OMG! I am going through something similar.I can relate to everything you said.It is just recently my therapist has considered the possibility of me suffering from bipolar disorder. We are not sure since the probability pf me being gifted is awfully high. Well, it has been determined but I just can't accept it and fully grasp the concept.I thought everyone  is like me even though I nevee fit in. I came to the conclusion that I am just not doing something right. I am still looking for answers though.

miah (not verified) says...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry! My guess is yes, though i do not know. I am also going through depression, and, because of COVID, have gone through depression a few times this year. 

regina (not verified) says...

Hi Payalin, I absolutely experience this, im currently getting treatment for my depression but i find it so hard to concentrate and i can't tell if the work i completed was good or valuable at all because i spent so long feeling like i couldn't do anything right and not caring about the quality of anything i did. it kind of feels like i've lost my identity and I'm not the person with potential I was before. Feels like the motivated version of me is gone. I think our personality type might be more a little more prone to these things because we are quite sensitive, but it's probably not fair for me to speak on this because i only know my experiences alone. I'm a 18 year old high school student and i'm scared of my future. Hoping we can both improve.

Justin abrahamse (not verified) says...

Loved reading some of your stories thank you ladies for sharing .I'm south African I live in cape town and as of 3montjs ago I started a what's app group called Cyclopea (the awakening) it is made up of 7 members 3 infj and 4infp. These two types are so similar , if u are looking for a soul mate infp ladies then infj men are your best match , infj and injp just get one another and are so dynamic . 

Julie Beans (not verified) says...

I am a female INFP and I went into electro-mechanical repair and I must say the physics study was highly interesting to me, as well as the relationships I formed along the way in my work. Those are the main good points, lol. I have always had that ability to see what people need and want and go for THAT versus the typical financial "how will that affect the bottom line" approach, no matter what industry I was in. I understand well what you all mean about morals, I have essentially left a well paid position over a moral dilemma. What I found draining was those above me did not let me do my job correctly, even though in my interview they stated that they need to work on reducing call-backs by doing things right the first time (blowhards). I'm always naturally geared for the long-term benefit of the customer.... they proved that they were not.

Now I'm at a crossroads, wondering if I should go back to school...for something more suited to my need for this creative and personal and morally- aligned freedom in my job. Ugh. I am so tired of interviewing. I would stay where I'm at now, but they have been letting people go lately due to Covid and told me that they will keep me as long as they can but that I should start looking. Hence, the "what jobs are good for INFP" search, lol.

I feel like you are my people, there are all these long, well-expressed comments :) 

Jellyreyrey (not verified) says...

I found myself to be an INFP with some guidance from my life coach which I started going to 6 months ago. From that I have learned that it is ok to take time off to do things for yourself, and that it is ok to feel sad and lost sometimes. Personally, I have felt lost all my life, but it really expanded within the last year.

Can I ask you guys something? What do you do when you get too caught up in your ideas and "things you have to do"? I often daydream about being in any profession in the world, just picturing myself doing anything that I set my mind to, but in the end I dont make a move about it. I just observe my head spinning around like that almost all the time, and its exhausting.

By the way, I think the comments here are great! Keep on being you, awesome people :)

Faithyfaith (not verified) says...

Hello. I felt what you felt recently. Maybe make yourself feel more special? Talk to someone who adore or appreciates you, then maybe you can look at things in another perspective or atleast feel more aligned.

rb123 (not verified) says...

I turn my phone off and get into nature. But I'm me, and my brain is still going to spin. So I only let myself ponder plant and animal identification, or wondering what the place looks like in different seasons, or if I was stranded where would I set up a camp and how would I eat, stuff like that. It makes me feel special to have a front row seat to such a beautiful view. And the topics that usually occupy my mental energy quickly become trivial and therefore easier to dismiss. I come out of the woods feeling clearer-headed. Like I'm a part of something so beautiful and so much bigger than myself, and no one can put a price tag on it or take it away from me.

Elephant00 (not verified) says...

Hello friend, I read you and I understand you perfectly because I have felt this way the whole time I was in the university.
I am also an INFP and right now I am starting to feel that I am not wrong, I just need to do things my way; this feeling of seeing my head spinning like this almost all the time, maybe it will be like that very often, I won't lie, but the most important thing is to reconcile your feelings and understand why you feel like this; maybe you are being too hard on yourself; In my case I discovered that I really hated what I was studying, that is why it took so much effort and I felt so frustrated and it took me 4 years and a lot of indecision take the courage to make a change; in your case it may be that you blame yourself for something you have not managed to do (for example follow that profession that you would like, just for guessing) or you even blame yourself for something you have done wrong, which was also quite common in me, it is You need to examine yourself and find what you feel is wrong because you are the only one who can discover it.
And my advice is that you do not feel that you must change the world in one day and that you start with small steps, find anything you want to start with and that you know you can achieve, such as requesting information about a profession that interests you and you will see how you you get excited about the idea and move towards it, set goals and reward yourself when you meet them and if possible trust a friend who encourages you and helps you see things objectively and gives you a little push when you are in a whirlpool Of indecision, sometimes we just need that little push to unleash our full potential.
Finally, I would like to tell you that even when you feel that your efforts are useless or insignificant, remember that you are advanced and that you are further than how you started, enjoy the process and remember that you are wonderful and that human beings are imperfect and we are always in constant construction of themselves.

Sorry for my English but it is not my mother language. I don´t want to make an excesive post so I stop here but I hope my path seem useless for you and you can find a good advice, inspiration or at least know you are not alone.
Have a nice day.

I hope you are also thriving :)

(Elmer) (not verified) says...

Hello,

I took this test and I'm an INF with a 50/50 split between P and J. Its really interesting looking at the similarities and differences between the types, and the comments sections too. Does anyony else feel like they fit into more than one type?

EllenCMorris (not verified) says...

Elmer - I also am an INF with an equal split between P and J.  I have learned that when a split happens between those two, it defaults to P.  I can see that....I'm a P that has learned by necessity to make plans. 

Cindy >_< (not verified) says...

So I just found out I'm an INFP and I am proud of it, but I am also concerned if being a lawyer is the best career for me since a judge was one of the careers that should be avoided. Please let me know.

Lost In Law (not verified) says...

I've been a lawyer since 2005, & spent most of that time as a judge.  For me, this profession is miserable.  Dry, very limited room for creativity.  Tradition, appearances, formality, rules, & precedent rule the culture of most law firms and businesses, and this is where the greatest number of legal positions are.  Don't underestimate how cut-throat people in the corporate world can be, and corporate lawyers are worse, because they're often smarter & better at it.  These would be most lawyers' colleagues, the people you'd be exposed to every single work day, & often for long hours.

I spent several years trying to break into art law & only had one paying client in that period.  Later, I tried breaking into environmental law, but without that background, that pursuit was fruitless.  This could be very different for you.  I had a lot of life experience by the time I entered law school at age 30, but you certainly have different life experiences that would be more conducive to the area of law you hope to pursue.

Reading your comments, your decision to pursue law has been made.  Mine was too, no matter how many lawyers told me not to go (& a few that said I should do it).  I am experiencing a mid-life crisis, in large part due to my choice to pursue a career in law.  Realistically, as a philosophy major in college, good chance I would have been here anyway.  However, here in the U.S., there is a whole industry aimed at helping lawyers leave the law -- INFP's are hardly the only ones dissatisfied with law as a career path.

I am not going to tell you not to go into it -- I would have wondered had I not tried it (kind of my last ditch effort at getting into a career that paid well), & it's a serious accomplishment (even though I've never seen fit to be proud of it).  Instead, I will wish you well, and a bit of luck too.  Find something you like about  law school -- I loved talking policy, specifically debating policies that bucked the status quo & radically benefitted people over profits.  I was able to do a little of that as a judge, but surprisingly very little.  Regardless, I hope you find a far more satisfying career path than I have so far.

Lost in All (not verified) says...

Hey Lost in Law- I appreciate the honest response.  I’m 31 and have considered law on and off.  I’ve come to realize realistically it wouldn’t be a good fit.  However for the INFP who is gung ho (or perhaps already involved such as yourself) what about being an arbitrator or community organizing?  I feel like we excel at trying to find harmony and compromise so I immediately went to arbitrator, but for the passionate champion of the underprivileged I could see community organizer being attractive as well.  I’m sure lawyers often work closely with social workers- maybe something along those lines as well?  I’m considering s philosophy major myself but was afraid it would lead to law.

Barbara P (not verified) says...

It depends on the area of law you want to pursue.  Being a good attorney requires logic and reason foremost.  That is not typically associated with INFPs.  However we can cultivate that aspect of ourselves.  Because we make decisions based on our values and how they affect others and also have extraordinary empathy and compassion for others, you may want to pursue areas of law that allow you to advocate for others, to help others you feel have been unfairly treated or gives you the ability to right wrongs.  Examples: an ACLU attorney, public defender, an attorney for social justice or environment, like Sierra Club, Amnesty International, Southern Poverty Law Center, class action lawsuits against polluters or Big Pharma, Planned Parenthood, sexual harassment and rape cases, advocating for children.  You could work for a think tank doing legal research on topics you are passionate about and that allow you to work behind the scenes.  Just a few examples. 

 

 

T (not verified) says...

Hey Cindy,

I heared that INFPs are quite individualistic, so don't let some recommendation stop you, if beeing a lawyer is what you truly want.

Also, a test can be wrong as well. 
eg. if you are in a bad mood, you will most likely get a different type from when you take the test whilst you are in a good mood.

If the whole mbti topic catches your interest you could look a bit more into it. Into the cognetive functions, etc. and see if what you read resonates with you.

I wish you the best of luck

T

Joshua Lister (not verified) says...

INFPs can go into careers which require Te (Extraverted thinking). This is the INFP's inferior function, meaning that if you use it too much, you will become exhausted. (If you are indeed and INFP). I personally am an INFP doing Economics and it requires use of the same Te function. Personally I find the work exhausts me quickly, but I'm definitely capable.

The main thing you need to ask yourself is 'does becoming a lawyer suit my morals?'. The reason I say this is that INFPs main function is Introverted feeling. This may seem unknown, but the best way to describe it is you're so used to using it that you feel it does not exist. It's a way of valuing every decision/thought and if it suits your morals and only then will you go ahead with it. 
 

If you want to become a lawyer and you're gut makes you feel relaxed about the idea, then I'd recommend you continue to pursue it. If you only want to become a lawyer for financial security and becuase you're capable and feel it's a safe option, this is also fine. However, you need to ensure you won't later have a mid-life crisis from going against who you believe you truly are. Hope this helps.

Cindy >_< (not verified) says...

Thank you...I really needed to hear this. And yeah, the main reason I want to be a lawyer is to help others and prove their innocence. Also, I will make sure not to have a mid-life crisis, but I guess you can say I have already had so many lol.

Flyingpinemarten (not verified) says...

I'd say being a lawyer is not too far out of the INFP wheelhouse. As a mediator you are more likely to see things from different perspectives, be good at language and connect dots that other people don't see. Lawyers are different than judges. While a lawyer an eventually become a judge lawyers themselves tend to focus on getting to know people and figure out how to help them get justice through the law. I think the world world be a better place if more info's were lawyers. You may find that you differ in the way you think from your peers but embrace that. You have a unique perspective that will help you see patterns that other people don't. 

Cindy >_< (not verified) says...

Thank you for saying this, this means a lot to me and has given me hope for my future. And I definitely will embrace my unique perspective and use it to help others and to reveal the truth.

Brandon (not verified) says...

Being a judge is specifically awful for us because making decisions is incredibly draining, if you were a judge you would have a difficult time coming home and deciding what to eat at night because you will use up all of your inferior decision making functioning for the day. Being a lawyer is less about decision making and being able to tell the feelings of the jury and change what your saying based on the feelings of others in the room will be a great asset to you as a lawyer. 

Cindy >_< (not verified) says...

I completely agree with you. And I hope I have even more assets that will help me become a good lawyer. Thank you for your perspective on this :)

Sam Malbuena (not verified) says...

I'm started studying law as an INFP this year, and I thought it would be fine as I could fight for justice in society and find fulfillment in that. But now I'm finding more and more that there are many laws in place that I don't identify personally with, and that it is a very rigid and confining field. So that's what I'm struggling with with regards to Law.

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