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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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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


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.

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

I am so sorry you are struggling with this and I hope it eventually gets better. And there are many different types of laws that you can get into, maybe you haven't found the right one yet. Don't give up now and try your best in this field, if it doesn't feel right then that's okay and I believe you are a good person and you will decide what is best for you. Thank you for sharing your struggles and giving me a heads up of what is ahead.

Eric H (not verified) says...

If your being a lawyer means you get to help others who really need it, I'd say that's a perfect career for an INFP. The INFPs I know would make fantastic lawyers if it were for a cause they could get passionate about. So if it's business law, then maybe not, but using your mind to help other people who have been wronged by someone or something I think would be right in line with INFP qualities.

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

thank you for the support, I really appreciate it :D 

And I probably won't do business law, I might get into criminal or family law instead because like you said, I want to help those who I know are innocent or have not done anything wrong.

jessica243 (not verified) says...

i am in a completely similar situation and what i think is it would be really good if i chose management or something related to it as managment suits our personality more  than law. just know yourself better before coming to any conclusion. good luck.

Khael (not verified) says...


I've been scrolling through the internet and found all these fellow INFPs here, which was amazing. Even more so is how similar our problems are. I just graduated from high school (timing, right?) and am at a loss of what I am to do with my future. I entered senior year filled with prospects: I was going to ace my SATs, TOEFL, eventually take the APs, and grab a scholarship so I won't burden my parents too much. I've always wanted to go to college somewhere else; I love travelling! And, selfishly, I was starting to feel claustrophobic in the comfortable routine of my small city. I wanted to try living independently in a place that'll give me a completely new slate where I can truly discover who I am and what my ambitions are. Then I bombed my SATs and got scared to retake them for fear of wasting more money and couldn't muster up the courage to take the APs anymore. My TOEFL was fine, at least, but I can't get a scholarship based on it alone.

Cue a global pandemic.

Now I'm at home spending less time planning the future as I should be and more time hoping that I might wander far enough into the pages of a book that I stay lost. Every time I start thinking of a plan I end up with ten task lists and a million browser tabs that I feel too guilty to delete and too stressed to look at. And now I'm not even sure if I want to pursue the course I'd been so set on for two years: Business Administration. I chose it with the hopes of an open path to pursue any business venture I wanted - and then I started talking to people who took the course. They told me that they're fine, but not where they'd hoped they'd be. One is a teacher, another has an average company position, while the other is a call center agent. I don't want any of those things. What I want...well. I just want to travel often, eat good food, and read good books. But I don't know what to do to get there. I have to work - but how? I have this small idea of opening up a little library or work in a publishing house, which is originally why I chose BA, but I took an introduction to accounting class and couldn't shake the feeling that if I were to do this for the next four years I might just end myself. Concepts are fine and business proposals are fun to make, but how will I manage to take on the practical part? Alternately, I enjoyed and did well in all my literature and philosophy classes , so now I'm thinking of pursuing either of those fields - as unprofitable as they may appear.

I guess this brain dump is a sign that my cup of self-reliance has finally been filled to its brim. What a small cup it is. It's hard to open up to my parents, as caring and open-minded they may be, because my brother and maternal grandfather both just came out of the hospital (unrelated to the virus, thankfully) and my dad's pay is being heavily reduced due to the circumstances. They don't need me to pile on to their problems and it's unfair of me to suck their finances dry. My younger sister's still in school too. The least I can do as the older one is to make sure she won't be deprived of education and continue being a good example. This is the absolute worst time to break down - how selfish can I possibly be?

Sigh. The future's taken a darker, more ominous tone now where once it brought nothing but hope. But typing all of this down and reading through it helped ease my fraught nerves immensely, in the least. Perhaps it can aid someone else too, in knowing you're not alone. This was a load off my chest, and I hope it'll be of help to others too.


FaLaLaLa (not verified) says...

Greetings from a fellow INFP!

I really appreciated hearing your concerns.  You seem very wise for your youthful years.  One thing you will discover when you do advanced studies is that you will be exposed to new possibilities never before considered.  That is the beauty of furthering your education.  You will be inspired by so many other brilliant minds.  You will discover so much more about yourself.  As an INFP, I found myself curious about so many things that I just had to explore.  I currently am not working in my field from which I received a Masters Degree.  However, I found it highly applicable to my other occupational experiences.  You will find ways to meet the call of your soul.  I wish you the best on your bright journey.

FaLaLaLa (not verified) says...

Greetings from a fellow INFP!

I really appreciated hearing your concerns.  You seem very wise for your youthful years.  One thing you will discover when you do advanced studies is that you will be exposed to new possibilities never before considered.  That is the beauty of furthering your education.  You will be inspired by so many other brilliant minds.  You will discover so much more about yourself.  As an INFP, I found myself curious about so many things that I just had to explore.  I currently am not working in my field from which I received a Masters Degree.  However, I found it highly applicable to my other occupational experiences.  You will find ways to meet the call of your soul.  I wish you the best on your bright journey.

DaynaB (not verified) says...

How relatable! I understand the feeling of not wanting to be a burden to others. I constantly worry about this. I've found it helps me to ask people I am close to if they are feeling that I am, they always shutdown these intrusive thoughts for me. You are not selfish. You are thinking about your future. Having a breakdown is probably just your body telling you that you need an outlet. Start a blog, just for yourself, if you'd like. You do have a way with words. Reading your post inspired me just to respond and it is quite cathartic. I may start keeping a journal of some sorts, if not just to laugh at my ramblings later on.

I felt the same way after graduating high school. I never understood how some of my friends seemed to already know what their career paths were at only 18. Currently I am 26. I took this personality test to try and get some insight on myself and it has helped me confirm what I already suspected, that the jobs that I have been pursuing will not be fulfilling for me in the long run. I made the mistake of feeling pressured by my family to pick a major that would lead to money because that meant happiness, probaby because my family always struggled with money. I just didn't want to go into college undecided so I picked Pharmacy because science always interested me and my dad encouraged it because of the salary and opportunities in that field. That led to me changing my major 3 times. Pharmacy to social work and then finally animal sciences. Other factors had a part in my decision making but I was not able to finish my degree. But, just because my life is not on the track that we are told we need to take does not mean it is too late for me to pursue other options. I'm only 26!

I've always loved reading, escaping reality through words and using my imagination. I was probably at the public library every weekend during highschool though I am not a writer. One of the career suggestions for INFP is librarian so I am definetly doing research into that. As someone who is also really hard on themselves, try not to be. You are not being a burden and if your parents are supportive like you say they are I am sure they would love to hear these things from you. Your library/publication idea sounds awesome. I'd work there. Let me know when you are hiring!

JQR (not verified) says...

Hi Khael,

Congratulations for graduating, surviving this wild education system so far, and for finishing during pandemic and social unrest!! That's no small feat, and I hope that you can start to be gentle on yourself for accomplishing these things. 

Thank you for sharing your story - your love for the written word is so clear through even this comment, and I hope you will let yourself follow that love throughout your life. As an INFP, it has been really crucial for me to follow my loves (writing, music, coffee) to ensure my own happiness --- even at a STEM- focused university. Personally, alongside a humanities program (Urban Studies), I pursued coffee alongside it through earning and learning at a cafe in university. That money also allowed me to do research around Asia when it wouldn't be covered by grants. After graduating, I moved across the country as a part of the opening team for a coffee company, but I run my own business, write for clients, work at a community farm... I just want to share all this to say that the life you want is possible! You also don't just have to do one thing --- that's the deception of majors and programs. And honestly, you probably won't end up just sticking to one thing after college.. That's okay, so many folks do that! Keep on pursuing what you desire deeply and opening yourself to any opportunities that align with you. The going may be slow, but just take it day and day. Breathe easy, you're on your own amazing path, and it's not a race.

Even now, I encourage you to continue to tune into your passions and to be accountable to yourself for following it. Yes, learn the survival skills, because we're all stuck in this body, in this system, as humans in a physical world --- but stay motivated and driven by your ideas and your loves. Get through the classes you need to, survive it, graduate college (if youre called to)....then get out and create the spaces you want to build. Keep that library in your mind's eye, be cognizant of what you need to know and do to build, and continue to surround yourself digitally (and physically if you can) with people who support you and what you want to build. I stress that that digital community is out there for you, find them and connect with them, you don't have to build alone! 

I have to add again that so many folks are doing new types of online businesses -- online libraries, bookstores. Definitely keep reaching out, you're on the right track.

Your fears are also so valid --- remember to deep breathe sometimes, check into your body and ground. It can be hard as an INFP to stay in our bodies. Take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, be gentle on yourself, and process those emotions as they come. 

Wish you so much power and blessings. My email is always open. 

Chloe L (not verified) says...

 Cheers Khael,

Your words have certainly helped me in some way! Also, you express yourself so well in writing - your interest in reading, publishing and setting up a library all seem to suggest you have a passion for the written word. And working with our passions often leads to great success. 

I wish you all the very best for the future, and look forward to seeing your name in lights/print, as I imagine you deserve.

Matsya (not verified) says...

Hey Khael, fellow INFP...the life that has worked best for me is one where I am in control of my own schedule, run my own small business, and am able to stack my work up or spread it out depending on my shifting needs across time.  Trades and personal services where you can set up your own schedule and be your own boss take a little discipline to get to, but I would rather work twice as hard and twice as long for myself rather than trying to get along "underneath" someone exploiting my labor.  The future is a result of managing your emotions today.  It is easy to go too global in our thinking and become uselessly apathetic as we can see the systemic problems so clearly.  Daily managmement of emotions is key.  Run hills, lift weights, meditation, counseling, and diet...all useful.  Chances are our distracted and scattered states have something to do with unprocessed emotions than run amock in the form of small sacrifices we can't afford.  I'm not a pull yourself up by your bootstraps kinda human...I am a light a fire inside yourself based off your subjective values and make choices to get what you want regardless of the imminent death to come kinda human.  I am sure you can adapt your own warrior ethos and keep fighting for yourself and those you care about no matter what the future holds.  Not simply for some "pie in the sky, I'll be happy someday" false sense of hopeful progress but because living the good fight as a self determined human is where you are at your best and where you will selfishly taste all the flavors life has to offer. 

Carol W (not verified) says...


I just wanted to let you know there are places of employment that will pay for your college at little cost to you. My son works at WalMart and they pay for several degrees for employees. I think Taco Bell and McDonalds does too. I'm sure there are others. 

It may not be your dream job BUT it can be a pathway to gaining your degree without taking in huge student loan debt. Don't give up on your dreams and don't worry about having to know what your passion and purpose are... follow your curiosity, explore areas and subjects that feed your soul. Best of luck!

Lidia (not verified) says...

Hey kid.

I can't help you make your life decisions, but I would like to tell you to give yourself a break. Take a deep breath. Life is going to happen, and whatever you choose to do now might not even make that big a difference in the long long run.

Case in point: After I finished school, I did a degree in mathematical sciences - I love math - and then had no idea what to do with it. So I went to the UK on a working holiday visa, and after two years of doing caring and working at the Natural History Museum (one of my favourite places on earth) I still had no idea. I tried teaching, but... No.

So I ended up unemployed for 4 months, and got a job in IT of all things. I should mention that, at that time, my computer knowledge was just about limited to the sum function in Excel, and using Yahoo (Google wasn't much of a thing yet in 2004). It paid a pittance, but I got to learn, and then I stumbled into data, and 3 years later I moved to another job where I got into BI.

For 9 years I learned almost continuously, overhauled the company's data and reporting systems, and got happy. I've since quit the company, planning on doing training, but now I still work there a few days a week as a consultant, and also at another place. I've never been happier.

When I was 18 I didn't even know what a database was (1996 was looong so 😁), and got a useless qualification. I couldn't imagine that I'd be here now, but looking back... I wouldn't change a thing.

The point is, you're young and you have a lot of time ahead of you. As long as you stay curious, chase happiness and grab opportunities, you'll probably be fine. Maybe when you're 42 you'll also tell some kid on a different continent that they'll be fine.

What to do right now? Start anything. Maybe study really hard until you feel confident that you won't waste money on redoing your SATs. Maybe start a vegetable garden. Maybe do an introductory online course ( or skillshare?) in fashion design or zoology or another language (useful when you're traveling). Maybe look into doing a trade, like electrician or locksmith or plumber.

And maybe, somewhere in there, you'll discover your place and your passion.

And maybe I just spouted the biggest load of BS in the history of mankind. Meh. <3

Joshua Lister (not verified) says...

Hi! I'm coming to the end of my second year at university studying Economics. I should stress, I only just worked out that I'm an INFP. This probably explained why economics was so boring for me! 

Generally, Accounting/Business/Economics is not fun for INFPs with out functions. We're wired to prefer using our creativity to create something meaningful to us (eg music, storywriting etc). One thing I'd suggest is do something you think you'll be passionate about. I did economics which is good becuase I can go into many other areas, but I've really struggled. Honestly, from being a good student, I could only handle around 40% of classes and couldn't turn up to the rest. I did go through some rough times but I suppose it leaves the door open for several opportunities. 

If you can, start something now while you can which inspires your creativity and individuality. This could develop into a passion given time. Think things over and go with your gut.

All the best,


Sylvie (not verified) says...

Thanks josh, that was rlly insightful

im going to Uni soon and this inspires and motivates me to follow the more creative root, I often have negativity or doubt linked to the arts because its stereotyped as a dead end but this helped me so thankyou and have a wonderful day :)

Grant101 (not verified) says...

Hello Khael, I am a fellow INFP, I read your comment and while it might not be my place to do so I wanted make a suggestion. I also find myself being overwhelmed by the seemingly endless and impossible list of tasks I must do to get to where I wanna be in life and I experienced a similar feeling to what you described after I finished high school. What really helped me was instead of focusing on all the things I had to do to get to that point at once I would focus on one small step at a time. For me at least it reduced the stress and fear I felt because it made it seem less overwhelming. I wish you the best, good luck,  and God bless.

Liviafranca (not verified) says...

if you answer my comment i will be very happy, i saw that we have a lot in common. Everything you wrote seems like it was taken from my thoughts, except the library part hahaha

Liviafranca (not verified) says...

you described me, completely!  I finished high school and was going to do business administration, I started to work part time in a multinational company and I saw that it was not what I wanted ... I am studying to pass university, I always wanted to study abroad but I have no money for  that. 

Obs: i'm from brazil

Sanford C Green (not verified) says...

From crisis comes great opportunity. Make sure your needs are met but your wants are off to the side. Then become the solution. Pick one of those darker ominous isses and dive in. Maybe it involves your schooling. Maybe not. People can achieve great things regardless of the good and bad around them. Just decide and then act. 

loli (not verified) says...

Hon. You are a writer. Congratulations. And all the best!

lizenka (not verified) says...

Exactly what i thought !!

Also Khael, yes you did take a load of my chest too !

Mom Zilla (not verified) says...


I'm a 31 year old woman and from my perspective , you are too hard on yourself. This is something I've heard too many times and now I finally get it. Whatever you choose to do will eventually come to you. I believe life should be experienced before a choice of a career is made. Live out your 20's and settle in your 30's. Find a way to build passive income and do the travel and food thing. I've picked up an interest in stocks. It isn't much but it will gain over time. Proclaim yourself as a critic in what you enjoy(food, travel, books, just ideas not "demands") Real Estate is also an amazing passive income. Those things will allow you to have a life of ease, but not without a little hard work. 
I also have deep caring feelings for family that pause my life. Tradgedy will happen. That's life. Don't let it stop you. 


For your college choice, community college is just as good as a University and less expensive. It's a great step for people who didn't do as well as they expected on their SATs. 

I hope my words have offered some type of direction. Some words of an amazing psychology professor I had (I'm currently attending a community college, yes at my age) "Don't quit five minutes before the miracle

Here are some books I've read recently just in case you do decide to dive in and not resurface: "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michealides

"The Institute" by Steven King


Can't think of a name (not verified) says...

Hi Khael,

(Sorry if I made any mistakes, English isn't my native language) I know exactly how you feel, luckily I still have one year left at school to figure stuff out but I'm still just as scared about the future. I have so many dreams, and I just don't know how to accomplish them.

Strangely enough, every single question and almost every single thought in your comment has crossed my mind too (it's almost scary how similar lives can be).

I just wanted to thank you, because although I still don't know what to do with my life it really helps to see all my thoughts written out by somebody else, and to know I'm not the only one.

Anyway, I really do hope for you that you'll figure things out, and it's ok if you need more time to do so! I would want to give you more advice, but I can't even follow it myself.

I know my response is pretty much worthless, but I just really wanted to thank you.


ML infp. (not verified) says...

It's not selfish to feel lost. It's not selfish to want an answer, to want to read books and travel, and it's not selfish to want to go to college, even if it's expensive.  It's brave to share your story and ask for help! It's okay to take some time to sort it out. You don't have to jump straight into college, and you don't have to end up in a job that feels flat and lifeless. There's a lot of good out here in the messy world. 
All best. 

D. Grimaldo (not verified) says...

A few years ago I took the test and if I remember correctly it classified me as INFJ (it was another website though). Today I took it here, and it listed INFP (very good match) at the top followed by INTP (very good match) & INTJ (good match). Apparently I am a rarity LOL, well, that kind of explains many things. Anyway, it does make sense.

Mona888 (not verified) says...

I'm also an INFP and still go to high school but I'm sure that I found the right career for me. I just recently found out about the Wildlife Biologist / Wildlife Conservationist. Since our personality type loves nature and to help others, I'm sure that this could be a field to think about - just as an inspiration. Have a great day!

Jordon Gitrey (not verified) says...

Congradulation! That does fit your character! Don't ever get side tracked, you ultimately start walking down the path of your perfect mate. its scary business

caro Lina (not verified) says...

I have taken tests over the past few years and I keep getting categorized as INFP which makes perfect sense. Seeing that Morrissey and Kurt Cobain are also other INFPs makes sense why I would almost exclusively listen to the Smiths and Nirvana when I was a teenager - but now I listen to a wide variety of music ranging from hardcore punk to indie to darkwave and death metal to rancheras to reggae. I usually let things slide and I am easy going unless I feel strongly about it or threatening to my values - i.e fairness. People have told me that I have a "live and let live attitude" and I suppose that is very true, although I find people who are judgemental extremely irksome. I have always expressed myself better through writing than verbal communication.

I suppose, the point about job satisfaction rings true with me, I am working towards a career in humanitarianism and advocating for human rights. I know there's other jobs that pay more, and while I still want a comfortable enough life making a lot of money and being at the top is not the most important to me. I've been told that I am too idealistic at times, but I always wondered what the world would be like if more people were more benevolent and acted on their compassion more often. 

They say that INFPs are "social introverts" and there's some truth to that. I actually like being around people and I have diverse sets of friends. While I do like being around people, I hate being the center of attention. I usually like being in the background - observing all the action and taking it all in. Two of my best friends are ENFPs and my husband is an ENTJ. I sort of enjoy being at the parties they host. 

notgonnatellwhoiam (not verified) says...

I can so very relate to this. I misunderstood myself until I figured out that I am a "Social Introvert". It's so difficult to explain this to others who sometimes see me as an extrovert. I feel very tired when I am the centre of attention but at the same time I am open to anything in the world.

crystal s (not verified) says...

Wow, reading your comment felt like I was reading a descrption about me :"")

Jordy (not verified) says...

I cannot for the life of me assess whether I am INTP or INFP. My mother and brother are INFP (without a doubt), and my best friend is ENFJ (the "golden match" for INFP's). My friend, who has researched the MBTI much more than I have, believes I am T type, however. In my life, I can give examples of times I behaved as both T and F. How can someone overcome this conumdrum? 

syuro (not verified) says...

same feelings.

baghead (not verified) says...

i believe your main problem is by veiwing this as a conundrum. instead you should be glad of the fact that you get to see the world from both a thinkers and a feelers perspective. i do sympathise deeply with wanting a set in stone self identity like the mbti offers. but at some point i realised that i will act how i act wether im an infp or an elephant. im not sure what my point was, but i hope i was some help :)

(btw im infp, not that it matters)

Kristin (not verified) says...

Go to C. S. Joseph's YouTube channel.  You can get the answer to your question there.  He's very competent.

Jordy (not verified) says...

I have already, and it was just as helpful as everything else, except he adds horrible, opinionated criticism of each type and carries himself as some kind of saviour. Ridiculous. 

Rachel664 (not verified) says...

Hey Jordy. Have you heard of the "cognitive functions"? Every type has a different stack of four. It might help you determine which one you relate to more! 

Rebekah9999 (not verified) says...

I know I'm INFP as opposed to INTP because although I love complex ideas and innovation, I usually bore quickly if they relate to pure science instead of people. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Take the quiz on

you can then read more about your personality

Jordy (not verified) says...

I had already. I tested as INTP with near 50% on both T and F. Both descriptions describe my traits equally well, I feel, thus my conundrum. 

Doug... (not verified) says...

I have the same issue of INFP or INTP. At work everyone says I'm sure a INTP, but family says INFP. In the test am in the middle a little bit more prone to F side, if I answer thinking about my life in general, but if I think a little more about work it is a T. I wrote to 16personalities site, and they told me that I should consider the major the general one. And I agree, work is situational, life is till we die. That's it. Hope it helped. 

Jordy (not verified) says...

That does, thank you!

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