INFJ Personality (“The Advocate”)

The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats (NF), they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.

Help Me Help You

INFJ personalityINFJs indeed share a very unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King

INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extroverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

Live to Fight Another Day

Really though, it is most important for INFJs to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when INFJs find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.

To INFJs, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. INFJs just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.

Famous INFJs

Martin Luther King
Nelson Mandela
Mother Teresa
Nicole Kidman
Jimmy Carter
Mel Gibson
Goethe
“James Wilson” from House M.D.

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derek smith
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Apr 26, 2015 03:44:02
Yep so me
Geekette
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Apr 26, 2015 02:02:12
I'm a defender!!!
Kate
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Apr 21, 2015 04:16:35
Wow. This is so accurate! At first I wasn't sure if it was good or bad that I had such a rare personality, but I think I'm ok with it. Yes, I have a hard time trusting people, and I can be touchy when people challenge my ideals, but I am also told that I need to start looking out for myself instead of others all the time. I guess we all have weaknesses and strengths.
Taryn
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Apr 19, 2015 10:51:57
This surprised me in it's accuracy... my friends would commonly refer to me as an 'extrovert' because I can be so vocal about things, but I've always felt as if I am an introvert. Reading this, I've realized you can be vocal with your opinion, not be afraid of speaking to a large group of people, and comfortable with expressing yourself without being extroverted. Love being an INFJ and standing up for what I believe in!
WhatNo
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Apr 18, 2015 09:31:57
You all talk about it like it's a great thing, but this leaves out how withdrawn and untrusting INFJs are. It's a living hell, don't only look at the positives because there are negatives that balance us out. You know. Because we are still people. With faults and stuff.