INFJ personality

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.

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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
“James Wilson” from House M.D.
Strengths & Weaknesses


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Feb 26, 2015 18:16:43
Very useful!
Feb 26, 2015 17:59:45
Yeeees, I am 1 of 16 Personalities types :). I'm sure that other 15 are also very interesting
Feb 26, 2015 00:18:16
From the amount of comments on this I feel like more that 1% of people have this hehe but it describes me so well :) INFJ
Feb 23, 2015 20:20:18
I am an ISFJ and wishing so much for the N trait >_< you guys are really cool an soo rare *o*

I think i can't change anything about it .-. But thumbs up for the INFJ :D
Miranda K
Feb 25, 2015 19:43:33
ISFJs are cool too, though! You get to be like Sam from Lord of the Rings! :D
Miranda K
Feb 22, 2015 22:29:41
Hello. I'm seventeen years old. I'm an INFJ, but my F trait is kind of weak. I am very empathetic and creative, but at the same time I feel kind of uncomfortable showing lots of emotion. That could have something to do with my upbringing though. My younger brother was REALLY emotional, and as the oldest I felt like I kind of had to compensate by being super responsible and mature.

I'm on my third semester of dual-enrollment at a community college, and I've really noticed some aspects of my personality come out like I've never seen before.
I have had an easy time making friends, which is super nice because I've always been rather introverted and kind of a loner. I'm also the president of the college's creative writing club (which is actually exciting instead of stressful). I've never felt like a super likable and friendly person until now.
Of course, when I come home all I want to do is crash.
Anyway, I just wanted to know if any of you INFJ's have experienced the same sort of thing. :)

Thanks in advance,

Feb 23, 2015 21:07:43
After you graduate, the extra curricular activities you had may be the most significant. It is certainly all a juggle at this point to find a balance, but the more open you are about when and why you need time to recharge, the more sincere your relationships will be.
I think back to when I was in school and by some miracle I was invited to be an executive on the snowboard club. I am incredibly grateful for the friendships I made, but can now see how much confidence it gave me to take on a leadership role, even though I never would have sought it out.
Miranda K
Feb 25, 2015 19:41:19
Thanks for getting back to me, Kerri!
It certainly has been a challenge to make time for myself to recharge!
My mum is a INFP, so she understands most of the time when I say I have to stay home instead of going out. What she doesn't get is how I feel almost (dare I say it?) extravert-ish at school sometimes.
I guess that's more of an INFJ thing, though...?

The same sort of thing happened to me with the writing club- the sponsor of the club (my creative writing professor from last semester) actually came up to me and asked me if I would please be president of the club.
That was probably the only way I could get that sort of role. :)
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