INFJ

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
Goethe
“James Wilson” from House M.D.

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Donnie
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Aug 21, 2014 17:19:46
This basically describes me to a "t."
Very interesting!
gabby
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Aug 21, 2014 02:37:58
honestly im not the type to be involved in charities and such, but im all about helping others and im a compassionate person. im also unique from others and have strong opinions about things while being creative! one thing the struck me was the whole trusting people bit i personally have a hard time trusting others and i am very sensitive. i also keep my distance socially lol so this was almost perfect
Cheryl
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Aug 19, 2014 16:40:18
You know, an interesting fact is that when I read each question, I could see where an answer may have been different for me ten years ago, likely placing me in a different category. I find comfort in that as I see it as the changes I have made have been conscious rather than environmental or adaptive. That is my hipe anyway.
Jennifer
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Aug 18, 2014 02:02:02
I have joked around for years about failing personality tests. They never seem to make sense. Even took one that said the motivational factors behind my predominant traits were such polar opposites that it would be difficult for them to exist in a single personality - didn't leave me feeling very good about myself.
Finally a test that seems to make sense. Fits me.
I have spent my entire adult life trying to make a difference in my community, humane industry, mental health systems and medicare). I have met success, but have also been misunderstood and sometimes have felt so alone and often frustrated. I am talented at creating solutions, but feel restrained that I cannot fix the system. Now I understand.
Cheryl
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Aug 19, 2014 16:41:58
You are not alone. There are other "islands" floating around out here..
Ryan
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Aug 19, 2014 21:16:48
Fantastic!
aerio
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Aug 17, 2014 15:14:45
It is so accurate that it almost insulting a bit as for me jajaja. Thats why i find it hard to be an accountant because i'll have to recalculate even for counting "1000 4000=5000" wtf brain?! , you know, just to be precise..