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.

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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.


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Jun 30, 2015 04:07:38
This says I'm very passionate about my values and beleifs. A while ago i started writing lyrics anytime i thought of them, even sometimes when i couldnt. Over the years the lyrics started to be more and more about myself. With a complicated family and social life, the only person i could turn to was myself. I didnt know it at the time but my drive, my challenge in life was understanding myself. I learned this about myself about 5 mins ago after i took the test. When it opened with "less than one percent" it really made me feel special, and all of the almost 600 comments made me feel like im not alone. Let me tell you, this test was so satisfying, i made an account specifically to make this comment, and seriously considering paying for whatever they have to offer. I am so thankful for this test.
Jun 27, 2015 05:11:29
Does anyone else feel less lonely when they look in the comments and realize that there are a ton of other people who are INFJs as well? :)
Jun 23, 2015 19:21:08
I have to say... took this test twice, spaced out over about a month, and got the same result.... and it really does describe me. I think it would really help for people to seriously understand the meanings behind the different attributes. Seek to truly understand them and then learn how that relates to your strengths and weakness so that you can improve yourself and hopefully find out more about yourself and what makes you happy.
Jun 26, 2015 19:54:59
Not only that, but study all of the different types so that you can help others improve themselves too. Seriously, it works and it's super interesting!
Jun 23, 2015 11:11:14
God bless this amazing site
Jun 22, 2015 20:04:02
Nailed it.