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
“James Wilson” from House M.D.


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Jul 18, 2015 14:21:39
I'd like to remind fellow INFJ's to remember to make time for yourselves emotionally and physically.

I'm a Fine Artist and Animator. I've always been a workaholic by nature from a young age and I've always known what I've wanted to do with my life. I'm very passionate and driven about my work, but I also love trying to aid everyone around me. The result is I burn out on a regular basis and become ill. Other than that, I'm a healthy adult, so there's no excuse other than excess stress pent up from extreme-multitasking.

Making sure I give myself more time alone seems to help.
Jul 18, 2015 13:41:03
It seems that I am an INFJ. Those results are very accurate but sometimes I wonder if ISFJ suits me more. I think they have quite similar qualities, don't they? Could someone provide me with differences between INFJ and ISFJ? Thanks :D
Jane Bender
Jul 20, 2015 14:51:02
ISFJ's pull from experiences, memories, and past details and using these to compare to present experiences and obstacles. They are kind of conservative in their interactions with the outside world, and are more focused on details than material experiences and sensation. They are pretty attuned to their own physical state of wellbeing. They don't prefer change and like to preserve tradition and keep things the way they have always been.

INFJ's look for connections and meaning, looking to converge on a single truth. They seek out patterns in the world, picking up subconscious feelings and information and synthesizing them. They see symbolism behind things and seek out a deeper truth than what is just there on the surface. Even when they don’t really have enough proof to back up their claims, they kind of just “feel” like something is true or right.

Does that even make sense?
Jul 22, 2015 03:58:35
That makes so much sense thanks.
Jul 06, 2015 22:38:41
Hi guys. I kind of struggle with something and was curious if anyone else had the same problem. Are you a person that always sees the good in others even when they are being judged by everyone else but struggle to do that with yourself? Are you very empathetic and have mercy on others for their misdoings but tend to be harder on yourself when you screw up? Are you a great motivator to others but the biggest critic to yourself? I don't know maybe it's because the INFJ personality has such strong principles that make me so fixed on upholding my beliefs and so I'm hard on myself but my empathetic nature toward others causes me not to be hard on them. I would really love a reply. Thanks :)
Jul 07, 2015 20:38:37
I commented the other day as Noctua a few comments down with something similar, yeah I think we all have the huge character flaw of believing strongly that everyone is so beautiful inside and out but we aren't, and we can't if we try to justify a reason as to why we think that think of anything other than just because it is us.
This got me depressed a lot, but what I did was to literally when I realized I was doing it practice doing the opposite, so hold yourself up to the same standards you hold to other people. If you dislike something about yourself but think it's fine on everyone else then you need to realize that it's contradicting. Read earlier comment if you want more depth thanks!
Jul 10, 2015 06:47:00
On the contrary,I struggled with seeing the bad in others even when these are the people whom I was told for being "the nicest person" or "the kindest". If I ever attempted to voice out my opinion, I am the one being judged. I often hear friends around me saying " how can you say that about him!" or "wow you are such a complicated person". As time goes by, I start to keep these comments to myself.
Jul 14, 2015 10:41:05
I am actually quite shocked at how accurate this test was for me to take about myself. Almost so that a part of me believes it was fate that brought me to find this page so I could understand that I was simply just a rare breed. Yes I relate to you 100%.'
Jul 25, 2015 15:54:02
Everything you just said is exactly what I feel ;)
Jul 25, 2015 17:14:11
i know what you happens to me too, I give my honest opinion of someone and suddenly everyone goes like what why no it's not like that and then I just feel really irrelevant and stupid, questioning my own abilities afterwards because nobody gets me
Glynda Sparkman
Jul 06, 2015 14:46:54
Ironically its me point blank undisputed facts
Jul 05, 2015 20:54:30
Hey everyone, I'm writing this to maybe help any infjs out there who are initially taking this test and somewhat freaking out, don't worry everyone of us has done. Just because we are rare doesn't mean we are lonely, in the end everyone is so different and there is such a variation even in between those of the same type that you can't fixate on the fact that only other infjs may be like you, since it's not true. As infjs we are capable of understanding people well, but we aren't so good at being open to the idea of people understanding us, and in a big way unless people understand us in the way we understand them, and surprise us, we may feel the relationship to be lacking and will constantly be looking for someone to understand us completely.
This in my opinion is a hard thing about being an infj, we are constantly seeking understanding even though we don't understand ourselves half the time, to those of you doing this, I've only really just gotten over it, and am still working on it really, in order to get past this you have to try and understand yourself and figure out who you are, I say this because looking back it was like I was looking for someone to always be on my side, but in the end I needed to realize myself so that I could be on my own side, life is so much easier when you're fighting for yourself like a one person team. You have to believe that you are strong enough to get through things on your own, and even though you may think that you are alone, I can guarantee you are not, you just need to open up more to people and not expect so so soo much from them, people can't all be you, everyone's different.
Finally, don't look or think of all the people around you and compare yourself to them, in the end you are awesome, everyone is awesome, and constantly comparing yourself to others is stopping you from understanding yourself, especially if you admire a person and in an attempt to be as great as they are, end up trying to become them.
You are great the way you are and don't forget that, and don't let this type define you or your future actions, just do you.
Jul 18, 2015 13:45:08
"don't let this type define you or your future actions, just do you." YES! This is right. Some people get so caught up in this personality test that they forget they are individuals who are unique in the world. Nobody is exactly the same, and however accurate this result is, you need not use it as a guide in your life.