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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Sep 25, 2014 15:50:28 accurate it's scary! I want to print this off and send it to everyone I know.
The Curious Button
Sep 24, 2014 04:42:45
Do you guys think we are the rarest of the personalities? I searched it up and we are indeed 1% of the overall population and even less for guys being 0.5% of the male population... to be honest that kinda makes me feel pretty darn special :P possibly same with you guys and of course gals :) what about you guys? do you feel that way? do you think we are actually the rarest?
Sep 22, 2014 13:52:47
What a remarkable assessment. I found all the mentioned qualities in myself. And specially the last sentence ' while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.neglecting myself while studying grand ideas about society has made me exhausted.
Harold Rife
Sep 22, 2014 10:27:28
The needs of the many have always outweighed the needs of the one (me). I would get so involved In other. that I would forget to take care of myself. Does
seem to describe me quite well.
Sep 21, 2014 15:21:19
So this is why I've always felt detached and alienated... Huh, I'd always just chalked it up to the fact I used to be an aspie - until I got treatment for it to eradicate all but one trait (sports balls, why can't my fear of you go away?) - but now I suppose I have something more to go by.