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
Goethe
“James Wilson” from House M.D.

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Théo
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May 26, 2015 20:44:32
More one thats an INFJ.
Théo
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May 26, 2015 20:39:57
uh, beeing an INFJ is not good (for me at least). I dont know if its only me, but sometimes i have depressions and very unconfortable about school and things like that. I dont have many friends, but i keep them happy frequently. And them dont bate me because im very cool with them, and that keeps me in the right mood.
Patrick
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May 25, 2015 15:56:37
actually I'm not entirely sure about being an INFJ. It seems right sometimes, but I'm still kinda worried that I'm lying to myself to be special. Help?
CJ
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May 23, 2015 21:46:04
I'd love to talk and identify with some fellow INFJ's. It'd be really interesting to see a conversation because we all have very strong ideas.
CJ
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May 23, 2015 21:31:01
I'm so glad I took this test twice (the first time was a little over a year ago) and I got INFJ both times! I made my friend take it and he got INFJ too, which is really weird because it's so rare. It made me realize how similar we are.

I was kind of surprised they didn't put anything about our sense of humor. My friend (mentioned above) and I have very similar senses of humor; very deadpan/dry, sarcastic, and uses insults (in a friendly way). This could just be me, though. Does anybody else identify with this type of humor?
Willeke
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May 27, 2015 20:13:36
yes i have really sarcastic humor
Hailey
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May 29, 2015 16:03:32
Yes, that's absolutely me!