INFJ personality

The INFJ type is believed to be very rare (less than 1 percent of the population) and has an unusual set of traits. Even though their presence can be described as very quiet, INFJ personalities usually have many strong opinions, especially when it comes to issues they consider really important in life. If an INFJ is fighting for something, this is because they believe in the idea itself, not because of some selfish reasons.

INFJ_1INFJ personalities are drawn toward helping those in need: they may rush to the place of a major disaster, participate in rescue efforts, do charity work, etc. INFJs see this as their duty and their purpose in life. People with this personality type firmly believe that nothing else would help the world as much as getting rid of all the tyrants (though preferably in a non-violent way). Karma and similar concepts are very attractive to INFJs.

These tendencies are also strengthened by the fact that INFJ personalities have a unique combination of idealism and decisiveness. This means that their creativity and imagination can be directed toward a specific goal. Few other personality types have this trait, and this is one of the most important reasons why many INFJs are able to eventually realize their dreams and make a lasting positive impact.

INFJs are masters of written communication, with a distinctively smooth and warm language. In addition, the sensitivity of INFJs allows them to connect to others quite easily. Their easy and pleasant communication can often mislead bystanders, who might think that the INFJ is actually a very sociable person.

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 should be careful to avoid “overheating” as their zeal and determination can sometimes get out of hand. As Introverts (I), INFJs need to have some “alone time” every once in a while; otherwise their internal energy reserves will get depleted really quickly. If this happens, the INFJ may surprise everybody around them by withdrawing from all their activities for a while, and since other people usually see INFJs as always friendly and sociable, this can leave them both surprised and concerned.

INFJs take great care of other people’s feelings and expect others to return the favor. Unsurprisingly, people with this personality type are very sensitive and vulnerable to conflicts. Even the most rational INFJs may find it quite difficult to not take criticism personally—this is the INFJ’s Achilles’ heel. If someone with an INFJ personality cannot escape the conflict, they will do their best to deal with it head on, but this will result in a lot of stress and may also potentially lead to health problems or highly irrational behavior.

If you would like to learn more about the INFJ personality type and its traits, download the INFJ In-Depth Profile – a 60+ page guide covering a number of diverse topics. Otherwise, please keep reading:

Some famous INFJs:

  • Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president
  • Goethe, writer and politician
  • Mel Gibson, actor
  • Mother Teresa, missionary
  • Martin Luther King, civil rights activist
  • Nelson Mandela, politician
  • Nicole Kidman, actress
  • “James Wilson” from House M.D.

159 Responses to “INFJ personality”

  1. Judy Reply

    It is such a relief to know that there’s not something wrong with me! For many years I struggled with feeling very different to others. This profile has been a huge help in understanding situations from the past and in gaining insight as to why I act and respond the way I do. It is a very good description of how I am and what I have difficulties with. This insight is majorly helpful in reassuring myself and in allowing me to be forearmed and forewarned about how I might be inadvertently impacting on others. It’s also a useful descriptor to share with those in my Quality World. Ahh … to feel understood! Thankyou!

  2. Ricaria Reply

    i felt like i was the only one who was like this. even though i’m one of the very few INFJ’s out there in beglium/netherlands, i get it why now. our population is very rare, and even though i feel proud that i’m part of it, at the same moment, i’m scared of school, since people bully me because i’m so different. they’re torbulent, extroverts, and many other traits that i personally don’t like. Well, at least i feel like i’m not the only one now. see you guys later ;)

    • Shohna Kastler Reply

      Oohh, Ricaria, I am so sorry that you are bullied in school. :( You are very beautifully made and the world usually picks on what they do not understand. Keep your head up. I know that might not be helpful because it is so sad and hard. I know that God loves you so much and He wants you to have a peaceful life in the inside of your spirit. If you ever need encouragement, I would love to encourage you. I am also this personality type and have struggled A LOT growing up and still do. I am older now and I am getting wiser and more mature to be able to understand situations rightly. I hope you have a good day.

  3. A Man Reply

    I would certainly say that this profile describes me accurately. The past two years I have tried to look inward, and not so much outward. One can’t change the world without first changing themselves. It only makes sense that somewhere on this existential odyssey I would find a description of my personality, and thus also find I’m not alone. Identity is relatively illusory, but it still guides us while we maintain contact with this physical reality. It took some life changing occurrences to transform my perspective about the nature of existence, but I feel as though the outcome was worth the trouble. Truly, this world needs all the help it can get, and I believe it is our duty (not just INFJ’s) to be a part of this solution. Perhaps we are best suited to facilitate change on a broad scale, but I cannot claim that as an absolute truth. Politics, ideology, etc. are all trivial when we view the big picture. In my opinion, love and compassion surpasses all.

  4. Katalin Kennrdy Reply

    I too tried the test twice over a period, and yes, it feels bang on. The other day it occurred to me that I have never felt I fit in, though i belong to many groups, and though others think I fit in. Now I understand why!! Good to know;o)

  5. Anna Reply

    I only needed to read over this summary once, and at that point there was a realization that this fits to me perfectly. It’s incredible to see and feel that one little summary can open the eyes to my own personal experiences that have been in the file cabinet of my mind for years! Thank you to whom created such an incredibly true summary.

  6. Nat Reply

    This is me! I am so glad that I am not alone. As a teacher, the INFJ is a gift and a curse. I usually see below the surface of students, parents, and colleagues. This can be torture when it is a bad picture that I can see. I can also feel other INFJs by their actions. I discovered that my principal is INFJ and now I can realize why we had such a strong connection. I sometimes feel weird or odd but am embracing my true self with lots of love. It is great to have others share the INFJ rare type.

    • connie Reply

      I think what I like least about being an extreme INFJ is that I read people too well. There is no reason at ALL that I should be able to “see” the things I can from interacting with people. And it makes me want to withdraw from them a lot.

      Because I dont want to know that your husband is abusive. Or that you are lying to me about stupid stuff. Or that you have something terribly wrong in your life. It makes me sad instead of informed. I mean, as a designer, I don’t need to know those things!

      And yes, on the other hand I can also see authentic people clearly. People who have very altruistic motives are as loud to me as those with suspect ones.

      One of the weirdest things that happened to me, concerning this type of thing, was my mom (due to some type of brain issues associated with early Alzheimer’s) changed her personality 100% from cruel and damaging to empathetic and loving in her last few years of life. She had no memory of being anything but kind and loving.

      I had no idea who that nice old lady was in my care, but I totally loved her! :-) She became my best friend.

      But seeing the info about our lack of tolerance for tyrannical types- haha! Totally made sense at how easy it was for me to just drop any past hurts and be happy with this new person.

      Still… sometimes I wish the incoming information had a better filter. Its just too much information all the time.

      • Shohna Kastler Reply

        Oh my word. I am the same way. Praise God! I pick up SOOOO much stuff from other people that I thought other people could understand and see too……… but they cannot. I always feel invasive, but I guess I did not ask. Thank you so much for posting, because a lot of times I try to change myself by pretending it isn’t real. But now I can face it dead on and learn how I can live my life in the way that God created me. <3 I am loved.

  7. Evelyn Luna Reply

    There is so much satisfaction in knowing that I am not just a stranger to the world around me. Growing up with an ESFP mother, I endured constant criticism and never felt good enough. I was always so sensitive, and believed it was a weakness and a character flaw. I remember crying all the time wondering why anyone would ever have to be mean to me or anyone, and constantly wrote poems and letters. I also had many bullies in school and when I went home I would be bullied from my sister and my mother. In time I learned to let it all go, but I was always quiet and still manage to see the best in people. In a strange way though, I always somehow have ESFP’s in my life!

    • connie Reply

      OMG! That’s what I dealt with as well. Constant & cruel criticisms and even criticisms about being sensitive and beatings! It never ended and I ran away at 17 because of it. My mom was an ESTJ and also manic and self medicating. It was horrible, but as I noted above, due to a brain issue she completely changed in the last few years of her life .. into this loving and empathic creature. It was wonderful but also totally bizarre. I could never have imagined it and it was some really strange gift I was allowed to experience.

      And don’t feel bad about attracting them, I do too. Narcissists in particular.

  8. Lin Reply

    I find what really troubles me in life are the ENTJs. I am not trying to pick on them or anything, just pointing out the fact that I struggle really badly with them. In my own school, I am a majority of the time surrounded by ENTJs, who have no feelings for others and tend to be incredibly manipulative in extreme cases. I feel like they have a deep, unexplained grudge against me or something, other than their envying and in some cases racism. As an INFJ myself (never knew I had my own type) I feel enraged by the cruelty and immoral actions done against myself and other people around me and I always felt that something has to be done and intervened indirectly a few times. As for the other school mates around me, a majority of them are also extraverts surprisingly. Extraverts of many kinds.

    Going to a school surprisingly where almost everyone are extraverts, I feel like I can’t and never will have a great ‘clicking in’. A lot of people have actually criticised me (quiet harshly) for being introverted, and think that I have never seen the ‘open world’ and ‘don’t know how to find opportunities’, and things like ‘I have to go out there and try’ when in reality all I’m doing is taking a long, long break in isolation and have seen more of the world then them which they don’t realise, despite being less social in person. I feel that it is a great struggle when you’re around an environment lacking empathy and rational behaviour, where cold gossiping, joy in other people’s pains, and wild behaviour dominates.

    I guess many people in my school have seen me as a weak person even for being slightly introverted, and for being so sensitive. It’s like as if It’s a crime to be introverted, and being so sensitive. But I don’t give a damn about what them fools think.

    I think it is both a blessing and a curse to be an INFJ, having the ability to see both the surface and what lies beneath people. As a child/early teenager, I was greatly manipulated but learned from my mistakes and changed hugely. I feel that having this ability to see people have allowed me to protect myself, and if possible, protect others around me when something’s not right.

    In all honesty, I am really surprised by how accurate this profile summary is to me as a person, except for the patience bit and expecting to have favor returned =) I am happy to be who I am, and need to work on my weaknesses as no one is perfect.

  9. Inga Mai Reply

    WOW is the only thing that comes to mind. 1% explains me feeling weirdo all my life. I have always thought something is wrong with me. I have tried very hard to be what “normal” and it has exhausted me greatly. Now I am scared that it is too late to change my life in order to live in harmony with my personality type. 99.99% of these descriptions are me. Good luck to other INFJs out there!