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.

152 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 ;)

  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.