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 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 :)
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 05, 2015 02:29:49
What i found interesting was when i got the INFJ outcome, i immediately felt even more lonely. i took the test again a little while later to hopefully get a different result, same result. i then decided ok i'll learn about this and learnt we have some issues with lonelyness. I wondered about the notion of would others personalities feel good about being only 1-2% of the population, whereas we don't really like this notion. i then took the test here still secretly hoping i would get a different outcome, same again, no escaping this, so i decided to work through it, to learn and be the best i can. It is working out to some degree, im learning to be gentle on myself and understand who i am so i can help more.
I'd like to try to stay in touch with you all, it is a little hard as im so busy, i have an environmental radio show, and work for a number of marine conservation groups as a volunteer. For money i work in disability care so i am very busy and often completely drained a lot of the time, is there somewhere possibly a little more protected where everyone is connecting?
Thank you
Jun 30, 2015 04:07:38
This says I'm very passionate about my values and beleifs. A while ago i started writing lyrics anytime i thought of them, even sometimes when i couldnt. Over the years the lyrics started to be more and more about myself. With a complicated family and social life, the only person i could turn to was myself. I didnt know it at the time but my drive, my challenge in life was understanding myself. I learned this about myself about 5 mins ago after i took the test. When it opened with "less than one percent" it really made me feel special, and all of the almost 600 comments made me feel like im not alone. Let me tell you, this test was so satisfying, i made an account specifically to make this comment, and seriously considering paying for whatever they have to offer. I am so thankful for this test.