INFJ strengths and weaknesses

INFJ Strengths

  • Creative - Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones. People with the INFJ personality type enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about, and this strength makes them excellent counselors and advisors.
  • Insightful - Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing - Speaking in human terms, not technical, INFJs have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience. INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive - Their creativity, insight and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end. INFJs don’t just see the way things ought to be, they act on those insights.
  • Determined and Passionate - When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard. INFJs will rock the boat if they have to, something not everyone likes to see, but their passion for their chosen cause is an inseparable part of their personality.
  • Altruistic - These strengths are used for good. INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.

INFJ Weaknesses

  • Sensitive - When someone challenges or criticizes INFJs’ principles or values, they are likely to receive an alarmingly strong response. People with the INFJ personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict, and questioning their motives is the quickest way to their bad side.
  • Extremely Private - INFJs tend to present themselves as the culmination of an idea. This is partly because they believe in this idea, but also because INFJs are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, using this image to keep themselves from having to truly open up, even to close friends. Trusting a new friend can be even more challenging for INFJs.
  • Perfectionistic - INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not always possible – in politics, in business, in romance – and INFJs too often drop or ignore healthy and productive situations and relationships, always believing there might be a better option down the road.
  • Always Need to Have a Cause - INFJs get so caught up in the passion of their pursuits that any of the cumbersome administrative or maintenance work that comes between them and the ideal they see on the horizon is deeply unwelcome. INFJs like to know that they are taking concrete steps towards their goals, and if routine tasks feel like they are getting in the way, or worse yet, there is no goal at all, they will feel restless and disappointed.
  • Can Burn Out Easily - Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave INFJs with few options for letting off steam. People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living.
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Aug 27, 2014 22:43:01
I've taken three of these tests over the last 7 years and I keep coming out INFJ. But sometimes I don't want to be, when I tired by life's duties, dilemmas, routines, family needs. I think it might be because I don't have time or energy to ponder the things that interest me along the way. Does that make sense?
Because when I'm rested and my energy is high by the time I'm out of bed for one hour I already have my day full of plans to do any number of things. This is when I enjoy the business of my head and hands. Does anyone else find this a dilemma too?
Aug 26, 2014 12:18:16
It all make perfect sense now, no wonder iv'e been hiding all this time, your post is spot on. and the blinkers are off now "PERMANENTLY!!!! "
Dilip Kumar Roy
Aug 24, 2014 17:30:47
Agree totally. Wonder how you developed this test.
Aug 23, 2014 04:50:24
I am amazed at how accurately this describes me! I wondered if it was some sort of flattery and generic description, but the more I read the more I realize that it is me!

I agree that it is hard to say something is a weakness or strength as when out of balance any thing can be weakens and well managed and helped with maturity and experience we can make the most of any quality. The main thing is being aware of our tendencies and qualities.
Aug 17, 2014 18:20:56
So true