INFJ strengths and weaknesses

INFJ strengths

  • Determined and passionate. INFJ personalities work very hard for causes they believe in. This passion can easily surprise people not used to seeing this side of the INFJ, but it is an inseparable part of their personality.
  • Altruistic. It is very rare to see an INFJ do something just for their personal benefit. People with this personality type tend to be very warm and altruistic, even though these traits may not be clearly visible.
  • Decisive. This is one of the most important strengths of any INFJ. Their imagination, combined with decisiveness, usually allows INFJs to achieve incredible things. Not only they can come up with interesting and unusual ideas, they also have the willpower and planning skills necessary to implement those ideas.
  • Creative. INFJs possess a vivid imagination and rarely have any difficulties expressing it in one way or another. Most of their solutions revolve around people or ideals, as opposed to technical strategies. This strength makes INFJ personalities excellent counselors and advisors.
  • Inspiring and convincing. People with the INFJ personality type have a way with words and are known for their fluid, inspirational writing style. INFJs can also be convincing speakers, especially if they are talking about something they are very proud of or passionate about.
  • Very insightful. INFJs find it easy to decipher other people’s motives and are rarely affected by manipulation or sales tactics. They tend to know instantly whether someone is being honest. This strength shields their sensitive inner core, protecting the INFJ from disappointment.

INFJ weaknesses

  • Extremely private. INFJs may appear expressive and passionate, but they are actually very private individuals. People with this personality type often find it quite difficult to trust a new friend or open up, even to people who are closest to them.
  • Can burn out easily. That strength and passion that INFJ personalities are known for can exhaust them quickly if they are not careful. INFJs also tend to internalize most of their feelings. This trait is not necessarily a weakness, but it deprives them of the “exhaust valve.”
  • Very sensitive. INFJs are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict situations and can get hurt very easily. People with this personality type are also likely to react strongly to anything that challenges their inner principles and values.
  • Perfectionistic. INFJ personalities are inherently idealistic and do their best to achieve their ideals. This is a great trait, but it can quickly become a weakness if the same approach is applied in every area of life. For instance, INFJs may find it difficult to settle down in a romantic relationship, always looking for an ideal partner.
  • Always need to have a cause. INFJs may find it difficult to focus and force themselves to complete tasks that are not linked to one of their goals, e.g., some routine administrative work that must be carried out. People with this personality type always want to know that they are moving toward a worthy goal and may feel disappointed and restless if this is not the case.

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101 Responses to “INFJ strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Sunny Robbins Reply

    I have actually taken this test twice over the past 2 weeks, just to be sure the results would be similar. Sure enough..INFJ! It is amazing, scary and comforting to read the result! This has been a very positive experience for me…and the result feels almost 100% spot on! I can now embrace my personality and see how, over the years, I’ve become more and more authentic to it’s traits. Thank you so much for this website!

  2. Shova Reply

    I am an INFJ and find the information appeared here astonishingly accurate about myself in nearly all the areas.

    Thank you so much

  3. Brian Coover Reply

    Okay, I’m weird even for INFJ. Social situations give me energy while I’m in them, but the moment I leave I get exhausted and need to recharge. When it comes to my cause, I have like 20. I use my talent for music to express and vocalize my causes. I also work on systematic causes and seek to develop a logical and moral fixes, and sometimes completely redesigning the systems when I see they won’t work with human nature. I used to be EXTREMELY private, but I have relaxed a lot in that department. Most of it is spot on, but it doesn’t fit like a glove.

    • Heather Reply

      You’re not weird for an INFJ… I am just the same when it comes to socialising… I love it, but often leave the pub with a screaming headache!!! And, I’m not alone in this in the INFJ world… we are the most social of the I’s after all :)

  4. Heather Reply

    This is so insightful and a much deeper explanation of what is going on in my head and why other people just don’t get it. Thank you sooooo much!

  5. Shayla Roberts Reply

    This corner of this website is a true blessing! It will support Intuitive types to love, honor and express our uniqueness more fully, and to focus our creative expression more practically and productively.

    As a 70-something INFJ, I witness, both in myself and in my consultancy clients, that it requires 4 or 5 decades of life for Intuitive types (both E’s and I’s) to truly synthesize and focus the multiple universes of thought, and the complex dimensions of awareness that are uniquely available to us. It’s like we spend our early decades hungrily exploring knowledge sets, gaining personal insights, forming philosophical theories, and originating fresh thought patterns. And then, in our later decades, we become impassioned to organize what we know into practical systems that others can access.

    The immense capacity INFJ’s (in particular) have for self-analysis, combined with our passion for making significant contributions to the world around us, make us harbingers of new promise for the future. As we continue to expand our understanding of the unique possibilities that are available to us, and as we gain new levels of empowerment and voice, we make possibility thinking more available to all types, and that’s a good thing because possibility thinking is the new frontier of human evolution. (Sound kinda INFJ-ish? : )

    • Beth Reply

      Shayla Roberts, that was beautiful, and so encouraging. I feel like such a late bloomer so much of the time. It’s good to hope and believe that i’m just warming up to a fantastic success. :)

  6. Susannah Peel Reply

    I am glad to read this. I often wondered how it could be possible that I enjoy and like other people so much, and can feel lonely without other people around; but at the same time I feel exhausted and sometimes burned out by being in public, social situations for long without retreating to a private space to re-charge. Its not because I don’t like other people, but sometimes feel overwhelmed and need to retreat.