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. INFJs 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. INFJs 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. INFJs 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.

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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104 Responses to “INFJ strengths and weaknesses”

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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!

  3. 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. :)

    • 33 Reply

      Thank you for such clear expression in summing up your decades of experience as an INFJ. I can’t agree with you more because I feel the same way. It took me decades to sort out the complex web inside me in order to look outward. My work is not done yet. I am forever searching for life’s purpose, completing one challenge after another. Your words comfort me because I am sure I can do more good in my later years to benefit more people if I indentify the causes.

      God bless and more good years to you, too.

  4. 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.

  5. Kevin Pickelman Reply

    I have been going to counseling for many years. Today 5-5-2014 I was given a test by my new counselor. Today marks the day I can finally feel comfortable in my skin. Knowing that I’m a INFJ helps me understand why I have mad the decesions I’ve made in my life. Now in my mid 40′s it helps to understand yourself and reading this website helps to know WERE not alone.

  6. Kelly Reply

    Reading these comments has been like reading my own journal but with the welcome assurance that I am not alone in these experiences. Here I wondered if perhaps I spend too much time alone: I’m often wary of spending my weekend on more than one social gathering (lest I begin Monday utterly exhausted). As much as I crave interaction, I find the majority of my time around people becomes devoted to observing how they behave and feel. Very much the introvert unless I get the feeling the listener is genuinely interested in a topic I love…then I may talk their ear right off. It has been reassuring to see echos of my own thoughts here. Thank you for sharing, INFJs.

  7. Deborah Grace Reply

    I used to be very open when I was younger, but being altruistic, I was taken advantage of and now am a much more private person. Finding out that I am an INFJ just a few months ago has made it so much easier to navigate life and find my perfect match (and marry him)! Thank you for this website!!!!!

  8. Ambika Reply

    After knowing that a creature like me have a type and their are people in the world who are somewhat like me..I am so relieved and thankful to the god…because till the time I knew I was an INFJian I use to wonder that I am from a different planet… Seriously…this use to freak me out…especially seeing my partners reactions…I use to get disheartened…well now that I know what type I am…I am very happy…:D

  9. G Reply

    I recently discovered I’m an INFJ, and its such a relief to discover other people like me, I can feel so isolated and depressed at times. Right now I’m discovering my vision, which is the only thing that I can derive real joy out of.

  10. Robert Reply

    Hi, I was INTJ when younger too the TJ part is only slight. I am no perfectionist, but I am fussy. Interesting. I am a Science teacher studied Zoology at University.