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 with these points? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.



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Deborah Grace
Jul 11, 2014 18:44:46
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!!!!!
Jun 08, 2014 03:51:05
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.
May 30, 2014 13:19:09
I totally agree!! Spot on!
Kevin Pickelman
May 06, 2014 00:25:15
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.
Susannah Peel
Apr 14, 2014 21:01:53
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.