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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May 15, 2015 22:39:46
I feel special, I also feel inferior of others. I feel alienated. I have hopes to become a oscar winning Screenwriter. At 15 it shows my high Introverted Intuition. This is all true to me. Thanks for helping me figure out who I am.
Jun 20, 2015 05:50:30
Seriously? INFJs are the second most powerful personality type in the world and you feel inferior? Ironically, I also would love to be a screenwriter, and am 15! (So much easier than trying to be an author!) Why do you feel alienated? If you really can't find any other NF types to be friends with them I recomend SJ types. They are just as good and yet a ton of INFJs I've encountered don't seem to get it. Of course, living in the south there are an abundance of SJ types, but I don't know where you live, so I can't really help you in that aspect.
Jane Bender
Jun 26, 2015 17:53:15
I totally get it... Fifteen as well, and still trying to piece together my scattered ambitions... Can I not be a famous fantasy sci-fi author, revolutionary/visionary leader, high school teacher AND astronaut? Why can't I be great at all of those things?

XD I think they should put "Alienated" under weaknesses up there.... Would be so true. So freaking true. Find an ENFP. Or an ISTP. Both refreshing. Or an INFJ, man. We all love to be understood. Not that I'd know, but I've heard.
Feb 14, 2015 06:00:58
for as long as I can remember I have thought I needed professional help, thought I was odd, found it hard to express myself verbally, except through art/poetry and writing letters. thought I was an insecure mess, too sensitive, too private, now after reading all this I feel a little relieved. I wonder if we are extremely private and keep a lot of our non personal opinions to our selves as we hate being criticized? Didn't know how rare we all are I suppose that make us a little precious:-) Trying to learn to take on criticism more positively, wonder If It's possible to change personality to some degree?
Feb 21, 2015 22:05:53
It is very possible for a personality to change through the course of one's life. In my own life, I changed from an INFJ to an INTJ through depression, and although I notice I still have some traits of the INFJ left over (Can read human behaviors quite well, altruistic, am rather quiet and sensitive) I see myself more as an INTJ than an INFJ. There are also many types I've seen that can overlap very often, such as the ENTJ and the INTJ, or the ENTP and the ENFP. Why the INFJ type in particular is so rare is rather hard to explain, but I would have to believe it has something to do with the way the world is organized an arranged. Both altruism and privacy are rather rare traits if you look through history, and generally, these traits do not lend themselves to "survival" from the perspective of a social Darwinist. It is my belief that in the childhood, many INFJs make a subconscious decision to either conform to many of the policies of society that society is built on (thus becoming an ISFJ and losing creativity usually), or conforming to the logic society is built on (thus becoming an INTJ and losing altruism usually). That's just a theory of mine, but I hope that answers your questions Steph.
Feb 27, 2015 07:07:05
Wow it's very interesting to hear from another INTJ who used to be an INFJ. As a child I was definitely an INFJ but due to many factors (depression, family issues, and a thirst for knowledge) I eventually became an INTJ. I still see some INFJ in me but I do believe I have come to prefer logic and rationality over feelings and emotions, and to become more cynical instead of altruistic.
Jun 20, 2015 05:56:11
Unless of course you're like me, who went from an INTJ to an INFJ... Which is really odd considering your theory, but I think being an INFJ is the best way to "survive".
Feb 11, 2015 12:30:43
Oh. I see, INFJ'S personality really defines me. I'm real INFJ type, From the weakness to the Strength. I always wanted to be too private, to the point that even my close friend doesn't know me so well. It's hard for me to be vocal about my feelings. and I'm a perfectionist. having high standards in life. I easily get exhausted and I'm short tempered person.I can easily cope with any situation and be comfortable with my new friends but it's never easy for me to trust and open up with them.
Feb 05, 2015 10:03:17
Yeah, this is very much me! I often run into a big problem being this personality type though. TONS of people fake wanting to be friends with me, and unlike some of the less insightful personality types, I can tell how unserious they are about it, but too polite to say so! (In fact, this is my first time ever revealing this, hope u guys understand) Inside I cannot stand those people and they make me want to toss them off cliffs, but I'm always very nice to them, because if I judged them wrong and they do actually want to be my friend (about a 5% chance, but still) there are no words for how horrible I would feel about telling them about it.
Feb 27, 2015 09:03:14
I appreciate your comment about people being fake friends and your words about throwing them off the cliff but I'm too nice resonates with me. People often don't realize I have a BS meter because I am quiet about it
Jun 20, 2015 05:52:19
Precisely. However, more recently, I've found that if you embrace these friendships, half the time they actually grow into something! Give it a try
Jan 29, 2015 12:44:59
The burnout comment is very appropriate and I have experienced it multiple times as a 28year old. Can any experienced fellow souls offer some advice?
Jane Bender
Feb 03, 2015 19:14:42
Just like you make time to do things you like to do, or things you need to do, make time for "recharging." My family teases me that I have a "people limit," and when I get back from a long day of nonstop social contact, I hide away and take some time to myself. Reading, or writing, or listening to music are all great options.
Feb 16, 2015 10:05:04
Found solo daily running as a great stress reliever and life-energy building time. During highly stressful times (airline pilot training) I ran every morning, even if it meant running in the cold and dark. Think it kept me sane through a very stressful time.
Apr 19, 2015 00:51:44
As a 29-year-old woman, I have dealt with the same issue many times in my life. Like other people have said, take time to 'recharge' and do solitary activities you enjoy. I've found yoga and meditation as well as gardening is great for the sensitive, introverted and nurturing aspect.
Jun 20, 2015 05:53:46
I have a bad habit of trying to do that while people are still around... Sometimes it gives a really weird false impression on people