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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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yumi
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Aug 17, 2014 18:20:56
So true
Susan
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Aug 11, 2014 22:26:22
INFJ ..omg..I finally know I belong...I always have said how can anyone else truly understand me when I don't even understand myself...now I realize there are others from our unique crazy planet called INFI ! hahaha!
Maizey INFJ
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Jul 30, 2014 23:04:22
I think the strengths/weaknesses organizing principles are too polar and create false conclusions. In some cases, it more like this: maturity makes the positive or negative difference in a given dynamic for any type. For example, to list "Always Needs to Have a Cause" as an INFJ weakness is expressed as a strength when an INFJ is mature enough to apply discipline and not hop from cause to cause to avoid accountability. Then the same trait -- which is to seek meaning and meaningfulness in all actions -- becomes not a weakness but a wonderful strength. The positive expression of the same trait becomes more like "Transcending the Limits of the Mundane by Looking for Meaning in Routine" which can transform repetition into acts that are poetic, ritual, and beautiful! That's not a weakness! hehehe I understand that people want to order and know which traits will most likely pose challenges (weaknesses), but I am not sure that organization into good/bad, strength/weakness the way to go for any type-description. It invites the fallacies of oversimplification, a way to bully "other" or cast our inner and outter villains, possibly even excuse them.

A focus on traits as artifacts would be more helpful than evaluations of traits as judgments (positive or negative), if you ask me, unless one is willing to write the spectrum of positive and negative expressions of the same trait, it's better not to offer an evaluation as an absolute.
William
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Jul 28, 2014 03:33:28
I'm an INFJ, and this is eerily accurate as to who I am, I'm amazed by how well it defines me and, in the case of the negatives, how will it describes why I do things and get stressed, thanks guys.
Deborah Grace
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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!!!!!