INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4.5% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for this personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, they’ll truly feel at home.
Being a part of the Diplomat (NF) personality group, INFPs are guided by their principles, rather than by logic (Analysts), excitement (Explorers), or tradition (Sentinels). When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality and virtue – they are led by the purity of their intent. INFPs are proud of this quality, and rightly so, but not everyone understands the drive behind these feelings, and it can lead to isolation.
If INFPs are not careful they can lose themselves in their quest for good and neglect the day-to-day upkeep that life demands. INFPs often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and the philosophical more than any other personality type. Left unchecked, the INFP may start to lose touch, ending up in “hermit mode”, and it can take a great deal of energy from their friends or partner to bring them back to the real world.
But at their best, these qualities enable the INFP type to communicate deeply with others, easily speaking in metaphors and parables, and understanding and creating symbols to share their ideas. The strength of their symbolic reasoning lends itself well to creative works, and there are many famous INFP poets, writers and actors. They have a talent for expressing themselves – their beauty and their secrets – through their fictional characters.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
Nor does INFP’s ability with language stop with their native tongue – as with most people in the Diplomat type group, they are considered gifted when it comes to learning a second (or third!) language. INFPs’ gift for communication also lends itself well to their desire for harmony, a recurring theme with Diplomats. But unlike their Extroverted cousins, INFPs will focus their attention on just a few people, a single worthy cause – spread too thinly, they’ll run out of energy, and even become dejected and overwhelmed by all the bad in the world that they can’t fix, a sad sight for INFP’s friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook.
Luckily, like the flowers in spring, INFP’s affection, creativity, altruism and idealism will always come back, rewarding them and those they love perhaps not with logic and utility, but with a world view that inspires compassion, kindness and beauty wherever they go.
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Some famous INFPs:
William Shakespeare, poet
J.R.R. Tolkien, writer
Tom Hiddleston, actor
Johnny Depp, actor
Julia Roberts, actress
Lisa Kudrow, actress
“Frodo Baggins” from The Lord of the Rings
“Anne of Green Gables”
“Fox Mulder” from X-Files
“Deanna Troi” from Star Trek
“Wesley Crusher” from Star Trek