INFP strengths and weaknesses

INFP strengths

  • Passionate and energetic. INFPs tend to be very energetic when it comes to causes they believe in and are willing to fight for. They may be quiet and even shy in public, but their passion should not be underestimated.
  • Very creative. INFP personalities find it easy to interpret signs and hidden meanings; furthermore, their well-developed intuition has no difficulties connecting the dots and coming up with interesting, unusual ideas.
  • Open-minded and flexible. INFPs dislike being constrained by rules and do not seek to impose them on others. They tend to be fairly liberal, open-minded individuals, as long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged.
  • Idealistic. INFPs are perhaps the most idealistic of all personality types, believing that people are inherently good and everyone should do their best to fight evil and injustice in the world.
  • Seek and value harmony. INFPs do not want to dominate and work hard to ensure that everyone’s opinion is valued and heard.
  • Can be very dedicated and hard-working. As mentioned above, INFP personalities are both very passionate and idealistic. Not surprisingly, they can also be unbelievably dedicated to their chosen cause or an organization. It is unlikely that an INFP will give up simply because everyone else has abandoned the cause or it is getting difficult to keep going.

INFP weaknesses

  • Too altruistic. INFPs may be so focused on doing good things and helping other people that they may neglect their own needs. Alternatively, they may fight for their chosen cause, ignoring everything else in life.
  • Dislike dealing with data. INFP personalities are very much in tune with emotions and morality, but they are likely to have difficulties when it comes to dealing with facts and data, e.g., analyzing connections or finding discrepancies.
  • Difficult to get to know. People with the INFP personality type tend to be private, reserved individuals. They are also likely to be quite self-conscious.
  • Take many things personally. INFPs cherish their ideals and find it very difficult to accept criticism, taking such comments very personally. They also tend to avoid conflict situations, always looking for a solution that satisfies everybody.
  • May be too idealistic. INFP personalities are prone to being too dreamy and idealistic, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. They may idealize—or even idolize—their partner, forgetting that no one is perfect.
  • Impractical. INFPs do not really see practical things as important. They may even forget to eat and drink if they are doing something that excites and motivates them.

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

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95 Responses to “INFP strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Layah Reply

    I do forget to blink sometimes when I’m watching something really good, or playing an interesting game. And I do forget to eat and drink when I get really into my drawings….hehehe. Oops.

  2. Natasha Reply

    I’m an INFP.
    Well, I’m a very pragmatic person. I’m not impractical. And I don’t really dislike dealing with data, and I guess I’m pretty good in dealing with data… And I don’t think I’m altruistic, I know I’m selfish.

    And yeah, I feel more proud than insecure about INFP only makes up 4.5% of the world population.

  3. Camille Reply

    The weakness about being “too idealistic” can be true for me. I often find myself making my friends and romantic interests much better in my head by taking their best qualities and emphasizing them. It’s not a good idea to do this, but I suppose it’s in my nature. I still need to work on making sure I know whether I’m just being idealistic when thinking of people.
    On the other hand, being “passionate and energetic” is another trait of my personality I strongly agree with. I do have a lot – a lot by my standards, anyway – of friends. Sadly, though, I can actually pick out 3 that I spend the most time with and care about most. I sometimes feel bad for neglecting the others, but these three I spend a lot of effort on.

  4. Jerri Reply

    My friends often mention how I drift off to another world when I’m in class…
    They also seemed rather horrified when I told them I spent two weeks in my room obsessively playing a video game.

  5. Ethan Reply

    This personality seems to fit me like a glove, with one exception: my perspective is not always very altruistic. I tend to take a bit of a Hobbesean view on humanity, that we are selfish creatures by nature and every action we take is taken to benefit us in some way. Still, I do tend to think of people I personally know in a much more positive light. I’m not exactly a glass-half-empty kind of guy, nor am I a glass-half-full kind of guy. I tend to think that the glass is full. Air is a form of matter too, after all.