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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107 Responses to “INFP strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Dizzy Reply

    I have always struggled with the cons of being an INFP, and I never knew why which made me feel awful (see what I mean). Finding this out about myself, and that I am not alone with some of these things that rule my life comforts me and I feel now that I can live more in harmony with myself.

  2. Anacary Reply

    I’m so impractical it’s ridiculous. As I was finishing reading the previous point, that which I idealize romantic partners and decidedly ignoring how true I’ve found that to be in the past, I read that INFPs dont see practical things as important… I think I laughed for like 5 minutes.

  3. Manasa Reply

    I completely agree! I’m an INFP and this description fits me perfectly.

  4. Freya Jaye Mapplebeck Reply

    It is uncanny how accurate this is. Absolutely spot on.

  5. Josh Reply

    Oh my gosh!!! It is crazy how accurate mine was!!! Mine was INFP. It was like a bio of myself

  6. Maya Reply

    oh my god, this is me entirely. it’s so hard to live in a world full of principles and goals and sometimes i sit in my math class thinking, “why?” why is it so hard to just.. live? just survive. it’s not like (from a non religious point of view) we were brought here with a purpose. we might even be mistakes. maybe we just happened. yet as we evolved the point of existing became so much more complex than just existing. but it’s not like creating a purpose was a bad thing. i suck at communicating my thoughts, too, but what i’m trying to say is why do we have to exist in a certain way?? why have we made it so /complicated/ to just live? the entire (vicious, might i add) cycle of going to school, going to college, getting achievements, blah blah blah seems to be the only way to live our (seeming pointless) lives and to me it’s like a cage that i’m trapped in. i can easily adjust to my environment, as i’ve moved from place to place with my family almost every year, but the common denominator always seems to be school, college, work, retirement. and then what was the point of all that after you die? my mind is very conflicted haha, because i want to find answers but i know that i probably won’t get all of them. i want to make a difference in my time of existing, and i feel like my life was wasted if i didn’t. it’s so bloody annoying, that one day we’ll cease to exist and i won’t be there in a hundred years when we’ve evolved more and it just makes me want to curl into a ball and sob for the rest of my life. [curls into a ball and sobs] MY THOUGHTS. WHY ARE THEY SO… ALL OVER THE PLACE.

  7. niki Reply

    same, i agree with maya and angie both! that is so me. i think about everything that you guys said all the time. i guess i’m not alone! :)