INFP strengths and weaknesses

INFP Strengths

  • Idealistic - INFPs' friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony - People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others, and don't much care for domineering attitudes at all. They prefer a more democratic approach, and work hard to ensure that every voice and perspective is heard.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible - A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules. INFPs give the benefit of the doubt too, and so long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged, they'll support others' right to do what they think is right.
  • Very Creative - INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives. Being able to connect many far-flung dots into a single theme, it's no wonder that many INFPs are celebrated poets and authors.
  • Passionate and Energetic - When something captures INFPs' imagination and speaks to their beliefs, they go all in, dedicating their time, energy, thoughts and emotions to the project. Their shyness keeps them from the podium, but they are the first to lend a helping hand where it's needed.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working - While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs (especially Assertive ones) have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through. Knowing that what they are doing is meaningful gives people with this personality type a sense of purpose and even courage when it comes to accomplishing something they believe in.

INFP Weaknesses

  • Too Idealistic - INFPs often take their idealism too far, setting themselves up for disappointment as, again and again, evil things happen in the world. This is true on a personal level too, as INFPs may not just idealize their partners, but idolize them, forgetting that no one is perfect.
  • Too Altruistic - INFPs sometimes see themselves as selfish, but only because they want to give so much more than they are able to. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as they try to push themselves to commit to a chosen cause or person, forgetting to take care of the needs of others in their lives, and especially themselves.
  • Impractical - When something captures INFPs' imagination, they can neglect practical matters like day-to-day maintenance and simple pleasures. Sometimes people with the INFP personality type will take this asceticism so far as to neglect eating and drinking as they pursue their passion or cause.
  • Dislike Dealing With Data - INFPs are often so focused on the big picture that they forget the forest is made of individual trees. INFPs are in tune with emotions and morality, and when the facts and data contradict their ideals, it can be a real challenge for them.
  • Take Things Personally - INFPs often take challenges and criticisms personally, rather than as inspiration to reassess their positions. Avoiding conflict as much as possible, INFPs will put a great deal of time and energy into trying to align their principles and the criticisms into a middle ground that satisfies everybody.
  • Difficult to Get to Know - INFPs are private, reserved and self-conscious. This makes them notoriously difficult to really get to know, and their need for these qualities contributes to the guilt they often feel for not giving more of themselves to those they care about.
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Rah ma
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Jan 30, 2015 12:58:22
the INFP is definetely me . I'm just like that !
Ann
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Jan 13, 2015 18:45:12
I'm a complete INFP :)
jacob r.
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Jan 08, 2015 16:56:16
i've dealt with severe depression and i was kind of wondering if people with this type are more likely to deal with depression and anxiety disorders
Anonymous
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Jan 10, 2015 04:23:49
I'm not exactly sure. I know as an INFP, I have had my bouts with depression, and after having read the description of this personality type, I can see why someone might wonder if there are other INFP's who struggle with depression and anxiety as well; I also wonder if this true or not. Are there any other INFP's out there who can vouch for this?
Anonymous
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Jan 12, 2015 02:51:00
I am also an INFP who has dealt with depression and anxiety for years. It interests me that this may be a pattern.
Lindsey
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Jan 13, 2015 07:01:17
Perhaps depression and anxiety disorders are a trend with INFJs, as Anonymous said. It would make sense because according to this website, INFJs are prone to feeling misunderstood, isolated, and overcome by the evil in the world. I know that I've felt all of those overwhelming emotions many times before. You're not alone!
Tamsin
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Jan 18, 2015 00:28:00
I have suffered from depression and anxiety for the majority of my life, now beginning to get adequate treatment. I am curious to see if this is linked with other disorders too, as idealists can often suffer knowing what the ideal is but feeling a great sense of hopelessness in the quest to achieve or articulate their ideas and beliefs.
Anonymous
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Jan 26, 2015 17:25:31
I'm also an INFP that has dealt with anxiety and depression.
Rose
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Jan 07, 2015 22:56:43
I'm an ENFJ. Which is the personality that's compatablie with you. I am surprised but i actually totally like what I'm reading. I never would have thought I would want to date a writer or something like that or a introvert.
Miri
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Dec 27, 2014 02:43:06
Yup that's me alright if we are only 4% of thr population I say we stick together! There are very few of us and we are darn good people.
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