INFJ Personality (“The Advocate”)

The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats, they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.
INFJ personality

Help Me Help You

INFJs indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King

INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extraverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

Live to Fight Another Day

Really though, it is most important for INFJs to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when INFJs find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.

To INFJs, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. INFJs just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.

Advocates You May Know

6 hours ago
EVERYTHING here is absolutely correct. This explains the reasons for who and what I like and don't like, why I act certain ways. Everything just makes sense now. It's also a tremendous relief to know that there are other people with the Advocate personality. I used to think that the way I acted was because of mental problems, but now I know that most of it is actually just my personality, and that other people are like me too. I wish I'd taken this test sooner.
2 days ago
(First off, yes, my display name is a joke) I seem to vary from this, but I firmly believe this truly is me. Some people think these tests are inaccurate, but it is the first time that is truly accurate, as long as you are being as honest as possible. To see myself being compared to these other amazing advocates (Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., etc) is just very inspiring! So, again, as my results vary if I take these tests again, this is something that I truly see myself as, Especially in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and I'm sure almost all of the rest.
1 week ago
This explains so much on how much i am different than the rest of my family. I read through the rest of the personalities and picked ones that no doubtfully were my family members personalities. And lord be hold 3/6 of them (My moms new boy-friend, yes i am living in a divorced family but we're cool with each other) were all in the same Role group. The Analyst group. Which does not get along with The Diplomats much less us Advocates. It also does not help that my sister (of all people) is one of them. She is a Logician. Tell me how this is good to have a sister like this. And even better my moms boy-friend is a Debater, ugh. And MUCH better my moms a Commander. And that leaves me and my (bio) father out. He is in the Sentinel role group and he is a Consul. Which we have our differences but we get each other much more than the Analyst crew over there do. And being a INFJ-T it makes sense that i cannot be controlled, and when people try i either hurt them or not really rational about it. Thanks everyone for commenting and letting me know i am not alone it this Turbulent and In-justified world. -12/2/17
3 weeks ago
Well, that explains a lot. Why it seems like people always come to me about how they feel, why I always feel so alone, why it feels like people don't understand me. I do tend to help others, oftentimes ignoring my own problems. And I do have only a few real friends. Surprisingly accurate. Unfortunately, this personality type doesn't mesh well with the life I've lived, which has been turbulent to put it lightly. But it's nice to know that despite having an extremely rare personality type, I'm not alone in it.
1 month ago
This is like reading my life as a book. I always thought I was just too picky when it came to relationships, but now I see why. As I read more about my personality, more things became apparent and obvious. Things just made sense!
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