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

3 years ago
This is incredibly accurate, I always wonder why other people seem less sensitive and can't put the words together the same way. Why do negative comments always seem like personal attacks. I can't have more than 1-2 friends because it is exhausting to try and spend time with to many people, I'd rather stay home anyway. Such a relief to know it's not that I don't care it's just that it's who I am. So nice to meet some other people who share this rather confusing personality mix.
2 years ago
People exhaust me too. I think it's because I automatically understand things on so many levels but can't communicate that, and even if I could, I'd get that "cow looking at a new gate" face. People would rather small talk. It takes a lot of energy for me to small talk and stay on the surface of things. I'd rather be alone with my own thoughts than put forth so much effort for nothing.
3 years ago
what would batman score as ? An INFJ? or something else... hmmmm
3 years ago
Hello fellow INFJs. I guess in some ways it's nice to be in a category of only 1% of people. I used to think being an introvert, overly emotional or let's just say caring too much about things and not liking to be in large groups or to be the centre of attention were negative traits and I almost wished at times that I could be more like those people who are very at ease commanding attention and are 'the life and soul of the party'. Now I understand a bit more about different personality types I'll be proud to be a member of the INFJ and as MLK says get active with 'creative altruism'.
3 years ago
I'm INFJ also, interesting, I have always been rather quiet, especially with new people I'm not sure about, always loved being creative, did art
3 years ago
Como vamos montar um grupo se somos individualistas ? só vai dar autista rsrsTalvez na verdade este seja mais um traço de nossa personalidade pois ao invés de querer socializar com os demais grupos que formam a maioria, preferimos nos isolar no conforto daqueles que pensam como nós..
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