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

9 months ago
I was really struggling with 'feeling different' and even trying to be someone I wasn't, more extraverted, because that's what society wants you to be. Now I know who I am, and I know my strengths. I used to be homeschooled, and my family always told me i was an extravert. I talk with my family and close friends, but outside of that i rarely talk at all. When I transferred to public school, I felt helpless outside of my small circle of friends. This test helped me understand myself and make me a happier person. Thank you 16personalities!!!!
10 months ago
I'm so glad i found this sight, the Advocate, is exactly who I am. I've always had trouble finding myself and knowing exactly who I was, but here I can learn a lot more about myself and improve myself.
1 year ago
This was absolutely eye-openingly spot-on! Being a teenager, i wanted to know more about myself so i could understand why i act the way i do, or feel the way i feel, and now i know! In reading the extra information about my type, i was brought to tears multiple times because it seemed to highlight specific events in my life, where I've almost made a huge mistake for some reason i couldn't understand, but now i do, and i won't allow myself to consider that mistake again! Thank you!
1 year ago
Tamra, I am almost 45, and I, too, had tears. Too often, I have felt that I made a bad decision, but I didn't understand the people around me or the significance of the timing of the situation (do I have to think fast or can I have time to process). Time, though, has helped me be less critical of myself while learning more about my tendancies. This research and information, however, just turbo-charged my efforts and reinforced what I have already figured out. Good for you for finding this while you are still in your teens!!
1 year ago
Thank God I found this! Been having difficulty in finding a career path to go down (which I'm being forced to do in highschool!), but now I know I'm on the right path. I can now understand myself better and hopefully continue to do so.
Nathan
1 year ago
This is definitely me!!! I've always thought of myself to be very different and now I know why!!!!! Thank you so much!
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