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

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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

8 months ago
While reading this, I felt a lot of emotions, since shock, happiness, sadness, and in the end I cried, I was shaking. At the beginning it scared me, but then I realized that I didn't have to, finally I know how and why I'm like I'm, now I think I understand myself a little more, I feel more secure, finally I feel ... better.
9 months ago
Wow... I'm so happy I stumbled upon this website. This was so accurate! Awesome! :)
10 months ago
Scarily accurate. All that I am could not have been more accurately worded. It has given me extra confidence.
10 months ago
I'm so glad that I know that there are other people like me. I van finally be understood
10 months ago
For me this provided some validation. Being humble, caring and having a nature that enjoys lifting people and working together as equals. No hierarchy, no exclusion. Just working together with all types of people to grow and strengthen each other. Its funny. The attributes I always felt were uniquely mine in terms of what I nurture. Are actually part of this personality trait. I think this is cool because I thought my fierce stance on integrity and being humble were mine, yet here they are :) What I would value from here is understanding how? When I always thought my nature was formed by my perception of all my lifes events. How others who are raised in different countries and different circumstances think the same way as me? Is there surveys that can compare this about us?
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