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
I have joked around for years about failing personality tests. They never seem to make sense. Even took one that said the motivational factors behind my predominant traits were such polar opposites that it would be difficult for them to exist in a single personality - didn't leave me feeling very good about myself. Finally a test that seems to make sense. Fits me. I have spent my entire adult life trying to make a difference in my community, humane industry, mental health systems and medicare). I have met success, but have also been misunderstood and sometimes have felt so alone and often frustrated. I am talented at creating solutions, but feel restrained that I cannot fix the system. Now I understand.
3 years ago
You are not alone. There are other "islands" floating around out here..
3 years ago
earl cook
3 years ago
I am an infs, introverted and very compassionate. A very deep thinker who needs to analyze every situation, but I love being alone to read and study, especially historical places and natural sciences, though I am married 47 years. Love God and the natural things of the world.
Bay Wills
3 years ago
Aha, I have have a long-lasting thought of helping the world in ways. Now I see who I am. :)
Sphe Dladla
3 years ago
It's kind of scary how accurate this is. It mentioned everything that I am, I always look at people and think I'm not anything like them, I'm totally unique in terms of the way I think and do things. At least now I have an idea of my weaknesses and strengths.
Lexi Smith
3 years ago
The first time I read this, I was so amazed by the accuracy of it. I have been a very passionate environmentalist for the past five years. And I will continue to be for the rest of my life, because it's really my mission to help the planet as much as possible while I'm alive. I'm majoring in environmental science (a.k.a. saving the planet), for that very reason. Any other environmentalists out there in INFJ land?
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