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 realized when I was around 17-18 I was an introvert, with deep sense of reflection, perception of other people, even animals, etc. Knowing that there is a type is wonderful, but I have come to love myself and appreciate my talents more than ever. I am also glad I discovered this now than later. My grandmother was a big help in my life; she saw my personality and encouraged me to move forward. She also said a lot of things which the test/type echos, such as my sense of self-reflection. I always think deeply about my actions, their consequences, and my future. I understand that every action we make has an effect on the whole spectrum of things. Nothing we do now, tomorrow, or later on in the future is any different - it still has a meaning, a consequence, a purpose. I'm a writer, and very artistic, good with music and such - so I'm always very perceptive of the world around me. I'll see birds or notice the individual shades of the sky, different smells (I love scents), even sounds most people just walk by. I love to walk during the early morning, at dawn, when the trees and sky are covered in a pale, rose light, and the air is still cool, moist, and fragrant. I connect with very few people; I can usually tell just from looking at, listening to, or observing someone whether are a) stupid b) really stupid c) stupid, loud, and ignorant or d) mean. My neighbors are in the c-d range...mainly c but they're teetering on d with all the increasing arguments! I prefer to say spiritual more than 'religious', because I like to be more spontaneous and thoughtful approaching God. I believe there are so many unique and individual ways to describe Him, and people who are very methodical or just short-sighted bother me concerning God and religion... I like to practice a form of meditation where I do not really focus on one single thought, but visualizing the taste, sounds, and aromas of a certain place, and have gotten so good at it I can really smell the brine of the sea, the sharp sap of a forest, the crisp metallic aroma of a thunderstorm. I also love to just write down my thoughts, poetry, and short stories - especially on a subject or theme. I'll also sit up during the early morning hours and watch the stars, like I did last night, noticing the shades of the clouds, the light of the moon, every individual meteor. I find strength in prayer and deep thoughts, even dreams. I guess I find strength in myself. I do hate weakness in other people, but especially callousness and lack of sensitivity. It takes time for me to recover from hurts, if at all. I've been working on my temper and forgiveness.
Lexi Smith
3 years ago
Well you are an excellent writer. I can give you that :) And there's much in what you say that I can relate to. I am a somewhat spiritual person. But I don't follow any religion. And I am also very introverted. I love writing as well, and many people have said that I'm very good at it.
3 years ago
Reading this description was an incredible experience!! I've been "figuring out" who I am more in the last couple of years, and this helped me clarify my identity and sense of self. Thank you so very much!!!! ♥ It's also amazing reading so many comments and seeing that so many of us can resonate with each other ~ I don't feel so awkward or isolated anymore (haha x'D) and now I am empowered to make the most of who I am ^ U ^
Peter Lawlor
3 years ago
Thank you so much for your type analyses. It made so much sense to me. Sincerely, Peter
3 years ago
Each and every word is true. I'm amazed and inspired. From the enigma that I'm judged and misunderstood by many to the things I believe... Everything. Thank you.
3 years ago
I never felt like i quite fitted in, but after reading this i realized it was a scarily accurate description of me, although i am more introverted than anyone i've met, and feel a bit more shy than the description here. I've always wanted to make a difference, and the people who get me the most usually share my musical or mathematical passion.
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