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

anonymous
3 years ago
Very true! Before reading this, I never understood why I have my "overheating" moments or why I NEED to be alone sometimes after taking to someone or getting involved in a social interaction. Sometimes being by myself will help me process a moment or 'play' the activity in my head so I can go back to that memory. I take details seriously even if its someone telling me something or I am telling them. When I'm stressed which is 100% of the time, it does affect my health, mostly my mental health, which leads to the understanding of why I'm found being on my own.
Anish
3 years ago
i have always surprised people by pulling out of daily activities when overheated.......Wow it was as though I was reading about myself.....loved it and thank you for this...it sure helps to know one's personality type....
Salem
3 years ago
Totally spot on! I do agree that I have very strong beliefs and opinions that make me believe in the impossible. I do have determination. Many times I have "overheated" because a task had not been fulfilled. Many people have mistaken me as an extrovert because of my open friendliness and how a great conversationalist I am. But I am truly an introvert since I like to be alone to think and imagine and dream. I get sometimes very sensitive when people criticize me. When in d.m.c.'s, I love to speak what I believe and I love to analyze and be very detailed with what I speak. No wonder so many of my friends don't understand me!
Michelle Martin
3 years ago
After reading the general comments about each trait, I had a strong idea about which one I was. I was correct in my assumption and was quite surprised at what it had to say. Very impressed!
Terri
3 years ago
This is really scarily accurate for me as well. Word for word they are describing who I am! This is so interesting! To think I have the most rare personality type makes me feel a bit special haha. But it also helps me understand why I have had such a harder time than others with relating to other's peronalities. This is very helpful and now I am going to read everyting I can find on INFJ's.
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