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

A Man
3 years ago
I would certainly say that this profile describes me accurately. The past two years I have tried to look inward, and not so much outward. One can't change the world without first changing themselves. It only makes sense that somewhere on this existential odyssey I would find a description of my personality, and thus also find I'm not alone. Identity is relatively illusory, but it still guides us while we maintain contact with this physical reality. It took some life changing occurrences to transform my perspective about the nature of existence, but I feel as though the outcome was worth the trouble. Truly, this world needs all the help it can get, and I believe it is our duty (not just INFJ's) to be a part of this solution. Perhaps we are best suited to facilitate change on a broad scale, but I cannot claim that as an absolute truth. Politics, ideology, etc. are all trivial when we view the big picture. In my opinion, love and compassion surpasses all.
Ricaria
3 years ago
i felt like i was the only one who was like this. even though i'm one of the very few INFJ's out there in beglium/netherlands, i get it why now. our population is very rare, and even though i feel proud that i'm part of it, at the same moment, i'm scared of school, since people bully me because i'm so different. they're torbulent, extroverts, and many other traits that i personally don't like. Well, at least i feel like i'm not the only one now. see you guys later ;)
Shohna Kastler
3 years ago
Oohh, Ricaria, I am so sorry that you are bullied in school. :( You are very beautifully made and the world usually picks on what they do not understand. Keep your head up. I know that might not be helpful because it is so sad and hard. I know that God loves you so much and He wants you to have a peaceful life in the inside of your spirit. If you ever need encouragement, I would love to encourage you. I am also this personality type and have struggled A LOT growing up and still do. I am older now and I am getting wiser and more mature to be able to understand situations rightly. I hope you have a good day.
Judy
3 years ago
It is such a relief to know that there's not something wrong with me! For many years I struggled with feeling very different to others. This profile has been a huge help in understanding situations from the past and in gaining insight as to why I act and respond the way I do. It is a very good description of how I am and what I have difficulties with. This insight is majorly helpful in reassuring myself and in allowing me to be forearmed and forewarned about how I might be inadvertently impacting on others. It's also a useful descriptor to share with those in my Quality World. Ahh ... to feel understood! Thankyou!
Ella Hemmington
3 years ago
i think this is very true, it's really surprising! no wonder i feel like i am very different, in fact less than 1% of the world population is like me and other that's INFJ (well hello there :) ) , i'd say i'm fighting for something, because i often fight for a lot of things that i wanted, and i sometimes like to separate from the group and be alone. just myself to regain my inner-energy
Trevor Johnson
3 years ago
This is surprising to me! No wonder I feel like my personality is weird, less than 1% of the world's population is like me, in a way. Although, I wouldn't say I'd be "fighting for something" (I'm a high school senior) but I do hate criticism from people.
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