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

4 years ago
Wow, this explains a lot, I am definitely an INFJ... and some people wonder why I'm so different, but it's nice to see that this is my personality and helps explain it to me.
H Rodriguez
4 years ago
WOW I finally get me!! I always, also wondered if anyone else would ever get me!! This is great! : )
4 years ago
INFJ; This explains a lot. I've always been quiet and preferred to be alone and on my own. I generally just 'know' how to do things without much training. Most people think I am shy but I disagree. I can speak in front of a large group comfortably, and I sit with friends at break. That is my social sphere. At home I do my thing, never invite others over, and surround myself with homey things to make my refuge comfortable and calming. My best friends understand me and do not expect a lot of shared experiences. We tend to talk and express ourselves at a deeper level that is so much more satisfying, however infrequent.
Hollie Rawlings
4 years ago
I always wanted to know why I was different to the others. My friends would always complicated and people either loved me or hated me. I always felt like I was different to everyone else I knew. When I was asked about weather I was outgoing or shy, I could never answer, I have always been dedicated but kind and had strong belief in myself despite being self conscious. All of this fits me so well and now I understand why I am like this. So Thank you.
Tyler Harvey
4 years ago
Reading this makes me feel less alone, i used to think i was weird and different. Like i didnt belong anywhere. Its odd to see that im part ofsuch a rare personallity group (LESS THEN 1% OF THE WORLD!!!) But it also makes me feel special. I showed my friend this who feels the same way i do, its really hard to control such stron emotions... I never new there was an actuall group of people who went through the same things. this makes me feel better.
4 years ago
I agree its nice to see that even though there's only a small population of us, we aren't alone. I've always felt like an outlier. Not necessarily an outcast but like I never really FIT in one particular group. I like to have fun, but I also like to follow rules. I work hard and often find that it consumes me. Im in the military and I find that when approached with illogical ideallogy I get irratated quickly. I have been told to "harness my passion". I truly enjoy who I am and have never felt the desire to change, but I wish people understood me better and understood what made me tick.
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