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
I'm an INFJ who is always restless. Always restless. I find it very hard to stay relaxed, as I constantly sense there is more out there for me to discover and come to know. Not complaining about it -- it just is what it is.
4 years ago
Wow, yea this is me, i do go out to social events a lot, but then i have periods of time where im exhausted and just wanna stay home. I was always confused as to weather i was an extrovert of introvert, and now i understand!! Im also understanding now why people don't get as exited or take it as seriously as me when i take on a project/goal. Thanx, not many understand me and i always thought i was just odd, but now i know its because im rare ;D
4 years ago
I'm a teenager and have always found i never fit into social environments of constant banter and jokes, like in the description I take offence pretty easily; yet I still throw myself into social situations all the time. I've always felt distant somehow and have been asked on multiple occasions if I have Aspergers. I'm usually very skeptical (all the time) of this kind of personality test type thing but was actually very taken back by the accuracy of the INFJ description. Though I'm pleased to know there are other INFJ's out there and I'm not plain mad, this test has effectively confirmed my suspicions that I was somewhat different. Me bothering to type this is enough to show i'm basically tankful for finding this!
4 years ago
Thank you for being perfectly you! I am also an INFJ and have never felt like I fit in anywhere, especially the alien family that raised me. I just met someone with Aspergers, lived with her awhile, and was astounded at how I have the same reactions and strategies that she does, just not as severe. You are not plain mad, and there are others of us out there.
4 years ago
Very accurate
Inga Mai
4 years ago
WOW is the only thing that comes to mind. 1% explains me feeling weirdo all my life. I have always thought something is wrong with me. I have tried very hard to be what "normal" and it has exhausted me greatly. Now I am scared that it is too late to change my life in order to live in harmony with my personality type. 99.99% of these descriptions are me. Good luck to other INFJs out there!
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