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

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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! I impressed. Thanks for this site, now I can accept the way I am. The reason why it's difficult for me to process conflicts
5 years ago
Wow, I'm shocked. I've taken other personality types before and never have they really seemed to fit me, this is different- I feel like this is basically me in a nutshell, which is awesome- plus it helps answer some questions about myself that I didn't understand. :)
5 years ago
I agree Alex! Overzealous and wanting to withdraw from activities for a while for some alone time? Glad to be aware of this now- it's just my personality type! Most of this I knew about myself, but somehow seeing it put into words is oddly comforting, and reassuring, enough to have the potential to make me think about things I do more consciously. Great overall fit- definitely the best personality test of its kind.
Theresa C.
5 years ago
I was completely ready to doubt this test, but after reading all of these articles, I couldn't agree with my results more. Every single trait and behavior mentioned is me in a nutshell. I've always been an introvert and, as many before me have mentioned, I have been made to feel like an outcast by society because of that. This, however, is life changing. I don't know if that sounds silly since it's just an online test, but I really don't feel so alone anymore and I feel like it's okay to be myself. In fact, I think I like myself a little more now.
5 years ago
This is my personality. I can't do away with it. "You do your job, I'll keep my attitude"- Three Idiots.
Katherine Love
5 years ago
It always makes me feel better knowing that other INFJs have had similar experiences going through life feeling that no one understands them. It can be quite isolating as you feel different from everyone, which creates self doubt, yet at the same time you deeply feel that your views on the world (society, humanity, compassion, etc.) are correct. I have definitely experienced the uncanny sense of just knowing something for as long as I can remember. As soon as I discovered what an INFJ was a felt a sense of joy and peace that I cannot really describe. However I always experience it again whenever I read others responses to being an INFJ. Oddly as I have matured I have discovered several close friends who are either INFJs or other NF types, most often they are therapists, fellow academics or social workers. Perhaps in some way we gravitate together because of our idealism and strong need to understand the world, human motivation, and ourselves. These are the most rewarding friendships of all and the ones I try and focus on when the rest of the world does not make sense and I get overwhelmed (especially when watching the news or dealing with fear, hatred, and inequality). :)
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