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

5 years ago
Strength of individual traits: I - 29%, N - 64%, F - 32%, J - 14%. Makes a whole lot of sense to me. I love me the way I am- would pick me 100 times over. Only 1% of the world is like me ( that gets me thinking) but i think i'm a jewel right there! #priceless. i must admit we are a hard nut though- read stories from INFJ's on the page. We must learn to reward and love those who love us regardless...
5 years ago
This article is spot on. I'm introverted but everyone at work thinks I have a "bubbly" personality.(A bubbly personality doesn't make me want to be around people all of the time). I'm a manager. I get along with everyone and I care about everyone, but I also hate being around them all of the time. (*headache) Some people talk too much and should think before they speak. I'm very artistic and creative. I have every intention of being the next Thomas Nast or Shepard Fairy. I don't see the point in making art for myself. I want to promote the positive and exploit the negative. I just haven't had the confidence to make cold calls and send out promotional pieces to art directors ... I guess that's where the whole sensitive to criticism comes in, very true, (unless it's constructive). I can't take compliments either. It's very hard to just say thank you. I always wonder if people are being completely honest. Anyone else have this problem?
5 years ago
ha ha...totally got u Amanda! I also have the fear of being criticized so i scrutinize myself and my ideas over and again. i also like people on a deep level but for a while and then i disconnect for no reason (I sometimes come-off to others who observe as mean) but i love them and can't help but just want to love them but only from 'my' inside- ONLY.
5 years ago
As with a lot of people, I was happy and surprised that the way I am is , yes a bit of an oditity ,which I've always known, but its actually that people with the INFJ personality are so accurately described and you are reading about yourself for the first time and others exist. My worry in life is that I'm going to come to the end of it and not of known my purpose and haven't felt like I've accomplished what I'm supposed to have done. I always have this feeling that one day I am going to make a big difference and do something really good. Finding work that is meaningful feels like an impossibility. I have isolated myself living out in the bush and finding a relationship also feels impossible. Thank-you for this website and everyones stories. xo
5 years ago
I'm sooo happy to find out that there are others who also want to make the world a better place. Well since I just found out that i am an INFJ ( I - 46%, N - 26%, F - 4%, J - 8% ), I am actually motivated to keep going and not give up in my dreams to become a doctor (and later specialize ) though so many have let me down and criticized my determination to help others. Though, I do take note that I must not over do it (help others and totally forget about myself) as my mom always reminds me. Now I understand why I have always passionately wanted to help people and medical NGOs (like Doctors Without Boarders & Doctors for Life),and why I never really had money as my main priority, but I only wanted to serve others and be God's light in the process. Since I'm finishing school this year (2013) I am determined to work hard and be thankful that I now know my purpose in life (to help in Africa medically). I would really love to meet up with other INFJs out there. It was really cool to read all your comments, I now feel like I'm part of something extraordinary!!!
5 years ago
wow!!! hOW AWESOME to discover this INFJ test result finally makes perfect sense to me why im different to like everyone else I have ever known. Such an amazing discovery 1% on this world wow! but can't say ive not allows known that ive never felt like one of them or fited in anywhere much at least for long. My mind has always triped me out now it makes sense why lool Be glad finding new INFJ friends on facebook INTROVERT-44% INTUITIVE38% FEELING-25% JUDGING-11% mAKEs sense why I feel anger at the worlds state and never understood why we care so much and avoid conflict where ever we can... I guess my 11% judging make true why I feel against the world or simply not like im a part of the world at most times. Glad to know theres others out there like us! Coolest class INFJ rarest anyhow. Well ive said my peace.
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