INFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

INFJ Strengths

INFJ strengths
  • Creative – Combining a vivid imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use their creativity to resolve not technical challenges, but human ones. People with the INFJ personality type enjoy finding the perfect solution for someone they care about, and this strength makes them excellent counselors and advisors.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected, and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – Speaking in human terms, not technical, INFJs have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience. INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end. INFJs don’t just see the way things ought to be, they act on those insights.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard. INFJs will rock the boat if they have to, something not everyone likes to see, but their passion for their chosen cause is an inseparable part of their personality.
  • Altruistic – These strengths are used for good. INFJs have strong beliefs and take the actions that they do not because they are trying to advance themselves, but because they are trying to advance an idea that they truly believe will make the world a better place.

INFJ Weaknesses

INFJ weaknesses
  • Sensitive – When someone challenges or criticizes INFJs’ principles or values, they are likely to receive an alarmingly strong response. People with the INFJ personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict, and questioning their motives is the quickest way to their bad side.
  • Extremely Private – INFJs tend to present themselves as the culmination of an idea. This is partly because they believe in this idea, but also because INFJs are extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, using this image to keep themselves from having to truly open up, even to close friends. Trusting a new friend can be even more challenging for INFJs.
  • Perfectionistic – INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not always possible – in politics, in business, in romance – and INFJs too often drop or ignore healthy and productive situations and relationships, always believing there might be a better option down the road.
  • Always Need to Have a Cause – INFJs get so caught up in the passion of their pursuits that any of the cumbersome administrative or maintenance work that comes between them and the ideal they see on the horizon is deeply unwelcome. INFJs like to know that they are taking concrete steps towards their goals, and if routine tasks feel like they are getting in the way, or worse yet, there is no goal at all, they will feel restless and disappointed.
  • Can Burn Out Easily – Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave INFJs with few options for letting off steam. People with this personality type are likely to exhaust themselves in short order if they don’t find a way to balance their ideals with the realities of day-to-day living.

Comments

Anonymous
2 months ago
True or false? Do some infj's have trouble with commitment?
Anonymous
2 months ago
That INFJ feel when you would rather quit your mundane job (complete with close-minded and mean customers- and you can't really say anything to them about changing their attitudes) and go out into the world to inspire others to be their best selves.
Kaitlan
1 month ago
Haha know how you feel, if I'm not good at something right away like for example I played volleyball for a year and then quit thinking that I'd be better at basketball. Well, I made the varsity team so I guess I was right on that one :)
Kaitlan
3 months ago
I am not surprised at my results, but does everyone agree that this personality type is a hard life? I find it extremely hard to talk to people and talk about anything personal.
Anonymous
2 months ago
Overcome those weaknesses; and being an infj will be easier. I think.
Anonymous
2 months ago
Yes! I find everything in my life is much more difficult. I get to thinking something is wrong with me then I read about my personality type and I just have to accept that I'm different. I wish I didn't have to work at all or go to college because I would much rather just travel and inspire people. I want to change the world, but have so many difficulties fitting into this society and what is required to be a "normal adult". There is so much corruption and injustice in the "real world" that makes it hard for me to fit in anywhere.
Anonymous
1 month ago
I completely agree. I am also an INFJ, and this is pretty accurate.
Jane
4 months ago
I'm an INFJ, having gotten the same result every time I've taken the test for years. What's written here describes me to a tee. My dilemma - homelessness. Losing my health, my identity as teacher/homemaker/wife/mother/person who helped everyone else is shattered. Nothing has ever devastated me like losing my home, and at my age (I'm a senior citizen), I have little hope of having a home again in my lifetime. I've been through a lot in my lifetime, remained resilient, and toughed out difficult circumstances before. But now I feel utterly defeated and, besides the obvious, wonder how much my INFJ personality plays into my feelings. Any thoughts? I'm desperate here. Most of my friends and family don't know what to do or say (and some simply choose to look the other way, as though our circumstances are contagious). I'm thankful for the few who haven't, though. They are treasures.
Anonymous
3 months ago
So sorry, that sounds so rough.
Kaitlan
3 months ago
I'm so sorry! I think we all feel like this sometimes in our life, and I pray that you will find I home, and know that I care for you!
Grateful
2 months ago
Hi Jane, I know it is easier said than done but try your best to be grateful even though the tough moment you are going through.. it's easy to be grateful when all things are great, but it is a big challenge to be truly grateful when you think that you have nothing. I promise you that if you keep the grateful energy flowing, good things will come to you, sooner or later. Just hang on dear. I'll be sending you good vibes :)
ENFJ-T
1 month ago
I feel soo sorry for you :'( Just remember that their are some people who care about you and are willing to help as much as possible, try looking for them and they will do there best to make you feel happy :) I wish you best of luck and my feelings are with you. - An ENFJ-T
Brandon
8 months ago
I feel special, I also feel inferior of others. I feel alienated. I have hopes to become a oscar winning Screenwriter. At 15 it shows my high Introverted Intuition. This is all true to me. Thanks for helping me figure out who I am.
Anonymous
7 months ago
Seriously? INFJs are the second most powerful personality type in the world and you feel inferior? Ironically, I also would love to be a screenwriter, and am 15! (So much easier than trying to be an author!) Why do you feel alienated? If you really can't find any other NF types to be friends with them I recomend SJ types. They are just as good and yet a ton of INFJs I've encountered don't seem to get it. Of course, living in the south there are an abundance of SJ types, but I don't know where you live, so I can't really help you in that aspect.
Jane Bender
7 months ago
I totally get it... Fifteen as well, and still trying to piece together my scattered ambitions... Can I not be a famous fantasy sci-fi author, revolutionary/visionary leader, high school teacher AND astronaut? Why can't I be great at all of those things? XD I think they should put "Alienated" under weaknesses up there.... Would be so true. So freaking true. Find an ENFP. Or an ISTP. Both refreshing. Or an INFJ, man. We all love to be understood. Not that I'd know, but I've heard.
Anonymous
2 months ago
Soooooo true, I want to be many things as well, but eventually the decision comes down to only one option.
Kaitlan
1 month ago
And apparently you are the most powerful? If I know anything about myself INFJs are very much self conscious. I think you should try to be more understanding, you might've hurt his feelings
Anonymous
1 month ago
Hahaha you are totally ENFP. I knew before I took this test that I wanted to be a counselor and I'm gonna stick to it. This just encourages it more. I think that you would be good at being a vet :)
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