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.
4 years ago
I recently discovered I'm an INFJ, and its such a relief to discover other people like me, I can feel so isolated and depressed at times. Right now I'm discovering my vision, which is the only thing that I can derive real joy out of.
4 years ago
I agree with almost all. Yep as an infj, the weakness explains my personality very well, esp. extremely private. I don't know when and where i got such habit. As long as i can remember, i was not that secretive. I used to open up my feelings towards my friends. I think it is because when i got old, all of my old real friends ( whom i assumed they were ) were gone. I met several new friends. I enjoyed life and was open again. But now we parted again and i've become totally secretive. I don't know whether it is good or bad. Maybe if i open up, i don't want ppl judge me and i may bother them .. I always think consequences which might occur because of a situation which is why i feel like i cannot enjoy life .. help me out .. the weakness is killing me .. i can get affected easily by my own emotions .. :)
4 years ago
you know what ....once I've thought that I am somekind of a lunatic or psycho or abnormal just because I think differently than others.....this test really helps building my self-esteem back, thank you very much
4 years ago
Yes, this is me 100%....a very accurate description. It's good to know that I have "normal" personality traits. It seems that I'm very different from most people around me.
Red Faery
4 years ago
This hits so close to home. How I seem to be able to charm people, yet rarely have close friends I feel I can trust and once a year I even clean house with those who didn't measure up to my standards in the last year. I probably do have too high of standards for most people to be friends. I have two, my grandma and my husband (who is an INTJ and a very good match for me so far). I often feel apart from others socially, yet I can pretend enough to fit in wherever. I have lots of people who seem to like me and like I said very few close friends. I started out in finance and the stress it caused me helped me bring out Graves' disease which even more limits my energies, so now I pick my battles cautiously before I jump wholeheartedly into them. As far as finances I have a bachelors degree in Financial Planning, which hasn't helped as far as me having to file bankruptcy twice, but both times were due to overwhelming medical bills, other than that, I've lived without credit cards for over 2 years now. I am occasionally bad with small amounts of money, spending a few dollars I allow myself every pay check to do something foolish with it, the rest of the time I am very thrifty with my money, at least lately, When I was younger, I let my altruism get the best of me and a lot of my credit card money was spent on helping others instead of myself. I still give here and there to causes I really believe in when I can afford it, but it's more structured and controlled now. I haven't been able to work full time due to my Graves' disease for about 3 years, but I have found a way to make money I wouldn't have thought. I have a second degree in IT and I've been using that to help mentor senior citizens one on one to help them with their technological items. I do everything from tutor how to use basic computer problems and fix them, to helping someone understand their smart phone. I seem to have unlimited patience for teaching one on one. So many things in here explain a lot of what I've struggled with for most of my 40 years. It's amazing.
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