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.
Joy
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.
Emily
4 years ago
I was surprised at how exactly correct this assessment was. Very accurate.
Kunai
4 years ago
I feel like a lot of what I have been looking for, has been found now. I've been struggling with myself for 2 years now and to have a single word define a lot of what I was trying to figure out is extremely reassuring to me. However, I do worry because apparently INFJ's dont work well in leadership. I enjoy fixing issues, creating something out of nothing, making things that have an impact. I have a very humanitarian induced side, yet there is also a side of me that wants to take charge to make a change in this world. Is this normal in INFJ's or is it something I need to work towards and grow out?
Ani
4 years ago
Hi There! As a fellow INFJ- you can most definitely achieve the leadership role. It depends solely on your surroundings and how inspired you are / people around you / belief in what you are doing. :-)
F or T, that is the question
4 years ago
INFJ classification is just a guide, not an absolute. You may very well be an awesome leader. This page describes the passion to work hard at something a INFJ believes in as one of its strengths. "Be the change you want to see in this world." - Gandhi
Lera
4 years ago
For the longest time in my life I always felt as though I was a rare breed and often misunderstood by friends and family. It is refreshing to know that there are people out there with similar personality traits. I sometimes wondered when this internal battle I've had for 22 years would end. Only an INFJ would know what it's like to suffer from depression and somehow feel like only you can diagnose and cure that problem. Hearing some people's advice can be very frustrating and "fruitless" due to our stubbornness at times. I sometimes wish I could put down in words all my frustrations, joys and sorrows for everyone to see, only because I hate it when someone asks me "What is wrong?" when I honestly feel like I am having a good day. Then I begin to question whether I'm genuinely ok or whether that is my way of avoiding the emotional interrogation that always seems to follow. Thanks to these posts, I will no longer feel bad for taking some time out every once in a while. If anyone needs time to clear their heads, it's us :)
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