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.
Crystal Anderson
4 years ago
I don't consider being private or even extremely private a weakness at all. It's only a problem if there's something wrong with the person, like something serious happened to the INFJ that they won't share.
Sarah
4 years ago
It isn't that it's a weakness, but it is viewed as a problem for people who are on the outside looking in, so to speak. And, as INFJs, we feel that pain of rejection as if it were our own.
Metal Exchange
4 years ago
Howdy! This post couldn’t be written much better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will forward this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!
Ambika
4 years ago
After knowing that a creature like me have a type and their are people in the world who are somewhat like me..I am so relieved and thankful to the god...because till the time I knew I was an INFJian I use to wonder that I am from a different planet... Seriously...this use to freak me out...especially seeing my partners reactions...I use to get disheartened...well now that I know what type I am...I am very happy...:D
Gaere
4 years ago
To be honest, I find my INFJ "weaknesses" far more interesting than the strengths. That of our privacy issue for example. Many years ago I came to realize that for me, opening myself entirely to any and everyone was not only empowering, but an absolutely invaluable tool. There is however one small trick I employ: I never ask a question of someone that I am not willing to answer myself, and first. We cannot gain someone's trust by asking them to trust us first. So the trick lies in making it very clear to the other person right from the start that this is the rule if they wish to deal with me. If someone wants me to share my emotions with them, they must understand that they will have to do the same. Any question they wish to ask, they must first themselves answer. I will do the same. And of our, "burning out." Again, I am completely honest with others about my need to be alone in order to recharge. I find that people have no difficulty in accepting it, when I am honest and open about it. I've also found that not only do they accept it, there are many who honour and protect it on my behalf. Go figure, eh? Our high sensitivity to criticism and conflict. Once again, I find that in doing my best not to criticize others, I'm rarely criticized. But rarely is not "never" and of course when I am criticized, it hurts like hell. My way of dealing with it is yet again, open honesty. I will openly admit to the person that I have difficulty with criticism, but that my desire to learn and improve myself has a higher priority than my hurt. I have found over the years that a willingness to admit that their opinion has value to me (thereby empowering them) changes both of our perspectives: it opens me to their side, and usually softens their delivery. As for conflict. living in such a way as not to provoke conflict is a good start. That said, not all conflict can be avoided, but once again, open honesty is amazingly disarming. From my experience, most people don't really want conflict, and those that do... my radar usually picks them out long before they ever get close to me. In spontaneous conflict that can erupt with strangers, I'll be the first to apologize. It costs nothing, and rather than lower our value, augments it, perhaps not in their eyes, but I'm not concerned with the opinion of people who want to "win". Oh perfectionists that we are... if I can't live up to my concept of perfect, am I to expect others to do so? Constantly reminding myself that I can be a right judgmental at times and immediately reflecting any rash "judgement" of others back onto myself is my strongest weapon. I have long known that anything we say about another says far more about ourselves than it ever will about them, and I try to live that awareness. I'm not always successful, but it's the trying that's important to me. "Always needing to have a cause", is a concept I find alien. Somehow that one just doesn't click with me. Perhaps I misunderstand it. I wish, and live to the best of my ability, to "be", here and now. That tends to preclude an end result, which to me "a cause" or "a goal" suggests. To sum it all up, in my opinion, though our strengths are wonderful to be sure, it is our weaknesses that teach us and help us grow. I love my weaknesses for what they are; my guides and teachers to being the best human being I can be, here and now, never there and then. To my fellow INFJs. For all that we may be relatively unique (1% of society) I feel we should strive to remember that a deck of cards is only useful if it has all the cards, making not one of them more or less important than the others.
Rachel
4 years ago
Interestingly, I'm an INFP but with low I and P, so I can swing both ways - indecision at its best. I do have some INFJ traits expressed too! I like this site. Generally accurate for most personalities as I asked my friends who took the test.
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