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.
5 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 :)
5 years ago
Fits me perfectly... especially the negative portions.. Suffering from depression, anxiety and OCD currently. Always striving for perfection. yet never able to get the dream job I so desire. I have to derive my drive from psedo-sources and its really painful trying to delude myself that I am actually working for a cause. I am an atheist INFJ in chemical engineering and wondering how to find interest in living :/
5 years ago
Never give up when trying to find happiness! Joy is your strength and don;'t forget to use all of your talents/gifts/abilities to help yourself and others. Find a group of people who enjoy your intellect and gifts but never fully rely on them all of the time. We can give our energy, but we can also take some in return :-)
5 years ago
I completely agree that as an INFJ, I am perceived by some as an extrovert, but I know I am not; the fact that I am friendly and approachable tends to give that impression....I prefer to observe , listen and disdain idle talk ; always gravitate towards interesting conversation, usually sharing fun or meaningful stories....It bores me to be around shallowness and pretentiousness, and I am captivated by intelligence, and someone who looks into my eyes when we speak; do not get me wrong, I do not stare, just enjoy an engaging exchange....I also love a good handshake or a heartfelt embrace. I am reserved, and do not open up to everyone, because I select who I am going to spend my time with; I want to remember the exchange as memorable, not just "chit chat"....When I talk about where I have been, I follow with what I did and what I saw, and I ask the same from others.....I dislike when people say: I did Paris, I did Rome.....You visit Paris, you visit tell me about it....What was your experience like....I love reading so many different comments, some I relate to them.....Too bad there are so few INFJ, but I do know how wonderful it is when I meet one.....Let's celebrate our uniqueness.....I wish you all the best!
Crystal Anderson
5 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.
5 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
5 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!
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