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.
Hmmm218
5 years ago
This is so amazing. I feel like it was created specifically for myself. Does anyone else feel crushed sometimes by Empathy? Or as though you're feeling everyone else's pain? I literally CANNOT watch sad movies, like "The Impossible" because I cry for days. After I saw that I watched a documentary on the tsunami and I felt like I was grieving for the 250,000 people who died. I know that may sound strange. Perhaps I'm just crazy. :)
david115
5 years ago
Yeah I've felt the same way sometimes, it was especially bad for me as a pre-teen/teenager. Nowadays I've mostly got a handle on it and can limit myself mentally from overdoing it, but it's always been very easy to slip into an overwhelming sadness when a tragedy occurs.
Felicia
5 years ago
I am a INFJ and reading all the comments from the other INFJ is kind of a relief because it sometimes seems difficult to find other INFJ personalities. Every articular about this personality is so similar to me and I've taken it a few times throughout my life time and I always get this. It's very accurate but I also have really hard time making decisions about pretty much anything and doubt myself most of the time. Also I spend my whole day just thinking non stop about things and sometimes end up forgetting to make conversation because of how much my mind is going about the future and such. But I am really into personality quizzes because like they said we love learning about ourselves and getting deep into everything. It's sometimes hard to accept being a INFJ because it's a rare personality and a lot of people don't understand the mind process that goes on because the lack of good communication. But I really do love being this way at the end of the day because I love being able to put myself in other people's shoes :)
Loves People
5 years ago
INFJ to a tee, here. I've read several descriptions of my type, and am amazed by how well they describe me. I think part of the amazement comes from always knowing how complicated the things are that roll around in my head, and now seeing it all spelled out in an organized fashion is somewhat mind-blowing. And finding folks commenting who think the same way I do is comforting. One of the problems I face is how deeply and personally offended I can become when someone else does not share the same system of values I have, or when I am faced with some kind of conflict. That is often when I reveal my worst side, either by avoiding the situation altogether, or "snapping" at those who I believe cause the conflict. While I usually understand other people very well and the motivations they have for their various actions, willfully going against the core value system that I hold is difficult for me to understand and I have distanced myself from friends and colleagues because of this. Just as the descriptions say, I can be difficult to be very close friends with, but those precious few that I hold dear will likely be there for the long haul. It's a pleasure to learn more about myself and some of the motivations I have behind my thoughts and actions. I know that this information will help me to be an even better person (also something an INFJ would say....). Cheers all.
nikki
5 years ago
I am what you all are: Nat, Kate, JMClemens, INT[F]Girl, ChuChi, TJ. I feel as you all do. I like Nat suggested am very interested in going on a vision quest. I've even started to research it in depth - of course, because that's how we like to learn! I struggle with people constantly trying to pry into my soul - so to speak. I think people are intrigued by me (us) because of our ability to remain individuals even when in a group setting. It is quite hard for me in fact to maintain a conversation with a group of people for extended periods of time, especially if the conversation travels along the mundane, from the small talk to the talk that revolves around nothing...I don't like to be a part of conversations where they don't seem to go anywhere. I have a hard time staying focused when I'm with a group of people and the topic of conversation doesn't interest me. Unfortunately, people see that as me being unsocial or rude. When, it's really just difficult to stay out of my head, especially when the external stimulation isn't there. And like you Kate, sometimes I can communicate with others so clearly - mainly the few that I trust dearly (and let me tell you it takes a lot for me to let you in that circle of trust) but, when I try to relay information verbally to others it sometimes comes across as muddled and nonsensical. I have a dear friend who says you speak very well, sometimes people are just not listening. I love writing, in fact, I write poetry and short stories and I've had some stuff published and when the praise gets heaped on, I get uncomfortable with it. But, I am very aware that people can take my actions the wrong way quite easily, so I try to appease them in the moment - not at all at a detriment to myself...what I mean by appease is, I understand them more than they will understand me so I give them that little piece of the carrot they desire - which is this idea that they too can understand me, when in fact, they don't. And S, you are very right about being introverts often mistaken for extraverts. Try explaining that to someone who doesn't listen to our 'babble' :o) as clearly as they could... I'm like a ball of colourful energy that when cupped needs to be constantly rotated until the light within glows so gloriously...but it takes a special person to have the patience to see the process through so that they can really see all the colours - this is as close to a description I can give of myself. You, who have posted here, are great. You make me feel good reading what you have written. It is nice to share this with you as you have with me, with others, as I rarely - as you all know. LOL - express myself, especially in a public forum like this - unless, like I do now, feel inclined to. Funny isn't it. What a tangled web we weave... peace and love to you all.
S
5 years ago
These comments are all incredibly helpful: thank you for allowing me to feel less alone. It's easy to feel that way, isn't it? I definitely feel that 'internal conversation' mentioned in earlier posts. I find being a people person and constantly studying their types and communicating with them in their 'language' convolutes the perceptions of others when they try to pinpoint who we are. In other words, I feel INFJ's tend to be relatable because we often have a foot in both worlds but that that 'relate-ability' can work against us when it comes to being understood. We're introverts often mistaken for extraverts; deeply Intuitive, but artistically and creatively comparable to an S. Feelers that are able to organize, actualize and focus like a T. J's that whose moral conviction and want for definition is tempered by a love of mercy, altruism, and ability to navigate the abstract. I think this plays into the 'tortured soul' and 'internal dialogue' ideas in that there's a constant push and pull inside of us. For example, like anybody we want to be known and appreciated for who we are. However, at the same time our moral conviction causes us to shy away from the limelight and credit- instead taking a backstage approach and pushing our cause into the spotlight. We want to be known- but we're also aware of the consequences of unbridled candor (when it comes to our feelings). We're introverts that need alone time to analyze and filter- but we often take on the role of extraverts in order to facilitate relationships and groups. I find this push and pull is not so much a compromise of belonging to both worlds; but a burden we take on so that we can be better servants to society-chiefly in the ability to see things from several perspectives, Being able to pick up and bind together social/philosophical patterns, and the ability to bridge the gap between worlds. In the words of one of my favorite sociology professors "No one sacrifices anything unless they truly believe what their fighting for is more valuable than what their risking."
Hmmm218
5 years ago
Thank you for this comment. Very succinct and well put. :D
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