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
This post and the subsequent comments left me in tears. For the first time I feel like there are others who understand. I am not such a freak after all.
INFJ Gremlin
6 years ago
I hold many traits listed for INFJ. I am a strong "I, F, J" and somewhat more "N". As I age, I realize that I am getting more and more inside my head, and let fewer people in. I feel I should be sad about it, but I am not. I just wondered until this result, why it did not concern me. Outwardly, I am pleasant, but do not engage in more than a minute of small talk. I am a trainer and my 1st training evaluations were, "he is nice and very knowledgeable, but has difficulty expressing that to me..." After practice and brainstorming, I was able to focus my energy to change that around -- it had to be done my way, with my research because I did not seek or consider opinions from others. My favorite types of duties involves creating, preparing detailed reports from generic and/or abstract direction from my manager -- so much so, I hate completing those reports. Once completed, I usually have to return to something tedious. Fortunately, my wife is a compatible personality type (ISTJ), so we have worked at it together for over 15 years -- there isn't a lot of passion, but we are capable of meeting each others needs in partnership without any conflict (over the past several years). My biggest pet peeves are sales people, phone communication, and communication with strangers and any feelings-driven conversation. My major quirks include: 1- Starting a bunch of projects, spending a lot of time on them until completion and losing total interest in those projects for extended periods of time, but later re-engage in them with a similar fire. 2- I am very honest and am more comfortable being brutally honest than lying. 3- I am very uncomfortable when complimented. If I do something well (or poor), I already know it. When someone compliments me, it's difficult to understand or appreciate because "it was something that I was supposed to do because I was capable of doing it."
6 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. :)
6 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.
6 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
6 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.
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