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.
6 years ago
I notice another weakness in myself and my mother (both INFJ). Our great communication skills is severely limited to only the MOST trusted of our friends/family, and even then it can be sketchy and hard to understand unless written. My mother is developing much better skills with age, and with a closer bond with her husband. I have never met anyone else with this problem aside from my mother. The internal conversation you can have that sounds so perfect... And then you open your mouth and seemingly gibberish is all that comes out. Until its written, your thoughts and opinions only make sense to you.
5 years ago
I too struggle with verbal communication. The concise words in my head are often not the same words that make it out of my mouth. In addition, (as a general rule) I don't tell anyone anything I'm not ok with everyone knowing. Therefore, I tend to keep most people on a need to know level of communication. I journal to prevent emotional overloaded. I start ever entry with "Dear HP," and write as if I am writing a letter to someone.
5 years ago
Oh my gosh, this is so true for me too! I have only recently come to realuze this lbecause of texting of all things! I am a mega texter. My texts are basically like the notes I used to write in school. (I'm 42 now btw) I express myself well and am able to articulate things that I have difficulty saying out load - writing my feelings helps me to reorganize them to make sense to others... Well, lately, I have needed to text a LOT, so I tried using hands free voice to text to save time. It's hilarious. I literally can't do it. I press record and my mind goes blank or the text decoder has no idea what I'm saying. I had never realized that I literally NEED to write to express myself. I guess since writing is a way of thinking in an introverted way... So interesting!! I'm definitely going to start writing more - especially as a way to release all of the stress I introvert that ends up making my body ill.
5 years ago
I never knew there were people out there just like me! I am an INFJ, completely. I took this test in high school, but no one bothered to tell me that my personality type was rare, or that it really meant anything at all. I have never been able to communicate well verbally, but my writing has always been clear as a bell. It feels like my brain works faster than my mouth does, and I end up tripping over my words. If I have a point that I have to get across, I HAVE to write it down, or it won't make any sense. I also have the issues with indecision. I can agonize for hours over what movie to watch or where to eat lunch, because I can instinctively see all the possibilities and consequences of each minor decision I make. Perhaps that's why I'm 26 and still don't have a college degree. Hmm...
5 years ago
Wow this is SOO true about me. Lately in order to even faintly understand everything going on in my heart, I've had to write all my feelings and process them that way.
6 years ago
INFJ simply needs someone that is an astute listener who is good at framing questions so the INFJ can feel the words needed for the feelings. The words lead the INFJ out of the judgment that no one understands. That judgment is a prison and someone can lead us out but they are few and far between. With someone to do that we become more fluently vocal with our own needs which then opens up the possibilities for more people to be able to do that for us.
6 years ago
Yes! I have often told people that I need a good sounding board in order to further articulate what is really going on. I don't voice my thoughts and concerns to receive advice and it is irksome when I get unwarranted advice.
6 years ago
I am an INFJ and I think another weakness, although I don't know a succinct way to say this, are the emotional side effects of the type of battle that goes on inside us on multiple different levels. I've read often where INFJs consider themselves "tortured souls" or can become depressed easily because they think no one understands them. That's a huge weakness of mine right now.
Jarrad Rowell
6 years ago
Sorrow and joy are connected as one, without sorrow there is no joy and with out joy there is no sorrow. sweet and sour sauce isn't as sweet without the sour. if there is anything to feel sorrow for, it's the people that walk around numb with a blank mind who wonder aimlessly with a hollow head and an empty soul. a tortured soul knows pleasure and pain, through the trials we earn knowledge for the revelation of wisdom in our own way. You can guide the weary through there troubles and knows the joy of true connection with self hence intution in others. (a clarity that seems to zoom out continuiously and have we need to refocus constantly) . Is it really a weakness? I don't think pioneers are weak. Embrace all aspects of your personality, not just the negative. It's an easy trap :) everything balances itself out, just focus on the good things when they are there, don't take anything for granted, and when things go wrong fix it and learn from it to become more efficient to allow more personal time for X.(variable)
5 years ago
Yeah, i have the same problem as you too, whenever I feel that way, I have a strong intention to run away from everyone or everything.
5 years ago
Yes, a "tortured soul" is very accurate for me.
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