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.
Kate
2 years ago
Feel like I can better understand myself
Etta
2 years ago
This is so me. Especially the extremely private part. I am not really myself around my friends, not that I try to be different it's just a reflex. I never tell my friends my problems. And I like to write but I never share my stories, I have to post them online anonymously to get feedback. Now I feel validated ha!
Jane Bender
2 years ago
Yes.. I feel you. :)
INFJ
2 years ago
i am glad we are rare....really true but we live in purpose not in the flow and we are always ready to help,fight for our beliefs and live each day with a purpose and meaning
Unique
2 years ago
The weakness I have are actually true. I'm sensitive, extremely private...
Anonymous
3 years ago
This is so accurate except for the decisive thing. But even then, I'm not decisive in litle matters, not really my beliefs.
cece
2 years ago
Haha, me too. Im very indecisive :/
Anonymous
2 years ago
Me too! but it's most noticeable for me when it comes to small things like ordering food from a menu. I'll keep going back and forth for like five minutes before finally being able to choose something... this indecisiveness extends to other areas as well, but not really my personal beliefs.
wwillAnonymous
2 years ago
Our decisiveness is in knowing what we want early and what we believe is the right thing to do. Not in the many choices that are set in front of us immediately. E.g. a friend asks do you want to go out to eat and they give us multiple choices of red lobster, burger king, or outback steakhouse. it sets us in confusion because we naturally want to make sure they are happy with the decision. At least that's where my struggle lies at pleasing everybody that I care for.
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