INFP Personality (“The Mediator”)

INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the INFP personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.

INFP personality

Being a part of the Diplomat personality group, INFPs are guided by their principles, rather than by logic (Analysts), excitement (Explorers), or practicality (Sentinels). When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality and virtue – INFPs are led by the purity of their intent, not rewards and punishments. People who share the INFP personality type are proud of this quality, and rightly so, but not everyone understands the drive behind these feelings, and it can lead to isolation.

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

We Know What We Are, but Know Not What We May Be

At their best, these qualities enable INFPs to communicate deeply with others, easily speaking in metaphors and parables, and understanding and creating symbols to share their ideas. The strength of this intuitive communication style lends itself well to creative works, and it comes as no surprise that many famous INFPs are poets, writers and actors. Understanding themselves and their place in the world is important to INFPs, and they explore these ideas by projecting themselves into their work.

INFPs have a talent for self-expression, revealing their beauty and their secrets through metaphors and fictional characters.

INFPs’ ability with language doesn’t stop with their native tongue, either – as with most people who share the Diplomat personality types, they are considered gifted when it comes to learning a second (or third!) language. Their gift for communication also lends itself well to INFPs’ desire for harmony, a recurring theme with Diplomats, and helps them to move forward as they find their calling.

Listen to Many People, but Talk to Few

Unlike their Extraverted cousins though, INFPs will focus their attention on just a few people, a single worthy cause – spread too thinly, they’ll run out of energy, and even become dejected and overwhelmed by all the bad in the world that they can’t fix. This is a sad sight for INFPs’ friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook.

If they are not careful, INFPs can lose themselves in their quest for good and neglect the day-to-day upkeep that life demands. INFPs often drift into deep thought, enjoying contemplating the hypothetical and the philosophical more than any other personality type. Left unchecked, INFPs may start to lose touch, withdrawing into "hermit mode", and it can take a great deal of energy from their friends or partner to bring them back to the real world.

Luckily, like the flowers in spring, INFP’s affection, creativity, altruism and idealism will always come back, rewarding them and those they love perhaps not with logic and utility, but with a world view that inspires compassion, kindness and beauty wherever they go.

Mediators You May Know

2 years ago
aw, hello INFP(T)
Giantpepsi44
2 years ago
Hey guys, wow, I expected there to be more of us. I agree with what was said about me, but I do love a good debate on ideologies and such. Cool to see a lot of others are like me to. aI had fun taking this, and I recommended it for people who haven't
Anonymous
2 years ago
i love debates
3 weeks ago
When I get into debates, I take it too personally. I just can't help it, my sensitivities make me feel so bad too.
another infp soul
2 years ago
HI fellow infps ,one of us should start talking ,it's difficult enough to find another infp ,now that we all are here I thought I am not gonna be missing this chance ,so ,we all should try to make an INFP circle here .I know we all are really super introverts but wouldn't it be great if we all INFPs became friends or at least acquaintances ?? So, Reply to this other fellow infps.
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
2 years ago
YES THIS IS WHAT IM SAYING. So INFPs can really connect to each other but it's hard to start a conversation. this happens all the time between my group of INFPs.
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
2 years ago
this page is awesome. i kind of knew alot of this though, because i spend a lot of time on self-reflection. it's just nice to hear someone explain it, i mean like put it out there, recognize us. there aren't many of us and i always end up in a small close knit group. and it's awesome when someone says outloud what you've just been thinking about. and i connect with certain people but sometimes it's hard to get past your own inner world, and out of your head and meet up.
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
2 years ago
so.... i'll just start talking. but.. i just forgot what i was going to say. ooh, random thought. It IS possible to think 2 or 3 distinct things at once but it's like crossing your eyes and trying to focus on both images. WOW. that was Random. but uh, darn i lost that thought.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Hey! I'm INFP :3
another infp soul
2 years ago
you have a group of INFPs ??cool
Pikachu
2 years ago
Sooooo me!
Bovine Intervention
2 years ago
Remember to add Stephen Colbert in the "Famous INFPs"
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