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

Maya
2 years ago
This describes me pretty well, I often like to listen to many type of people but only talk to very few friends. I also enjoy making storys in my head, creat characters and my passion is drawing so all that imagination is spent in that.
pinku
2 years ago
SO accurate , would be happy to see other fellow infps .
INFP
2 years ago
I'm 70% introverted, no wonder I feel so withdrawn from the society :/
Anonymous
1 year ago
only 11% apparently but feels the same. hermit mode
The secret infp
1 year ago
A lot of my friends can't believe I am introverted, so if I'm a secret Infp, then I'm also a secret introvert. Infp-T
Naro
2 years ago
"INFPs have a talent for self-expression, revealing their beauty and their secrets through metaphors and fictional characters." I feel understood ;w; Yesss INFP's are mostly writers :D Any other writer here?
Arriator
2 years ago
Yes, me! I aspire to become one :3
Hurray
2 years ago
Same i aspire to be one but i'm worried i won't cause i might be lazy XD
Gaintpepsi44
2 years ago
Writer here. Well, not professionally, but I love writing my ideas down and seeing the outcome. Glad to see there are a lot of people like me, most people think I am weird for having the concentration and ambition to carry on writing something that will most likely never be seen by others :P
Anonymous
1 year ago
im a poet and writer
Anonymous
1 year ago
i love metaphors
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
1 year ago
I'm an artist. i love felting drawing, 3doodling, clay, assemblage, paint, weaving, spinning, wire and jewelry...
The secret infp
1 year ago
I love to write poems and short stories
Naro
1 year ago
Wow~ You sure can do a lot! And weaving, wow~! I salute you sir/ma'am!
Naro
1 year ago
Same here :D It's very surprising to know that there are actually a lot of people like us. Someday we should make a meet-and-greet for INFPs...or not :p What kind of writing do you often do? I myself am more of a fan-fiction writer and have several works put up here and there xD I'm sure your writing is great too, and would love to see some examples~
Naro
1 year ago
That's great! Good luck, Arriator XD I hope you become an amazing writer someday~
Someone
2 years ago
*Sees Anne of green gables in fictional infp's* YES she is my freaking spirit animal
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