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

1 year ago
Hello fellow INFPs! :D This test is awesome. It makes me feel like a special snowflake and all of the comments also make me realize that there are other people like me and it is fabulous! I'd love to meet you all but that would mean that I'd have to approach you! *shudder*. Could you like do me a favor and start the conversation instead plz
1 year ago
I am approaching you...please be my friend, Someone. I appreciate INFPs, But I don't know any in real life, because there are so few of us!
1 year ago
Actually... it's not very few, if you find in the correct places. Theoretically, if you have a class of 50 students, you'll find an INFP other than you! Wait... that's pretty rare.
1 year ago
I had the same thought :)
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
1 year ago
yeah, ok this is just what popped into my head when i saw the comments, "Yeah i'm not alone! Oh, wait. i'm not so special." Just a Random thought. I'm really lucky to have 3 INFP friends which is great. but for the longest time i felt alone. and yeah conversations can be hard.
1 year ago
Hello to you, Someone xD I agree that this test is awesome! I only know one other INFP at school and she's in senior year so yeah :P I'm never really good at starting conversations but I've read somewhere that talking about hobbies is a good way to break the ice. Soo....What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Wizard Cookie
1 year ago
I always thought I was some kind of alien because no one could understand me. But I realized that I'm not alone, it's because I hung out with the wrong people...big words coming from a 14 year old. Good luck in your journeys! You must have felt a lot of emotions.
1 year ago
Hm "Big words coming from a 14 year old" In terms of philosophy and wisdom age is only the period of time that you've been on the earth.I guess some of social and parental brainwashing has put expectations and standards on what a 14 year old should say and think.Bunch of fools filled with 500 year old convictions have put that nonsense in your subconscious thought process.Don't limit your potential of anything because of your age.Sincerely a 14 year old INTJ.
INFP-A Artist, Poet, and Wannabe Biologist
1 year ago
no, you're definately not alone, and yeah it's a crazy journey. good luck to you too.
1 year ago
Interesting to see so many like minded people. Once you talk to someone with the same values your mind begins to buzz with excitement talking for hours going anywhere and everywhere in the conversation.
1 year ago
I laughed so hard at the part about speaking using metaphors. I constantly speak in metaphors and analogies. If I had a quarter every time one of my friends said I speak in metaphors too much... Let's just say I could at least treat myself to a good dinner. Haha
1 year ago
For some reason I always knew I was an INFP (-A) and this test showed me I was totally right. It is really wonderful how great this text describes my personality, and the fact that only about 4% of the population shares it with me shows me why I always feel so different and from time to time misunderstood. What really suprised me (in a positive way) is how many great actors and authors I admire and look up to have the same personality type. It not only strengthens me in my believes and actions, but also gives me hope for my future.
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