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
INFP, 100% turbulent. The turbulent part is a bit disturbing but the description is so true! I can't believe how much the INFx descriptions apply to me. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.
Lucio Hernandez
2 years ago
Most definitely I am a poet I love to write who else puts down their thoughts on paper?
2 years ago
I cannot believe how accurate these results were! All my life I have felt different from most people, but just recently, I've began to feel VERY misunderstood, isolated, and even weird compared to everyone else. Reading this profile has finally allowed me to feel understood, and even accepted, by a group of people that I may not ever meet, being that only 4% of the world's population are INFP. Now I finally understand why I constantly feel as though I personally know everyone but no one truly knows me. I can finally feel okay with the fact that people will always flock to me to solve their problems and I will continue to try and solve mine on my own. I feel far less insecure about constantly being trapped inside of my own thoughts and perhaps overthinking when it comes to characters and situations in movies and books. And I feel okay with my constant indecisiveness and hunger to help people. Also, how did the test know that I truly want to be a writer! I'm currently in school to be an architect and have only told 3 people about my dream of writing a book or two. Anyway, this was far too much for a comment. I am just so thankful to finally feel understand and even normal --well maybe not so normal haha! Huge thanks to the masterminds behind this quiz!
2 years ago
Yeah!! That's what I feel too!! Your comment is accurate too about what i feel after reading!!
2 years ago
Do any other INFPs have a hard time making decisions? Like if time didn't move you would never decide anything if you didn't have to? Wondering if this is just me or not. Thanks! :)
2 years ago
Yes. This is me too and I belong to this personality group. I can never decide. For anything. And if I do, Ill keep thinking of the other options till I make the chosen one the most miserable one. :)
2 years ago
I do the same thing! Like I overthink every possible outcome in a situation until the whole thing becomes sooooo much more complicated than it was supposed to be! Good to know I'm not alone!
2 years ago
WOW!!! you mean there are others of us out there
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