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

Patrick Mc Nabb
3 years ago
Curiously interesting. INFP eh? It's me all right, well described. Only 4% sounds about right as well, it's so rare to meet like minded people..and instantly know we're going to get on famously.
3 years ago
Not get along famously, but I sit next to one in AP Physics Class. It is quite odd. We were both the last people to pick seats. There are some minor differences, but it is weird sitting next to someone who is like you, a lazy, dumb person who gets emotional over the most random of things. Also, it doesn't mention the not paying attention half the time. :P
3 years ago
lol I guess it is quite weird to meet someone so alike yourself. but it's still good to know there's more than just you. AND it's not that you're dumb it's that you just don't care to try. I'm like that. I know my way around a lot but I just don't have the patience or energy to do such boring tasks that teachers give. I know some teachers really try and make the class fun. but if I'm not interested I just don't do it and others may take me for dumb. So just remember you may be sorta lazy but you're not dumb, you just may not not care.
3 years ago
Hey! I had no idea how much this would show me myself. I can't believe we only make up 4% of the world! But i'm glad there's people like me. The hermit thing really applies to me.
Walter LaRoque V
3 years ago
Absolutely spot on in its assessment. Now what? I'm designed to fix things or rip myself apart trying and I get little comfort in being the way I am for a lack of numbers.
3 years ago
Yep. I've found that listening to music helps calm yourself. Especially romanticist music like Beethoven.
3 years ago
Never before I found an online personality test as accurate as this. I feel special, though after reading this... And what are the odds that I have the same personality type as Tom Hiddleston, my current celeb crush! Wow
3 years ago
I felt very cunfused about myself for quite long time, I`m suprised how much it cleared in my mind, it`s amazing
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