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

8 months ago
I may be an INTP-A, but now I know that my sister is definitely INFP-T. Hope we can learn to get along...
8 months ago
it's scary how relatable this is to me and it's quite interesting how my best friend is nearly the exact same as me
9 months ago
its kind of sad that an online test knows me more than my family
8 months ago
I"m the same.
7 months ago
2 months ago
It is... It can be their fault sometimes but other times it is our fault for not displaying ourselves as much. I cant speak for everyone but im speaking for myself
2 months ago
I agree
1 week ago
Me too
10 months ago
Hello together. Wow! I did this test in a really dificult period of my life and I must say..." This is exactly how I am"!! And I am getting a bit more relaxed, because of knowing better who I am and that there are other people out there like me. Lately I really thought I got crazy and in speaking with my family and other people about, they thought really I am crazy. A friend of my told me years ago that he thinks that I am a HSP ( highly sensitive person), but I didn' t took it really serious. But now red some books about it and it's me. Even in some tests I did I got nearly the highest points for HSP. Puh, now I feel better. Thank you and greetings from Spain, Michael
7 months ago
Wow that really cool! This was like me too.
10 months ago
This is accurate but it's hard for everyone to pull me out of the "hermit state" so I'm usually the one to pull me out of it when I need or want to
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