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

4 years ago
Almost all of this is correct, besides one thing: I am actually a very curious person, and pretty analytically. I constantly think of new ideas and ways of doing things, and consistently create connections the more I learn. I am very pro-thought, and almost lean towards the "inventive" mind. I like creating things to make life easier, and loathe things that are inefficient or waste time. "...likely to have difficulties when it comes to dealing with facts and data, e.g., analyzing connections or finding discrepancies." No, not me. In fact, just the opposite!
4 years ago
What a blessing to find this website today. I have been feeling so isolated because my perspectives are usually so different from others', and then I find all these comments from people like me! I am unique, but not alone. Tolkien summed us up perfectly.
4 years ago
This is soooo me! Only 4.5% of the population is INFP? Great! I love being unique, hate the idea of being samezies with the general populace. I want to at least be varied and interesting to myself. :) I do appreciate though, knowing that there are others with similarly unique traits. I've always been afraid that there was something 'wrong' with me.
mumbi Wainaina
4 years ago
Wow this is really accurate. There are a few small things I disagree with but everyone is different :) I'm glad I took this test- I've been showing it to other people
Daniel Diaz
4 years ago
Being an INFP is GREAT. This artice is suprisingly accurate... How could they have known I have a deep, insatiable passion and I only channel it to some causes? Or my "solitary breaks (Which are better, for me, than parties)? Or my depression because of the evil in the world? Or my love for intricate beauty, poetry, and language? Well, may the whole world understand the depths that the INFP's soul reaches. May we all be enlightened by the Lord.
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