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

10 months ago
Honestly. I hate being an infp. My perception is so off kilter I make things out if nothing. I have no clue how to control it and I feel like it's killing my relationship. Because I've been hurt in the past my perception automatically jumps yo the worst over everything.
9 months ago
If I may ask, how old are you? I ask because this sounds like me in my twenties.
10 months ago
I've been here for about 3 months now. When I first took the test, it was because I was bored and needed something to do. I came across this and thought that it was not going to be accurate as most tests are not accurate. But when I took it, I realized that I was amazingly a Mediator. I read up on it a little bit more and got shocked by how accurate everything was. I have learned more about myself because of this. I will be forever grateful that I found this test.
11 months ago
I just found this quiz and just made it because I was bored, but when I saw the results I was shocked about how accurate this is, I didn't even know there are different personalities. It would be great if other people knew about those different types, because I'm really lonely in my class, because no one wants to take some time to get to know me, they just think I don't talk, I'm boring or something like that
11 months ago
To me, i don't care.. people are cute. I live my life for improvement and when i contact it's on purpose. and yeah it's so accurate -- "INTJ" here.
3 weeks ago
Us mediators have a tendency to have a shield over ourselves. And when other people see that kind of behavior most of them dont know what to expect so, many just asume that he other individual is boring or wierd
11 months ago
My friend sent me this link and told me to take the test. Usually, I disregard tests like this. For whatever reason though, I took it, and was surprised at how accurate it was.
11 months ago
this is the most accurate test i ever took!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow
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