INFP Strengths and Weaknesses

INFP Strengths

INFP strengths
  • Idealistic – INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony – People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others, and don’t much care for domineering attitudes at all. They prefer a more democratic approach, and work hard to ensure that every voice and perspective is heard.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules. INFPs give the benefit of the doubt too, and so long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged, they’ll support others’ right to do what they think is right.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives. Being able to connect many far-flung dots into a single theme, it’s no wonder that many INFPs are celebrated poets and authors.
  • Passionate and Energetic – When something captures INFPs’ imagination and speaks to their beliefs, they go all in, dedicating their time, energy, thoughts and emotions to the project. Their shyness keeps them from the podium, but they are the first to lend a helping hand where it’s needed.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working – While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs (especially Assertive ones) have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through. Knowing that what they are doing is meaningful gives people with this personality type a sense of purpose and even courage when it comes to accomplishing something they believe in.

INFP Weaknesses

INFP weaknesses
  • Too Idealistic – INFPs often take their idealism too far, setting themselves up for disappointment as, again and again, evil things happen in the world. This is true on a personal level too, as INFPs may not just idealize their partners, but idolize them, forgetting that no one is perfect.
  • Too Altruistic – INFPs sometimes see themselves as selfish, but only because they want to give so much more than they are able to. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as they try to push themselves to commit to a chosen cause or person, forgetting to take care of the needs of others in their lives, and especially themselves.
  • Impractical – When something captures INFPs’ imagination, they can neglect practical matters like day-to-day maintenance and simple pleasures. Sometimes people with the INFP personality type will take this asceticism so far as to neglect eating and drinking as they pursue their passion or cause.
  • Dislike Dealing With Data – INFPs are often so focused on the big picture that they forget the forest is made of individual trees. INFPs are in tune with emotions and morality, and when the facts and data contradict their ideals, it can be a real challenge for them.
  • Take Things Personally – INFPs often take challenges and criticisms personally, rather than as inspiration to reassess their positions. Avoiding conflict as much as possible, INFPs will put a great deal of time and energy into trying to align their principles and the criticisms into a middle ground that satisfies everybody.
  • Difficult to Get to Know – INFPs are private, reserved and self-conscious. This makes them notoriously difficult to really get to know, and their need for these qualities contributes to the guilt they often feel for not giving more of themselves to those they care about.
5 years ago
INFP = I Never Finish Projects
Connie Z
4 years ago
That perfectly sums me up...awesome!
Amy L Smith
5 years ago
The results describe me very well. , I am a clinical social worker in a private foster care agency. I adore working directly with the kids and helping them, I HATE the mountain of paperwork that comes with it.
5 years ago
Often I find myself analysing/fantasizing/hypothesizing about people and delving into their character and what makes them tick. But I find it affects my own self-esteem and makes me really self-conscious. Intuition is an amazing ability until it distorts your perception of the world, both external and internal IMO.
5 years ago
And I'm also two years ahead in math, so I can't be that bad with facts.
5 years ago
This is sort of me, but I sometimes tend to be really outgoing and talkative, even though I know I'm introverted. Is this weird? Does anyone else understand what I'm talking about? I'm probably just crazy...
5 years ago
If with a group of people I am comfortable with and doing activities that stimulate my artistic juices I am more outgoing and talkative, but can also feel very satisfied engaging in those activities all by myself. Never have understood those who cannot go anywhere by themselves. Emily you are not weird someone who can play well with others and entertain themselves has the best of both worlds :-)
5 years ago
No Emily, you are definitely not crazy. I get that too. One minute I feel as if I can't open up for fear of people *discovering* me (and therefore giving them a reason to criticize me) and then the next minute I'm chatting away, opening up to complete strangers and asking them what they think the meaning of life is. It sounds crazy, but it's true. Well, at least for me anyway.
4 years ago
Nope. Not crazy. Others perceive me as very extroverted, but, in truth, I'm not. I happen to have a job that requires an outgoing attitude and I can completely play that role....but I'm most comfortable alone or with my partner or just a few people at a time.
J Hannah
4 years ago
I'm exactly the same. Being introverted isn't about being shy or reserved, its about whether being with people energizes you or saps you. Do your batteries get reved up by being with people or by being alone? That's the true measure of an introvert and I'm right there with you - I'm great with people and when I know I need to be with people I turn in "on" and I'm bubbly, talkative, etc, and I enjoy it - in small doses, if I get to be alone for a day or two afterwards. My poor partner, I have a very people-oriented job so I never want to go out at night at all, I might have to talk to more people!
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