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.
4 years ago
I got chills when I read your comments! Finally, I find that I'm not the only one in the world who's like that. I do have incredible intuition and a very oddly passionate way of relating to people, to the extent that T types get a little overwhelmed/confused by me. Oh and as for those who got INFP but don't agree with a number of the points, it could be because your traits aren't that strongly expressed (maybe some of them are low in % e.g. 10% expressed). Personally, my I and P traits are only slightly preferred over E and J, so I kinda swing both ways, haha. Glad to read this site, keep it up!
Green Phosphor
4 years ago
Very true, I think hypotheticals are far more important than reality (though, oddly enough, I'm great at math and sciences and avidly follow advances in physics)—and I'm good at noticing details as well as overall themes. I do feel society is immensely complicated—we accept a predetermined system of rules, calendars, and rituals, and to an extent I think this is necessary: (you guys should check the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rouseau, I think it would ring with you) if we really thought about our place in the world we may explode in a realization of self-pity and futility, and civilization prevents us from thinking too hard. We should quit all the political garglemesh and strive toward the pursuit of knowledge, for years our society has remained relatively stagnant and day-to-day oriented. (Whereas the Cold War, which was awesome because no one except one unfortunate pilot died, and it still had all the ironic benefits of war—the undeniable benefits of uniting a nation under a war-time economy allowed the development of nuclear fusion as well as the moon landing, and competing with the Russians inspired nationalism and social reform. Oh, and it made the Internet,) I don't know what I meant to write there... Just rambled a bit. In case anyone wonders about the guest name, it's for green phosphor CRT monochrome monitors—I'm the rare 15-year-old girl obsessed with retro videogames and obsolete technology, and for that matter, the rare human who knows how to use em dashes. Hyphens are for compound words, ems for pauses, and en dashes for time intervals. You guys remember that. Punctuation is important.
4 years ago
True to most extent. cant stop being me!!!
4 years ago
I rather enjoy "analyzing connections or finding discrepancies."
4 years ago
You must definatly be a die-hard Sherlock Holmes fan. ;)
Bob Joe
4 years ago
I am actually guilty of forgetting to eat because something was interesting....
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