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.
Bob Joe
5 years ago
I am actually guilty of forgetting to eat because something was interesting....
cas
5 years ago
"evil does not triumph when good people do nothing but when people dont do good things not because they arent good people but because its the right thing "
Cel
5 years ago
CAS, your paragraph is really beautifully written and it stood out to me. When I was a teenager in high school I was very similar. Seeing others in a very intuitive way and empathizing with those hurting or seeking answers. Feeling as though you can help open their awareness. You should really be proud of yourself for embracing those qualities at such a young age. I read many other INFP's thoughts about how they thought of themselves as "weak" or "incapable." The power of the INFP doesn't come from the world, but from within. We certainly see the world in a different light, and our compassion for others allows us to spread that light. I think you must be very clever for your age. You must feel a spiritual and intuitive connection with nature and the spirit of the earth. There is an inherent knowing of the beauty and sadness in the world, which is also very beautiful. You see love as something sacred, and the sexual aspect as tainting that love. I definitely relate to that and have all my life. I guess as dreamers INFP's do this often.
Mel
5 years ago
I have trouble finishing the last 10 to 20% of almost any task??? Often wondered how to deal with this.
Jake
5 years ago
Slippytoad I know the the feeling also. Th exact same thing is going on with me now. I feel detatched from the world. I've always wanted people to know me for how I am, and I often sink into depression. Although no matter how deep I sink into depression, no matter suicidal thoughts run through my head, I have stayed strong. It feels good to know that I am unique with others at my side. I like who I am now, and I can only hope that people will someday find out who I really am.
hypothetical
5 years ago
yeah slippytoad i know how you feel, and also jake this is exactly how i've felt for some time.... but no matter what i do... how bad i feel, i always remember there will always be another day, a better feeling, even if it doesnt seem so....and that someday someone will understand and love me, even if its not today p.s. i find music always helps me when im down.... just a temporary pickup... a place to be when reality isnt very happy..... and i wish you the best we can do it :)
T Hill
5 years ago
I hate statistics but enjoy using STATA, which is really programming and problem solving. Data in itself is not appealing but once you see patterns emerging, some hidden links being discovered, then data becomes useful. That's me as an INFP with regards the value of data.
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