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.
9 months ago
Oh my gosh! I totally do idolize people! And I almost constantly beat myself for being too selfish! And I try to see the good in everyone which sometimes DOES set me up for failure! And I DO hide myself from other people in the intent to get to know them first! This is so me! :)
10 months ago
I pretty much understand all of this wholeheartedly though my parents don't understand me in the way that I do
10 months ago
Because we give our time and futures away, we also forget about our emotions and what we want. I'm dealing with this right now because I am trying to pick a career and I'm letting others do it for me to make them happy.
8 months ago
You're the first person I've seen on here who I'd honestly believe was this personality type. Take it from one who knows. You may never find a job that completely fulfills you, and if indeed we're the same personality type, one way or another the people you work with will burn you out. Don't focus so much on the job or the people for that matter, but rather the effort you put into whatever it is you're doing, and try keeping your feelings towards others balanced. Emotions are chaotic, and if you allow them to rule you, you will be ruled by chaos. Find balance, take time, make a choice, and give it your all. You'll find what you're looking for.
11 months ago
Amazingly accurate! Especially the "Difficult to get to know" part.
1 year ago
Everything is true for me in this except in the Strength and Weaknesses section, I don't dislike dealing with data. I rarely look at the big picture and most of the time focus on the details.
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