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.
6 years ago
I have been researching about INFP personality type for the past few hours, and I definitely think I have it. I mean it explains a whole lot. People who are said to have the INFP are highly discouraged to have anything to do with the business world, which is a rough truth for me because I frustratingly chase the corporate life... well, parents' dream. I guess that's the reason why I never really did well on my previous college degree which is Statistics. I think I am more of a creative person than a logical one; more of a dreamer than a doer. I would rather stay at home, read or write or create something beautiful than actually go to school and abide with the routine of learning methodical and scientific theories I wouldn't be able to marvel on. But I'm too driven to finish college because I care for my family too much. It puts people off, especially people who are at stake in my schooling. They think I waste a lot of time writing and reading than actually getting some work done. That's the thing with me, I dislike to do something I do not have passion for, but once I get to do what I love, I happen to really excel on it. This has seriously enlightened me as to why I am always frustrated with things, up to the point I feel depressed about how I fail so much in life. I used to tell my old man that forcing me into Statistics is like forcing a tone-deaf person to excel in singing. It's just not me, period. Here I am at 4am in my house, researching and writing about INFP while everyone is sound asleep, and I couldn't feel happier. I feel like discovering this personality type has just spread some light on who I really am. And I agree with the comments above that people who have INFP personality are very undervalued. The world could use more idealistic people.
T Hill
6 years ago
I did a degree in Economics and underachieved in Statistics. I have avoided the corporate world despite pressure from parents and I am in the research world where I get to write my ideas down in a non-purerly Scientific and Economics way. In that, I get to exercise my INFP qualities of creativity, individuality and idealism. I got to write what I really cared about for my Master's thesis, with all my ideals - I was fortunate. So you can finish your degree in Stats. After all, a bachelor's degree serves to sharpen the mind and really(merely)prepares you to tackle the real world.
5 years ago
wow I feel the exact same way. I'm so glad I found this website because the more comments I read the more I realise I'm not alone,
6 years ago
Slippytoad I know the feeling exactly. coming across this last night during one of my depression bouts made it better but worse at the same time. *gives hug*
6 years ago
I found out that I am an INFP, Everything here is blatantly me. I care for these people and I want to be there for them however they don't understand me and how I see the world so they are put off by me and start to ignore me. (Cliche metaphor) Life is really just a stream circumnavigating pools of emotion. Sometimes there are obstacles that block off the stream and force it into these pools. I have always found myself in a pool of depression because I just want to people to know me for who I really am. Sorry for this rant, its just that with all these years of isolation from true understanding and acceptance is tearing me apart.
6 years ago
Don't worry, there are others like you (soo many) and just remember that today may be rough but there is ALWAYS sun after the rain and that this too shall pass. It really will. Give it to God & stop allowing yourself to suffer.
6 years ago
Lol, Miss. I don't think it makes you sound like a sissy. I think western cultures tend to over-emphasise values and qualities near antithetical to those of the infp's. To quote from the film Detachment: "It's so easy to be callous, it takes courage and character to care." I don't think I need to say how much better this world would be if everyone showed they cared once in a damn while.
6 years ago
Christine- you made me realize something. The strengths that INFP's posses are so profound but undervalued by the society were living in so we feel like we dont have many strengths and were sissies who are too much about people. But doesn't that take the most strength of all? Its hard to be idealistic, loyal, ethical, optimistic, loving and kind in the face of the harsh world were living in. Our society may not value this very mcuh but it really is the biggest strength. If the world had more people like who tried to live with these characteristic it would definitely be a better place.
6 years ago
Strength: immense amount of patience with others Weakness: tendency to lack patience with themselves ... At least this is true for me as an INFP. I find that I have an endless amount of patience for other people, but I get irritated with myself when I can't complete a task a quickly as I want to.
5 years ago
This is absolutely true for me, too. I can find redeeming qualities in most people and am very patient and forgiving with others, but I'm so hard on myself and feel any setback intensely. Other weaknesses listed here play into that - being self-conscious and taking things personally. I expect a lot of myself and think other people will hold me the same standards. If I don't meet those standards, I might have to deal with criticism and conflict, which I try hard to avoid. In reality, no one is as hard on me as I am, and a bit of criticism or conflict could be managed and used productively, but it takes a lot of effort for me to remember and believe that.
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