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.
INFP-A Artist, Poet and wannabe Biologist
3 years ago
I can sometimes be an intp but mostly infp. pretty sure that if quized younger it would be different. i am consitantly inconsistent. i go to an art school and ther are at least three other infps i know, one of which is my best friend. it's awesome to be able to meet another person who thinks EXACTLY like me. anyone else have an urge to find others like you? is that an infp thing? when i find someone like me, it makes me want to really open up. i really like connecting to people, but only to certain people. is that an infp thing? share out. no one seems to respond to each other, just adding more stuff here. please respond.
3 years ago
I also feel a great need to find people who understand me
3 years ago
That's how I feel and I am an INFP-A as well.
A fellow INFP
3 years ago
Same here. I therefore tend to speak a lot with some people, almost ignoring the rest!
3 years ago
Now I understand why nobody understands me! We're only 4% of the population! And this page is so accurate!
3 years ago
I honestly thought that there was no one else out there like me. I have always been… somewhat different to everyone around me. And now I know why! I never thought I would understand MYSELF, never mind other people trying to understand me! I'm kind of glad that I am who I am. The introverted world can be beautiful.
INFP at age 13
3 years ago
I completely agree with you.
3 years ago
This is me. I don't know how but this is me in the most precise description ever. I hate it when I see vices of society. I'm not the best orator but I'm certainly happy to write my heart out. I look for good in everyone and I am frequently disappointed. It's unnerving how well I'm being written about here. And yeah I speak five languages. Oh my gods.
Isaac Corpuz
3 years ago
It's funny, how we, INFPs focus on, "The Big Picture" when we can't give a full image of ourselves to other people of whom we love, rather short stories of thoughts that spit out quickly overwhelming them. We soon feel misunderstood all over again as we repeat this process over and over again. We are an open book, you just have to learn how to read us.
3 years ago
Yes, that's so true!!
3 years ago
depends on who you talk to. i have an INFP friend who understands almost everything i say.
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