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.
3 years ago
I was looking at this same page for our opposites (estj) and I thought the comment section was hilarious compared to ours. There were all these 3 and 4 word answers and almost no one was replying to anyone else. Everyone writes long-ish replies here and seems more connected to the other responders. Never thought I could see such a stark difference just by looking at random comments.
Erick Al
3 years ago
Well, aren't we a very special snowflake? In spite of our weaknesses, I would rather not have you all change, at least not our quirks.
3 years ago
I do take things very personally, if my friend says something sarcastic about me I just accept it and I don't know how to respond, outside I know it's sarcasm but deep inside someone is saying, why would she say that even if she didn't mean it she must have got an idea to say that from somewhere
3 years ago
I enjoy sarcasm a lot tbh. (-that was not sarcasm) But I can easily distinguish whether someone's honestly just having fun with me or if they mean something by it, and when they do, nothing's worse, so I get you.
3 years ago
Ooh, yeah, this makes way too much sense. People complain about all the "weaknesses" to me all the time, and I totally get it. But then it's so easy to lose myself. I did actually go a whole day without food or drink - and that's a lot, because food is my soulmate - in writing a book. I was home alone, too, so no one noticed. It annoys people who care about me, but I genuinely just forget. This is completely spot-on
3 years ago
That "impractical" part gets to my parents, I just want to write and dream and listen to music all day and hate doing practical, every-day chores. I also get extremely enthusiastic about certain subjects nobody else is interested in, so I can't enthuse to them ... oh well. This is extremely spot-on. :D
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