INFJ is one of the sixteen personality types as classified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. INFJ is an acronym for introversion, intuition, feeling and judging.
The ‘I’ is Introversion.
As opposed to extraversion, introversion implies that a person is more prone to stay quiet and to himself or herself. A person would be reserved, will have very few close friends and would confide in only one or two persons. Such a person will not have and will not want to have a large social circle.
The ‘N’ is Intuition.
A person with INFJ personality will be intuitive, will look at the macro picture and would be drawn more by the abstract than the tangible.
The ‘F’ is Feeling .
Feeling dominates reasoning and decision making. People with such a personality are more willing to consider personal values and interpersonal relations than objectivity while making any kind of decision or choice. Logic takes a backseat.
The ‘J’ is Judgment.
This propels a person to be proactive and keen to plan their actions and routines. Such an attribute makes a person like predictability and the sense of being in control of situations.
Some of the most popular people with INFJ personality type are Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, Goethe, Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman.
People with INFJ personality type are likely to be creative, convincing and inspiring. They would have some incredible insight, shall be decisive and sensitive, passionate and determined, understanding and altruistic. Having a penchant for perfection, such people are warm or gentle, extremely private, empathetic and would have excellent communication skills.
As with any kind of personality, there are some advantages and disadvantages, more like strengths and weaknesses. Broadly, INFJ is classified under a section named ‘Diplomats’ which has as many as four personality types. Precisely, INFJ is a personality that is more akin to ‘Advocates’. It is estimated that less than 1% of the total population in the world will have this type of personality.
1. Being creative and insightful is certainly the most significant strengths. People with INFJ will have vivid imaginations, they will be compassionate and their insight coupled with creativity attempt to solve humanitarian or real life problems. These people are not drawn to technical problems or technical solutions.
They are more drawn by problems of people, individuals, relationships and generally pertaining to life. It is this strength that makes INFJ personalities ideal for advisory roles or as counselors. Their insight helps them to see through any mirage being created and they can see the real intent, true picture or the facts as they are.
2. The creativity and insight further fuel the strengths of being convincing and inspiring. Since there is very little pretentiousness in what such people do, write or say, the people being addressed feel convinced of what they hear from such personalities and what they do. Subsequently, such acts inspire others. INFJ personalities are often great orators. They also have the ability to speak passionately and with warmth.
3. Passionate, determined and decisive, INFJ personalities can exercise a great deal of willpower if they want, they can follow complicated processes until the very end or until the results are attained, they can pursue goals with conviction and drive others to do the same and their pursuits often become inseparable from their lives or even their personality.
1. Although not a weakness in its truest sense, being sensitive does pose certain challenges for people with INFJ personality. Owing to their sensitive nature, such people are very vulnerable and get affected by criticism. They don’t like conflict and when their motives or intents are questioned, they can really take a step back and not venture forward at all. They may cocoon themselves in a strange way.
2. People with INFJ personality struggle to make new friends, they cannot open up to many people or even a few people and they face unending challenges whenever they have to socialize or bond interpersonally beyond the ideas or the task at hand.
3. Being perfectionists, INFJ personalities will hang on to their ideal pursuits. This may be great in an ideal world but it becomes a lot of baggage in reality. No matter what profession one is in, the perfect scenario or the ideal is seldom achievable.
4. The need for perfection, the craving for ideals and the passionate nature of INFJ personalities compel them to always look for a cause. If they don’t have an idea or a cause that they can pursue or get involved in, then they can feel empty and goalless. They are prone to depression in such scenarios.
5. INFJ personalities seldom get to let their hair down, entirely because of their nature. That leads to burnouts. With no vent and no easing off, anyone would suffer a burnout.