INFP is one of the sixteen personality types as classified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. INFP is an acronym for introversion, intuition, feeling and perception. People with INFP personality are kind, they believe in ideals and are often very helpful. They have a tendency to endorse and preach a good cause. In the real world, INFP functions and characteristics make one an excellent mediator.
Some notable people, who had or have an INFP personality, are William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Johnny Depp, Lisa Kudrow, Julia Roberts and Tom Hiddleston.
The most noteworthy of all INFP characteristics is idealism. Such people don’t just believe in ideals but they would pursue and practice such ideals. They are forever hopeful that an ideal scenario is attainable. Whether it is people or the world at large, their idealistic view is worthy of appreciation. People with INFP personality are great team players. They don’t crave for any role that would allow them to be in charge or dominate others. Although they can be good leaders, their longing for the ideal do not make them very rational decision makers in real life situations.
It also suits such people because for them participation is more important and allowing everyone else to have a view and right to influence decisions is crucial. This democratic approach to life and towards others makes such people very flexible. They are open-minded, like new ideas and don’t remain fixated with what they believe. If there is a better ideal worth pursuing, they would pursue it.
INFP personalities are quite perceptive. Although they aren’t very innovative or creative in the literal sense, their articulation can be creative or original due to their power of perception and intuition. Other than being mediators or negotiators, interlocutors and facilitators, such people can excel in acting, writing or painting.
There are many positive INFP characteristics and a few negative attributes. While such people are energetic, dedicated to a cause, can work very hard and would be passionate in what they do, they can also be overly altruistic. Their idealistic pursuits may make them irrelevant in the scheme of things. They can become very unrealistic with their expectations. They may fail to assess the reality pragmatically and that makes them vulnerable to failure in things that matter in life. They are also extremely vulnerable to criticism. Their dislike for details often makes them miserable when they have to work on complex issues.