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.
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 INFP 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 ‘P’ is Perception.
A person with INFP personality will allow perceptions to prevail and would delay inferential analysis. They would not judge a situation or a person objectively or factually and would rather have their perception dictate the path forward.
Some of the most popular people with INFP personality type are William Shakespeare, Johnny Depp, J.R.R. Tolkien, Julia Roberts, Björk, Lisa Kudrow, Homer, Tom Hiddleston and Vigil among others.
An INFP personality is idealistic. It is this belief in the ideals that also make them optimistic. They are always hopeful and they keep longing for the ideal.
INFP personalities love teamwork and they don’t long for authoritative roles. They don’t want to be leaders and don’t want to have sway over others. They simply want to participate and allow participation of others.
This democratic nature of INFP people makes them flexible and open minded. Simply put, they have an attitude of ‘live and let live’. This is why they are great mediators and they can also be healers in certain circumstances.
Being perceptive allows INFP personalities to be creative. Even if facts say otherwise, their ability to perceive things and being intuitive make way for some wonderful creation, whether it is writing or acting, painting or any other form of creativity.
INFP personalities are known for their passion, energy, dedication and ability to work hard.
But people with such a personality are overly idealistic and altruistic, at times impractical, vulnerable to criticism and can take to them personally, a little complicated to understand and very averse to crunching details.