The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators (MBTI) is one of the holy grails of modern psychology. Psychologists use it, as well as the common people, to identify someone’s type of personality, strong sides, and preferences. The MBTI test identifies 16 different types of personality. If you are curious, you can always view all personality types and their perks, and take the test yourself.

In this article, we will focus on INFJ. Although it may sound like a new type of airplane, INFJ is a simple acronym for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. This is one of the rarest types of personality, with an estimated 1% - 3% of all people of the world carrying this perk.

The people that fit this personality type are most caring, gentle, and have almost unlimited creativity. They are idealistic and like to have long conversations about the meaning of life, as well as about any other mystic or deep topics.

They are often referred to as “Counselors”, “Advocates”, and “Idealists”. However, they are not the usual daydreamers and lazy bunch.

INFJ group can take the matter into their own hands, and fulfill the dreams they were having, and the ideals they were aspiring to.

And as always, not everything is smooth as silk. INFJ personality disorders are also taken into consideration. But, more of that later in this article.

INFJ personality types

There are two main subdivisions of the INFJ personality type: INFJ-A and INF-T. These two subtypes have a lot in common, but also, they hold some major differences.

INFJ-A

The A stands for “assertive”. Assertive INFJs are much more relaxed and have a higher level of confidence. So, they won’t stress a lot about the problems they cannot solve. However, that doesn’t show their lack of interest. INFJ-A type holds a more optimistic and idealistic point of view, and they look at all problems as they are solvable.

But, as always, too much optimism can be fatal. Seeing all things happy and solvable can sometimes lead to the wrong estimation of the problems. When you are optimistic all the time, it’s easy to overlook some major issues every now and then.

INFJ-T

INFJ-T has a turbulent trait, and they have a lot of self-doubts. Also, they are not so good at handling stress as their close relatives, INFJ-A. But their inner passion can give them fuel to achieve even the greatest accomplishments. Of course, with all the moralistic ideals and self-criticism included.
As for relations with other people, INFJ-T can easily get involved in other people’s problems. Their high level of empathy can sometimes even lead them to over-identifying with the problems of other people. They are not so realistic in estimating the problems, but their compassionate point of view will see most of the problems over-exaggerated. And if they fail in helping, INFJ-Ts would blame themselves, and get highly stressful and pitiful.

What are the key INFJ characteristics?

Introverted

Although introverts can sometimes be considered loners, this personality trait has a lot of advantages. Introverts lead a rich inner life, with a lot of deep contemplations.
Their reserved point of view makes introverts good at reading situations as they have different points of view than most of the people. A lot of successful leaders and scientists possess this trait, and they avoid the spotlight. Working away from the unwanted attention is their modus operandi.
However, it comes with a price. Larger social gatherings, being in the center of attention, and a lot of noise and light drain their energy faster than usual. So, introverts often resort to loneliness, as it helps in recharging their energy.

Intuitive

Or as some would say, “What ifs”. Intuitive people like to look at the bigger picture and rely more on their imagination. Sometimes they lack practicality, but Intuitive people can astonish you with their ideas and innovation.
The ability to think outside of the box and observe things differently is one of their stronger sides. That, and the famous (or notorious), INFJ stare. It’s a thing that INFJ type does subconsciously when they are trying to “read” the person. And, frankly, they are good at that, although the stare itself can creep people out.

Feeling

“Follow your heart” isn’t just an empty phrase. Without a doubt, the Feeling trait is something you can be truly proud of. People with this trait are warm, protective, and compassionate. Sometimes they can even be over-protective, without realizing it. That can lead to burning out - sacrificing yourself for the needs of the others.

Although Feeling type may be perceived as a person that doesn’t use logical opinion, that’s far from the truth. Their way of thinking is just different, and they put more effort into emotions, rather than cold objectifying.

Judging

The Judging type always has a plan to achieve the goal, and a few backup plans, too. They are concise and think strategically for most of the time. The failure is not the option, and they rely on safe structures, rather than on improvising.

Based on that, the Judging type can sometimes appear stubborn, but that’s just the outer layer of their personality. However, their strong work ethic and obeying the rules of the surrounding makes this personality type highly reliable and trustworthy.

INFJ strengths and weaknesses

Strengths
very empathetic
creative and talented
idealistic
a true, close friends
idealistic

Weaknesses
sometimes oversensitive
can be hard to breach
stubborn
have high standards and expectations
running from the conflict

Jobs and hobbies that INFJs choose

Jobs
INFJ types excel at the surroundings where they can show the world how creative they truly are. So, the INFJ careers are more aimed at the talent and inner peace, rather than monotonous jobs. Here are the top ten career paths the INFJs usually choose:

Writer
Teacher
Actor
Photographer
Musician
Artist
Psychologist
Librarian
Entrepreneur
Counselor

Hobbies and Interests

As they are artistic, and usually not fans of larger crowds, the INFJs have more subtle hobbies. They prefer volunteering, artistic exhibitions, music concerts, and book clubs as their way of social occasions. But at home, they will relax by reading a book, listening to music, or organizing small dinner parties where they can discuss deeper subjects with close friends.

How To Interact with INFJs

Friendships
INFJs can be hard to reach sometimes. They value their privacy and are more reserved in social meetings. But when you breach their barrier, you will find a true friend. However, you will need to have more patience than usual. The INFJs are easy to hurt, and that’s the reason they hide their true feelings from most of the people. Also, they sometimes need more time to themselves, as they often feel misunderstood. But, they value a true friend and will open to someone they feel they can trust.

Parenting

INFJs strengths are the thing that makes them a great parent figure. They are skilled in understanding their children’s needs and feelings, as they often felt misunderstood themselves. They always set the bar high for their offsprings, but not in the usual career/business way. For INFJs, their main goal is to raise kind, well-behaved, and emphatic children. Hence, they will always inspire the children to pursue their dreams and not to waste their talents.

Relationships

For INFJs, sincerity, and honesty is the main value in the relationship. They will give all their trust to someone emotionally connected to, so be careful not to break that trust. INFJs seek a lot of emotional intimacy and support, and in return, they will give out their heart on their sleeve to you.

Workplace

INFJs are not fans of routine work, and they will experience problems in that kind of workplace. However, if they have a job that combines creativity and the higher causes, they will excel. They are perfectionists at what they do, and that can sometimes lead to misunderstandings. But, colleagues value them a lot, as the INFJs are true workers, easy to work with, and maintain a positive attitude. But, their natural introversion can sometimes make them look asocial.

Author's Bio: 

HIGH5 is a part of the 100happydays foundation, on the mission to help people live a happy & purposeful life. It is a brainchild of its Chief Happiness Officer – Dmitry Golubnichy – as the result of analyzing and improving the happiness of +8 million people in 160 countries.