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INFJ

An Overview of the INFJ Personality Type

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INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging) is a four-letter code used to represent one of the 16 personality types identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This personality assessment was created by Isabel Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs in the 1940s based on the theories of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. People with INFJ personalities are creative, gentle and caring. According to David Keirsey, the INFJ type is one of the rarest with just one to three percent of the population exhibiting this personality type.

INFJ Characteristics

The MBTI identifies your personality type by looking at four main areas: 1) Extraversion vs Introversion, 2) Sensing vs Intuition, 3) Thinking vs Feeling and 4) Judging vs Perceiving.

On each of these four areas, the MBTI identifies which way your personality tends to lean for each dimension. As you can see, the INFJ personality leans toward Introversion, Intuiting, Feeling and Judging.

  • Introversion (I): INFJs tend to be reserved, quiet and have a small circle of close friends.

  • Intuition (N): INFJs are prefer abstract concepts and tend to focus on the big picture rather than concrete details.

  • Feeling (F): INFJs place a greater emphasis on personal concerns than objective facts when making decisions.

  • Judging (J): INFJs like to exert control by planning, organizing and making decisions as early as possible.

People with INFJ personalities tend to exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Idealistic
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Highly creative and artistic
  • Reserved
  • Focused on the future
  • Private
  • Values close, deep relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life

INFJs are driven by their strong values and seek out meaning in all areas of their lives including relationships and work. People with this type of personality are often described as deep and complex.

INFJs have an innate ability to understand other people's feelings. While they are introverted, they sometimes seem extroverted at times due to their strong interest in people and society. INFJs are interested in helping others and making the world a better place. They tend to be excellent listeners and are good at interacting with people which whom they are emotionally close and connected. While they care deeply about others, INFJs tend to be very introverted and are only willing to share their "true selves" with a select few. After being in social situations, INFJs need time to themselves to "recharge."

INFJs also have a talent for language and are usually quite good at expressing themselves on paper. They have a vivid inner life, but they are often hesitant to share this with others except for perhaps those closest to them. While they are quiet and sensitive, they can also be good leaders. Even when they don't take on overt leadership roles, they often act as quiet influencers behind the scenes.

In school, INFJs are usually high achievers and get good grades. They can be perfectionists at times and tend to put a great deal of effort into their academic work. INFJs enjoy learning, particularly about people, society, literature and art. They tend to prefer studying subjects that involves abstract theories and ideas rather than concrete facts and information.

Because they are reserved and private, INFJs can be difficult to get to know. They place a high value on close, deep relationships and can be hurt easily, although they often hide these feelings from others.

Famous INFJs

By looking at their lives and works, researchers have suggested that a number of famous individuals exhibit personality traits consistent with the INFJ personality type. Some of these famed figures include:

  • Billy Crystal, actor
  • Chaucer, poet
  • Gillian Anderson, actress
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, author
  • Robert Burns, poet
  • Nicole Kidman, actress
  • Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer
  • Robert Burns, poet
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader

Some fictional characters with INFJ personalities include:

  • Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
  • Amelie Poulain, Amelie
  • The Tinman, The Wizard of Oz

Best Careers for INFJs

INFJs do well in careers where they can express their creativity. Because people with INFJ personality have such deeply held convictions and values, they do particularly well in jobs that support these principles.

  • Artist
  • Actor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Religious worker
  • Musician
  • Librarian
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Photographer

References

Heiss, M. M. (2010). Introverted Intuiting Feeling Judging. TypeLogic. Retrieved from http://typelogic.com/infj.html

Idealist: Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ). Keirsey.com. Retrieved from http://keirsey.com/4temps/counselor.asp

Myers, I. B. (1998). Introduction to Type: A Guide to Understanding your Results on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.

The Myers & Briggs Foundation. (n.d.). The 16 MBTI Types. http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/the-16-mbti-types.asp

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