INFP Personality

Introverted, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving

This section INFP Personality gives a basic overview of the personality type, INFP. For more information about the INFP type, refer to the links below or on the sidebar.

INFPs are quiet, caring and encouraging individuals yet passionate and enthusiastic. With a strong core value system, INFPs can appear idealistic. They are insightful on human motivations and have a keen understanding of what makes people tick.

With the understanding of human nature and a desire for making the world a better place, they strive to develop others to their fullest potential.

"What do you feel about this?"

Their core value system guides the INFP’s decisions and choices as they want their outer world to reflect these set of values. Sometimes, they are deemed too idealistic and noble, but it is this that brings INFPs to lead causes and do humanitarian works. Although INFPs appear casual and flexible most of the time, they become stubborn and assertive when it comes to these values. This surprises their peers who usually only see the laid-back side of the INFP.

They are encouraging and affirming to their friends. Their compassion for people coupled with their creative nature helps others see their problems with a new perspective. It is not uncommon to see INFPs helping their peers frame the situation in a different light. This makes INFPs good counselors.

"Let's try this idea!"

INFPs are excited by possibilities. They scan the environment and can come up with some innovative and creative ideas to make things better. Their interests (and ideas) usually lie in social and humanitarian- related issues. Sometimes, their ideas may be so huge that they appear out of this world.

Of course, execution of those ideas is another question altogether. INFPs’ enthusiasm for new ideas usually dies off soon after they execute. Unless what they’re doing deeply ties in with their core values, they are likely going to move on to something else. Hence, INFPs do tend to start on too many projects and follow through on too few.

"Let's see how it goes!"

INFPs are casual and laid-back. Unless they have been trained to do so, INFPs prefer not to schedule their time or budget their finances. In the workplace, they dislike structure that stifle their creative insights and prevent them from implementing their many innovative ideas. They will appreciate the personal space that they are given to explore these insights.

"I'm just not good enough."

Their Thinking is the weakest of their mental functions. This means that under stress, their Thinking function may come out in an undeveloped or a childish manner. They may become extremely critical of themselves or those around them if they are frustrated.

Famous INFPs

William Shakespeare – Playwright
J R.R. Tolkien – Author of Lord of the Rings
St. Augustine – Theologian
Vincent Van Gogh - Artist
Johnny Depp - Actor
John Lennon – Singer

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