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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.
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.
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.
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 stifles their creative insights and prevents them from implementing their many innovative ideas. They will appreciate the personal space that they are given to explore these insights.
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.