The INFJ Personality Type

INFJs are creative nurturers with a strong sense of personal integrity & a drive khổng lồ help others realize their potential. Creative & dedicated, they have a talent for helping others with original solutions to lớn their personal challenges.

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The Counselor has a unique ability khổng lồ intuit others" emotions & motivations, and will often know how someone else is feeling before that person knows it himself. They trust their insights about others and have strong faith in their ability to read people. Although they are sensitive, they are also reserved; the INFJ is a private sort, & is selective about sharing intimate thoughts và feelings.


What does INFJ stand for?

Each of the four letters of the INFJ code signifies a key personality trait of this type. INFJs are energized by time alone (Introverted), focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), make decisions based on feelings & values (Feeling) & prefer to lớn be planned & organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging).

The INFJ personality type is also called the "Counselor" because of their tendency to lớn be idealistic, compassionate, & sensitive. Other nicknames for the INFJ include:

The Insightful Visionary (MBTI)The Advocate (16Personalities)

INFJ Values và Motivations

INFJs are guided by a deeply considered mix of personal values. They are intensely idealistic, và can clearly imagine a happier & more perfect future. They can become discouraged by the harsh realities of the present, but they are typically motivated và persistent in taking positive kích hoạt nonetheless. The INFJ feels an intrinsic drive to vì what they can lớn make the world a better place.

INFJs want a meaningful life và deep connections with other people. They do not tend to giới thiệu themselves freely but appreciate emotional intimacy with a select, committed few. Although their rich inner life can sometimes make them seem mysterious or private to lớn others, they profoundly value authentic connections with people they trust.


How Others See the INFJ

INFJs often appear quiet, caring và sensitive, & may be found listening attentively lớn someone else’s ideas or concerns. They are highly perceptive about people và want khổng lồ help others achieve understanding. INFJs are not afraid of complex personal problems; in fact, they are quite complex themselves, và have a rich inner life that few are privy to. They reflect at length on issues of ethics, and feel things deeply. Because Counselors initially appear so gentle và reserved, they may surprise others with their intensity when one of their values is threatened or called into question. Their calm exterior belies the complexity of their inner worlds.

Because INFJs are such complex people, they may be reluctant to engage with others who might not understand or appreciate them, và can thus be hard lớn get to lớn know. Although they want lớn get along with others and support them in their goals, they are fiercely loyal to their own system of values & will not follow others down a path that does not feel authentic to them. When they sense that their values are not being respected, or when their intuition tells them that someone’s intentions are not pure, they are likely to withdraw.


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How rare is the INFJ personality type?

INFJ is the rarest type in the population. It is the least common type among men, & the third least common among women (after INTJ & ENTJ). INFJs make up:

2% of the general population2% of women1% of men

Famous INFJs

Famous INFJs include Mohandas Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Emily Bronte, Jane Goodall, Carl Jung, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Florence Nightingale, Shirley MacLaine, Jimmy Carter, Brené Brown, and Edward Snowden.


INFJ Quotes

"The visions of the INFJs tend to lớn concern human welfare, và their contributions are likely to be made independent of a mass movement."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

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"These seclusive & friendly people are complicated themselves, và so can understand and khuyến mãi with complex ethical issues và with deeply troubled individuals."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

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"INFJs" nonstop tìm kiếm for learning, self-growth, và development—and wishing the same for everyone else—makes them very reassuring to others và people worth emulating."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

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Facts about INFJs

Interesting facts about the INFJ:

Least common type in the populationOn personality trait scales, scored as Sincere, Sympathetic, Unassuming, Submissive, Easygoing, Reserved & PatientAmong highest of all types in college GPAAmong most likely khổng lồ stay in collegeMost likely of all types to lớn cope with găng tay by seeing a therapistHighest of all types in marital dissatisfactionPersonal values include Spirituality, Learning, và Community ServiceCommonly found in careers in religion, counseling, teaching, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual


INFJ Hobbies & Interests

Popular hobbies for the INFJ include writing, art appreciation, cultural events, reading, socializing in small, intimate settings, & playing or listening to lớn music.


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Molly Owens is the CEO of inthepasttoys.net and holds a master"s degree in counseling psychology. She founded inthepasttoys.net in 2012, with the goal of making quality personality tests more affordable and accessible. She has led the development of assessments based on Myers & Briggs" personality types, Holland Codes, the Big Five, DISC, và the Enneagram. She is an ENTP, a tireless brainstormer, và a wildly messy chef. Find Molly on Twitter at
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