The INFJ can easily spend an entire day just dreaming and envisioning. To be allowed to do that – and to encourage others to do the same – is what life is all about for the INFJ.
INFJs recognise that they are part of a tiny minorty, and that their mind is the gateway to the world. INFJs trust their insights into the core meaning of everything and everyone.
SEES SELF: as a deep-thinker in love with new ideas and insights, but somewhat detached from others.
OVERRIDING NEED: to understand the complexity of people and life.
IRRITATED BY: hypocrisy, limits on personal freedom, impersonal details and mundane tasks.
STRENGTHS: provides future-oriented insights that inspire others, follows through on commitments with integrity and consistency.
SEEN BY OTHERS: as somebody who is creative, insighful, stubborn, and hard to get to know.
DECIDES through private pondering, may make up mind too quickly and then worry endlessly.
IRRITATES OTHERS: by neglecting details, getting over-emotional, going off at unrealistic tangents, using overly complex language.
CHALLENGES: may take criticism personally, blurt out feelings unwisely, withdraw socially for long periods, succumb to addictive disorders.
The INFJ is also known as The Counsellor, The Healer or The Foreseer Developer.
INFJs are creative nurturers with a strong sense of personal integrity, have strong faith in their ability to read people, and a drive to help others with original solutions to their personal challenges. INFJs are guided by firm principles and often have a vision of a happier and more ideal future. However, they are not content to just have ideas; they are motivated and persistent in making their vision into reality. INFJs want a meaningful life and deep connections with other people. They do not tend to share themselves freely but appreciate emotional intimacy with a select, trusted few.
LIKELY CAREERS: Roles in education, communication, counselling, the arts, science and enginering – anything involves exploring new ideas, interacting with people on a one-to-one basis, and leading rather than following.
LIKELY REAL-LIFE INFJs: Chaucer, Robert Burns, Martin Luther King, Shirley MacLaine, Tom Selleck, Billy Crystal, Garry Trudeau, Nelson Mandela, Mel Gibson, Carrie Fisher, Nicole Kidman, Jerry Seinfeld, Tori May.
LIKELY HOBBIES: INFJs don't get out much, except perhaps to intellectually stimulating environments such as the bridge club. Other pursuits might include model building, the arts, current affairs and reading.
LIKELY FICTIONAL INFJs : Amelie Poulain (Amelie), Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter), Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity), Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird).
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References: The Myers & Briggs Foundation, British Association for Psychological Type, Australian Association for Psychological Type, The Personality Page (BSM Consulting), Molly Owens (Personality Desk), Wikipedia, Murray State University, Profound Knowledge Products, My Personality, Personality Page, TypeLogic and David Markley. Also various works by: Renee Baron, Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi, David Keirsey, and Isabel Briggs Myers.