INFJ Personality Traits
The INFJ is the rarest personality type comprising only 2% of the general population. They possess a unique assortment of traits and a soft-spoken speaking style that belies their strong opinionated natures. They are crusaders and champions of the ideas and principles they support. These types posssess substantial will power and energy which they channel into their efforts to affect social change or whatever cause they hold near to their heart. They generally do not seek out personal gain but rather invest their time and energy to create balance and equality. INFJs are attracted to concepts like egalitarianism and karma and tend to believe that love and compassion are powerful forces that can overcome all of society’s ills.
The INFJ is a complex creature, often elusive and difficult to understand. They allow only a small corterie of intimate associates into their exclusive world. Their inner world is under tight wraps and the aire of secrecy they exude lends them an aura that others may find intriguiging. Other personalities may be enticed to unravel the INFJ mystery, an attempt that will undoubtedly be in vain.
While INFJs may be seen as withdrawn or even secretive, in truth they care quite a bit about what others think of them–sometimes too much. They do not take criticism very well and are liable to get defensive when others judge them or challenge their ideas. At other times they may not express their resentment but instead bottle it up inside and simply avoid the other person or cut them off entirely. Other people may view the INFJ as “too sensitive,” while the INFJ for their part sees others as “unsensitive.” Conflict is anathema to this type, unless said conflict is undertaken in the service of a cause the INFJ is upholding.
INFJs nurture others with their creativity and novel solutions to their problems. They operate with integrity and ethics and can be very firm but fair in whatever course of action they choose to take. The INFJ has formidable ability to pick up on other’s motivations and read the pulse of their emotions. They can sense what others are feeling before it is expressed and their intuitions about people is strong and reliable. INFJs themselves are not so easy to read and as an introverted type, are a reserved and private sort, who is selective about sharing their intimate thoughts and feelings.
INFJs are led by their deep seated core values stemming from their highly idealistic vision. The depressing reality of the world can sometimes steal their joy, but the flame of optimism that resides inside them is inextiinguishable and their resolve to make the world a better place will only be strengthened. INFJs desire a meaningful existence and to connect with people on a deeper authentic level. They do not share themselves liberally but enjoy emotional intimacy with the select few individuals they let into their inner most circle.
In relationships, INFJs are highly supportive of their partners and apply the same ideals of personal growth they carry in the outside world. INFJs want to maintain harmony in their relationships and will be eager to resolve conflicts that emerge. Their approach to solving problems is often clever and unconventional. They root out the emotional core of an issue to create a meeting of the minds and although they desire cooperation, they are unwilling to go along with an idea that does not feel authentic to them. They are uncompromising when it comes to the ethics and values.
INFJs do crave highly intimate and emotional engagement and feel the most joy when they are able to divulge their deepest feelings and thoughts with their partners. INFJs value partners who respect and appreciate their deeply held values and ehtics as well as creativity and inspiration.
INFJ Personality Jobs
In their careers, INFJs are attracted to vocations where they can better the human condition. Dedicated and helpful, INFJs can be relied upon to plan and carry out ambitious projects involving human interests. Large scale projects with wide impact appeal greatly to the INFJ, but most of the satisfaction they derive from their work comes from their ability to directly see their ideas get turned to reality. Creating constructive change in other people’s lives is of great importance to them.
INFJs are generally organized and can be counted on to complete projects in a prompt and efficient manner. They are often independent and tend to prefer a quiet environment that allows them the opportunity to fully develop their own thoughts and ideas. The ideal work environment for an INFJ is harmonious, industrious, and oriented towards a humanitarian mission, with co-workers who are similarly committed to positive change. The ideal job for an INFJ allows them to utilize their creative minds in an independent, organized environment to develop and implement a vision that is consistent with their personal values.
- Physical Therapist
- Public Health Educator
- Family Physician
- Occupational Therapist
- Physician Assistant
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Researcher
- Clinical Psychologist
- Social Worker
- Speech Pathologist
- Social Scientist
- Food Scientist
- Environmental Scientist
- HR Manager
- Corporate Trainer
- Environmental Attorney
- Legal Mediator
- Technical Writer
- Graphic Designer
- Interior Designer
- INFJ is the rarest type in the population. It is the least common type among men, and the third least common among women.
- 2% of the general population
- 2% of women
- 1% of men
- Most important feature of an ideal job: “Use of my special abilities.”
- In national sample, highest in reporting stress associated with “Work, “Intimate relationship,” “School,” and “Other.”
- In national sample, highest in coping with stress by “Talking to a professional.”
- In national sample, ranked highest in being dissatisfied with “Marriage/intimate relationship”
- In national sample “Leisure Activities,” overrepresented in “Writing” and “Appreciating art”; underrepresented in “Watching sporting events.”
- Academic subjects preferred: art, English, music.
- Among highest college persisters.
- 3 top work characteristics favored in national sample: “Variety of tasks,” “Clear structure,” and “Independence & achievement”
- Lowest of all types in liking work environments with “Opportunities for advancement & high pay but not job security.”
- In national sample, dissatisfied with “Promotions” and “Salary” in their jobs.
- With ISTPs, ranked first among all the types in using spiritual/philosophical coping resources.
- Among the 3 male types most “oblivious” to partner’s dissatisfaction with the relationship.
INFJ Famous People
Carl Gustav Jung
Martin Van Buren
Nathan the Prophet of Israël
Osama bin Laden
Shirley Temple Black
Simone de Beauvoir
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