Portrait of an INFP

Portrait of an INFP — The Idealist


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(I)ntroverted i(N)tuitive (F)eeling (P)erceiving

Dominant Introverted Feeling with secondary Extraverted Intuition

Greetings, INFP, the gentle guardian of dreams and keeper of the soul's secret garden. In a world of possibilities, you navigate with the compass of your ideals, crafting a tapestry of emotions and aspirations that dances to the rhythm of your innermost thoughts.

Soulful Idealist: Your heart beats in sync with the melody of your ideals. You are the harbinger of hope, embracing the beauty in authenticity and kindness. Your ideals aren't mere concepts but the very fabric of your being, guiding you on a journey to create a world that reflects the poetry of your imagination.

Creative Muse: The canvas of your mind is adorned with the strokes of creativity. Whether it's through art, writing, or music, you channel the whispers of your soul into expressions that resonate with the hearts of kindred spirits. Your creations are not just objects; they are portals to the depths of your introspective universe.

Empathetic Healer: Your empathetic nature is a gentle balm, soothing the wounds of others. You possess an uncanny ability to understand the unspoken, offering solace to those who seek refuge in the sanctuary of your understanding. Your compassion is a guiding light that illuminates the path to self-discovery.

Champion of Authenticity: Authenticity is your anthem. You defy the constraints of societal expectations, embracing the authenticity of your being. In a world that often seeks conformity, you stand as a beacon, encouraging others to celebrate their unique hues in the kaleidoscope of existence.

Inner-World Navigator: The landscapes of your mind are vast and enchanting. You embark on inner journeys, exploring the realms of thoughts and feelings with the curiosity of a cosmic wanderer. Your introspective nature allows you to uncover profound truths and unveil the mysteries that lie beneath the surface.

INFP, Embrace Your Radiance: Your quiet strength, creative brilliance, and compassionate soul make you a luminary in the tapestry of humanity. Embrace the symphony of your emotions, INFP, and continue painting the world with the brushstrokes of your dreams.

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As an INFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.

INFPs, more than other iNtuitive Feeling types, are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves

INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP's value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life. The goal at the end of the path is always the same - the INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.

Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people they know well.

INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed care much less about whether or not they're right. They don't want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand people's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.

INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they're interested in, it usually becomes a "cause" for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their "cause".

When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.

INFPs do not like to deal with hard facts and logic. Their focus on their feelings and the human condition makes it difficult for them to deal with impersonal judgment. They don't understand or believe in the validity of impersonal judgment, which makes them naturally rather ineffective at using it. Most INFPs will avoid impersonal analysis, although some have developed this ability and are able to be quite logical. Under stress, it's not uncommon for INFPs to mis-use hard logic in the heat of anger, throwing out fact after (often inaccurate) fact in an emotional outburst.

INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than those of other members of the group, which may cause the INFP to be overly controlling. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of every day living. Without resolving this conflict, they will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.

INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkard and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counselling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good, and in which they don't need to use hard logic.

INFPs who function in their well-developed sides can accomplish great and wonderful things, for which they will rarely give themselves credit. Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs.

*Read about the INFP's Jungian type, Introverted Feeling, or the INFP's child type, Introverted Feeling Perceiving.

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