INFP and INFJ (A Comprehensive Guide)

INFP and INFJ

Personality traits are different for every individual person. The difference in our traits makes them who we are.

Individual differences are measured in terms of different traits. Katherine Briggs and Myers created 16 different types of personalities. We can look around us and see different types of personalities with different traits.

INFP and INFJ are the two  of the 16 types. Some of us are more outgoing, others are shy, some of us are argumentative while others are consensus oriented.

Some of us are dreamers others are doers. A human being’s personality is a combination of different traits like extroversion or introversion and dreamers or doers.

Two of the 16 personalities by Katherine Briggs and Myers are INFP and INFJ.

This article will tell you about the characteristics as well as the interaction between INFP and INFJ.

You should know about the different strengths and weaknesses and other characteristics related toINFP and INFJ.

After knowing the characteristics we can learn about the interaction and relation of INFP and INFJ

INFP and INFJ (A Comprehensive Guide)

INFP

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The INFP personality is the combination of different traits. They are known as intuitive yet open minded, creative yet introverted, caring and imaginative.

They are also known  as mediators. They comprise only 4 percent if the total world population/ The feel things and are genuinely idealists.

They always look for the good or bad events and desire to bring change in them. Most of them are shy, calm and committed to the issue.

The fear from being misinterpreted and always looking for the like minded people around them once they found people like them, they became easily approachable and they can spend time and enjoy the company of like minded people.  

People with INFP personality traits are basically diplomats who are driven by ethics, morality and principles.

They look for moral values, virtues, beauty and honor when they approach anything.

Being pure in their intentions, the INFP does not fear punishment and looks for appreciation and reward.

People with INFP traits feel proud of themselves which keeps them driving towards achieving their goal.

The other people don’t understand them well because of these traits, and always misjudge them.

Once, people misjudge them, they become isolated and feel damaged. 

While giving their best to other people, they have a tendency to get involved in deep thoughtful talks. They can easily use metaphors, parables, creating symbols and understanding to convey their thoughts and their ideas.

People with INFP traits, love to live in their world of fantasy, thoughts and ideas.

They are full of vision and their communication based on vision enables them to do creative work.

Most poets, writers and actors are of INFP personality.

It is important for these people to understand themselves and understand their place in the world, and these people do so by having their projection in their work.

INFJ

Before discussing the strengths and weaknesses of INFP and INFJ, we will explore INFJ in detail.

People with INFJ personality types are considered as intuitive, caring and complex.

The INFJs are very artistics and creative. They are problems novels thus are interested in finding the possibilities which are apparently not workable.

The INFJ comprise only 1 percent of the global population thus it is considered a very rare type.  People with INFJ personality types are very practical in nature and disciplined.

They are very disciplined in both personal and professional lives.

People with INFJ personality put all efforts to get things done in the right manner and constantly keep on defining their priorities. They don’t give explanations and reasons for what they are doing.

They rely on their intuitions and work according to them. Most of their intuitions  and instincts are right.

This arises conflict between the outer and inner world which can render them to be more disorganised than any other types of personality. 

However, INFJs are disciplined about being somewhat messy. You can see the mess on their table. They have a mysterious understanding of the people and situations around them.

They can understand the unsaid and process it. They have the psychic ability which helps them to sense what’s going on with the people they love.

Their intuition helps them to sense about the wrong things happening around them. They are also rejected by their colleagues and peers. 

People with INFJ personality are complex to understand and we only know what they allow others to know about themselves.

They are quite personal and very hard to understand. These people hold back part of themselves, and may tend to avoid communication. 

The INFJs are also known as the rarest personalities among the Myers and Briggs sixteen personalities and also as the advocate personalities.

They are born with a sense of optimism and idealism and are known as one of a kind, the total number of INFJs present today will not be more than 1% of the total population.

The INFJs are not only considered as dreamers who sit idly but are hard workers and always work towards the achievement of their goal by taking concrete steps towards its fulfillment.

They are imaginative, altruistic, creative and they always work with a sense of confidence and conviction. 

What does INFJ stand for?

INFJ is an acronym for one of the sixteen personality types by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs.

The abbreviation for INFJ is given below:

  • I: Introversion (They are energized by spending time alone instead of being in a crowd)
  • N: iNtuitive (Their focus is on concepts and ideas rather than on details and facts)
  • F: Feeling (They make decisions based on feelings and values)
  • J: Judging (They are not spontaneous and flexible rather they are organized and planned)

Who are some of the Famous INFJ personalities?

Here is a list of some of the famous INFJ personalities who stood out among the crowd. 

  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Edward Snowden
  • Carl Jung
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Emily Bronte
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Taylor Swift
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Atticus Finch

Now, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of INFP and INFJ in detail. 

Strengths of INFP and INFJ

Below are the strengths of  INFP and INFJ. 

Strengths ( INFP and INFJ)
INFPINFJ
IdealisticPeople with INFP personality traits get admiration from their friends and family.  People trust them. They are dependable and idealistics. They choose standards and values. These people are good and strong with their beliefs and just are misunderstood, which push them to be magnificently resistant to face difficulties. Seek and Value Harmony The people with INFP personality traits don’t want control over things and people. They always strive for strength and harmony. They like democratic procedures and want to everyone should be listenedOpen-Minded and FlexibleThese people with INFP personality types are open-minded and flexible with a live and let live attitude and they mostly do not like to be restricted by the rules. As long as their ideas and principles are not challenged they also give benefit of doubt. They are also supporting people’s right to whatever they think is right.Practical insightPeople with INFJ personalities are vionary and problem solvers. They have very balanced personalities and are very successful. They are keen observers and think deeply. They observe people and settings keenly and plan things accordingly which makes them stand out from other types of personalities. CompassionPeople with INFJ personalities are very empathetic and compassionate. They are good face readers and can easily identify worries and unhappiness of other people.  at times when there are no apparent signals of distress. These people have a unique ability to understand the uncommunicative and unaccepted sufferings.Keeping the peacePeople with this type of personality are able to ease the tensions between different people and can work as a mediator for resolving disputes. Working as a peace maker is a difficult task but it comes as natural to them and they are good with their intuition. The people with this personality type know that agony can make one suffer if it is not attended to within the time period and also have intuitive senses of actual suffering. They are also good listeners and can be helpful to others to make them calm by listening to their issues and helping them resolve them in a peaceful manner while fulfilling all of their requirements. 

Weaknesses of INFP and INFJ

INFP and INFJ (A Comprehensive Guide)

Here, we will discuss some of the weaknesses that are present in INFP and INFJ.

Weaknesses (INFP and INFJ)
INFPINFJ
Too IdealisticThe people with INFP have a tendency to be too idealistic and follow their idealism to extremes which make them vulnerable to shock and disappointment. This can also create problems for them when they are in a relationship such as they will not be able to idolize their partner much as no one is perfect.ImpracticalThese people are too impractical if there is some issue or some problem stuck in their head they start ignoring the normal routines of a daily life like day to day maintenance or small simple events of happiness. They can become so endorse in these problems and work that they can also forget to do simple things like eating and drinking. Take Things PersonallyThese people take criticism more at heart and personally instead of using that criticism to motivate or improve one self and remodel their position. These people also try to avoid conflicts as much as possible and also work on aligning the criticism with their principles to move them into a middle ground which is acceptable for everyone.Overlooking detailsThese personality types are more practical but these people have a tendency to overthink things and make even simpler things more complicated for them to understand. More than often these people because of this nature fail to recognize the key features which can separate failure from success. But in some cases this can be helpful as these people are not focused on minor details. Intensely privateThe nature of the people having this personality type are of a loving nature and sensitive but they tend to love separately from other people which does not allow everyone to get to know them more clearly. Even if they have a very nice relationship with their close acquaintances and family members, they can still be mysterious in nature. When being introspective and frustrated they can stop their contact with anyone without providing any reason which can repel others.
INFP and INFJ (A Comprehensive Guide)

FAQ about INFP and INFJ 

Do Infp get along with INFJ?

Working Together

Both INFJs and INFPs can bring creative solutions to the table and empathy in the work environment, whereas INFJs offer dedication and commitment and INFPs offer a more flexible attitude.

INFJs can help out INFPs to achieve their personal goals whereas INFPS can help out INFJs to be more flexible and adapt to any situation. 

Why do INFJs like INFPs?

INFJs can absorb emotions, whereas INFPs can mirror them.

As INFJs are more focused on the feelings of other people, they mostly ignore their own feelings unless those feelings become very strong.

Whereas INFPs are very attuned to their feelings because they are related to Fi.

Are INFJs better than INFPs?

Usually INFJs have a little more stronger intuition than INFPs because one of their first functions is introverted intuition.

So, to have an instinct about the future of people is their superpower but generally both types of people are good at reading people. 

References

https://www.verywellmind.com/infj-introverted-intuitive-feeling-judging-2795978

https://www.verywellmind.com/infp-a-profile-of-the-idealist-personality-type-2795987

https://www.16personalities.com/infp-strengths-and-weaknesses

INFP and INFJ (A Comprehensive Guide)

Juanita Agboola

Juanita Agboola is the editor in chief of HFNE and an expert in mental health online. She has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 2012. All Guides are reviewed by our editorial team which constitutes various clinical psychologists, PhD and PsyD colleagues.