Apparently, this is the rarest personality type — less than two percent of the population belongs to it. INFJs are indeed quite unique, and once they learn to use their strengths, they can achieve their dreams and live a very fulfilling existence.
The INFJ type is very curious and creative, and enjoys anything artistic. Their empathy makes them very good listeners who genuinely care about others’ feelings. INFJs also have strong moral values such as honesty; their idealism and perfectionism, unless extreme, make them excel at anything they believe in.
Let’s have a look at the ten main strengths of this type, as well as how these strengths can help them in their career and life in general…
Those with an INFJ personality have a rich inner world, and they are able to use their imagination to create beauty. Most of them would excel at career paths like graphic design, interior design, animation, music production, and writing.
In Psychological Types, Carl Jung writes that, as an artist, the intuitive introvert is able to create art that is often colorful, very unique, and ahead of their time. This is because while most people’s imagination is based on what they see in the outer world, the INFJ’s intuition allows them to discover ideas and concepts that are extremely abstract.
When their perfectionism doesn’t stop them from expressing their creativity, INFJs are able to completely immerse themselves in their work and excel at it. For them, art can be a meditative experience that gives them a rare sense of fulfilment — whether it’s drawing a small doodle, or writing an entire book.
INFJs tend to be very clear on their path, their mission, and their ultimate purpose in life. Their intuition allows them to detach from generally accepted ideas (whether true or false) and pursue what most people would regard as unrealistic or unattainable, without thinking twice.
Sometimes INFJs just know what the right path for them is, and they don’t need other people’s validation to move toward their goal. Unless they overthink, and reach thoughts that are way too detached from the outer world, they are able to work on their projects with great mental clarity and motivation.
One would think that, as introverts, INFJs would be bad at convincing or influencing others in any way, but that’s not the case here: thanks to their empathy and gentle attitude, they are often able to persuade others without being too pushy.
INFJs tend to be very quiet, however when they do speak, they use words that resonate with those they are talking to — precisely because of their ability to intuit others’ feelings. So even though they don’t really like talking, paradoxically they can make good orators.
Plus, as we’ve seen, those with an INFJ personality are very clear on their values: when they are fighting for a certain cause, they are not afraid to share and promote their ideas in a way that’s convincing.
If you’re an INFJ, your intuition will be mainly toward the images of your inner world, and based on your feelings rather than your thoughts. Jung compares the intuitive introvert type to the biblical prophets, saying that even though most people would regard INs as “useless”, their role in society is actually irreplaceable.
If used correctly, intuition is like a superpower: it allows you to see what others can’t; predict events that most people would never foresee; notice patterns or analogies in a seemingly chaotic or random situation. When INFJs tune in to their powerful intuition, they can also find solutions to problems that seem impossible to solve (in their own life, or in the life of those they care about).
Sometimes the INFJ type is capable of great discipline and determination, to the point where they are willing to sacrifice everything for just one single thing they become obsessed about.
Their passionate idealism and strong values allow them to set and reach very difficult goals. When their idealism becomes extreme, they may even sacrifice their own health and become completely absorbed in their own goals, often in a negative way. But in general, their determination is a positive trait — for society, and themselves.
As a “feeling” type, the INFJ understands the importance of emotions. When facing a big decision, they won’t just look at the information available to everyone else — they will mainly take into account their own feelings, as well as the feelings of others.
When discussing a sensitive topic, they will typically use emotions to persuade others, rather than objective facts and numbers; and they will always try to be gentle and tactful, so they don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
INFJs are very good listeners who show extraordinary empathy for those they care about. They are warm and caring — though their introverted attitude may make them look cold at times. It’s important that INFJs don’t become too absorbed by someone else’s feelings (for example, in relationships) otherwise they can end up being drained rather than energized.
The values of the INFJ type are unshakable. They believe in honesty and “doing what’s right”. In order to protect themselves and others, they set very clear rules; they also strive to adhere to the highest moral standards, not because they have to, but because they want to.
As a judging type with strong ideals, INFJs can sometimes come off as too rigid, or even stubborn, by those who are more open and “go with the flow”. Ultimately, being rigorous can be both a pro and a con, but it’s undeniable that INFJs are reliable and can be trusted, both because of their ideals and their empathy.
This personality type is very curious, and likes to look at things in depth. When they are dealing with a person or a situation, they are able to notice all the little details and form an impression based on them. When they are learning a new skill, they like to be thorough and really understand what they are studying.
Not only are INFJs insightful; as we’ve seen, they are also good listeners who feel empathy naturally. These traits allow them to truly understand and tune in to other people’s emotions when they are talking. Not surprisingly, most INFJs can become excellent psychologists and counselors.
Perfectionism can definitely turn into a negative trait, but when used wisely, it allows the INFJ type to achieve great results both at work and in their free time (for example, in one of their hobbies).
Because they’re fundamentally idealists, INFJs will rarely settle for something that’s “good enough”: their very high standards motivate them toward the best possible results.
A healthy level of perfectionism makes INFJs excel at everything they do, however obsessing over every single tiny, irrelevant detail can lead them to either overthinking or burnout. It’s important that the INFJ type realizes what’s possible and what isn’t before their idealism leads them to impossible goals.
The tenth and final strength of the INFJ personality type is their wisdom. INFJs are old souls who are able to intuit profound truths about human nature and the world in general, even when they are still relatively young. This is because of both their introverted intuition and extroverted feeling.
If you belong to this personality type, at times it may feel like you don’t “fit in” or belong anywhere, which could be frustrating. However your wisdom is what allows you to make better choices than the vast majority of the population, as well as understand how the world works and your ultimate purpose — so be proud of it!
Are you an INFJ? What do you think you excel at? Let me know by leaving a comment! 👇