The INFJ personality type is one of the twelve Myers-Briggs personality types and is the rarest in the world, making up only 2% of the world population. The acronym INFJ stands for Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging, which makes these people possess a unique set of traits that even if they may seem to be contradicting, they actually complement each other.
It is hard to spot an INFJ person out in the open because they do not wish to expose themselves too much and always come with a reserve. However, if you are an INFJ or you know one, you will agree that INFJs are fiercely loyal, empathetic and organized, and always aim for causes greater than themselves.
This makes INFJ exceptionally precious for this world, and although a rare snowflake, these people are the change this world needs. Here are the main traits of the INFJ personality type. Find if you are one too!
1. A feeling of being “different” and lonely
And indeed, with the low number in which they appear among people, they are different, as their special set of traits is not something many are able to comprehend. This sense of being different makes them feel lonely, as they cannot associate fully with the people around them.
2. Radiating with a warmth that makes everyone around feel comfortable
Their strong empathy and intuitive character make people around them feel comfortable enough to disclose their greatest secrets and fears even if they have known them for only an hour. They are great listeners and they are true to their values, and you can see this by simply looking at their face. It is like they shine with a sense of security and understanding that seem to be lost in a world of fake people.
3. “Knowing” things as they are, without putting too much effort in it
INFJs have a strong intuition which allows them to simply “know” the things without any logical reasoning behind. Being also judging, they always analyze their intuitive messages, and this allows them to formulate a perception of the reality around them that many are unable to grasp even in part.
4. Understanding people on a super deep level
INFJs can scan you with a simple glance, and they will immediately know a lot of things about your personality. This makes them very tolerant to those who are fighting their demons, and they understand and forgive people’s mistakes like nobody else. They can trace the root of the behavior of others and they can see your traumas and insecurities. However, this ability also allows them to quickly dismiss fakes and manipulators.
5. Seeking truth and meaning in everything
These people cannot swallow statements because “they are like that.” They want to see how things connect and understand the truth that binds everything together. They are the masters of connecting the dots and they have their judging character, their intuition, their deeper understanding of the mind, and their empathy to thank for that.
It seems that these four characteristics allow them to fully connect the whole picture and all underlying elements to understand the genuine truth that stands behind everything.
6. They are loners
INFJs may be good at connecting with people, but this does not make them feel like they can be friends with everyone. In fact, they have a very small circle of people they can truly call friends. They value the meaning of friendship highly and if they are ready to call someone their friends, then they mean it for life. They like being surrounded with like-minded people, and this makes it very hard for them, as people who share their worldview are rare.
7. They have the strength to confront the crowd
Being introverts, INFJs like their solitude and their self-reflection. However, this does not make them shy away from crowds. They have the courage and the strength to confront any social situation, after which they will prefer to get back inside and recharge.
They are the type of people who prefer quiet and relaxed places to crowded and loud ones. They are eloquent and they will be able to charm thousands with their verbal abilities, but they will afterward prefer to stay away from mingling with that crowd as they are not fans of crowds.
8. Possessing high moral values and a feeling of a higher purpose
INFJs are people who set strong moral values and high standards that lead them through life. They live by the ideals of a better world and they believe that they are one of those who should try to make a change.
These high values come in all aspects of their lives, be it relationships, work, society, family, you name it, and they will uphold their beliefs to the maximum. If they see that any aspect of their lives makes them change those values, they do not think twice before disregarding it and leaving it to the dust.
9. They are visionaries and they can always see the big picture
You will never see an INFJ doing something without having it put as a part of a much greater plan. Not only do they function for a purpose they have set in their mind, but they can always predict the outcomes that a deed can produce.
They are fully aware of the big picture in every situation and you can never fool them if you have set your mind on something and you are hiding that goal from them. They will eventually trace your behavior and understand where you are going.
10. They are always there for those who need help
INFJs are ‘fixers’. When they see that someone is struggling, they will do everything in their power to help them out and set them on the right path, from where they can go on by themselves. However, some people, even though weak, tend to abuse this trait and try to toss their responsibilities on the INFJ.
One can say that this makes INFJs people pleasers, but the difference is that they focus so much on the deep nature of these people that they tend to justify their actions on the surface. When they notice the abuse, they leave the parasites for good.
11. They are very creative
INFJs are highly creative individuals and their hobbies are usually tied to some kind of creative work. Whether it is writing, drawing/painting, sculpting, composing, singing, you name it, an INFJ will always focus on doing something that will help them express their innermost feelings, thoughts, and their vivid perception of reality.
INFJs are truly a rare snowflake and the world needs more of them. Their personality is a mix of wonderfully combined traits that allow them to live a life that many can look up to. If you are an INFJ, stay wonderful, because the world is already a better place because of you.