A Page Dedicated to the INFJ Personality Type
Dear INFJs, Welcome!
I have created this page for you. Below you will find a brief overview and portrait of the INFJ, blog posts that I had written over the years, and books and resources for INFJs.
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Yong Kang (aka Nerdy Creator)
What Is INFJ?
INFJ is one of the 16 personalities found in MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). It is said to be the rarest MBTI type, about 1-2 percent of the population.
The acronym, INFJ, stands for Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), and Judging (J). Each letter represents how an individual prefers to use their mind to perceive and organize information.
So what this means for an INFJ personality type is we prefer to:
- Introversion (I): Pay attention to our inner world.
- Intuition (N): See patterns, possibilities, and the big picture.
- Feeling (F): Use feelings and values in decision making.
- Judging (J): Have a structured life and closure.
But this doesn’t mean that we can’t do the opposite. It’s just not our preferred or habitual way of using our minds.
To understand INFJ in-depth, you will have to learn about the INFJ cognitive function stack.
INFJ Characteristics and Personality Traits
Commonly known as The Advocate or The Counselor, INFJs want to use their intuitive and empathetic gifts to help other people or the world. We have compassion for others but at the same time, we are often reserved due to our introverted nature.
Furthermore, we feel drained every so often from our interactions with others and we need time alone to recharge. So sometimes, we might appear aloof, private, or even mysterious.
Even though we are intuitive, we might not share what we know with others.
Gentle, quiet, soft-spoken, and often misunderstood, we only open up if we feel safe to share or we feel that the other person will get what we are saying.
Like all personality types, we have our strengths and weaknesses. Below are a few of our strengths and weaknesses.
- Insightful and deep.
- Creative and imaginative.
- Empathetic and easily understand other people’s point of view.
- Ability to understand complex concepts.
- Always learning and improving ourselves.
- Too single-minded and stubborn.
- Procrastinate when tasks are uninspiring or routine.
- Get too caught up with the big picture that we overlook details.
- Sensitive to criticisms and tend to avoid conflict.
- Perfectionistic and have high expectation for ourselves and others.
Am I an INFJ?
Am I an INFJ? (Part 4): The Difference Between INFJ and ENFJ
INFJs and ENFJs click easily. I am an INFJ and once I met an ENFJ for the first time in a group outing and we just started talking like we are old friends. Even two INFJs might not have such a strong bond right at the start because we are slow to warm up to someone...
Am I an INFJ? (Part 5): The Difference Between INFJ and INTP
At first glance, one might not think that INFJ and INTP are alike. After all, there are two letters in their acronyms that are different. But in some areas, these two personality types have more similarities than an INFJ with other personality types. For example, both...
Am I an INFJ? (Part 6): The Difference Between INFJ and ISFP
How do you know if you are an INFJ or an ISFP? Both personality types don't like routine work. Both are quiet, private, and difficult to know well. These two types might also share the same interests in the arts and the music. So how do you tell the difference? Many...
Understanding INFJ Personality Type
Dear INFJs, Why Are You So Misunderstood?
INFJ traits are often confusing to others and that makes us feel misunderstood. We are complex. We are different. We are rare. Some people think we are mysterious, while others think we are weird. I don't blame others for not understanding INFJs because, for the...
What Is It Like to Be an INFJ?
So you have done the Myers-Briggs test (MBTI) and found out that you are an INFJ. But what does that mean? What do you do with your INFJ personality traits? You have read all about the INFJ profile descriptions, the characteristics, the strengths, and the weaknesses....
How to Be an Introvert in an Extroverted World? (Part 1)
Growing up, I was a young introvert and had low self-esteem. I tried to shut people out to protect myself. I knew very early on in life that I am very empathetic and sensitive in nature. But I was afraid that other people might abuse my kind nature, so I kept to...
Career and Money
What Is the Meaning of Life for INFJs and How to Find It?
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here for? What is the purpose of our existence? We INFJs seek meaning in everything we do. As an INFJ, you probably have thought about your life purpose or the above questions at least once in your lifetime. If not, many, many...
What Are the Best and Worst Careers for INFJs?
How many jobs have you had so far? How were they? Do you enjoy it? What do you like or dislike about your current or previous jobs? I often receive questions from my INFJ readers asking for career advice. Finding a suitable career is not easy for an INFJ because what...
Relationships With Others
How to Overcome Your INFJ Conflict Avoidance Issues
INFJs hate conflicts. We escape, we hide, we withdraw whenever there is a confrontation. Sometimes, we play along, agree even if we disagree just to avoid an argument with someone. Seldom will INFJs be the first to confront others. We would rather door slam someone...
How to Prevent Empathy Burnout and Fatigue as INFJs
As an INFJ, do you often experience burnout or fatigue from helping others? Are you too heavily invested in other people's problems that you feel physically and emotionally exhausted? INFJs have a lot of compassion and empathy for others but we might not always be the...
How Can an INFJ Be in a Happy, Satisfying Relationship?
Relationship. A hot topic for INFJs. How does an INFJ have a satisfying relationship? What is the personality type that is the most compatible with us? Who should an INFJ marry? Are INFJs destined to be alone? Should we even be in a relationship? These are...
How to Deal With Anxiety and Trauma for INFJs
When under too much stress, INFJs might experience anxiety. However, not all our anxiety is caused by those common stress triggers found in our work and relationships. Sometimes, our anxiety is a result of our childhood trauma. Childhood trauma is a deeply distressing...
How to Deal with Your Emotions in a Healthy Way as an INFJ
INFJs have a love-hate relationship with emotions. Emotions fuel our creative pursuits. They make our lives more interesting and colorful. But yet as an empath, we absorb other people's emotions and get emotionally drained easily. It's difficult for us to distinguish...
Why Do INFJs Get Depressed and How to Overcome It?
Are INFJs more prone to depression? How does the INFJ's personality traits contribute to depression? And how do you help yourself when you are feeling depressed? Earlier this week, we have the World Mental Health Day on 10th October and I have written a post on...
Other Blog Posts
What Is It Like to Be an Enneagram Type 4 from an INFJ Perspective?
Last December, my INFJ friend introduced me to this personality type tool called the Enneagram. I did the test twice and on the second time, I was typed a 9w1 (the peacemaker). For the whole of January, I read all the Enneagram books I could find in the libraries, go...
How to Use MBTI for Your Personal Growth?
Many months ago, my elder brother sent me an article about how the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is inaccurate. I opened the article and scrolled all the way down. As expected, it's another article about the Big Five personality traits. I've not studied the Big...
Why INFJs Overthink and How to Deal with It
This is a typical day for the INFJ brain: Think, think, think. The first thing in the morning when we wake up, we think. When we walk from one place to another, we think. Just before we sleep, as we lie down on our bed, we think. As much as I love to think, sometimes...
10 Recommended Books for INFJs
Like most INFJs, I am a book lover and I love to read. I’ve compiled a list of 10 books that I feel other INFJs might also be interested to read.
There is a good mix of non-fiction and fiction books on different genres such as spirituality, psychology, and relationships.
If you want some inspiration for growth, click the button below.
If you want to find out more about how to love yourself as an INFJ, be sure to download my free eBook called Self-Acceptance for INFJs.