Making up anywhere from 1 to 3 percent of the population, the INFJ personality type is considered to be the rarest of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. For this reason, INFJs often struggle with feeling different or weird, and so they often hide large parts of their personality from others until they feel comfortable enough to reveal their inner world.
INFJ personality types are introverts and they value alone time. They love spending time with those they are close to, but need just as much time to themselves in order to recharge. Even as introverts, INFJs have a strong love for people. They genuinely care about understanding others to the point that at times it can become an obsession. Since INFJs know what it’s like to feel misunderstood, they spend a lot of time trying to dissect the personalities of others and understand their true feelings and intentions. This often leads an INFJ personality type to put the needs of others before their own. It’s important for INFJs to spend just as much time paying attention to their own wants and needs in order to live a peaceful and happy life.
Like other idealists, INFJs are imaginative, creative and dream of making the world a better place. INFJs may at first impression come across as overly agreeable, but they have strong values when it comes to helping others. People are usually shocked to see the side of the INFJ that comes out when their values are dismissed or questioned.
INFJs are known as the “counselor” type, and it is no surprise that many INFJs choose counseling or a similar field as a career choice. INFJs are one of the best personality types when it comes to helping others deal with their problems. Because of their extroverted feeling function, they are able to see an issue from the other person’s perspective but use their introverted intuition function to separate themselves from the situation and guide the person down a healthier path.
As introverts and feeling types, INFJs are great listeners and genuinely care about the concerns of others, which is a trait that makes them very appealing to others. They have to be careful to avoid emotional vampires, people who try to take advantage of the INFJs kindness and empathy. Even if it’s not their profession, INFJs often find themselves playing the “counselor” role among friends, family, coworkers, and sometimes even casual acquaintances.
INFJ personality types are perfectionists and spend a lot of time thinking about how to make themselves and others better. In relationships, they are best matched with people who share their values and strive for growth both personally and within the relationship. The ideal partner for an INFJ is someone who listens and makes effort to understand the INFJ and who also allows the INFJ to be their true selves without judgment or criticism.