INFJ personality type

By Dr. Edwin van Thiel

Updated on May 20, 2022

An INFJ at a glance

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This INFJ type is also called The Advocate, sometimes The Advisor/The Confidant, and typically prefers diplomacy, like INFP, ENFJ and ENFP. The difficult I do immediately, the impossible takes me a little longer! This could be an INFJs philosophy of life. People who know INFJ types well describe them as imaginative, motivated, persistent, purposeful and creative.

Living a life without pretense or facade, being accepted for who they are, is what matters to them. They prefer to quietly exert their influence. They bring a quiet enthusiasm to all that they are involved in. Creating harmony and working towards the common good for all is one of their key motivators. They also have a strong need and desire to understand the complexity of human relationships.

Their sense of empathy allows them to understand and appreciate other's feelings. An INFJ believes in, and acts on, their intuition and instincts. They make decisions easily and their friends and associates are likely to perceive them as a self-confident and individualistic thinker.It was Myers and Briggs (MBTI test) who originally came up with 16 personalities of which the INFJ type is one.

INFJ workstyle and contributions to an organization

Every personality has a distinct way of operating and interacting with others in a group, organization, or relationship. The list below gives those most commonly associated with the personality type INFJ:

  • Is quietly forceful, personable and genuinely concerned for others.
  • Likes tackling complex issues involving people and material.
  • Enjoys working, talking and sharing with individuals and small groups.

An INFJ on a team

Some don't accomplish greater results when participating in a team, while some are always happy to work together with team members to deliver an excellent outcome. It's best to look into this, so the workflow can be handled accurately. The following are the benefits and shortcomings an INFJ is likely to bring to a team:

  • Encourages harmony and gets everyone to contribute.
  • Brings enthusiasm and forward thinking to a project.
  • Provides big picture overviews and in-depth synopsis of situations and problems.

INFJ leadership style

Taking care, listening, and directing team members are not equal among individuals. A list of how INFJ personality types will act in a leadership position and their leadership qualities are given below:

  • Becomes an advocate for others and their talents when leading.
  • Inspires others to follow through his/her enthusiasm and faith.
  • Can become a champion for ideas and causes.

INFJ: Introvert-iNtuitive-Feeler-Judger

Jung type INFJ

  • Introverts tend to be reflective, reserved and private. A popular misconception is that introverts are shy - this is not necessarily so. They draw their energy from their own thoughts and the time they spend alone. Introverts do not need people around them all the time.
  • iNtuitives pay more attention to information that is imaginative and original. iNtuitives focus on the future.
  • Feelers let their feelings and emotions play a leading role because of their concern for other people.
  • Judgers prefer a lifestyle that is decisive, planned and orderly. They like a life that is organized and controlled.

Jung personality types

There are sixteen Jung personality types. Take a free Jung personality test or learn more about the Jung typology.